Thirteen Men


Last night I was dreamin’

I dreamed about the H-Bomb

Well the bomb went off and I was caught

I was the only gal on the ground

Mmm, there were thirteen men and me the only gal in town

That’s not how it all started though. It began from the other perspective of thirteen women and me, the only man in town. The man was Dickie Thompson a shimming, blistering r&b guitarist who wasn’t particularly interested in innuendo or H-Bombs. His intentions were clear enough from those screaming guitar leads, too clear for the oh, so offended censors who applied enough pressure on the poor deejays to pull it from the airwaves.

dickie thompson

Dickie Thompson

The song didn’t give up yet though and the re-write gets an atomic update. Bill Haley records it as the flip side to Rock Around the Clock. And now, with our very survival in the balance, lines like

There was two gals every morning

Seeing that I was well fed

And believe you me, one sweetened my tea

While the other one buttered my bread

don’t sound quite so bad amymore. I mean really what’s a guy to do? Eight years later though is when the song really gets super charge. Ann-Margaret gets her hands on it and after a few gender benders the song really snaps. Listen to those horns coming out of a quick rim shot on the snare. Thirteen could seem overwhelming. Ann-Margaret makes it seem like the bare minimum. Too bad it was all just a dream.


About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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One Response to Thirteen Men

  1. Kelli Garner says:

    Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

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