This song is really provocative, given its age. I first heard it in college; one of Holly’s art teachers had it on vinyl.
It employs the double entendre: the first meaning is rather prosaic while the second meaning is risqué. It is clear that on one level she is referring to a sugar bowl, but the second or hidden meaning refers to… well, I’ll leave that to you to figure out. This is not a sex education class.
Bessie Smith died in 1937 as a result of a car accident. She was only 43 years old.
Despite its off-color nature, I think it is an important song that any serious student of music history should know.
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