Thursday, August 10, 2017

Run, Run Fast, and Runaway


Different music artists in my formative years are plastered in my memory. Some of their recordings make me happy, just humming tunes and recalling some of the lyrics.

Bobby Vee... I always loved Go Away Little Girl.

 Bobby Vee died in 2017 at age 73 years, from Alzheimer's.

Sigh.  Bobby Vee made many teenage girls sigh.  

The Beatles had their own song, Run for Your Life, Little Girl. I never listened to the lyrics until recently.  Creepy.

Run fast, Little Girl.

Del Shannon was famous with My Little Runaway. The organ riff was famous at the time.

Where did this Runaway Girl go?  Why?

So, there you have it.  

Bobby Vee wanted a girl to go away before he begged her to stay. 

Beatles were stalkers, promised to behead the girl if she left. 

Del Shannon wondered why his girl ran away. 

These narcissistic men viewed these girls as objects, didn't they understand that? 

Obviously, all girls need to watch themselves and ask serious questions about any guy who is controlling and possessive. They should consider cross-country training.

37 comments:

  1. Truly nasty misogyny concealed under a veneer of popular culture. Scary isn't it?

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    1. It makes me wonder about 1960s and how girls were treated. Were teen girls submissive?

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    2. Many were, they confused attention with being loved.

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    3. This is true still today, and the emotionally vulnerable are always an easy mark. Sad, but fact. Probably timeless too.

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  2. Most songs these days have questionable lyrics. Warm greetings.

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    1. Much of contemporary songs areconfusing, if words can be heard.

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  3. Eeek. Although, that's still true today. Best not to listen too closely to any lyrics else you might have to rethink that song you're dancing to ;)

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  4. The attitudes of the times reflected in song. I wonder if much has changed.

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    1. I seriously doubt that much has changed. No one would write a song about a female who beat him up at the latest karate class.

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  5. It's amazing to me that the words of all those songs, from when I was decades younger, pop right into my head, verbatim, at the slightest trigger and yet I couldn't tell you what I ate for dinner last Monday. I hate when ads adopt one of 'my' songs and beat it to death in the mname of advertising. But my latest music addiction is Leonard Cohen,. He (or his ghost - R.I.P.) could Dance Me to the End of Love any day of the week!

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    1. Cohen was a talented composer and singer, and he is missed. My favorite song of his is "Hallelujah".

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  6. Hi Susan - I guess we just loved the music and didn't interpret the words too well - certainly I did - and I'd like at some stage to spend some time looking at the songs themselves, not so much the music ... these I could happily listen to - and Molly's choice ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Strange, isn't it, how we all (incl. this generation) don't give the lyrics much thought.

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  7. Back in those days, it was a common theme and nobody, well almost nobody, questioned the lyrics or meanings. Things are different now that we are all more aware and teaching our children to be aware also.

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    1. Our children absolutely need/have to be aware of this culture. Scary.

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  8. I sang the words, but didn't realize what I was singing. Now, 50 years later, I am pissed.

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  9. When you really listen to the lyrics many turn out rather deranged

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    1. Deranged is a good word. This Beatles song was banned in Canada.

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  10. Objectification was kind of the norm with both sexes back in the sixties and before. Just watching old movies it's easy to see. I think we still see it though in different ways.

    "Run for Your Life" was probably my least favorite song from Rubber Soul though not for any message in the lyrics--honestly, I didn't even pay much attention to lyrics for the most part. This album is still one of my favorites by the Beatles.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. John argued against including this song in the album.

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  11. Things are different now that we are all more aware and teaching our children to be aware also.


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    1. Different times and we are more aware, thankfully.

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  12. For the Beatles, a lot of the early John songs especially were angry, jealous love songs. In hindsight, it's a bit surprising that the king of all hippies was the last of the four to lose his rough, Liverpool, blue collar edges. Fortunately, Rubber Soul ultimately marks the turning point to the gentler, happier John. "In My Life" is, by any reasonable standard, one of the most profound love songs anyone has ever written.

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    1. I didn't know that about John! I have heard "In my Life" and you are right. It is a profound love song.

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  13. Dear Susan, I suspect girls today are almost as vulnerable because we all so want to be loved and sometimes girls see possessiveness, even abuse, as a sign of real love. It's tragic. Remember that song "Looking for Love in all the wrong places"? I wonder what it had to say about love. Peace.

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    1. You are correct. Abused girls grow up looking for someone to love them, but unfortunately, those guys are often like the father who hurt them.

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  14. Hearing these guys on the radio sparks memories of the past, I cant say I recognise Del Shannon or Tommy Vee tbh. The Beatles made an impression and I was more a rock n roll Elvis fan, besides the King is alive - according to the sightings.

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  15. Heh, heh, according MIB. I am more of a Johnny Cash fan.

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  16. I had never listened to the lyrics for that Beatles song. That is creepy.

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    1. I usually know just the first lines, then the chorus. Shows I need to listen more carefully.

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  18. Sandra CoxAugust 15, 2017 at 3:42 PM
    So sad about Bobby Vee.
    You know in so many instances when I was younger, I was more focused on the beat than the words. As in the case of the Beatles song. I always liked it, thinking in terms of he was just going to break up with her, but I listened much more closely tonight. Yikes! And back in the day, we never really equated possessive with obsessive.
    Very enlightening, Susan.

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  19. Oh my gosh, I remember listening to this Beatles song when I was a kid and now I can't believe it when I see the lyrics. Yikes. Now I'm wondering about other songs I never gave a thought to when I was young.

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    1. Good question. What are the lyrics for contemporary songs these days?

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