Posted On: Saturday - April 11th 2020 6:25PM MST
In Topics:   Genderbenders  Music
It was another situation in which the radio in the vehicle was not under my control. Oh, it wasn't too bad this time - no rap crap, no real ululation (we weren't facing east so ...), just some gospel soul stuff that wasn't bad relatively... then came an electric Dah, dah-da, Dah, da-dah ... Hey, this ain't right. Are all the Stones out of jail and sober enough to start a law suit, between the end of their hangovers and the Early Bird Special? Cause that's the intro to Honky-Tonk Woman.
It was somehow not EXACTLY the same, I think due to a softer drum beat, if any. Nope, it was a woman singing it. After
She had to go change the lyrics though, and I anticipated that coming. It was simply "bar-room man", not so great, creativity wise. Then, on the chorus it was "gimme, gimme, gimme a honky-tonk man". Well that changes the meaning of the song entirely! That's just cough cough
I had an idea: As the music producer, if you want a woman's voice, why not hire a lesbian ... or two, say The Indigo Girls. Get it? They could sing the lyrics per the original Richards/Jagger lyrics, and everyone would understand. BTW, if this song's title was simply Honky-Tonk Man, then that introduces a conflict with the same title by the great Dwight Yoakam:
Written by Johnny Horton way back in 1956, Honky Tonk Man was recorded by Dwight Yoakam 30 years later, as his first single off of Guitars, Cadillacs...
What other songs have been sung by the opposite gender, ones that need to be changed? Well there was Linda Ronstadt with Warren Zevon (thanks, Mr. Ganderson!) Poor Pitiful Me (and what a great version). How about the Joan Baez version of The Band's song The Night they Drove old Dixie Down (I'd heard Miss Baez's smoother version first, but got to like the original more, much later on.) Really, "Virgil Cain" is your name? OK ...
Please chime in with comments with an answer - it's kind of a cool trivia question. Don't bring up this Joni Mitchell song, though. At first listen to Free Man in Paris, you may think it's a little weird, but if you just listen to her lyrics, as they try to fit in with the tune (that was always a problem for her - see the first song in California Mourning ... on such a winter's day), you'll note that she's quoting the words of her music promoter/agent friend. Per wiki, that would be David Geffen - his name is on all manner of older music albums.
This is from a really good album by Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark from 1974.
OK, now there's a week of blogging for ya'. We will continue our part-time Kung Flu anti-tainment next week. See ya!