Another of my Woman in Song writings but this time with a twist. Often songs get written and people assume that they are love songs to a woman but in fact just seem that way, and I will present 4 such songs here today.
How Long..Ace 1974
With a romantic beat and lyrics like
“How long has this been going on
But I can’t help but have my suspicions
cause i ain’t quite as dumb as i seem.
But there ain’t any use in pretending
it could happen to us any day”
it would be easy to assume it is a man singing about losing his woman and letting her know that he is aware of her cheating and I am sure many people thought that at the time, but it is not about that. It is in fact about the Bands Bass player working with other bands at the time and possibly leaving ACE, a situation that was real at the time but he rejoined the band to record this song and they all lived happily after.
Angie..The Rolling Stones 1973
This is another one of those Old wives tales that has grown around the band. It was assumed that the song was about Angela Bowie the then wife of David Bowie whom some say had an affair with Mick Jagger and so he wrote the song for her..again not true. There is no specific Angie that this ditty was written about and according to Jagger at the time he had never even met Angela Bowie and in fact Keith Richards contributed the title to the song as the day before it was written his Daughter Dandelion Angela was born, the only real Angie about this song.
Shannon..Henry Gross 1976
“Finally the tears fill our eyes
And I know somewhere tonight
She knows how much we really miss her
Shannon has gone I’ve heard
She’s drifting out to sea
She always loved to swim away
Maybe she’ll find an island
With a shady tree
Just like the one in our backyard”
With haunting vocals this song became a # 1 song in Canada back in ’76 and had many assuming it was a Paen to a lover that passed on but it was in fact about the death of former Beach boy Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter that has just died, that’s right a love song to a loved pet had all us back then slow dancing with our girl friends.
Along comes Mary..The Association 1966
When I found out the true meaning of this one it really blew me away
And then along comes Mary
And does she want to give me kicks , and be my steady chick
And give me pick of memories
Or maybe rather gather tales of all the fails and tribulations
No one ever sees
When we met I was sure out to lunch
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch”
How could a song from he ’60’s that was as sweet sounding as this not be a love song? Well it is but not to a woman, it is about drugs and in particular Marijuana. Now I am not making this up, the writer of the song Tandyn Almer has stated this fact many times as he says he was on the curb stoned when he wrote this little diddy. I don’t know if the Association knew it or not but one of their classic songs is about Drugs, but once you dig into the band themselves you come to find out they probably did and sang it with glee every time. As for Tandyn, he is an inventor of Water Bongs..how appropriate.
So there are 4 songs not what you think and there are more but we will leave that for another time.