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Album: Sneakin' SuspicionReleased: 1977
This is Wilko Johnson's rocking ode to his wife Irene. He nevertheless also acknowledges the mistress he kept in London.
I love two girls
I ain't ashamed
Johnson's bandmates accused him of writing an ego trip. "It's not," he told Q magazine, "it's the story of my life."
Asked how Irene felt about singing about cheating on her, Johnson replied. "Irene always knew my girlfriends and they knew Irene, but the thing is she was the boss, right. I didn't need to explain to no one. Ultimately, it's hypocritical in a way cos I'm a jealous so-and-so. But there wasn't any question of me running off..." His voice crumbled to a croak. "Irene was my girl."
Johnson has since rewritten the last verse to include Irene's death and his grief. "My tears are falling. I ain't ashamed."