July 14, 2012
I was thinking about the last post (the one dealing women in songs) and I thought of two more. They’re not exactly abusive, but they shine an interesting light on how women were viewed in the sixties:
When I was a kid I heard Tom Jones singing, “She always knows her place, she’s got style, she’s got grace, she’s a winner,” and I wondered if he was talking about a racehorse, and how a racehorse would know her place.
And I heard, “One less bell to answer, one less egg to fry, one less man to pick up after, and all I do is cry,” and I thought—for real!—that the maid was sad because she was in love with a guy who lived in the house she worked in, and he moved out.
At least Glen Campbell acknowledged that “The Everyday Housewife” gave up the good life for him, and he appreciated it.