Crow was a Blues-Rock group from Minneapolis originally known as South 40. After changing their name and landing a record deal in 1969, they released three albums before breaking up in 1972. Their first album, Crow Music
, contained their only hit: "Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me." With the lyrics, "You want me to claim this child you bore, but I know that it was he, not me," we learn that this is a very evil woman indeed.Crow bass player Larry Wiegand
told us: "It was not a fictional story but had the same inspiration as Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean
." Both tell the story of a guy who was accused of being the father of a gal's baby. He claims he isn't the father. 'Evil woman, don't play those games with me' is his response to her accusations. Not an uncommon story for young folks - then or now. All the Crow songs were about what young folks had to deal with at one time or another. I like to think each song is a snapshot of what was happening to us at the time."
Regarding how the song came together, Larry says, "My brother Dick (the band's guitarist) and I were working on that song's chord progression, and Dave Wagner, our lead singer, was in the next room listening. He started writing down lyrics and we put them together."