FCS Daily Music Video – ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ Joe Cocker, Leon Russell (guitar), Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1970)

John Robert “Joe” Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured expressive body movements.

Leon Russell played in and organised the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour of 1970

Thematically, a “honky tonk woman” refers to a dancing girl in a western bar; the setting for the narrative in the first verse of the rock-and-roll version is Memphis, Tennessee: “I met a gin soaked bar-room queen in Memphis”

Lyrics below


“Honky Tonk Women”

I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride
She had to heave me right across her shoulder
‘Cause I just can’t seem to drink you off my mind

It’s the honky tonk women
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues

I laid a divorcee in New York City
I had to put up some kind of a fight
The lady then she covered me in roses
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind

It’s the honky tonk women
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues

It’s the honky tonk women
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues
It’s the honky tonk women
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues


Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing round with words. And having fun

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