Robert Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman" starts off well enough in the 1st verse describing her as a kind hearted woman who would do anything for him, yet by the song's end she is driving him to drink and finally scheming to kill him. I don't get it. Isn't this a glaring contradiction? Or am I missing something? Any other songs with mixed messages out there?
: Hi Ari:
: I just listened to it a couple of times and
: I agree with you--she's definitely singing,
: "leavin' here blues" in the last
: As to the title of the song, if the sole
: criterion for what the title should be is
: what was sung in the last line, then I'd
: have to agree. However, is that the sole
: criterion? There are other possibilities.
: One is that since "Leave" or
: "Leavin'" occurs in every verse
: and since the song is sung by a
: "gal" and the theme is that she's
: "leavin'," one line of reasoning
: (or perhaps "thought process," if
: one does not consider this to be
: "reasoning") would lead to the
: title, "Leaving Gal Blues."
: I've always been curious as to how songs get
: their titles. Sometimes it seems clear and
: straightforward, such as when the title
: comes from a line or the theme of the song,
: but in some cases it's less than clear.
: In any event, the above is what I think, and
: is not meant to be the last word. I'm sure
: that there are other possible--and probably