Hang Out the Front Door Key

Episode Air Date: March 24, 2020
Artist: Shelton Brothers
Recording Title: Hang Out the Front Door Key

“Hang Out the Front Door Key,” released by Decca in 1935, was originally written by Benjamin Hapgood Burt in 1908. It tells the tale of a man who doesn’t return home to his wife in time for dinner, and in the second verse, he gets a taste of his own medicine.

Woody Guthrie would use the melody for his “Do Re Mi” an RCA Victor 78, in 1940. And in 2013, Tim Timebomb, a music project from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, released a unique rendition featuring his trademark gravelly tone. Listen for yourself!


This episode was co-written by Syracuse University student Kevin Pacelli, part of the Sound Beat Class Partnership.


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