You men eat your dinner
eat your pork and beans
I eat more chicken any man ever seen
So goes the blues song, "Back Door Man," written in 1961 by Willie Dixon for Howlin’ Wolf, and later immortalized by Jim Morrison and The Doors.
A "Back Door Man" is said to be a man who has an affair with a married woman while her husband’s away. In the song, the chicken line serves as a double entendre. Chicken-eating was rare in 1961. Per capita, consumption of pork doubled chicken consumption; not until 1985 did chicken consumption surpass pork consumption in the United States.
"I eat more chicken any man ever seen," then, likely referred to the singer’s boast that married women cooked chicken for him and saved the less desirable pork and beans for their ...
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