Song of the Day #3,292: ‘No Business’ – Bonnie Raitt

I love the idea of Bonnie Raitt, but I’ve never taken the time to listen to much of her music. If somebody asked me what I think of her, I’d say “Oh, Bonnie Raitt, she’s wonderful” but I’d be basing that on maybe three or four songs. Maybe the rest of her catalog is white power heavy metal, but I’m sure I would have heard something about that by now.

1991’s Luck of the Draw is Raitt’s biggest hit, going seven times platinum in the U.S. I own this record (hence its appearance on Random iTunes Weekend) but I’ve probably listened to it all the way through only a couple of times. Still, by my “three great songs make a great album” theory, this one fits the bill.

I’m basing that on hits ‘Something To Talk About’ and ‘Not the Only One’ along with devastating ballads ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and ‘All at Once.’ I’m sure the rest is worthy, too.

Today’s track, ‘No Business’ (penned by John Hiatt) is a fun blues romp. I owe this album another listen.

Yes, I’m lonely – hope you don’t catch it
Don’t want to be down where I last behaved
I broke his heart now I cannot patch it
This time it’s grave

I kept track of all the love that I gave him
And on paper, well, it looked pretty good
He left a note that said he couldn’t stay here
As if I could …

I guess my love’s got no business
No business calling his name
I guess my love’s got no business, no business to blame

One of these days I thought we’d get it together
After all, that boy was made for me
But all he left me was a mouth full of feathers
Little bird got free …

He always said my love was one-sided
I tried to keep up with supply and demand
But there was one way that pie was divided
It was a big piece plan

I guess my love’s got no business
No business calling his name
I guess my love’s got no business, nobody to blame

[Guitar bridge]

Now I’m gettin desperate, gettin illegal
I got them law doggies on my trail
The hawks out and I could use an eagle
To go my bail

You say you’re itchin baby, so go ahead and scratch it
But if it jumps off, don’t you look at me
You swore to God that I couldn’t catch it
But this dog got fleas

I guess my love’s got no business
No business calling his name
I guess my love’s got no business
No business, nobody to blame

I guess my love’s got no business
No business calling his name
I guess my love’s got no business
No business, nobody to blame

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,292: ‘No Business’ – Bonnie Raitt

  1. Dana says:

    Yes you certainly do! Among female artists, Raitt’s omission from your contest of greatest artists was perhaps the most glaring, particularly while you bemoaned the elimination of the few lesser and lesser known women you selected in the first place, most of whom couldn’t hold Raitt’s guitar strap and wouldn’t have generally shown up outside of Clay’s Harem of Angsty Melodramatic Female Artists.

  2. Amy says:

    I’m equally guilty. I adore Bonnie Raitt and have seen her in concert a couple of times (her slide guitar playing alone is wirth the price of admission), but I only own a few of her albums and I don’t regularly play them. There’s just so much wonderful music in the world that you can’t help but gravitate to whatever it is you love most.

    That said, if I were only allowed (by some sick bastard πŸ˜‰ to listen to 50 songs for the rest of my life, Bonnie’s “Angel from Montgomery” (written by John Prune) would definitely get one slot.

  3. Amy says:

    https://youtu.be/toJ3ZYWRh24 For your convenience πŸ™‚

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