At Least He’s Being Honest

How hard is hard enough?WXRT, the local rock station for people like me who don’t so much rock it anymore as rub it after a bad sprain, for years has had a Saturday morning show called “Flashback”, in which they choose a year and highlight the songs, the news and groovy trends of said year. While intended to arouse feelings of nostalgia for a disappeared youth, the show generally feels like tonguing a cold sore. There are times you might be tempted to react to a song by gushing, “Ah, this is an old gem that could only be made back then,” but far more often the thought emerges, “Christ, I remember this garbage. Somebody actually made money off this back then? Were we all insane?? Was the dope that strong? God, I hope the kids don’t hear this.”

I especially look forward to the shows spotlighting 1976 through 1978. Gerry Rafferty. Fleetwood Mac. Al Stewart. Boston and Foreigner. Rockin’ Robert Seger. Because on those mornings, I get to shout, to no one in particular, “You hear this?? Don’t tell ME it wasn’t an abusive adolescence!”

So anyway, they ran a Flashback for 1977 last week, and they played Muddy Waters singing “I’m a Man” from his album Hard Enough. Fitting, fine and dandy. But one line stuck out at me, even after hearing it literally hundreds of times:

“I can make love to you, woman,
In five minutes’ time.”

Really, Muddy, is that the sort of thing you want to advertise? You want to tell her that she has to pay her share of the dinner bill, too? Does she feel like she’s getting a lot extra if you stretch it to seven minutes?

2 Replies to “At Least He’s Being Honest”

  1. I always heard it as “In five minutes time!” “At least wait for the song to finish miss! It’ll take that long for the Viagra to kick in anyway!.”

  2. In some versions, the singer boasts that he can get “all you pretty women….in an hour’s time.” So if there were 12 pretty girls in the audience that night, he’d be able to give them 5 minutes of his time apiece. I’ve got a lot of faith in Muddy Waters, but it makes me wonder why he named the album “Hard Enough.” The ladies might think it remains to be seen.

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