The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” released in 1971, is a gritty and infectious rock song that has become one of the band’s most iconic hits. Written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway, the song’s catchy riff, driving rhythm, and distinctive vocals have made it a timeless classic of the rock genre.

About The Song

With its bluesy groove and evocative lyrics, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” tells the story of a mysterious woman who captivates the narrator with her allure and confidence. The song’s swaggering rhythm and infectious melody create a sense of intrigue and excitement, making it a favorite among fans of classic rock.

Upon its release, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” became a hit, topping the charts and earning widespread acclaim for its infectious energy and memorable hook. Its success helped to solidify The Hollies’ reputation as one of the premier rock bands of the era and remains a staple of rock radio playlists to this day.

As we revisit “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” we celebrate The Hollies’ enduring legacy and the lasting impact of this iconic rock anthem. Its infectious groove and timeless appeal continue to captivate audiences, reminding us of the band’s undeniable talent and enduring popularity.

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Lyric

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[Intro]

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 forgiven 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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