Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ragged and Dirty

Dirty derelict
Asks woman for a quick one
To help pep him up.

This is an old blues song, and the lyrics haven't changed much over the years. The trouble is that I don't quite understand what's going on here. My view is that it's about a guy who caught his wife cheating on him with his best friend, so he's out on the road, and hungry and broke and so on. He runs into another woman and suggests that they have sex. She of course is married to someone else, but he suggests that they make it a quickie and he'll be gone before her man ever suspects what's going on. If that's not the story, then two men must be sharing the verses as some are about Mr. Unlucky cursing the rotten turn of events, and others are about getting a quick crack at the lady while her man is out.

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