Bell Bottom Blues

Album: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
  • Bell bottom blues, you made me cry
    I don't want to lose this feeling
    And if I could choose a place to die
    It would be in your arms

    Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
    Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
    I'd gladly do it because
    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day, please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay

    It's all wrong, but it's all right
    The way that you treat me baby
    Once I was strong but I lost the fight
    You won't find a better loser

    Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
    Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
    I'd gladly do it because
    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day, please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay

    Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
    Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
    I'd gladly do it 'cause
    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day, please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay

    Bell bottom blues, don't say goodbye
    I'm sure we're gonna meet again
    And if we do, don't you be surprised
    If you find me with another lover

    Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
    Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
    I'd gladly do it 'cause
    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day, please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay

    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay

    I don't want to fade away
    Give me one more day please
    I don't want to fade away
    In your heart I want to stay Writer/s: ERIC PATRICK CLAPTON, BOBBY WHITLOCK
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 29

  • Romilla from IndiaI thought Duane Allman was an integral part of this album. Didn't he play on "Bell Bottom Blues"?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 21st 1971, "Bell Bottom Blues" by Derek and the Dominos entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #91; and the following weeks it was once again at #91 and then it fell off the Top 100...
    And one month later on March 21st, 1971 the record's A-side, "Layla", entered the Top 100 at position #98.
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkFantastic song & album from 1970. I bought the album (vinyl) and wore it out! I found the photos on the album very interesting. Most seemed as though the band was stoned on a variety of substances. Faces were shiny with perspiration & eyes were blood-shot and half-open. How did these legendary young artists make such a historic album while smashed?? It must've been blessed recording sessions. Or luck. Or maybe someone's MOJO was really working overtime?? Like "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Layla", so many of the other songs I could never get out of my mind for years. Too bad there wasn't a follow-up album.
  • Bernard from Paris, Francethe piano bit on layla is credited to gordon, who's a drummer..so is that a mistake or was it bobby?
    bell bottom blues is eric at his best for sure so is the whole album in my top 5 best album of all time.
  • Katherine from Tallahassee, FlIn Clapton's2007 autobio, he says that this song came about because Pattie asked him to bring her back some bell bottoms from America, and shopping for them made him sad; he missed her and knew their relationship wasn't doing well. He wrote it after a couple of decades of sobriety; and I will admit I wonder how he remembered so much detail from many long periods when he was pretty much wasted 24/7, but there it is.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaGreat song!
  • Nancy from Baltimore, MdThere is something about this song that makes you just want to slow dance. I think it's different, but good.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyEric Clapton himself covered the song as a solo artst in 1973, it peaked at No. 78!!!
  • Anderw from Philadelphia, PaSeems to me that most of these songfacts come straight out of a Bobby Whitlock interview. Could they be more opinion than fact? Also Duane was not present for this particular song despite already planning to do the album.
  • Tom from West Michigan, MiThe drums are backwards, as Greg from Tennessee pointed out. Snare drum hits on 1 and 3 in the verses. It drives me nuts! It certainly is not bluesy, even though all the rest of the recording is soulful as can be. Why did they do this?

    Note that the drums are correct in the choruses and other parts, including the guitar break. Why did they do backwards drums? Anybody know?

    Please note also, that Ginger Baker did backwards drums (1 and 3) on "Sunshine of your Love." Why? Anybody know?

    This shows up nowhere else in in Eric Clapton's music, almost nowhere else in recorded music. This is the way white people clap sometimes, in very white parts of the USA, but it is not right.
  • Ian from St. Joseph, MiMost underrated song of all time
  • Roy from Granbania, MaThis song is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It also has one of my favorite guitar solos of all time in it, played by Clapton (Allman was in fact not involved in the first three songs on the album. Thus, all guitar on those tracks is pure Clapton).

    P.S. I've never heard anything ever about Lennon being involved with "Layla..." I feel like that's too good to be true and/or a ridiculous lie. If anyone has anything to say to prove me wrong, I'd like to hear it.
  • Sunshine from Oklahoma City, OkThis is my faveourite Eric Clapton song and it is my friend and mine's song.
  • George from Little Rock, ArThis is my favorite love song of all time. It sounds so authentic and from the heart.
  • Francis L. Vena from New York City,, NyCLAPTON MET DUANE WHILE RECORDING THE ALBUM
    HE ATTENTED A ABB CONCERT AND WAS AWARE OF
    DUANES SESSION WORK ; IN PARTICULAR HEY JUDE
    COVERED BY WILSON PICKETT;IN ADDITION DUANE PLAYED
    LEAD GUITAR FOR DELANEY AND BONNER PRIOR TO
    SLOWHAND; ERIC AND DUANE PLAYING ON THIS ALBUM
    IS THE GREATEST DUAL LEADS EVER. EVEN BETTER THAN ABB WITH DICKEY; LAYLA IS ABOUT PATTY HARRISON; I RATE THIS THE GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL-TIME- ALLWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD BROTHER DUANE;
    JIM FROM BOSTON IS DEAD WRONG ABOUT DUANE THE ONLY SONG DUANE IS NOT ON IS I LOOKED AWAY MAYBE ONE MORE- RENT TOM DOWD'S MOVIE THE LANGUAGE OF
    MUSIC TO FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THIS ALBUM
    AND THE ALLMAN BROTHER'S BAND- BE WELL FLV NYC
  • Dave from Yonkers, NyHow do I get this Giants DVD? I checked on-line and cannot find it. Thanks.
  • Tonk from Ringgold, GaI've been a Clapton fan from his start. Bell Bottom Blues is his best in my opinion.

    I can relate to his "...crawl across the floor to you" and "...if you find me with another lover" lyrics.

    Brilliant strong, yet tender lyrics that never fail to stir emotion. One of my top 5 favorite songs of all time.
  • Martin from Cincinnati, OhIn his autobiography, Clapton says he wrote this song for Pattie Boyd (Clapton, Broadway, 2007, pg 127).
  • Mike from Queens, NyWhen Eric met Duane Allman and asked him to play on the Derek and the Dominos record, they had already recorded the first 3 tracks, I looked Away, Bell Bottom Blues, and Keep on Growing. Thats why Duane's slide guitar only comes in from the 4th track on.
  • Greg from Manchester, TnThe drum beat to this song is unique in that the snare and bass drum beats are swapped with the snare on 1 and 3 and the bass drum on 2 and 4.
  • Jim from Troy, NyEric Clapton is credited for the words and music to Bell Bottom Blues. I don't know how anyone else could royalties for a song they haven't been given credit for writing. There's also 3 guitars in the song, but none of them are played with a slide.
  • Guy from Detroit, MiAll in A matter Of Time Guy
  • Sam from Chicago, IlHere's the deal with Duane Allman concerning "I Looked Away" and "Bell Bottom Blues". Tom Dowd took Clapton to the Allman Bros. concert in Miami and introduced him to Duane after the show. Clapton invited the entire band back to Criteria Studios for an all night jam session. Eric and Duane of course hit it off. Eric invited Duane to participate in the Dominoes recording sessions but Duane had a few more concerts to play on the Allman Bros. tour. In the meantime the Dominoes recorded "I Looked Away" and "Bell Bottom Blues". Duane came back when the Allmans tour was over and they proceeded to record the rest of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
  • Steve from Washington, DcI'm sorry Patrick, but Jim is right; The sequence of events has been attested to by Duane himself, the Allmans and the rest of the Dominoes, among others. Duane is also not on "I looked away". (When "Duane Allman: An Anthology" was released, Rock Critic Lester Bangs bemoaned the fact that they chose "Layla" to include, and not something he considered to be more substantial - Bell Bottom Blues. Guess Lester should have checked the liner notes.....)
  • Julien from Cartersville, GaAre you sure about the Princess and the Slide story? On the DVD Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, (Tom produced most of the Allman's albums and the Layla album. Tom mentions that Eric didn't know Duane but the he, Tom, had told Eric that the Brothers were playing in Miami, while the Dominoes were in the studio there. He told Eric who Duane was and they got front row passes and went to the Allman's show. Tom tell's it the during a song Duane looked down and saw Eric and Duane just stopped cold. Anyway they got together after the show...etc.
    So, i'm not sure if that story could be true.

    J
  • Dave from Oshawa, CanadaI didn't know any of the details behind the song, and strangely, I had known of the song for many many years, but never really took the time to listen to the beauty of that particular song. I think Bell Bottom Blues is a fantastic song, but if Mr. Whitlock was as much or more responsible for the song, then he should be recognized for that, which it seems to some extent has been rectified, although I am sure it's not common knowledge. I am a music enthusiest, and love triva based on all the varied music I have listened to, and have read many many rock biographies, although not a Clapton or Whitlock one, but had never come across it in any book, as you may know a lot of the early bands from england knew each other and hung out together, so their stories are very intertwined and you always read stuff about other artists other than the one the book is named after. Carry on
  • Ben from Memphis, TnMemphian Bobby Whitlock was an integral and important member of Derek and the Dominoes. Clapton sang this song on the album, but it is Bobby's - I've seen the royalty checks. Bobby also sang on all of the songs in this album - his voice is the soul in the background and his two solo songs on the album are "Thorn tree in a Garden" which is about a lost pet (long story) and "Keep on growin", which was covered by Sheryl Crow for the "Boy's on the Side" soundtrack. If you listen to "Let it Rain", Bobby is the background singer singing along with Eric - Eric met him when Bobby was with Delaney and Bonnie. He also was dating Patti Boyd's sisten when Eric was trying to lure Patti from George Harrison. Check out his website at www.bobbywhitlock.com. When Layla was used in "Goodfella's", it was a big resurface for the song > the piano part at the end is Bobby and Jim Gordon playing head-to-head and it was composed by Bobby.
  • Patrick from Durham, NcYou are wrong sorry Jim. ;) He was actually planned to be on the album long before it was started and was present on every song playing slide.
  • Jim from Boston, MaOne of a couple of songs that was recorded by the band before Duane joined them. So he's not on it at all.
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