When it’s cold outside…

…who are you holding?

It’s a question Bobby Womack plaintively asks at the outset of If You Think You’re Lonely Now – one of the great sexist soul anthems of all time. If you think you’re lonely now : wait until tonight girl. This is his somewhat chilly advice to his laydee, a laydee who is ‘telling him what she wants, what she needs, and telling him to go and and get it for her.’ The laydee’s attitude comes with an inbuilt problem: Girl, I can’t be in two places at one t-i-m-e. Quite. Lyrics aside, one of the other great things about the song is that it seems to come in half-way through an intro. It’s worth a click just to catch that. I linked to one of those static* you tube clips: all the live versions are appalling, which is no surprise: I caught Bobby Womack at the Hammersmith Odeon in the mid-eighties – he was one of those infuriating performers who could never just do a song, he always had to segue into something else halfway through, or else start getting on his knees and testifying (to be fair, testifying is inherent to this track, but he’d do it absolutely anywhere and everywhere). I went back to the Odeon the following year hoping for better, but it was just the same. There was a lot of dope and cocaine involved in all this malarky, of course (his drugs song, Harry Hippy, is well worth checking out, as we Dee-Jays say).

It’s cold up in them dunes, but we ain’t lonely cos we get back before nightfall.

* (Note for makemeadiva: the static picture changes to an intriguing pipe-smoking-on-horseback shot on about three minutes).

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9 Responses to When it’s cold outside…

  1. makemeadiva says:

    Well ah dunno about no laydee but dat hoss ain’t gonna stand so still when Bobby taps out de pipe on his withers.

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    Yes, But will he ever move?

  3. calvininjax says:

    Good King Dylan last looked out … crisp and even … etc, etc.

    An excellent start to Doggy Pix 2010.

    Happy New Year, Y’all!

  4. Patty Gross says:

    Looks cold alright. Dylan always adds a bit of warmth to any scene! He’s obviously deep in thought….and look at that highly raised tail. Magnificant dog!

    Drzl would love these dunes to run across!

  5. Patty Gross says:

    Oh, I had a thought (well, sort of)….it was Bob Dylan who sang a song which had the lyrics “I can’t do what 10,000 people want me to do.” Or was it someone else?

  6. calvininjax says:


    It was Otis Redding with “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”. He cowrote it with Steve Cropper.

    The line was: I can’t do what ten people tell me to do, so I guess I will remain the same.

    Of course, it was written in 1967, with inflation, ten people are probably worth 10,000 these days. 😉

  7. Stephen Foster says:

    Good work CalvininJax; you’re in the pub team.

    [Goooaaarrrnnn Supertone!]

  8. Patty Gross says:

    Thanks, Calvin!! Now I remember. Don’t know how I came up with 10,000 people……well, 1967 was a long time ago. Sometimes I’m doing good to remember 10 years ago, or is that 10,000 years ago? I loved the song even if I can’t remember who sang it or the correct lyrics! 🙂

  9. kevin says:

    of course, it could have been “The Grand old Duke of York” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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