Who originally sang the song knock on wood?
I think Eddie Floyd sang the first version
Knocking on wood is an old superstition. Originally you were supposed to knock on oak wood. This was to awaken the spirit of the wood and ask it to protect you from whatever bad luck you had inadvertently aroused. Three is a lucky and in some places sacred number and I was raised to believe you should knock three times to avert bad luck.
It was believed that trees had spirits and to invoke those spirits you would tap on the tree, "knock on wood". The practice tended to be a way to ask the spirits to intervene and save you from a bad out come (bad luck). This is why when you say something you do not want to come about you "knock on wood."
you knock on wood because say you say something like iv never broken a bone in my life you would say knock on wood and knock on wood 3 times so you dont jinx your self and break a bone tomarow. The origin of "knock on wood" is a bit cloudy. It seems to trace back to the European idea of touching wood to ward off bad luck, or acknowledge good luck. The knocking probably…
The song is "Ooh La La." It was originally released on the Faces album of the same name. It was written by Ronnie Lane and not sung by Rod Stewart (in fact, Ronnie Wood sang it). However, Rod Stewart did eventually sing it on his 1998 album When We Were The New Boys. The actual line is: "I wish I knew what I know now when I was younger."
The exact origin of the phrase "knock on wood" is unknown, however many speculate that is could have come from rituals in early times where trees were considered sacred spirits. Others believe the phrase originated in Ireland. To knock on wood was to alert leprechauns that you were thanking them for giving you good luck. Another popular belief is that by knocking on wood you prevent the devil from hearing what you have just said…