Saturday, January 06, 2007

Desperately Wishful Songs

"Give Me Just a Little More Time," by the Chairmen of the Board. Great soul standard. "Give me just a little more time!/And our love will surely grow", the lyrics say. Why was this song written, though? Plainly, because some poor guy had a relationship that had no spark in it. Sometimes two people have no real need to be together. The woman, sensing this fact and panicking about it, obviously became agitated and snapped, "WELL?!?? WHERE'S THE PASSION!?", prompting the indecisive guy to say, "whoa!" "Give me just a little more time! What's the hurry? I just met you! These things have to build!" But, of course, they probably didn't build, because if there's going to be magnetism, it's there from the start. If not, well--you're lucky, at least you got a great classic song from it.

Similarly, the Vanessa Williams song, "Save the Best for Last." There is no way in hell that a woman as fine and beautiful as Vanessa Williams, who I consider to be one of the most beautiful women in the world (well, she was Miss America, so I guess someone else agreed), would EVER have to write a song about how she chased some ambivalent guy around, while he went off with other women.

(Checking) Hey, I was right! She wasn't one of the writers. The language of this song always tweaked me:

I see the passion in your eyes
Sometimes its all a big surprise
cause there was a time when all I did was wish
Youd tell me this was love
Its not the way I hoped or how I planned
But somehow its enough

And now were standing face to face
Isnt this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last

All of the nights you came to me
When some silly girl had set you free
You wondered how youd make it through
I wondered what was wrong with you

cause how could you give your love to someone else
And share your dreams with me
Sometimes the very thing youre looking for
Is the one thing you cant see

And now were standing face to face
Isnt this world a crazy place
Just when I thought our chance had passed
You go and save the best for last

Sometimes the very thing youre looking for
Is the one thing you cant see

Written by waldman/lind/galdston


"It's all a big surprise..." "dreams..." Isn't it all "crazy"? "...the one thing you can't see..."

This is the language of those who are used to deluding themselves. Wh-wha? Why, it's Vanessa Williams! I never noticed... how beautiful you are!

I love this song, but it's bullshit. Complete bullshit. Please! Has anyone ever said anything like this in front of Vanessa Williams? If she looked at me sideways for two seconds, I swear to you, I wouldn't let much grass grow under my feet before tripping over them to bring flowers. Note to women: if your guy friend has been around for longer than a month or three getting to know you, and hasn't made some move to be alone with you, or to make that aloneness equate to making out instead of cuddling and safeness, then either: 1) he sees some flaw in you that he can't hack, and knowing guys, it's probably something superficial about your looks, or 2) he's petrified and will _never_ make a move. I mean never, never ever. He's either petrified or not into it. So you'd better get it over with and make the move yourself. Then at least you'll know. But you knew this.

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