Back Door Man

Lyrics: Willie Dixon
Music: Willie Dixon

Played once by Ratdog on 27 November 2000. Thanks to Paul Marino for the following transcription of what Bob Weir sang:

I am a back door man
I am back door man
Well mens don't know, but little girls understand

Drowning for murder, first degree
Judge's wife said, "let that man go free"
But I am back door man
I am back door man
Well mens don't know, but little girls understand
The Willie Dixon/Howlin' Wolf version is:
Chorus
I am a back door man
I am a back door man
Well the men don't know, but the little girls understand

When everybody's tryin' to sleep
I'm somewhere making my midnight creep
Yes in the morning, when the rooster crow
Something tell me, I got to go

[chorus]

They take me to the doctor, shot full o' holes
Nurse cried, "please save his soul"
Accused him of murder, first degree
Judge's wife cried, "let the man go free"

[chorus]

"Stand out there", cop's wife cried
"Don't take him down, rather be dead
Six feet in the ground"
When you come home you eat pork and beans
I eat more chicken, than any man seen

[chorus]
The version by the Doors on their first album is somewhat different:
Chorus
I'm a back door man
I'm a back door man
Well the men don't know, but the little girls understand

Hey, all you people that tryin' to sleep
I'm out to make it with my midnight dream

[chorus]

You men eat your dinner
Eat your pork and beans
I eat more chicken
Than any man ever seen

[chorus]

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