Come On In My Kitchen

    Come on in My Kitchen (take 1)

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    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

    Ah, the woman I love

      took from my best friend

    Some joker got lucky

      stole her back again

    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      baby, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

    Oh-ah, she's gone

      I know she won't come back

    I've taken the last nickel

      out of her nation sack

    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

    spoken: Oh, can't you hear that wind howl?

      Oh-y', can't you hear that wind wouldhowl?

    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

    When a woman gets in trouble

      everybody throws her down

    Lookin; for her good friend

      none can be found

    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      baby, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

    Winter time's comin'

      hit's gon' to be slow

    You can't make the winter, babe

      That's dry long so

    You better come on

      in my kitchen
      cause, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

speaker:

a lonely man who has lost his woman

dramatic situation:

a womanless man is extending an invitation to a new woman

tone:

ironic, convincing

mood:

amused--sad, but with a smirk

alliteration:

  • "comeon / in my kitchen"
  • "n ickle/ out of her nationsack"
  • " bestfriend / some joker got lucky / stole her backagain"

assonance:

  • "You better c ome on / in my kitch en"
  • "b abe,it's g oin' tobe r aining outd oors"
  • "... woman I l ove/ t ook..."
  • "Some j okergot lucky / st oleher back again"
  • "... l astnickle / out of her nation s ack"
  • "... g oodfriend / n onecan be found"
  • "W intertime's com in'/ h it's gon' beslow"

imagery:

rain, joker, nickle, nation sack, howling wind, throwing down, Winter

symbolism:

Rain, howling wind, Winter and throwing down all represent hard times in various forms. Johnson uses aural, visual, kinesic, and whatever you call the sensation of temperature which is environmental or atmospheric rather than touch, to echo the effect of hardship on several parts of life. The nation sack represents the entirety of human life (able to hold many items within), and the nickle he removes from the sack is hope in the form of money.

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theme:

plot:

The speaker is offering and encouraging a pregnant woman to join his household. The woman he loves, whom he took from his best friend, has recently left him for another man.

comment:

The woman addressed in this song has been turned out and is unsupported by anyone in the community. She cannot make it on her own and the speaker can offer her shelter if she will take up the womanly duties of the household.