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With “Frankie and Johnny” we see role reversal. Johnny (the man) cheats on Frankie (the woman). Frankie blows away Johnny with her .44 (coincidentally the same caliber gun used by Stagger Lee when he shot poor Billy). One of the sing’s final lines suggests that Johnny had it coming....something like there is no good in man.

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@1968Hoya46 wrote:

“Delilah”, by Tom Jones. Tom was in great voice on this song, but the subject matter is

troublesome. It seems Delilah (even her name has negative Biblical meaning as a betrayer) was this guy’s “woman”, or so he thought. Walking past her house one night he sees her silhouetted on the window shade in romantic embrace with another man. So, our guy waits there until morning and sees ther other man leave the house. He knocks on the door and confronts Delilah. She laughs at him. He “felt the knife in his hand” and “she laughed no more”. As with most domestic violence cases, the man (it’s usually a man) tries to distance himself from culpability. For example, instead of admitting that he sat there all night with a knife fully intending to kill her come morning, he says that he “felt the knife in his hand”, as if it magically appeared there. Again, even when asking for her forgiveness he justifies his deed by blaming her (“I just couldn’t take any more”)(of your two-timing).

 

Sorry for being long-winded. This song is less about me-too and more about domestic violence. Whether it would be recorded and sold today is anybody’s guess.

 


This song also brings to mind Hey Joe, a song originally done by the Leaves, made famous by Jimi Hendrix, and covered by many.

 

Yes, I did, I shot her,
you know I caught her messin' 'round,
messin' 'round town.
Uh, yes I did, I shot her
you know I caught my old lady messin' 'round town.
And I gave her the gun and I shot her!


    

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@MsStretch wrote:

Lot of good rock & roll and fun songs came out of the '60s, but let's face it -- some of it would not stand under the scrutiny of #MeToo.  (After all, back then, it was all about if it had a good beat and you could dance to it.)

 


Ever listen to some rapper lyrics or look them up when the lyrics are "bleeped" out on a nationally televised events?  I haven't heard anything from #MeToo on this disrespect of women - sometimes it is not even just "implied". And ya know what, it is not just coming from male performers either.

 

Isn't this current day music also about the beat, the rhythm and the rhymes?

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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“Delilah”, by Tom Jones. Tom was in great voice on this song, but the subject matter is

troublesome. It seems Delilah (even her name has negative Biblical meaning as a betrayer) was this guy’s “woman”, or so he thought. Walking past her house one night he sees her silhouetted on the window shade in romantic embrace with another man. So, our guy waits there until morning and sees ther other man leave the house. He knocks on the door and confronts Delilah. She laughs at him. He “felt the knife in his hand” and “she laughed no more”. As with most domestic violence cases, the man (it’s usually a man) tries to distance himself from culpability. For example, instead of admitting that he sat there all night with a knife fully intending to kill her come morning, he says that he “felt the knife in his hand”, as if it magically appeared there. Again, even when asking for her forgiveness he justifies his deed by blaming her (“I just couldn’t take any more”)(of your two-timing).

 

Sorry for being long-winded. This song is less about me-too and more about domestic violence. Whether it would be recorded and sold today is anybody’s guess.

 

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Lot of good rock & roll and fun songs came out of the '60s, but let's face it -- some of it would not stand under the scrutiny of #MeToo.  (After all, back then, it was all about if it had a good beat and you could dance to it.)

 

Anybody remember Every Mother's Son who did C'mon Down To My Boat, Baby?  (Every mother's son, huh?  Woman LOL  Sort of an anomaly, wouldn't you say?)

 

She sits on the dock a fishin' in the water uh, huh
I don't know her name she's the fisherman's daughter uh, huh
Come on down to my boat baby
Come on down where we can play
Come on down to my boat baby
Come on down we'll sail away.
She smiled so nice like she wants to come with me uh, huh
But she's tied to the dock and she can't get free
Come on down to my boat baby...
Fish all day sleep all night
Father never lets her out of his sight
Soon I'm gonna have to get my knife and cut that rope, cut that rope
Then we can go fishin' in my little red boat
Make you happy in my little red boat
so come on down to my boat baby.


    

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Skinny Legs-   Joe Tex first admonishes a guy for being embarrassed that “his woman” has skinny legs. He then tries to see if anybody will take her, skinny legs and all. No apparent takers.

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Don't get me wrong, I am a huge AC/DC fan, but sensitive #MeToo-ers might have a problem with some of their songs.

 

Like You Shook Me All Night Long:

 

She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean
She was the best **bleep** woman that I ever seen
She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies
Knocking me out with those American thighs
Taking more than her share, had me fighting for air
She told me to come, but I was already there
'Cause the walls start shaking, the Earth was quaking
My mind was aching, and we were making it

[Chorus] And you shook me all night long
Yeah, you shook me all night long

Working double-time on the seduction line
She's one of a kind, she's just a-mine all mine
Wanted no applause, just another course
Made a meal outta me, and come back for more
Had to cool me down to take another round
Now, I'm back in the ring to take another swing
That the walls were shaking, the Earth was quaking
My mind was aching, and we were making it.

And, of course, Big Balls.



    

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“You Always Hurt The One You Love” (Clarence Frogman Henry, Ringo Starr).

 

This song might be a stretch: he seems to be apologizing for his poor behavior, but then justifies (explains) his poor behavior by the clever use of circular reasoning involving a dubious premise: 1) you always hurt the one you love 2) I love you 3) that’s why I hurt you 4) if I didn’t love you then I wouldn't hurt you. 

 

Sorry for over-thinking a good song.

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Funny thing, this article showed up in USA Today with 20 of rock's most non-pc lyrics. It's no surprise to find lyrics by the Rolling Stones on the list, but The Beatles made the list also! It includes some lyrics that I hadn't really thought about in years. But sure enough, they would get the boot today! 

 

Here is the link to the entire list. (I see that a few have been mentioned in this thread).

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2019/01/01/20-rock-n-rolls-most-politically-incorrect-song...

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“You Got What It Takes” (Marv Johnson). She doesn’t dress well, doesn’t drive a fine car, doesn’t look like a movie star and nature didn’t give her such a beautiful face...but she’s got what it takes.

 

I’m ambivalent as to “objectability”. On one hand he goes out of his way to denigrate her. On the other hand he seems to be saying that he is looking beyond these superficialities and appreciates the real person.

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