Eric Clapton - Bell Bottom Blues (Live Video Version)


Bell Bottom Blues (Live at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, 8/18



Bell Bottoms are pants that are very tight in the top but flare out at the bottom. They were popular in the '60s.


Derek and the Dominos formed after Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon worked on George Harrison's solo album, All Things Must Pass. They went to England and played a bunch of small clubs all over Europe, with Clapton and Whitlock writing songs along the way. The band was in France when the inspiration for this song hit. Whitlock told us: "Eric met this girl, she was like a Persian princess or something, and she wore bell bottoms.


She was all hung up on him - he gave her a slide that Duane (Allman) had given him and he wrapped it in leather and she wore it around her neck. She didn't speak a word of English and they had to date through an interpreter. That relationship did not last but a week. He started the song over there, then when we got back to England, we finished it up in his TV room in Hurtwood Edge."


This was released as the B-side of "Layla." The song "Layla" is about Clapton's love for Pattie Harrison, who at the time was married to George Harrison. The entire album is about unrequited love, but this song is not about Pattie.





Lyrics


Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.

I don't want to lose this feeling.

And if I could choose a place to die

It would be in your arms.


Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?

Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?

I'd gladly do it because

I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day, please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I want to stay.


It's all wrong, but it's all right.

The way that you treat me baby.

Once I was strong but I lost the fight.

You won't find a better loser.


Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?

Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?

I'd gladly do it because

I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day, please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I want to stay.


Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?

Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?

I'd gladly do it because

I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day, please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I want to stay.


Bell bottom blues, don't say goodbye.

I'm sure we're gonna meet again,

And if we do, don't you be surprised

If you find me with another lover.


Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?

Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?

I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day, please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I want to stay.


I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I long to stay.


I don't want to fade away.

Give me one more day please.

I don't want to fade away.

In your heart I long to stay.



Songwriters: Eric Patrick Clapton / Bobby Whitlock

Bell Bottom Blues lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc




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