March 15, 2005 5:38 PM Subscribe
I don't understand the lyrics of a Billie Holiday song and a Robert Johnson song.
posted by rdr to Writing & Language (12 answers total)
In "I Love my Man" Billie Holiday sings
My man wouldn't give me no breakfast
Wouldn't give me no dinner
squawked about my supper
Then he put me outdoors
Heaven erred to late
A matchbox on my clothes
I didn't have so many
But I had a long long ways to go
It's the matchbox line that confuses me. I've always assumed that the line meant he put her possessions on the street and lit them on fire but that doesn't seem to be what she's saying. What does this mean?
Also in "Kind Hearted Woman" Mr. Johnson sings "...She's a kind hearted woman/She studies evil all the time..." Huh? The song seems to praise a good woman but what the hell does the she studies evil all the time line supposed to mean?