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Big Bad Maddie

from Slow Burn by Mamie Minch

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I have always loved RL Burnside, and the tune and feel of his version of the song “Poor Black Mattie”, but I wasn’t comfortable with singing his lyrics myself. His protagonist was vulnerable, she drank too much, had no money and got into bad situations; the lyrics reprimanded her and talked about her with judgement. I re-arranged the song and re-wrote most of the lyrics to turn the woman I’m singing about into a big, bad, hero of a character. In my version, she is in charge, makes up her mind, does her thing, owns herself.


Big Bad Maddie
Not gonna change her clothes
Does what she wants
Goes where she wants to go (x2)

Feel so good
Shout and sing
Moondog says
You got to do your thing

Now, I feel so good
I wanna shout and sing

Moondog says you got to do your
Moondog says you got to do your
Moondog says you got to do your thing
Moondog says you got to do your thing

Big Bad Maddie’s
Not gonna change her mind
Big dick swagger
Keeps those boys in line (x2)
Don’t need no heater
Round my bed
The man I got
He keeps me cherry red

I mean I don’t need no heater I
Now around my loving bed

the man I love, he keeps me cherry
the man I love, he keeps me cherry
the man I love, he keeps me cherry red
the man I got, you know now, he keeps me cherry red


from Slow Burn, released August 18, 2020
words/music: traditional w/ additional lyrics by Mamie Minch
guitar/vocals: Mamie Minch
drums: Dean Sharenow
upright bass: Logan Coale


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MAMIE MINCH is a longtime staple of New York’s acoustic blues scene. Listening to her sing and play is like unpacking a time capsule of American music that’s been stored in her 1930’s National steel guitar for decades and filtered through a modern femme sensitivity. ... more

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