Women Wear no Clothes at All, The

As played by Bob Larkan from the Arkansas region

Reel or Breakdown in B flat

From the Bob Larkan Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm Record (Partial MP3 available at slippery-hill.com)


The title of this tune may be sophomoric, but the musicality of Larkan’s fiddling cannot be denied. As with similarly structured tunes such as The Higher Up the Monkey Climbs and Ain’t She Sweet, he tuned to FDAE, lowering the fourth string by half a step, and played in the key of Bb. Women consists of a two-line A part, eight and a half measures of vocals, and a two-line B part. Every repetition of the tune except for the first time through has these parts structured A, vocals, B. Both the A part and the vocal part are crooked, having two extra beats. The vocals consist of the following vaguely erotic doggerel:

The women wear no clothes at all
The women wear no clothes at all
The women wear no clothes at all
But they get there just the same

Tune to FDAE (if you want the occasional low F drone).

The following video below is a modern stringband rendition of Larkan’s Women, featuring some nice harmonic variations on the fiddle and mando-banjo:


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