About The Song

Cast your mind back to the vibrant early days of rock and roll. The king himself, Elvis Presley, was captivating audiences with his electrifying performances and infectious blend of country, blues, and gospel influences. Among his lesser-known gems is the playful novelty song “A Cane and a High Starched Collar”. Released in 1957, the song offers a glimpse into Elvis’s playful side and his ability to infuse even the most lighthearted tunes with his signature charisma. The 2024 remaster breathes new life into this classic, allowing listeners of all ages to appreciate its quirky charm and timeless appeal.

“A Cane and a High Starched Collar” stands out from Elvis’s more typical rockabilly anthems. Instead of the driving rhythm and soaring vocals associated with hits like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock,” it embraces a more laid-back country shuffle tempo. Acoustic guitars and a playful piano melody set the scene, while a steady drumbeat keeps the song moving. Elvis’s vocals are playful and teasing, showcasing his natural charm and ability to deliver a tongue-in-cheek performance. The song feels like a playful conversation with a friend, a lighthearted exploration of bachelorhood and the joys of a carefree life.

The lyrics themselves are a humorous tapestry of cowboy cliches and lighthearted rebellion. Lines like “Well thank you very kindly ma’am but I’m too young to die” and “Come Saturday night I’ll court a pretty girl with a cane and a high starched collar” poke fun at traditional notions of masculinity and commitment. “A Cane and a High Starched Collar” doesn’t take itself too seriously, instead offering a lighthearted escape from everyday life.

While not one of Elvis’s biggest hits, the song remains a fan favorite for its sheer entertainment value. It showcases his versatility as a performer, his ability to connect with audiences through humor and charm, and his undeniable star power. The 2024 remaster does an excellent job of preserving the song’s original spirit while enhancing its audio quality, ensuring that new generations can discover its quirky appeal.

So, put on your dancing shoes, crank up the volume (not too loud!), and let “A Cane and a High Starched Collar” (2024 Remaster) whisk you back to a simpler time. Allow yourself to be transported by Elvis’s playful vocals, the song’s infectious melody, and its lighthearted take on love and commitment. It’s a reminder that even the king of rock and roll knew how to have fun, and that music can entertain and transport us in unexpected ways.