|"Keep Your Hands to Yourself"|
|Single by the Georgia Satellites|
|from the album Georgia Satellites|
|Genre||Southern rock, hard rock, rock and roll|
|The Georgia Satellites singles chronology|
"Keep Your Hands to Yourself" is a song by the American southern rock group the Georgia Satellites. The song was written by the group's lead singer, Dan Baird, and was released in 1986 as their debut single. The single reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of February 21, 1987.
The song is a twelve-bar blues in the key of A major with a moderate tempo of about 112 beats per minute. It follows the chord pattern A-D-A-E-A, with vocals ranging from D4 to A5.
The lyrics tell the story of a woman who refuses to become more intimate with her boyfriend until he marries her. Baird said the song "basically wrote itself" on a bus ride home from his construction job.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that the song "rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever." In the book 99 Red Balloons: And 100 All-Time One-Hit Wonders, Brent Mann wrote that "it's just a timeless, kick-out-the-jams rock 'n' roll number. Dan Baird digs into the song's vocals with a no-holds-barred zest straight out of a Texas honky-tonk."
The video for the single begins with the band riding on a flatbed cruising down a highway, along with flashbacks of Dan Baird and his fiance preparing for their wedding. These scenes continue until just before the last verse, where they arrive at the wedding and are greeted by the guests. The band continue to play on the now parked flatbed. During the instrumental outro, Baird is stripped of his guitar and carried by two men over to the bride as the wedding cake comes out. As Baird (now in a tuxedo) kisses his new bride (after being forced by a shotgun) it is finally shown that the bride is quite pregnant. The same flatbed, now with tin cans tied to it and "just married" painted on the flat part, is seen cruising down the highway.
|Australian (Kent Music Report)||20|
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
|US Billboard Album Rock Tracks||2|
|Year-end chart (1987)||Position|
|US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)||35|