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13 February 2011
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I definitely hear "Take it cousin".

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13 February 2011
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i wonder if John did it in suich a way as to confuse the listener.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

18 April 2011
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I have the Imagine album on vinyl. And since i first heard the song, I always heard "take it brother". Now I sort of hear "take yer clothes off".

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16 February 2015
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"Take it cousin" is what I hear, absolutely.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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16 February 2015
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On 17 January 2011, Zig said

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I have to assume you mean at 2:13.

I hear "take it cousin" as in; OK, your turn to solo. This website cites it as "take it brother". I still hear "cousin".

Same here, cousin!

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16 February 2015
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Von Bontee said
"Take it cousin" is what I hear, absolutely.

Wow, the casual Von has to catch up on reviewing his posts; he is almost four years behind.  I assume the business Von is more current.

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16 February 2015
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We both move at our own pace...and when we see a thread from four years ago that we didn't contribute to, we must add our 4 cents worth.

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17 February 2015
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I've always heard 'brother', but upon just listening closely, I'd swear there is an 's' in the middle of the word (as in couSin).

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17 February 2015
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Another vote for "cousin".

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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17 May 2015
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Am I the only one who hears "closer"? I clearly hear an L at the start and an S in the middle.

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18 May 2015
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it's "brother"

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26 July 2016
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When I'm in the shower with the door closed and the song is playing on my mp3 player and little speaker I have hooked to it, I hear "brother", but when I listen to it all other times, I hear "cousin".

I was listening to this song this morning and thinkng about how John would do gestures imitating crippled people. I see that someone eariler in this thread had put those two ideas together.

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Cousin

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27 July 2016
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I could have sworn that it said cousin in the booklet in my CD copy of Imagine.

Then again, I could B wrong. What do I know? 

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27 July 2016
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Joe said
Does he really say "take your clothes off" before the piano solo? If so, is that meant in the literal or metaphical (ie you can't hide your true self) sense? Probably a bit of both. two-virgins  

Sounds like 'take your clothes off' to me, as well.

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27 July 2016
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Always sounded like "Take it cousin" to me, a call for Nicky and the solo.

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29 July 2016
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meanmistermustard said
Always sounded like "Take it cousin" to me, a call for Nicky and the solo.  

Did someone say Nicky and the solo?

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18 September 2016
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Here's an obvious influence on this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIY7_08Myq0

The Beatles are heard doing a couple of repeats of the chorus of this during a country blues jam on 31 January 1969 (31.04), with Lennon's vocal obviously echoing how it became the basis for the "Well now, you know that a cat has nine lives, baby..." verse of this.

This Koerner, Ray & Glover song from the early '60s folk revival (which probably dates back further) is not related in any way to Blind Blake's 1927 Black Dog Blues.

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18 September 2016
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It's basically the same song.

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20 September 2016
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It was when I was listening to The Beatles 31 January version, and I heard John sing "Daddy, where you been so long".

Second repeat of that chorus, I was singing over the top, "Mama, take a look outside".

That was the moment I realised the whole chorus fitted the rhythm of the Lennon perfectly.

These are the important lyrics:

Well, you call me a dog when I'm gone now, baby
I'm a black dog when I'm gone
But when I get back, with a hundred dollar bill
It's "Daddy, where you been so long?"

They are the frame for:

Well, now you know that your cat has nine lives
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one, and a dog's life ain't done
Mama, take a look outside

John was a great fan of Koerner, Ray and Glover. He probably became aware of them through Dylan.

@Joe needs to reconsider the Blind Blake reference in his article on the song. The Black Dog that influenced Crippled Inside was not Blind Blake's Black Dog Blues.

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