Albert King's intent toward his "prey" in The Hunter, from his Born Under a Bad Sign album, one of the most significant blues recordings of the 1960s, isn't fully clear. The song has three choruses, and each one is a bit different. In these he sings:
first chorus: ain't no use to hide / ain't no need to run
For my own purposes here I've chosen the third as the "definitive" version, and of course I've done that because it hints at the ambivalence we've developed toward being watched and thus fits the point I want to make in this column.
second chorus: ain't no need to hide / ain't no use to run
third chorus: ain't no need to hide / ain't no need to run
Go to: Ain't no need to hide, ain't no need to run.