The Black Crowes - Oh Sweet Nuthin'





"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" is the final song off of Loaded, the last real Velvet Underground album. It tells the stories of the disaffected, the poor Jimmy Brown, the homeless and depressed Ginger Brown, his fellow street person Polly May, and poor Joanna Love who finds herself in an endless stream of failed relationships. Between that and the chorus of, "Oh, sweet nuthin'/She ain't got nothing' at all," you'd think this was a miserable song, one to listen to when you're looking for that last bit of motivation to slash your wrists. That would be the easy approach. Rather, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" is incredibly life affirming, especially in the end section where drummer Doug Yule – filling in for Moe Tucker who was on maternity leave – suddenly kicks the whole jam into overdrive. The guitars soar and the drumming continues to pound and it builds until it finally resolves to a reprise of, "She ain't got nothing at all," which suddenly feels like a reward instead of a lament. Who says that you can't make something out of nothing?







Lyrics


Say a word for Jimmy Brown

He ain't got nothing at all

Not a shirt right of his back

He ain't got nothing at all

And say a word for Ginger Brown

Walks with his head down to the ground

Took the shoes right of his feet

To poor boy right out in the street


And this is what he said

Oh sweet nuthin'

She ain't got nothing at all

Oh sweet nutin'

She ain't got nothing at all


Say a word for Polly May

She can't tell the night from the day

They threw her out in the street

But just like a cat she landed on her feet

And say a word for Joanna Love

She ain't got nothing at all

'Cos everyday she falls in love

And everynight she falls when she does


She said

Oh sweet nuthin'

You know she ain't got nothing at all

Oh sweet nutin'

She ain't got nothing at all


Oh let me hear you!


Say a word for Jimmy Brown

He ain't got nothing at all

Not a shirt right of his back

He ain't got nothing at all

And say a word for Ginger Brown

Walks with his head down to the ground

Took the shoes right of his feet

To poor boy right out in the street


And this is what he said

Oh sweet nuthin'

She ain't got nothing at all

Oh sweet nutin'

She ain't got nothing at all

She ain't got nothing at all

Oh sweet nutin'


She ain't got nothing at all

She ain't got nothing at all

She ain't got nothing at all

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