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Howlin' Wolf – Killing Floor lyrics

I shoulda quit you, long time ago.
I shoulda quit you, baby, long time ago.
I shoulda quit you,
And went on to Mexico.

If I hada followed, my right mind.
If I hada followed, my right mind.
I'da been on the borders, my second time.

If I hada went on,
When my best friend come at me.
If I hada went on,
When my best friend come at me.
Lord I wouldn't be here tonight, down on the killin floor.

If I hada went on,
When my friend come at me.
If I hada went on,
When my best friend come at me.
I wouldn't be here tonight, down on the killin floor.

God knows, I shoulda went on.
God knows, I shoulda went on.
And I wouldn't've been here tonight, down on the killin floor.



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    I think the song is a much darker. I think it indicates that the protagonist (character in the song) ended up killing his best friend in some sort of altercation that involved his woman, and now he is on death row - the "killing floor" in prison waiting to be executed for the killing of his friend. He is saying that if he had left the woman all of this would never have happened. Also, perhaps the phrase about going down to Mexico is relevant because he may also regret that he didn't flee to Mexico after the killing to avoid being arrested, prosecuted, and eventually killed himself.
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    He had the chance for a new life, but he stayed for the woman that he's sick of now. He's wishing he had left when he had the chance. We all have regrets like this. We all look back on the decisions we make and wonder: 'What if? " Life is that way sometimes.
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    The killing floor is a place where animals are butchered. The artist is comparing his present dilemma as an animal on the killing floor. He regrets having not followed his first mind, or even listening to the advice of his best friend. Because the life with this woman is nothing but pure turmoil, and he sees that his dreams are starting to fade away.
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