Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kind-Hearted Woman Blues

His "kind-hearted" gal
Packs a .32, but he
Thinks he might shoot first.

"Kind-Hearted Woman" is another song in the long series of woman-hating songs by blues artists. This one, which Bob Dylan performed at the Gaslight Cafe in 1962, is based on blues master Robert Johnson's first studio recording from 1936. His song was in turn based on several other blues hits by other people from that time. The last three lines are lifted from the "James Alley Blues" by Richard "Rabbit" Brown. The song is available on the hard-to-find "50th Anniversary Collection," first volume.

I got a kind-hearted woman studies evil all the time.
I got a kind-hearted woman studies evil all the time.
She would kill me just to have it on her mind                                                    

She got a .32 special, built on a cross of wood
She got a .32 special, built on a cross of wood
I got a 38-20, man, that's twice as good.

Sometime I'm thinking, you're too good to die
Sometime I'm thinking, you're too good to die
Other times I'm a-thinking you ought to be buried alive.




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