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The art of seduction. 
None of us is impervious to being seduced. We all have a 'price'. 
I find the instrumental part of this song seductive. It certainly grabs my attention. More so, because it's an OLDIE and it reminds me of a time and place in my youth.
The message in this song seems clear. The "good guy" is a straight arrow doing his job of cleaning up a "dirty" situation. In walks an insurmountable temptation. He's swept into a scene he was there to eliminate. No regrets... no excuses... the 'price' is right.
It's not just sexual desire that seduces, though. There is a high rate of seductive influencing that goes on in our minds. The human desire for belonging and acceptance is powerful. Ideas, especially widely popular ones, are "women in black dresses" in our societies. "Group think" is not only a comfortably easy allurement, it can feel very nice. Who doesn't want to feel good?
The agent in the song may, or may not, regret "giving in". He might even be able to keep his integrity by compartmentalizing 'what he wants' and 'what he should do'. I'd like to believe that listening to seductive ideas can also be done without surrendering to them. Our integrity, as free thinking individuals, depends on that.

"Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" Saturday night I was downtown Working for the FBI Sittin' in a nest of bad men Whiskey bottles piling high Bootlegging boozer on the west side Full of people who are doing wrong Just about to call up the DA man When I heard this woman sing a song A pair of 45's made me open my eyes My temperature started to rise She was a long cool woman in a black dress Just-a 5'9, beautiful, tall With just one look I was a bad mess 'Cause that long cool woman had it all [Instrumental Interlude] I saw her heading to the table Like a tall walking big black cat When Charlie said I hope that you're able boy 'Cause I'm telling you she knows where it's at Then suddenly we heard the sirens And everybody started to run A-jumping out of doors and tables When I heard somebody shootin' a gun Well the DA was pumping my left hand And a-she was a-holding my right Well I told her don't get scared 'Cause you're gonna be spared I've gotta be forgivin' if I wanna spend my living With a long cool woman in a black dress Just a 5'9 beautiful tall Yeah, with just one look I was a bad mess 'Cause that long cool woman had it all Had it all Had it all


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday~ LONG/SHORT/TALL/SMALL

  1. Susan this song is about the bootlegging days during the American prohibition era. The FBI decides to make a raid on this bar where a woman is singing in a black dress, but the agent doesn’t want her to get in trouble, so he kind of saves her. Welcome to Song Lyric Sunday and thanks for joining in with this classic song.

  2. This was popular for the SLS. One of my favs. I have a photo in my Tampa book that shows where the sheriff’s department raided a moonshine still. I think in my mind that they put it back in service and used it for their own consumption. LOL! Love the Hollies! 🙂

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