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You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover
by Bo Diddley
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On monday, I wrote a little something about Dutch Bookweek: https://goo.gl/MK8hUD

"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" is based on a sixteen-bar blues structure that "boasts a beat that's utterly compulsive and primordial, but closer to a way-speeded up walking rhythm than to the standard Diddley pattern". Willie Dixon's lyrics use "a series of metaphors of all sorts of things you can't judge by their appearances before landing on the title phrase".

You can't judge an apple by looking at a tree
You can't judge honey by looking at the bee
You can't judge a daughter by looking at the mother
You can't judge a book by looking at the cover

In his autobiography, Dixon explained that the lyrics were "his [Bo Diddley's] bag 100% ... and when I told him about it, he like it immediately". Diddley's original recording breaks the fourth wall by encouraging the listener to turn his or her radio up after the first verse.

In 1962, the song reached number 21 on the Billboard magazine R&B chart and number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1962 - Checker Records - United States - written by willie dixon
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