Saturday night I was downtown Working for the FBI Sitting 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 45s 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 bed mess 'Cause that long cool woman had it all. I saw her heading to the table Like a tall walking big black cat When Charlie said I hope that your'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 shooting 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 your're gonna be spared I've gotta be forgiving if I wanna spend my living With a long cool woman in a black dress Just a 5'9 beautiful tall.
One thing to note before reading this interview with British-born, Nashville-based songwriter Roger Cook: A "skinful" is a British term, essentially meaning "enough alcohol to get you drunk. Clarke went one step further when he took it to his band, The Hollies, who cooked up a swamp rock record not unlike States-side rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival. RC: That is wild, isn't it? Allan loved all that slapback echo on his voice.
Originally appearing on the album Distant Light , it was released as a single on 17 April on Parlophone in the United Kingdom ,  selling 2 million copies worldwide, including 1. Billboard ranked it as the No. 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.