Kissing In The Dark
Posted in Honey on 06.21.05

I got the new Joan Crawford box set in the mail today and to my dismay they didn’t repress Mildred Pierce! It’s the same double sided dvd as the old release, now I’m not asking for a new mastering job of the video (it still looks pretty good) but I mean the rest of the discs are dual layered, it couldn’t of been that hard to update the disc. Has anyone heard the new Charley Patton Yazoo disc where they master the discs just a little bit slower and it apparently improves the quality and clarity of the recordings a whole lot?

Today’s track is by request – Memphis Minnie – Kissing In The Dark. I often get obsessed with uncovering smaller blues artists that only recorded a few tracks that I over look posting about some of the bigger names (We really need to have another Lonnie Johnson week) so this request comes at a good time. I have posted about Memphis Minnie before, but not nearly as often as she should be – the first track Kid Man Blues shows Minnie at her most humorous and as a blues singer – backed by some solid instrumentation – and Minnie doing her own “snoring” effects. The second track by request is Kissing In The Dark in an up tempo post-war track that’s a lot of fun, but Minnie’s sleepy vocals don’t help the track any.

Memphis Minnie – Kid Man Blues
Memphis Minnie – Kissing In The Dark


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By elliot on 06.23.05 9:34 am

Thanks for Minnie. Though I kind of like the sleepy vocals. It might be fun to post Henry Thomas’s Bulldoze Blues. Have you heard it? It’s the one Canned Heat copied their flute solo [and the basis of the song] in Going Up Country. They took it note for note
from Thomas’s solo on the mini pan pipes he wore, while playing the guitar. Or else you might play “Run Molly Run” which also riveting. Keep up the good work

By Rory Maginley on 04.29.06 10:08 pm

Listening to Memphis Minnie singing KISSING IN THE DARK, made me realize I had gotten away from the blues.
Her sleepy voice, makes me feel at home again. I am coming home to the Delta. Thank you Minnie. You’ll ALWAYS be with us.

By sarah on 07.16.06 1:53 am

kissing in the dark is such a good song… its just the perfect blue to listen to.
i wanna know if someone can send me the lyrics of this song! please ive been looking for it and i couldnt find it. thanks very much

By Christa on 11.24.06 12:17 pm

Can someone email the lyrics to Kissing in the dark? I have most of it, but there are a few lines I need. Thank you!

By JMAC on 03.12.07 4:30 pm

Here are most of the lyrics. Try as I might I cannot figure out the first two lines of the 4th verse.


Call the doctor, call him quick
I done got something ’bout to make me sick
I been kissin’ in the dark
Yeah, kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark, honey, that’s my birthmark

Well, I had a girlfriend from Alabam’
She done put her pennies all in a jam
Kissin’ in the dark
Yes, kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark, honey, that’s her birthmark

She had a date with scrap, met a hip cat
And nobody knows where she end up at
She been kissin’ in the dark
Yes, kissin’ in the dark
She been kissin’ in the dark, honey, that’s her birthmark

Be a good pal, just swappin’ up a dime (??)
You thinkin’ about a man, throw it after mine (??)
Kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark, honey, that’s my birthmark (Spoken: Yeah, let’s get it now!)

(Instrumental chorus)

Well, you’d better wake up, and try to get wise
Get yourself hip to that old crazy jive
Kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark
Kissin’ in the dark, honey, that’s my birthmark (Spoken: I done told you!)

By LEMASSON on 08.22.08 8:42 am

I was searching for the lyrics of “KISSING IN THE DARK” when I found this site with lot of precious info.
Now to be complete I’d like to have (if possible) the lyrics of KID MAN BLUES by Memphis Minnie
It starts with
“I woke up this mornin’ with my kid man on my mind”
Any help will be welcome
In advance thank you so much

Claude from France and fond of Blues

By Beth Reid-Grigsby on 05.12.14 12:51 pm

Re Memphis Minnie, Kissin in the Dark:
Well, I had a girlfriend from Alabam
She done put her bidness all in a jam
Kissin’ in the dark…..
Be a good pal, just want another dime(?)
You thinkin’ bout my man, throw it outcher mind.
Kissin in the dark…….

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