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Riff: The Civil Wars – “I Had Me a Girl”

Aug 6, 2013

I had me a girl /Who taught me those things /A young man should know/Down, down on my knees/I’d beg and I’d plead/To learn a little bit more

from I Had Me a Girl lyrics by The Civil Wars

“I Had Me a Girl” reads like a blues take on “Son of a Preacher Man,” both singers come of age and cash in their “v-cards” before disappearing into the night like “cigarette smoke.” Like the Dusty Springfield hit before it, “…Girl” also dabbles in religion, and is a pleasant enough adaptation.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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