Not a Sex Toy

Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane wrote ‘Plastic Fantastic Lover’ as an ode to his new stereo system, which was a novelty item at the time.  In this song Marty sings about the psychedelic prescience concerning the overwhelming effects that technology and electronic media were having on him and it came out on their Surrealistic Pillow album.  I know that I already did a Song Lyric Sunday post today, but since Fandango contributed the song ‘Imaginary Lover’ by the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Melanie gave us Dream Lover’ by Bobby Darin, I decided to go with this.  Jefferson Airplane performed this song at Woodstock, but a lot of people may have been sleeping when it came on so early in the morning.  In the 1967 film The Graduate Dustin Hoffman is given advice about plastics, even though they were around since 1898, but they started getting really popular in the 1960s when it was being used in a lot of consumer goods.

Her neon mouth with a bleeding talk smile
Is nothing but electric sign
You could say she has an individual style
She’s a part of a colorful time

Super-sealed lady, chrome-color clothes
You wear ‘cause you have no other
But I suppose no one knows
You’re my plastic fantastic lover

Your rattlin’ cough never shuts off
Is nothing but a used machine
Your aluminum finish, slightly diminished
Is the best I’ve ever seen

Cosmetic baby, plug into me
And never, ever find another
And I realize no one’s wise
To my plastic fantastic lover

The electrical dust is starting to rust
Her trapezoid thermometer taste
All the red tape is mechanical rape
Of the TV program waste

Data control and I.B.M.
Science is mankind’s brother
But all I see is draining me
On my plastic fantastic lover

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife.

Where’s Your Husband’s At

There are a number of other songs with the title ‘On the Road Again’ and the most famous is probably the Willie Nelson song, but that is not what I am writing about today.  The song that I am writing about is a traditional song and most recordings credit Will Shade, of the Memphis Jug Band, as the writer of the song.  The Lovin’ Spoonful version of this song which was the flipside of ‘Do You Believe In Magic’ is credited to John Sebastian, but it is based on the Memphis Jug Band song.  Jug band music began as street-corner busking, where performers soon learned that the novelty of blowing on a ceramic jug, kazoo or harmonica grew larger crowds than the more sophisticated picking on banjos, mandolins and acoustic guitars by their more dignified blues colleagues.

The Grateful Dead played this song in 1966 (and before that when they were called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions), then it was dropped until it was reintroduced for a spell in the early 1980s, primarily in acoustic sets.  It was sung by Garcia in the 60’s and Weir in the 80’s.  They next performed the song in acoustic sets in the last few months of 1980 and, mainly in electric sets, during the 1981 to 1984 period.  It was then dropped from the repertoire and in total, it was performed about 40 times.

The singer of this song tells you why he married a bad girl and it is basically because they are more fun, but they probably won’t do any cooking.  The thing about a bad girl is that you can’t trust them.  They are natural born easy, but they like to be on the road, so they could take off at any time.  When one of your so-called friends stops by and you are not home, they may inquire where her husband is at, and then she will take off with them.  When you do get back home there is a good chance that you might find her in bed with someone else.

Why I married me a bad girl, tell you the reason why
Bad girls will even do things on the sly
Look for your supper to be good and hot
She never even put a stew bone in the pot

Chorus
She’s on the road again, sure as you’re born
Natural born easy on the road again
She’s on the road again, sure as you’re born

Friend comes by, says he’s looking for his hat
Wants to know where’s your husband’s at
Say I don’t know, he’s on the way to the pen
Come on pretty momma let’s get on the road again

[chorus]

Went to my house the front door was locked
Went ‘round to my window, but my window was locked
Jumped right back, shook my head,
Big old rounder in my folding bed
Jumped into the window, broke the glass
Never seen that little rounder run so fast

[chorus]

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife.

Spouse in the House

A fiancé refers to a man who is engaged to be married, and the term fiancée is used for a woman who is engaged to be married.  A lover is a partner that is involved in a sexual or romantic relationship outside of marriage.  A spouse is the gender-neutral term for a significant other in a marriage, civil union, or common-law marriage, where the male spouse is known as the husband and a female spouse is a wife.  I am not going to get into a plural number of husbands and wives, as polygamy or polyandry can get very confusing.  Marriage is a commitment that people in love make to spend their lives together, but others say why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.

Last week we had Stop the Nonsense and I went on a rant about the boloney about the election results, but I eventually got to the point of the prompts being Begin/End/Finish/Start.  We have the of prompts Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife this week.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.  Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the Traditional song ‘On The Road Again’.  Next week I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘China Cat Sunflower’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet
December 6, 2020 – Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle
December 13, 2020 – Apple/Banana/Cherry/Olive/Orange/Strawberry
December 20, 2020 – Circle/Polygon/Square/Triangle

The Games Begin to Drag

George Harrison wrote the Beatles song ‘I Want To Tell You’ for their 1966 album Revolver.  In 1980, George Harrison said that this song “is about the avalanche of thoughts that are so hard to write down or say or transmit.”  Harrison began to establish his own musical identity on Revolver, and he gained perspective through his experiences with LSD and he said, “My brain and my consciousness and my awareness were pushed so far out that the only way I can begin to describe it is like an astronaut on the moon, or in his spaceship, looking back at the Earth.  I was looking back to the Earth from my awareness.”

Harrison is trying to talk with this girl, but he is stuck or hung up, because he is high and time seems like an illusion, so he figures that he can wait, because he has time.  He isn’t able to tell her how he feels, or what is on his mind, even though his “head is filled with things to say”.  He is frustrated over his inability to communicate and he figures that, “I’ll make you maybe next time around.”  This is a new relationship for him and he thinks that if he knew her better, that he would be more able to share feelings with her and then she would understand him.

I want to tell you
My head is filled with things to say
When you’re here
All those words they seem to slip away

When I get near you
The games begin to drag me down
It’s alright
I’ll make you maybe next time around

But if I seem to act unkind
It’s only me, it’s not my mind
That is confusing things

I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don’t know why
I don’t mind
I could wait forever, I’ve got time

Sometimes I wish I knew you well
Then I could speak my mind and tell you
Maybe you’d understand

I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don’t know why
I don’t mind
I could wait forever, I’ve got time

I’ve got time
I’ve got time
I’ve got time
I’ve got time
I’ve got time
I’ve got time

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Begin/End/Finish/Start.

Stop the Nonsense

Stop the Steal is a misinformation campaign movement supporting Trump’s false claims of election fraud that was started by none other than Trump’s best buddy Roger Stone.  People like to believe what they read on Twitter and Facebook and that Democrats, Big Tech, and the Fake News Media are trying to STEAL this election, but this repackaged version which has been in the works since 2016 was started by the dirty trickster who had his 40-month prison sentence commuted by Trump.  The Stop the Steal site was set up by a dark money PAC group, so they could get rich off of Trump.  In most cases, begin and start, are interchangeable just as end and finish are.  Begin and end are often used for date related topics.  Start and finish work better for something that can be completed, like a task or a race.  Begin is often more formal than start is.  Finish is used when something can be completed, while end means stopped, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that something was completed.

Last week we had A Week is a Unit of Time with Days of the Week prompts.  This week we have the of prompts Begin/End/Finish/Start.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘I Want To Tell You’ by George Harrison.  Next week I will be writing about the Traditional song ‘On The Road Again’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
November 22, 2020 – Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife
November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet
December 6, 2020 – Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle
December 13, 2020 – Banana/Cherry/Strawberry/Olive

Died, Dug Up and Collapsed

‘Mason’s Children’ is not my favorite Grateful Dead song, but it mentions Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, comprising all of the weekdays, so it works for todays prompt.  The song dates back to 1969 and it was written by Garcia, Lesh, Weir and Hunter and the only other Grateful Dead song that was credited to these four is ‘Truckin’’.  It contains some strange lyrics and Robert Hunter said that the lyrics have something to do with Altamont, so I am gonna go with that and see if this Mason character can be used to represent Meredith Hunter, the man who was killed at Altamont.  I assume it is being sung by Mason’s children, but this song does not give you any of their names, or let you know how many children Mason has.

After Mason died, his children bricked him up in a wall, time goes by and when the children get older, they decide to dig him up.  I don’t think that his carcass was stinking up the house, as they remark that he “hardly aged a day”.  I imagine that his ghost could have been haunting the house, but no reason is given for why they dug him up.  The children comment on how Mason was a mighty man who taught them everything that they know and they say that he didn’t want to be mourned.  Mason is said to be dug up on a Tuesday and this might have something to do with the Grateful Dead learning how bad things became at this concert.  “The wall collapsed on Wednesday” could be about them realizing that they were partly responsible for the tragedy that took place at Altamont and their second-guessing their hiring of Hells Angels to work as security guards.  If Meredith Hunter is the mighty man, this could refer to him trying to climb onto the stage while the rolling stones were playing, and allegedly pulling out a gun.

The wall collapsed where Mason was entombed, but the Grateful Dead left this concert before the killing took place and they never even got on the stage after they heard that somebody punched Marty Ballin in the face, but after the concert, the shit sure hit the fan.  Thus, the lyrics pertaining to the children running and hiding and refusing to ever show their face again, could be about their reluctance to perform at this concert, as the Grateful Dead all stayed in their van.  Some people think this song is about cannibalism, because of the lyrics, “Mason’s children cooked the stew”, but since a stew is a dish that is immersed in liquid and slowly simmered, I think this means that the Grateful Dead were consumed with this tragedy and they knew that they had to deal with it.  The cleanup was going to be messy, as this event was becoming known as “Rock’s Darkest Day”, happening only 4 months after Woodstock.  I don’t think that Mason is being cooked in a stew and eaten, as the stew probably refers to the mess that Altamont had become.  The last verse talks about the Reaper Man, but I have seen other lyrics that say repo man and they end this song talking about getting stoned.

A lot of people think this song has something to do with Freemasons, because of the main character Mason, but I don’t see that, and many people go with the children eating the flesh of their father in the stew, but Robert Hunter songs are hard to interpret.  These analysts mention the Edgar Allen Poe story, The Cask of Amontillado, where someone is murdered by being bricked up in a wall, that contains a dialogue between two characters in which both reveal they are Masons.  A lot of them also mention the Robert Heinlein story Stranger in a Strange Land, where Valentine Michael Smith, is boiled in a soup and consumed by his followers after his death.

Mason died on Monday
We bricked him in the wall
All his children grew and grew
They never grew so tall before
May they never grow so tall again

We dug him up on Tuesday
He’d hardly aged a day
Taught us all he ever knew
We never knew so much before
We may never know so much again

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said, when dead and gone
Don’t you weep for me

The wall collapsed on Wednesday
We chalked it up to fate
All his children ran and hid
We never hid so well before
Swore we’d never show our face again

Thursday came, then Friday
With fires tall and bright
Mason’s children cooked the stew
And cleaned up when the feast was through
Swore we’d never had such times before

Take me to the Reaper Man
To pay back what was loaned
If he’s in some other land
Write it off as stoned

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Days of the Week.

A Week is a Unit of Time

Monday is the first day of the week and it is followed by Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then Sunday, when God rested.  This international standard is not followed by the United States and Canada, who both consider Sunday as the start of the week.  The names of these 7 days come from the Roman calendar, which related each day with 7 celestial bodies that were considered to be gods, and the Romans got their knowledge of celestial objects from the Babylonian astrologers.  The Moon became Monday, Mercury developed into Tuesday, Venus converted into Wednesday, Mars became Thursday, Jupiter went on to be Friday, Saturn changed to Saturday and the Sun transformed into Sunday.  Actually, the Roman planet names were only retained for three days, those being Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  The other days of the week have been replaced by their equivalent Norse or Germanic gods.  Tuesday was named for the one-handed god named Tiw.  Wednesday was named for Odin, Thursday got its name from Thor, who was the god of thunder and Friday got its name from the Norse goddess Freya who is leader of the Valkyries.

Last week we had Information Retained with the prompts being Smart/Stupid.  This week we have the Days of the Week prompts Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  Back when Fandango was hosting his Dog Days of August, he had a prompt for Monday and I wrote a post that featured four songs which had Monday in the title and he commented that Days of the Week could be used as a prompt, so this prompt was suggested by Fandango.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Mason’s Children’ by the Grateful Dead.  Next week I will be writing about the George Harrison song ‘I Want To Tell You’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
November 15, 2020 – Begin/End/Finish/Start
November 22, 2020 – Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife
November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet
December 6, 2020 – Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle

Are Women Smarter

‘Man smart [Woman Smarter]’ is calypso (gentle Caribbean-based folk style) tune that was written by Trinidadian composer Norman Span, who recorded it under the name King Radio.  He released the first version in 1936, but it didn’t become popular till 1956, when it was included on Harry Belafonte’s breakout album, Calypso.  America was gripped by a calypso craze with several white artists bringing Caribbean flavor to their tunes, starting with the Andrews Sisters #1 hit ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ in 1945.  Calypso music battled it out with rock and roll for a while, but eventually rock won out and calypso faded away.  The trend really took hold when Harlem-born Belafonte recorded his second consecutive #1 album on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, where it peaked for 31 weeks and was the first LP record album to sell over one million copies.  Belafonte had Jamaican roots and he is perhaps best known for singing ‘The Banana Boat Song’, with its signature lyric “Day-O” that can be heard in the movie Beetlejuice.

Span used several biblical stories to make his point that women are smarter than men are, by taking a humorous, clever, sly look at male/female relationships.  The song indicates that “the woman of today are smarter in every way”, because they have learned how to control men through centuries of manipulation.  Belafonte sings of biblical men who were led astray by women, saying Delilah seduced the strongman Samson to discover the source of his supernatural strength and Adam and Eve were ousted from the Garden of Eden when she convinced him to partake of the forbidden fruit and the 900-year-old Methuselah was miserable without a woman and once he found one, he died.  I wonder if a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman is around to hear him, is he still wrong?

I say let us put man and a woman together
To find out which one is smarter
Some say man but I say no
The woman got the man de day should know

And not me but the people they say
That the man are leading the women astray
But I say, that the women of today
Smarter than the man in every way
That’s right de woman is uh smarter
That’s right de woman is uh smarter
That’s right de woman is uh smarter, that’s right, that’s right

Ah, ever since the world began
Woman was always teaching man
And if you listen to my bid attentively
I goin’ tell you how she smarter than he

And not me but the people they say
That the man are leading the women astray
But I say, that the women of today
Smarter than the man in every way

Garden of Eden was very nice
Adam never work in paradise
Eve meet snake, paradise gone
She make Adam work from that day on

Methuselah spent all his life in tears
Lived without a woman for 900 years
One day he decided to have some fun
The poor man never lived to see 900 and one


And not me but the people they say
That the man are leading the women astray
But I say, that the women of today
Smarter than the man in every way
That’s right the woman is uh smarter
That’s right the woman is uh smarter
That’s right the woman is uh smarter, that’s right, that’s right

Samson was the strongest man long ago
No one could a beat him, as we all know
Until he loved Delilah, Lila said
All of the strength is in the hair of your head

And not me but the people they say
That the man are leading the women astray
But I say, that the women of today
Smarter than the man in every way
That’s right the woman is uh smarter
That’s right the woman is uh smarter
That’s right the woman is uh smarter, that’s right, that’s right

Ah you meet a girl at a ballroom dance
Thinking that you would stand a chance
Take her home, thinking she’s alone
Open the door you find her mama home

And not me but the people they say
That the man are leading the women astray
But I say, that the women of today
Smarter than the man in every way
Oh yes, smarter

Several other artists have recorded this, including Chubby Checker, Joan Baez, the Carpenters, Rosanne Cash, and Robert Palmer.  Bob Weir introduced this song to the Grateful Dead in 1981, and they played it regularly from then on.  The Grateful Dead removed all of the biblical references in this song and replaced them with a shorter verse about a distraught little boy.  Go Ahead was a San Francisco bay area band that formed in 1986 when Jerry Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma and they played ‘Women Are Smarter’.  It featured Jerry Cortez on lead guitar, who was with Kingfish, but now he is in the group Tower of Power.  Two former members from Santana Alex Ligertwood also played guitar, and sang vocals, and David Margen was on bass in this bar band along with two members from the Grateful Dead Brent Mydland on keyboards, vocals, and Bill Kreutzmann on drums.   

Let us put men and women together
See which one is smarter
Some say men, but I say no
The women got the men like a puppet show

Believe me, it’s the people that say
That the men are leading the women astray
But I say that the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way

Chorus
That’s right, the women are smarter
That’s right, the women are smarter
That’s right, the women are smarter
The women are smarter than the men today

Little boy sit on the corner and cry
Big man come and he ask him why
Says I can’t do what the big boys do
Man sat down and he cried too

It ain’t me, but the people who say
That the men are leading the women astray
But I say that the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way

[chorus]

Ever since the world began
Women been imitating the ways of men
But listen cause I’ve got a plan
Give it up, just don’t try to understand

[chorus]

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Smart/Stupid.

Information Retained

IQ tests and SAT scores will indicate your intelligence level at a particular moment in time, basically saying how smart or stupid you are.  If a genius is having a bad day, they might not do well on these tests and then somebody else might get lucky and happen to select a lot of the correct answers, thus giving them a much higher score than they deserve.  Some jokes can be smart and stupid at the same time. When Schrödinger asked the doctor how his cat was doing, the doctor told him that he had good news and bad news.  Heisenberg and Schrödinger are traveling in a car when they get pulled over by a cop.  The officer asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?”  Heisenberg replies, “No, but I know where I am.”   This makes the officer suspicious, so he decides to check their trunk.  He looks inside and asks, “Are you aware that there is a dead cat in your trunk?”, to which Schrödinger replies, “l am now.”  A Roman walks into a bar and holds up two fingers and says, “Five beers please.”  The word “Queue” is pronounced like the letter q, followed by four silent letters.  If you put root beer in a square cup, do you end up with just plain beer?

Last week we had Dress Up Day with the Halloween related prompts Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch. This week we have the intelligence related prompts of Smart/Stupid.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section. 

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I am writing about the song ‘Man Smart, Woman Smarter’ by King Radio.  Next week I will be writing about the Grateful Dead song ‘Mason’s Children’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
November 8, 2020 – Days of the Week
November 15, 2020Begin/End/Finish/Start
November 22, 2020 = Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife
November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet

The Way You Treat Your Man

‘I Just Want to Make Love to Youis a 1954 blues song written by Willie Dixon, first recorded by Muddy Waters, and released as ‘Just Make Love to Me’.  This song also appeared on the 1967 Super Blues album, which was a collaboration between Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Walter.  A lot of artists recorded this song, including the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Animals, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Righteous Brothers, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Ann Margret, Foghat, Adele, Lou Rawls, Isaac Hayes, Sam Cooke, Mungo Jerry, B.B. King, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, and many more.  Etta James recorded this for her 1960 debut album, At Last! where she put her own sassy spin on this song, changing some of the lyrics around. 

‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’ was originally sung by Pigpen with the Grateful Dead in 1966, then it was revived by Brent Mydland a couple of times in 1984, and finally played once by Jerry Garcia in 1995.  That recording made it to the 30 Trips Around The Sun album, which is a box set of 30 previously unreleased shows to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead.  In this song, the singer doesn’t expect his woman to take on the traditional domestic responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, or doing laundry, as long as she’s available for lovemaking. 

Willie Dixon was a bassist and sideman for some of the top acts in the world, including some folks don’t realize.  He backed Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter, but also served as a sideman for artists including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, and Fleetwood Mac.  Dixon. He began writing songs at a young age, adapting them from poems he’d written in Mississippi. After moving to Chicago, he was eventually signed to Chess Records as an artist, but actually spent more time as a producer, talent scout and staff songwriter.

Willie Dixon wrote or co-wrote some really great songs, over 500 songs and he served as a vital link between blues and rock ‘n’ roll.  His songs include ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Evil’, ‘If the Sea Was Whiskey’, ‘Bring it on Home’, ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Talk to Me Baby (I Can’t Hold Out)’, ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’, ‘My Babe’, ‘Back Door Man’, ‘Spoonful’, ‘Wang Dang Doodle’, ‘Little Red Rooster’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover’ and this one which reached #4 on Billboard magazine’s R&B Best Sellers chart when it was recorded by Muddy Waters.  Backing Waters on vocals are Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. 

Dixon’s 1988 album Hidden Charms won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording and his song ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ was recognized by The Blues Foundation and the Grammy Hall of Fame for its influence in pop music and in 2004, and it was selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.  ‘Little Red Rooster’ was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll”.  Willie Dixon was inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “early influences” (pre-rock) category in 1994 and he was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.   Dixon died of heart failure on January 29, 1992, at the age of 76.

I don’t want you, cook my bread
I don’t want you, make my bed
I don’t want your money too
I just want to make love to you

I don’t want you be no slave
I don’t want you work all day
I don’t want you be sad and blue
I just want to make love to you, baby

I can tell by the way that you twitch and walk
I can see by the way that you baby talk
I can tell by the way that you treat your man
I can love you, baby, it’s a crying shame

I don’t want you wash my clothes
I don’t want you leave the home
I don’t want you to be true
I just want to make love to you

I don’t want you wash my clothes
I don’t want you to keep me home
I don’t want to be true
I just want to make love to you

I don’t want you be no slave
I don’t want you to work all day
I don’t want you to be true
I just want to make love

Baby I need you
I, I need you
Baby I need your
Yes I need your
Baby I need your love
I need your love
I don’t need your money, no
I need your love
I don’t need your money, no
I need your love
Cause it feels so good
Making love to you
Making love to you
Making love to you

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch.