Friday, October 4, 2013

Story Songs: "Wives and Lovers" and "Wishin' and Hopin'"

I heard these songs on the radio the other day and thought times have really changed in male-female relationships.

I'm sure many of the younger folks won't remember these songs so just listen and judge in the context of the time they were recorded. 

The first is Jack Jones's "Wives and Lovers," a tune by the great songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal in 1964.

It opens:

"Hey! Little girl
Comb your hair, fix your makeup
Soon he will open the door
Don't think because there's a ring on your finger
You needn't try anymore"

And then the gals are told:

"Day after day
There are girls at the office
And men will always be men
Don't send him off with your hair still in curlers
You may not see him again"

I'm sure that touches a nerve with a few women today.

And the the song admonishes:

"For wives should always be lovers, too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you"

And closes softly:

"Dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music
Time to get ready for love"

This song was written during an age when most families had one income (man's) and women stayed at home raising the kids and other domestic chores. 

Another song was by the legendary Dusty Springfield called "Wishin' and Hopin'," from, you guessed it, Bacharach and David. It was a Top 10 hit in 1964.

In this song, a gal has to do more than wishin' and hopin' to land a guy, she has to do things to please him:

"Show him that you care just for him
Do the things he likes to do
Wear your hair just for him, 'cause
You won't get him
Thinkin' and a-prayin', wishin' and a-hopin"

And after a woman does those things, she only has to do these extras to get your guy:

"All you gotta do is hold him and kiss him and squeeze him and love him
Yeah, just do it
And after you do, you will be his"

Now I think it's helpful to try to be at your best when dating but this song is a bit one-sided. 

Any thoughts? Any songs that you find a bit out of touch with today's woman?

"Wives and Lovers" lyrics

"Wishin' and Hopin'" lyrics

Until the next time...

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