Song of the Day #3,210: ‘Wee Wee Hours’ – Chuck Berry

The B-side of Chuck Berry’s ‘Maybellene’ was a 12-bar blues called ‘Wee Wee Hours’ that went on to become a big hit in its own right.

Berry initially pitched this track to Chess Records, which had a history with blues recordings, but they showed more interest in the ground-breaking ‘Maybellene.’

‘Wee Wee Hours’ might have played second fiddle to Berry’s first hit, but it is a lovely example of his vocal talents and a showcase for pianist Johnnie Johnson.

Here’s what Berry had to say about the song in his autobiography:

‘Wee Wee hours’ was based on the memorable tears that Joe Turner’s ‘Wee Baby Blue’ brought from me when I was a teenager, so much in love with Margie. Blues are simple anyway and only seem to need the lyrics of a lonely confession to be put to music. It took the memory of one of the evenings that I didn’t get to see Margie at her window to put the words together and the tune is anybody’s cry for companionship. With the exception of a couple of ten minute repair changes, I think it took all of an hour to complete the writing of ‘Wee Wee Hours.’

[Verse 1]
In the wee, wee hours
That’s when I think of you
In the wee, wee hours
That’s when I think of you
You say, but yet I wonder
If your love was ever true
In a wee little room
I sit alone and think of you
In a wee little room
I sit alone and think of you
I wonder if you still remember
All the things we used to do

[Chorus][x2]
One little song
For a fading memory

[Outro]
Of the one I really love
The only one for me

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,210: ‘Wee Wee Hours’ – Chuck Berry

  1. Dana says:

    A lovely, classic blues song.

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