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#SLS — Bob Dylan — Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Jim Adams is the entertaining host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week the prompt is Clothing/Hat/Pants/Scarf/Shirt/Shoes/Tie and I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits this clothing theme.
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Even though I unwittingly posted a song about shoes yesterday that could have been reblogged for today, I decided to reblog a post I did awhile back by one of the greatest songwriters ever, my man, Zimmy, aka Bob Dylan, who is now getting up there in age, but still going strong.

This is one of Bob Dylan’s most playful writes. 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.

Note:  no animals were harmed in the writing of this post.

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

20 thoughts on “#SLS — Bob Dylan — Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

  1. Dylan was at his best here. I have not listened to this in such a long time and I really savored it today. Robbie Robertson makes his guitar scream and the rest of the Hawks are awesome. This is a great tribute to Lightnin’ Hopkins, thanks for sharing it.

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