"Bell Bottom Blues" as written by and Eric Patrick Clapton....
Bell bottom blues, you made me cry
I don't want to lose this feeling
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I'd gladly do it because
I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

It's all wrong, but it's all right
The way that you treat me baby
Once I was strong but I lost the fight
You won't find a better loser

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I'd gladly do it because
I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I'd gladly do it 'cause
I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

Bell bottom blues, don't say goodbye
I'm sure we're gonna meet again
And if we do, don't you be surprised
If you find me with another lover

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I'd gladly do it 'cause
I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

I don't want to fade away
Give me one more day please
I don't want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay


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"Bell Bottom Blues" as written by Bobby Whitlock Eric Patrick Clapton

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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite clapton songs. it speaks, intensely, of the unconditional love he felt for this woman (presumably patti harrison - whom he writes about in "layla"). on the last verse, though, he says "don't be surprised if you find me with another lover." so while this song speaks of overpowering, weakening love, it also speaks of his ability to overcome a love that does him no good. that is what makes it so fabulous.
    catherinekson April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentclapton is god with a stratocaster. there is no better loser
    gilbagon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmusic at its best. in my opinion.

    his lyrics are never dull and never repeat too often, not that thats a terrible thing
    goodstuff12on December 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt doesn't make total sense that the subject (Bell Bottom Blues) of "Bell Bottom Blues" is a woman, in spite of the Layla album being inspired by Mrs. Harrison. (What does 'Bell Bottoms' have to do with a woman? Unless it's some sort of insider thing..) "Bell Bottom Blues" is actually one of the few songs on the album that doesn't explicitly reference Patti Boyd. The subject of "Bell Bottom Blues" is the music itself. (I.e., a bunch rock-n-roll elite in bell bottoms hard at work doing their thing.)

    The Music of Layla is very distinct, a sound I haven't personally heard anywhere else. The making of the music is a love in of itself, and it is the music of Layla to which this love song is dedicated. (It may take a musician to appreciate.)

    Eric Clapton indeed found other lovers, but it's my opinion that this one was the most notable love of his life. If I were him, I would indeed want to go back to "Bell Bottom Blues", even to this day (2005). After 30 years of hardcore drug use, I doubt "Bell Bottom Blues" will have him back. Love stories are sad. But clearly a great song.
    lyricstudenton February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an unabashed favorite of mine, and you (lyricstudent) have managed to taint it forever with your over-overanalyzing reach. Your reach for an alternative meaning has ruined a great song .
    gilbagon February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUmm... that's just what he's saying...

    Actually, I used to think the song had to do with a woman, because the words are something you'd say to your wife after you beat the shit out of her. But I never realliy liked the song because everything seemed out of place.. the meaning! What the hell does "Bell Bottom Blues" have to do with a woman, and why the hell should I identify with it?

    If Bell Bottom Blues is a woman, then I don't know anyone like her, and the topic doesn't do anything for me.

    But the fact -- so I think and you never can know unless Clapton comes out -- that Bell Bottom Blues is the music, really makes the whole Layla album kick ass. It's a direct statement that the music was not processed bullshit designed for making money.

    But judging from your reaction, the sentiment didn't matter.
    lyricstudenton March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, Clapton did say that this entire album was about Boyd. So, I assume that this song is about her. But it does make sense that this song is multi-layered. He was so mired in drugs and alchohol to take away his pain of Boyd/Harrison issue. To me, this song represents this love that he knows is bad. It will hurt, its not healthy, and damnit.....he can't help it! Imagine that is how he feels about Boyd and about the drugs. he knows it will ruin everything, but he just wants her so bad that he is willing to "crawl across the floor" for the love. In the end, he acknowledges that time will pass, and the love will burn itself out. Anything this passionate will burn out. Honestly, this is my all time favorite Clapton song. Oh side note....play this song to your girl, and you are guaranteed a good time in bed!
    Joshiezon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't doubt clapton said that the entire album was about boyd... But the thing that I totally identify with in this song is the title "Bell Bottom Blues".. Music Yes.

    The word "Blues" could be associated with the heartache.. I agree. But I don't think that he could have the Allman brothers and the all star line up if it was all about his fetish.. If I were the other musicians, I'd be there for the music.. Because clapton was a kick ass guitarist (he WAS, now he's over the hill).. not for emotional support and for tranvestite Lola style bonding.

    Songs like this have many interpretations.. I don't think Clapton cited anywhere a specific prescription for the exact meaning of any of his songs on Layla, other than that they are all about her.

    Just take a step back and listen to "bell bottom blues"... they are jamming.. and singing.. the music. Oh yeah, and it's about Patti Boyd.
    lyricstudenton March 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm sorry I acted like such a tyrant by dominating this songs meaning with repeated comments... I happily got carried away on the fact that there was a semi discussion here.. which I probably ultimately killed..But about Bell Bottom Blues being a great song..

    It's been my experience that any time you listen to a song over and over and over again, eventually, you don't desire to hear the song anymore.. i.e. you get bored with it, no matter how great the song is.

    It's a question of what gives us that nearly sexual feeling of music enjoyment.. that moment when we ever enjoyed it.. really enjoyed it.. That moment we try to go back to...

    May sound perverted, but that's the ultimate reality when you listen to music without participating in it..
    As if the music should merely caress your organ..

    But Bell Bottom Blues is so sexy.. It makes me want to scream like Michael Jackson and brake a glass like Wesley Willis.

    I too wonder if my overanalyzing depth will ruin all of my chance to enjoy music.. Then again, my point of living is not to be a music critic.. My point of living.. My life -- is music.. It is like music... And that's where I connect..
    lyricstudenton April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm sorry I acted like such a tyrant by dominating this songs meaning with repeated comments... I happily got carried away on the fact that there was a semi discussion here.. which I probably ultimately killed..But about Bell Bottom Blues being a great song..

    It's been my experience that any time you listen to a song over and over and over again, eventually, you don't desire to hear the song anymore.. i.e. you get bored with it, no matter how great the song is.

    It's a question of what gives us that nearly sexual feeling of music enjoyment.. that moment when we ever enjoyed it.. really enjoyed it.. That moment we try to go back to...

    May sound perverted, but that's the ultimate reality when you listen to music without participating in it..
    As if the music should merely caress your organ..

    But Bell Bottom Blues is so sexy.. It makes me want to scream like Michael Jackson and brake a glass like Wesley Willis.

    I too wonder if my overanalyzing depth will ruin all of my chance to enjoy music.. Then again, my point of living is not to be a music critic.. My point of living.. My life -- is music.. It is like music... And that's where I connect..
    lyricstudenton April 06, 2005   Link

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