“The Hollies – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” is a legendary rock anthem that has stood the test of time. Released in 1972, this electrifying track continues to captivate music enthusiasts with its infectious rhythm and enigmatic lyrics. In this article, we delve into the fascinating history of the song and the talented performers behind it. But before we do that, let’s uncover some intriguing facts with a “Did You Know?” section.Eric Haydock death: The Hollies bassist and founder member dies aged 75 |  The Independent | The Independent

Did You Know?

Did you know that “Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress” by The Hollies is a song that defied expectations? Despite being a band primarily known for their harmonious pop sound, this track showcased a grittier, bluesy side of The Hollies. It features Allan Clarke’s distinctive vocals and was a surprise hit, reaching the top of the charts in multiple countries.BBC Radio 2 - Sounds of the 60s with Tony Blackburn - The Hollies And Their  Hit Songwriters

Now, let’s take a journey back in time and explore the song itself. You can watch the official video on YouTube and enjoy the lyrics below.


Saturday night I was downtown
Working for the FBI
Sittin’ in a nest of bad men
Whiskey bottles piling high

Bootlegging boozer on the west side
Full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the DA man
When I heard this woman sing a song

A pair of 45’s made me open my eyes
My temperature started to rise
She was a long cool woman in a black dress
Just-a 5’9, beautiful, tall
With just one look I was a bad mess
‘Cause that long cool woman had it all

[Instrumental Interlude]

I saw her heading to the table
Like a tall walking big black cat
When Charlie said I hope that you’re able boy
‘Cause I’m telling you she knows where it’s at
Then suddenly we heard the sirens
And everybody started to run
A-jumping out of doors and tables
When I heard somebody shootin’ a gun
Well the DA was pumping my left hand

And a-she was a-holding my right
Well I told her don’t get scared
‘Cause you’re gonna be spared
I’ve gotta be forgivin’ if I wanna spend my living
With a long cool woman in a black dress
Just a 5’9 beautiful tall
Yeah, with just one look I was a bad mess
‘Cause that long cool woman had it all
Had it all
Had it all

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