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 D.A. man
When I heard this woman singing a song

A pair of forty fives 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 'n' tall
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
Charlie said, I hope that you're able, boy
'Cause I'm telling you she knows where it's at

Well, suddenly we hear the sirens
And everybody started to run
Jumping under doors and tables
Well, I heard somebody shooting a gun

Well, the D.A. was pumping my left hand
She was holding my right
Well, I told her, don't get scared
'Cause you're gonna be spared
I've gotta be forgiven if I wanna spend my living

With a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5'9" beautiful 'n' tall
Well 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
Had it all, had it all, had it all (she had it all)


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Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress) Lyrics as written by Roger Frederick Cook Alan Clarke

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  • +6
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    BogFrog, 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
  • +2
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    Wanted 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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    why hasnt anybody commented on this song, its amazing, it roxs my socks haha

    stevethegreaton May 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    Terrific 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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    Actually 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
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    When 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
  • +1
    General Comment

    Isn't it "Well, I gotta be forgiving if I wanna spend my living . . ."?

    ajolly2on December 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
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    Besides CCR, there are echoes of Johnny Rivers and Duane Eddy in this song. One of the greatest opening riffs in rock and roll.

    JimmyJazz68on October 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
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    I can picture a black & white thirties film on prohibition - what a guitar sound - rumbles along

    nagromnaion February 09, 2006   Link
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    one the best songs ever, great guitar love the lyrics!

    eric_jr2005on February 14, 2006   Link

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