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Sweet Talking Hippie
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Bobby Sheehan, Brendan Hill

Sweet talking hippie
Cross your killing floor
Gonna come a little closer
Cause you know I want more

Don't run off
Don't you be afraid of me
You know you are what you made you baby
I am what I try to be

You know I need your love
And I could use your money
And if you ain't got a dime, baby
We'll sell tickets, honey

You know we need each other, baby
Like a diamond and a ring
Now settle back, woman
And watch me do my thing

Just a little bit closer, it's all right
A little bit closer, closer now, closer now, closer now
Closer now, closer now, it's all right,it's all right
"Come into my parlor"
Said the spider to the fly

Why would you wanna stick that thing in my heart?
Huh, oh well, good-bye.

Sweet talking hippie
Cross your killing floor
Gonna come a little closer
Cause you know I want more

That's all I am, that's all I am
You know that's all I am, that's all I am

(I'm alone)
(I'm alone)


Thank you.

1990 Blues Traveler Music

First release: Blues Traveler
Released: 01/01/1987
Earliest time played: 10/14/1988
Last time played: 09/21/2013
Playing frequency:
  461 plays (see all shows)
  24.81% of shows in the database
  24.92% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  The ending of Sweet Talking Hippie is discussed in detail at the official FAQ.
  During the pause mentioned in the FAQ, John will often comment that you could "leave the room, come back tomorrow, and the groove would still be there".
  In the first five seconds of the studio version, you can hear someone scream "whoo!"

Other recordings of "Sweet Talking Hippie":
  Dropping Some NYC, 1989
  Blues Traveler, 1990
  Blues for the Mitten State, 1993
  Run-Around, 1994
  Run-Around, 1994
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Miscellaneous studio tracks, 2000


Cross your killing floor
John's favorite artist - and inspiration for how he plays his harmonica - is Jimi Hendrix. There is no doubt that he heard Hendrix's cover of Howling Wolf's "Killing Floor" when he was first getting into his music. From the Blues-L FAQ:
Particularly in the Chicago Stockyards area, where many black newcomers from the South found jobs during the twenties, thirties, and forties, this was the slaughtering room, where animals were brought to be killed. Symbolically being on the "Killing Floor", then, meant being in trouble with little way out, or being so depressed (primarily by the loss of a lover) that he (generally) feels like he is going to die."
Come into my parlor/Said the spider to the fly
Reminiscent of a line from "The spider and the fly", a 19th-century poem by Mary Howit: "'Will you walk into my parlor?' said the spider to the fly". In it, a spider attempts to lure a fly into his web and finally succeeds by flattering her endlessly until she enters. Interestingly, the liner notes for this album simply list the portion between "let me do my thing" and the final chorus as simply "impromptu rap". When sung live, this part is omitted and is, in fact, an impromptu rap.
I'm alone
John can faintly be heard singing this line from the previous track twice during the quiet part just before the ending.