Song Lyric Sunday~ LONG/SHORT/TALL/SMALL

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” (also titled “Long Cool Woman” or “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)”) is song written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway and performed by the British rock group The Hollies.
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





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

  1. J-Dub 02/21/2021 / 11:53 am

    We’re twinkies today. Love this song 🎶

  2. newepicauthor 02/21/2021 / 12:35 pm

    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.

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/21/2021 / 1:20 pm

      Ah… a better perspective now. Thanks.
      I still think the seduction angle applies. I enjoy knowing more about the context! ;-D

  3. Peter's pondering 02/21/2021 / 4:25 pm

    Great song. I’ve seen The Hollies live many times over many years so have a great affinity with their music.

  4. Lisa Coleman 02/26/2021 / 6:16 pm

    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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