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Coloring Club Plus — 4/6/19

Apr 6

Apr 6a

This is one of Bob Dylan’s most playful songs. Like Nick Hornby has his 31 songs, this may be one of mine.

It is reported that there was quite a bit of trouble recording the song. Bob tried with The Hawks first, then went to Nashville and tried with other musicians, then finally got an acceptable recording back with The Hawks.

Per wikipedia“Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” is a song by Bob Dylan, from his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Like many other Dylan songs of the 1965–1966 period, the song features a surreal, playful lyric set to an electric blues accompaniment. The song melodically and lyrically resembles Lightnin’ Hopkins’s “Automobile Blues,” with Dylan’s opening line of “Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat,” echoing Hopkins’s “I saw you riding ’round in your brand new automobile,” and the repeated line of “…brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat,” melodically descending in the same manner of the Hopkins refrain “…in your brand new fast car.” The Dylan reference to “the garage door” in the final verse of “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” may also be an allusion to the automobile of Hopkins’s song.

OK now you know I had to go out and find Lightnin’s song, which follows Bob’s.

Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes I, see you got your
Brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me, baby how your
Head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well you, look so pretty in it
Honey, can I jump on it sometime?
Yes, I just wanna see
If it’s really that expensive kind
You know it balances on your head just like a
Mattress balances on a bottle of wine
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well if you, wanna see the sun rise
Honey, I know where
We’ll go out and see it sometime
We’ll both just sit there and stare
Me with my belt wrapped around my head
And you just sittin’ there
In your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well, I asked the doctor if I could see you
It’s bad for your health, he said
Yes, I disobeyed his orders
I came to see you but I found him there instead
You know, I don’t mind him cheatin’ on me, but I
Sure wish he’d take that off his head
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Well I, see you got a new boyfriend
You know, I never seen him before
Well, I saw you makin’ love with him
He forgot to close the garage door
You might think he loves you for your money, but
I know what he really loves you for
It’s your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Songwriters: Bob Dylan

Samuel John “Lightnin'” Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Per wikipedia:Released in 1965, “Early Recordings” is an album by blues musician Lightnin’ Hopkins featuring tracks recorded at Gold Star Recording Studios between 1946 and 1950, eight of which were originally released as 10 inch 78rpm records on the Gold Star and Jax labels, along with eight others that were previously unissued. “Automobile Blues” is from this album.

I saw you riding around in your brand new automobile
I saw you riding around in your brand new automobile
Yeah, she was sitting there happy with her handsome driver
At the wheel in your brand new automobile
Yes, if I lock up on my shotgun again
He won’t be your driver no more, all right boys, all right boys
Now if you love me baby, you’ll let me drive your little automobile
If you love me, if you love me, you’ll let me drive your little automobile
Yes, I caught a cinch on my driving
I won’t have no wreck at your wheel in your brand new automobile
Songwriter: Samuel John Hopkins

11 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 4/6/19

  1. Oh jeez that guitar and harp are amazing. You never hear that tone anymore in modern recordings…that raw…and it should be heard.

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  2. I love Dylan, this was one that got a few boos while on his 65-66 world tour, but I loved it – so satirical. Love the colours too

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