Bald Headed Woman (Traditional, arranged by Shel Talmy) ASCAP

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Recorded second week of November 1964 at Pye Studios.
Lead fuzz guitar: Jimmy Page
Rhythm guitar: Pete Townshend

"The Fuzz guitar droning throughout is played by Jimmy Page; the reason being, he owned the only Fuzz Box in the country at that time. The words express my sentiments exactly - a bald headed woman would make me pretty mean, too. My favorite part of this track is the opening of the harmonica solo, where Roger puts the harmonica into his mouth the wrong way around."
--John Entwistle

As with the Talmy-produced Kinks, the Who were persuaded to record this so that Shel Talmy could get publishing royalties. It was the B-side of the single "I Can't Explain.". Although credited to Talmy, it is actually a traditional African-American chain-gang song that is in the public domain. For a version similar to this arrangement see Odetta's 1963 LP My Eyes Have Seen.

Yeah I don't want no bald headed woman,
It'll make me mean yeah lord it'll make me mean,
Yeah I don't want no bald headed woman,
It'll make me mean yeah lord it'll make me mean.

Yeah I don't want no sugar in my coffee,
It'll make me mean yeah lord it'll make me mean,
Yeah I don't want no sugar in my coffee,
It'll make me mean yeah lord it'll make me mean.

Yeah I'm traveling on a bald headed mountain,
I've done my time, I've done my time,
Yeah I've been traveling them bald headed mountains,
I've done my time, I've done my time,
I said I've done my time, I done my time.
I said I've done my time now yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah,
I've done my time yeah, I've done my time yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Don't want no bald headed woman baby,
Yeah gonna make me mean, make me mean,
I don't want no bald headed woman,
That's gonna gonna make me mean make me mean now,

Don't want no sugar in my coffee,
Gonna make me mean, make me mean,
Don't want no sugar in my coffee,
Gonna make me mean, make me mean.

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Source Length notes
Two's Missing 2:11
My Generation - Deluxe Edition 2:32
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