Cock-a-Hoop

Album: Manfred Mann's Cock-A-Hoop (1963)

Songfacts®:

  • Released in October 1963, this failed single was influenced by Bo Diddley. Vocalist Paul Jones told Uncut: "He once did a whole song 'Say Man' , which was a dialogue of insults between him and his maracas player, Jerome Green. Actually I'd done exactly the same thing in 'Cock-A-Hoop.'"

    Look Out, look out,
    It's in your town
    It's called Manfred Mann
    And it runs around
  • The expression 'cock-a-hoop' means to be jubilant and in high spirits. It is thought the term may derive from the fact that when the spigot or cock is removed from the beer barrel and laid on a hoop of the barrel, the beer flows freely.

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