Keep Your Hands To Yourself

Album: Georgia Satellites (1986)
Charted: 69 2

Songfacts®:

  • Lead singer Dan Baird wrote this about the problems their drummer was having with his girlfriend. He wrote it in one sitting on their tour bus.
  • The video portrayed a shotgun wedding, complete with very pregnant bride and actual shotgun. It was directed by Bill Fishman, whose other credits include the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" and Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous."
  • This was the only hit for the Georgia Satellites, although Dan Baird had a hit as a solo artist in 1992 with "I Love You Period."
  • Many people thought the line "I've got a little change in my pocket, going jingle, linga, ling" was a reference to masturbation. The group denied this.
  • The group was signed to Elektra Records after executives heard a cheaply made 8-track demo of this song. Elektra gave the band a 5-figure budget to cut an entire album of material, but despite attempting several different recordings of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," none of these takes were as good as the demo. The demo was included on the album, and that is the version you hear. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Dan - Montreal, Canada

Comments: 16

  • Steely Sally from TxGreat song with a great sense of humor. I find I’m like the woman in the song and even a friend said I came to mind when she heard it. Every time I listen to this song, I must always also listen to New Orleans is Sinking.
  • Chris from Norman, OkGreat attention getting karaoke song.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaI see the video as using creative license to go beyond the actual song; the song is clearly a man frustrated by his girlfriend refusing to get physical until after they're married (like Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf, but without the punchline).
  • Eric from Nyc, NyDan Baird, with or without the Satellites, should be huge. It's a shame he isn't. Probably because his music comes in somewhere in the space between country and rock. Maybe it should be called new wave southern rock. In any case, he's an incredible songwriter and performer. If you like the Georgia Satellites, get your hands on the four solo albums he's released. You won't be disappointed.
  • Gregory from Buena Vista, CoAccording to the liner notes, by Jimmy Gutermann to the Satellites' CD 'Let It Rock' , Mauro Magellan was part of the original Georgia Satellites from the beginning. I never heard anything in the song about an expectant mother, or shotgun wedding, but yeah, it IS one of the classic 'Bar Band' tunes of all time...a sure-fire dance-floor-filler.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI didn't know this was about a shot-gun wedding.
  • David from Orlando, FlChuck Berry is rolling around somewhere trying to figure out how first Keith Richards and later the Georgia Satellites found a way to make money off the licks that left him nearly bankrupt. Many bar bands cover this tune because it is so simple, but this version can't be touched. I should know--I cover it myself and can't come close.
  • J_bryon from Milladore/monroe, WiMauro Magellan, the most recent drummer, lives in my hometown of Monroe, Wisconsin.
  • Gary from Nashville, TnI WENT TO THE NASHVILLE PREDITORS HOCKEY GAME LAST SAT,(11/17/07) THE BAND PLAYED THIS SONG, AND THE CROWD WENT WILD AND ALL 10,000+ SANG ALONG. MUST NOT BE TOO BAD OF A SONG IF 10,000 PEOPLE SANG WITH THE BAND, 20 YEARS AFTER IT WAS RELEASED.
  • Richie from Sedalia, MoJim, Why would you take the time to look up a song, and make a comment that you hate? Is your life really that bankrupt?
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkOh please! It's a tongue-in-cheek song about guys lying to get the girl then having to stay with her because of the little one on the way. I think I knew the lyrics by the second time I heard it since I'd heard all those lines before.
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzNever forget a friend's wedding when this was the song he chose for his first dance with the new bride. They also did a great version of the Beatles' (Ringo's) "Don't Pass Me By".
  • Alan from Barmston, Englandlove the way the tunes swings
  • Garrett from Nashville, TnGreat bar band song. Gets requested as much as Brown-Eyed Girl.
  • Jim from Toledo, Ohbar none, this is the worst song ever written or performed
  • Kristy from Saco, MeI had no idea that the lead singer of TGS was the same guy who sang "I love you period". That was such a dumb song, but still kinda funny in a way.
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