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Come on in My Kitchen
Robert Johnson Lyrics


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You better come on in my kitchen
Well, 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
It's goin' to be rainin' outdoors

Oh, 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
It's goin' to be rainin' outdoors
Oh, can't you hear that wind howl?
Oh, can't you hear that wind would howl?
You better come on in my kitchen
Well, 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

Babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors
Wintertime's comin', it's gon' 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

Overall Meaning

Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen" is a song filled with sadness and desperation. The song opens with a humming intro, which sets the tone for the rest of the tune. The lyrics are Johnson's plea to the listener, encouraging them to come into his home before the impending rainstorm begins. While the lyrics are directed towards an anonymous listener, implied by the repeated use of the second-person "you," it's clear that Johnson is still missing the woman he loves. The second stanza is an acknowledgment of this loss, with Johnson stating that she won't return. As a result, he has taken the last of the woman's money.


The rest of the song alludes to the fact that Johnson's woman was taken by another man. While he doesn't name the interloper, he implies that he was a good friend of Johnson's. Johnson's desperation continues to be at the center of his lyrics. He cycles back to the fact that he wants the listener to come into his kitchen, inviting them to make themselves at home despite the tumultuous winter storms closing in. The last line of the song "you better come on in my kitchen, 'cause it's going to be raining outdoors" reads like a warning, urging the listener to enter shelter, whether in the kitchen or metaphorically speaking.


Line by Line Meaning

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Instrumental intro


You better come on in my kitchen
You should come inside my home


Well, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors
Because it's going to rain outside


Ah, the woman I love, took from my best friend
The woman I love left me and started dating my best friend


Some joker got lucky, stole her back again
Someone took her away from my best friend and is now with her


Oh, she's gone, I know she won't come back
The woman I love has left me for good


I've taken the last nickel out of her nation sack
I took all her money that was left in her bag


Oh, can't you hear that wind howl?
Can't you hear the wind blowing loudly?


You better come on in my kitchen
You should still come inside my home


When a woman gets in trouble, everybody throws her down
When a woman is in trouble, no one supports her


Lookin' for her good friend, none can be found
She is looking for someone to help her, but no one is there


Babe, it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors
It's going to rain outside


Wintertime's comin', it's gon' be slow
Winter is approaching and it's going to be a tough time


You can't make the winter, babe, that's dry, long, so
Winter is going to be wet with a long duration


You better come on in my kitchen, 'cause it's goin' to be rainin' outdoors
You should definitely come inside my home because it's going to rain outside




Lyrics © THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY
Written by: ROBERT JOHNSON

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@user-zk8bl2eo4u

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




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



All comments from YouTube:

@user-zk8bl2eo4u

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




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

@allenpickel8782

@Seraph909 "Nation sack" - reference to cotton pickin'?

@francis7a

A “Nation Sack”/ Nature sack was a love spell, specifically a Hoodoo spell used exclusively by women to capture and enslave men and/or keep them faithful.
The word “Nation” is actually a cultural dialect pronunciation of Nature sack. It was a charm bag traditionally made of red flannel and contained Coins used as part of the spell to represent each year between her age & his, herbs, roots, curios, and a few of the man’s personal concerns for whom it is made for. It was carried by a hoodoo woman for as long as she wanted to keep the man. The spell was broken by removing items from it, thus the “I took the last nickel out” line.

@roscoebarnesiii3989

Thank you.👍

@mxth1876

you are a good guy

@GPerruciani

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@jamespoppitz3336

95 years later it's,like a ghost inviting you into another world,magic scratched into wax,really only for the pure at heart who can let a poor ramblin poet transport their soul to the timeless ecstasy of down to the bone American blues...lightnin in a bottle,still gives me shivers 60years later,the very heart of Roots music...ain't words for beauty of what Mr.Johnson laid down on his passing thru.

@matt-sj9bs

I swear when I listen to these tracks it is indeed like being transported into another world. Just sit back, close your eyes and listen to this absolute masterpiece. I bet Robert johnson would have laughed his ass off if someone told him 17 year old Canadian boys would be listening to his beautiful art 95 years later😂

@metalhead6927

@MaTt ThE DeMoN love it 😅

@joellebenoit9980

Robert Johnson stays, even now, a kind of meteor, unique as every greats artists, they are not so much.

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