♫ Whole Lotta Rosie ♫

I don’t know what I was thinking.  I let my guard down.  One minute, I was agreeing with Carolyn over at Nuggets of Gold that I would not be playing this song here on Filosofa’s Word, and the next thing I know, I somehow found myself being challenged by Clive of Take It Easy to “Go on, step out of your comfort zone. About a hundred miles out of it…”  Now, who can resist such a challenge?    I decided I could at least listen to the song … and within the first 30 seconds, I was saying, “NO … Just no.”  And I went on about my work, writing my a.m. post, loading the dishwasher, pondering on my topic for this afternoon, but all the while, I could hear Clive’s voice in my head saying, “C’mon … don’t be a chicken!”  Sigh.  So, I fortified myself with a glass of wine, listened again, and still hated it.  And so, I am {I can’t believe I’m doing this} playing this for Clive.  If anybody else likes it, I will be in total shock … well, Keith … Keith might actually like it, for he does have his ‘head-banger’ moments.

I’m sorry, Carolyn … please don’t take Betsy back!!!  I promise I’ll make it up to you!  And Clive … in the spirit of reciprocity, I challenge you to play some Stevie Wonder or Lionel Richie on your blog soon!

According to SongFacts …

This song is about a very large woman lead singer Bon Scott had relations with early in the band’s career. In a 1976 interview with the band for Sounds magazine, their guitarist Malcolm Young prodded Scott to tell the story about “the fat one.” Scott explained that backstage at a show in Australia, a rotund woman they called “Big Bertha” came forward when he asked, “Who wants it?” Too frightened to refuse, he did the deed with Bertha, who then called to her friend, “that’s the 37th this month,” and produced a black book where she recorded her conquests. Scott turned the incident into a song, this time naming the woman “Rosie.”

In their early days, the band shared a house in Australia where lots of unsavory incidents occurred. This gave them material for songs like this one and “The Jack.” Bon Scott had great affection for the full-size girls, and occasionally put his conquests in his songs. Another song on the album, “Go Down,” mentions Ruby Lips, who is another real person. This is confirmed in the Let There Be Rock liner notes.

Originally released on the Let There Be Rock album, this song didn’t get much publicity until AC/DC re-released it a year later on If You Want Blood, You Got It when the band became internationally popular.

The song hit #36 in the UK and did not chart at all in the U.S. (Gee, I wonder why?)

Whole Lotta Rosie


Wanna tell you story
About woman I know
When it comes to lovin’
She steals the show
She ain’t exactly pretty
Ain’t exactly small
Fourt’two thirt’ninefiftysix
You could say she’s got it all

Never had a woman
Never had a woman like you
Doin’ all the things
Doin’ all the things you do
Ain’t no fairy story
Ain’t no skin and bones
But you give it all you got
Weighin’ in at nineteen stone
You’re a whole lotta woman
A whole lotta woman
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
And you’re a whole lotta woman

Honey you can do it
Do it to me all night long
Only one who turn me
Only one who turn me on
All through the night time
Right around the clock
To my surprise
Rosie never stops
She was a whole lotta woman
Whole lotta woman
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
A whole lotta woman

Whole lotta woman
Whole lotta woman
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta woman-man-man yeah
Whole lotta Rosie
Whole lotta woman
Whole lotta woman

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Angus Young / Malcom Young / Ronald Belford Scott

Whole Lotta Rosie lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

80 thoughts on “♫ Whole Lotta Rosie ♫

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  3. Whoaa now u’ve done it, opened up the flood gates! Honestly i never thought u’d play AC/DC, like ever 😉
    Well never say never fo sure… does that mean u’ll play opera for us one of these days, lol 🙂
    I’ll request Herr Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Act II: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen. It helps if u speak German, or simply sit back and enjoy the experience ❤

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  4. I’m stunned! My gob has never been so smacked! I never thought you’d go remotely close to this but you have my admiration and thanks for doing it. The best 5’42’’ I’ve had here recently! I hope Carolyn enjoyed it – after all, she did promise to listen to it if you played it ! I wonder if it brought her any joy – but I hope Brad enjoyed it!

    Fair play to you. And challenge accepted 😊🤘

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    • 🤣 I figured some of my friends would probably think I’d finally lost my last marble, else that I had been abducted by aliens! Every now and then, it’s fun to step out of my comfort zone … just not too often! Hugs and cheers, Michael!

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  5. Not my cup of tea. But then, nothing AC/DC ever did was my cup of tea.
    BUTT (in honour of Rosie) at least he did not make fun of Rosie, or full-size women of any name. He treated her like the person she is, not something to be scorned or pitied because of her size.
    This is not a fun memory, but a guy I once new purposely picked up large women because they were “easier” to get into bed, according to him. He even married a woman, I quote, “…out of pity. What guy would want to be married to her.” She is now a world famous potter whose name I will not mention, but whether or not she is still married to him I have mo idea. I did not go to their wedding, knowing what he had said made the whole thing a farce. Maybe he loved her, he never said, but to talk like that about the person you are marrying is condescending to a whole new level.
    Bon Scott, on the other hand, made Rosie into a sex goddess. Even if he wasn’t being honest — I think he was — he is to be commended for that, I think.
    Of course, we have no idea how the real Rosie felt about having her story told in song. I suspect she took a (possibly silent) pride in it.

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    • I had a friend just like yours, every party we went to he targeted the largest woman and he did very well. He ended up marrying an average sized woman but his head always swung around to ogle a larger women when they walked past.

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      • When you say he “did very well,” that would be from his perspective. Did the women really benefit from being used that way? I cannot say how they felt. I just wish I had known better in those days what I know now. My arguments then were useless. He had no compunctions about using women. He was, after all, a man!

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        • Yes men used women, very common in those days, however I knew plenty of women who liked to be used by a man they liked. In fact when I was a 19 year old a lot of older women, many solo or divorced would show plenty of interest in us younger guys, but of course they were not using us because they enjoyed being played right into our beds, after all we were simply learning to be men.

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            • I agree that more respect should be afforded to women by the men, and from what I have seen of the younger guys of today I think that is happening, however I have come across a lack of respect from some women who I think have had an agenda, but I believe both men and women are slowly changing their attitudes and maybe we will evolve into the middle road of equality. I do also believe man has an inherent sexual motivation towards women just as most other animal species on our planet has, it is just a question on how each man can deal with this evolved emotional issue.

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              • There are always those slow to change. But my girlfriend tells me men don’t always see the same side of women that other women see, as in more women think with their vaginas than they let on to men. So maybe were already more equal than not, but if that is true, everyone needs to change a hekkuva lot more. Or, mother nature can just get rid of us all and make this world a better place for everyone else.

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    • No, AC/DC isn’t my cuppa tea, either. What a cruel person your acquaintance was. Fact is that people come in all sizes and shapes … some are missing parts, some have extras. We … most of us … look beyond the body to what’s inside the heart and mind. Those who cannot, remain juveniles in their thinking and shouldn’t even be in adult society.


  6. Jill, you certainly stepped out of your comfort zone. AC/DC had a lot of good hard rock songs, but this was not on my list of favorites. It should be noted that Bon Scott drank himself to death, so Rosie may have been more than he could handle given his propensity to drink volumes. One thing about AC/DC is they had two of the most interesting voices as lead singers. I actually took my teen boys to see an AC/DC concert. It was loud, but good. Keith

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    • Oh yes, WAAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone! Where’s my Stevie???? I thought you might like AC/DC, for you’ve mentioned before that you were once a headbanger! When my daughter came in from work tonight, I asked her if she had, perchance, seen my music post today. She said she had not, so I told her the title and I swear her jaw hit the floor!!! She couldn’t believe I had actually played that! I didn’t know that about Bon Scott … happens to far too many in the industry … either alcohol, drugs, or suicide. Sorry this one wasn’t on your list of favourites, but … I don’t think I want to ask which ones are, for that would lead me to play more AC/DC, and I’ve had enough for now. 😉


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