Wake Up, Little Susie


Alicia in 1958

I was ten years old in 1959 when the Everly Brothers single Wake Up Little Susie (written Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) hit big. I had just discovered AM radio, and the song is imprinted indelibly in my memory. Repetition creates an aural tattoo. I use this principle to memorize songs I want to perform.

In case you never heard them, here are the lyrics:

Wake up little Suzie, wake up, wake up little Suzie, wake up
We both fell sound asleep, wake up little Suzie and weep
The movie’s over, it’s four o’clock and we’re in trouble deep

Chorus:
Wake up little Suzie, wake up little Suzie
Well, what’re we gonna tell your mama? what’re we gonna tell your pa?
What’re gonna tell our friends when they say ‘ooh la la’?
Wake up little Suzie, wake up little Suzie

Well, I told your mama that you’d be in by ten
Well, Suzie baby, looks like we goofed again

Wake up little Suzie, wake up little Suzie, we gotta go home

Wake up little Suzie, wake up, wake up little Suzie, wake up
The movie wasn’t so hot, it didn’t have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot

Now the song’s a double entendre, commenting upon the state of our nation: we fell sound asleep, wake up and weep; we’re in trouble deep. Here some movies that will wake us up, and not a minute too soon:

An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore’s expose on global warming (trailer)

America: Freedom To Fascism Aaron Russo’s documentary on electronic chip implantions, and other horrifying evidence of a police state (two trailers)

9-11 Loose Change Written and Directed by Dylan Avery, the evidence that the official version of what happened September 11, 2001, is untrue. (You can watch the entire film at the link above.)

The Corporation Documentary by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan
on the rise of corporate power and malfeseance (DVD for sale, trailer)

The Future of Food Deborah Koons Garcia’s film on the dangers of genetically modified crops as perpetrated by Monsanto, and government complicity (DVD for sale, trailer)

Wanna be a muckraker? According to his website, Michael Moore is still soliciting first hand horror stories about HMOs, health insurance (and the lack thereof) in the USA for his upcoming movie Sicko. Send your stories to him at michael@michaelmoore.com.