I’m going to bet that at least some of you already know about this song, “Cypress Grove” by Clutch, but I did not learn of it until it was mentioned over at Nine Bullets, where I learn about all good music from a guy who likes Lucero, which is just a band I cannot get into. So, it’s kind of weird that there’s this blog that turns me onto all kinds of awesome music that just blows my mind and yet Lucero… I don’t know. Taste is a weird thing. I may have none of it.
But this is not a post for wondering how it is possible that Lucero has fans with such good musical taste. This is where I ask you to listen to this song (loudly, if you can), really listen to the lyrics, and then answer my question.
Okay, so here’s my question: Other than Memphis Minnie’s “Hoodoo Lady Blues,” can you think of another song in which the subject of the song is a woman (or women) who are not engaged in anything sexual and who are portrayed as bad-ass and a little scary? I think there must be some, but I just can’t think of them. And I keep listening to “Cypress Grove” half-expecting some “and that’s my woman” sentiment, but no, there’s just a scary woman who will shoot the shit out of you if she catches you trespassing.
I love it.