The Hollies - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) Live

From the television series Midnight Special, The Hollies sing Long Cool Woman.

On the day "Long Cool Woman" was recorded at AIR Studios, the group's producer, Ron Richards, was ill and, as a result, the song was produced by the group. The song is different from most other Hollies songs in that there are no three-part vocal harmonies, and the song features lead guitar and lead vocal work by Allan Clarke. Upon his return, Ron Richards mixed the recording.

The song was written in the swamp rock style of Creedence Clearwater Revival, in terms of the vocal, rhythm, and melodic style. It came out in the spring of 1972 (the same year Creedence split up). Clarke imitated John Fogerty's vocal style, which was based on the Creedence song "Green River". According to Clarke, the song was written "in about five minutes".


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