Saturday, June 20, 2020

Music Reviews: Long Distance Call

One common blues theme is infidelity. If you're working all day, working in a different city or state, or are otherwise away from home for weeks or months at a time you may come to have some concerns as to what exactly your biscuit roller is doing in your absence. There are many songs that explore this theme but for my money one of the best is Muddy Waters doing "Long Distance Call". 

It's simple and deep at the same time. Muddy Waters changes his stentorian tones to an almost B.B. King like falsetto expressing his pain at "another mule kicking in his stall". I also appreciate that songs like this that generally got their point across without resulting to vulgarity. I was impressed at how the drummer evokes the sound of a telephone ringing.



You say you love me darlin',
Please, call me on the phone sometime
You say you love me darlin',
Please, call me on the phone sometime
When I hear your voice,
Ease my worried mind

One of these days,
I'm gonna show you how nice a man can be
One of these days,
I'm gonna show you just how nice a man can be
I'm gonna buy you a brand, new Cadillac,
If you only speak some good words about me

Hear my phone ringin',
Sound like a long distance call
Hear my phone keep ringin',
Sound like a long distance call
When I picked up my receiver,
The party said another mule kickin' in your stall
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