"Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" as written by Alan Clarke, Roger Frederick Cook and Roger John Reginald Greenaway....
Saturday night I was downtown
Working for the FBI
Sitting 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 singing a song
A pair of 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
I saw her heading to the table
Well a tall walking big black cat
When Charlie said I hope that you're able, boy
Well I'm telling you she knows where it's at
Well then suddenly we heard the sirens
And everybody started to run
Jumping under doors and tables
Well I heard somebody shooting a gun
Well the DA was pumping my left hand
And she was holding my right
Well I told her, "Don't get scared
'Cause you're gonna be spared"
Well I'm gonna be forgiven
If I want to spend my living
With 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
Had it all, had it all, had it all...


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"Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" as written by Alan Clarke, Roger Frederick Cook, Roger John Reginald Greenaway

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    General CommentI can picture a black & white thirties film on prohibition - what a guitar sound - rumbles along
    nagromnaion February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBogFrog, it's set in the Prohibition era (1920's-30's) in the U.S. The singer is working undercover for the FBI at a speakeasy. He's about to call the District Attorney to blow the whistle on some illicit activity when he hears/sees a tall beautiful blonde woman in a black dress singing. After she finishes the song she heads toward his table. Just then the police raid the place (how they found out about it, when our hero never placed his call, and why he gets the credit from the D.A. for the successful bust, is not explained). No matter, our hero winds up with a medal and the girl. Kinda reminds me of that fantastic movie, L.A. Confidential (even if that took place in the 1950's) where Russell Crowe's hardboiled cop character ends up with Kim Bassinger.
    tigger2006on August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWanted to add, I don't think this song has any deeper meaning. Whoever wrote it probably just liked those old 20's-30's detective novels and movies where some hardboiled gumshoe solves a case and gets the girl. The song draws a picture and creates a certain atmosphere in a few broad strokes and leaves the listener to fill in the details according to his/her own perception of that era.
    tigger2006on August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually when I first heard this song, "CCR" instantly flashed into my mind. It's hard NOT to draw the parallel - it sounds very much like a CCR song.

    Great song though - I thought it was some gumshoe-theme song too :-)
    mobileinfantryon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy hasnt anybody commented on this song, its amazing, it roxs my socks haha
    stevethegreaton May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone the best songs ever, great guitar love the lyrics!
    eric_jr2005on February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTerrific song. The way Allan Clarke's voice trails off at the end of most lines give it such a distinct mood. They say they were imitating CCR, but this song sticks out in my mind as being unique and completely ground breaking.
    Bluejay Fusionon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly is this song about? I fricken love it, but i dont 100% understand it.
    BogFrogon July 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish I was tall
    RoCkHaRdeRon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen he says 'A pair of 45s made me open my eyes', he isn't talking about guns.

    I didn't see anyone had mentioned that.


    I think it's easy to figure out what he *is* talking about, though...
    reciprocityxon September 20, 2006   Link

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