Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul

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"Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul" is the eighth song in The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack and is sung by Eddie—the ex-delivery boy. It expresses Eddie's love for 'Saturday night' rock and roll and a past love that was—presumably—his girlfriend. A chorus of Transylvanians sing background vocals; Phantoms have this responsibility in the stage play.

Eddie rides out of the freezer on his frozen motorcycle to Columbia's surprise and glee while Dr. Frankenfurter stands protectively near his creation - Rocky's side. It does not end well for Eddie yet he is determined to finish his ode to Rock n Roll.

Originally this song was intended for its author, Richard O'Brien, to sing in the original stage production, though director Jim Sharman convinced O'Brien to portray the character of Riff Raff instead of Eddie. Its high vocal range had not yet been accomplished by any other actor performing the character. The arrangement had to be altered until Meat Loaf took the part in the Los Angeles production in 1974, as well as the 1975 film.

The song also appears on Meat Loaf's Live Around the World album. This song was also covered by the California band The Phenomenauts.

Brian May of the band Queen, also covered this song for his Another World LP, but it was not featured on the album of the same name.

Origin[edit]

The song was written by Richard O'Brien especially for the stage play and features Meat Loaf on lead vocals; a role he reprised from his debut in the Roxy Theatre run of the Rocky Horror Show. In the stage play, however, the song is known as "What Ever Happened to Saturday Night?".

Progression[edit]

Meat Loaf is known for successfully including all of the lyrics in the arrangement properly. Richard O'Brien claimed that Meat wouldn't be able to achieve the feat, after the actor playing Eddie in the original London production did so clumsily enough. The verse features a classic chord progression of C#-A#m-C#-A#m-F#-G#-F#-G#, reminiscent of 50's and 60's music. The chorus features a more rock-style progression of C#-D#-F#-C#. The song modulates one half-step (one key) up after the second saxophone solo with a D-E-G-D progression in the chorus. The song features a common rock instrument arrangement with the addition of a saxophone.

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