Thursday, December 13, 2012

The lyrics of love

I despair for the future of popular music which, with rare exception, seems to have degenerated into four bars of computer generated noise accompanying unintelligible lyrics, both repeated over and over for two and a half minutes.

The romance seems to have gone out of it, so I dug into my collection for some ballads from yesteryear that have the raw emotion of young love, the kind of thing that gets the heartstrings really vibrating in maidens' bosoms.

In the old days, farm animals often served as metaphors for the objects of the singers' affections. One couldn't be quite as explicit as today, so double entendre was often employed.

Maybe they could be, as they say in the current jargon, "repurposed" for today's teens. Just to give you a taste, here are a few samples:

I loves you baby like a root hog loves his corn
I loves you baby like a hog loves corn
I been in love with you baby
Ever since I was born
Hold It Right There
Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, 1962

If you see my milk cow
Please drive her on home
'Cause I ain't had no milk and butter
Since my cow's been gone
Milk Cow Blues
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, 1946

If you're about to see my little red rooster
Please drive him home
If you're about to see my little red rooster
Please set back home
Ain't had no peace in the farm yard
Since my little red rooster's been gone
Little Red Rooster
Big Mama Thornton, 1973
See what I mean? Pass 'em on to Adele and Biebs.

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