You’re So Vain – Vol. 9 – The Return of Bittersweet Susie

I had NO IDEA it has been this long since the last post. Holy crap! But to be fair, it does feel like Christmas was not that long ago, right? Humor me.

I am not sure what direction to go with in this space – crafts, snark, photography, cooking? what do YOU want to see? Would you be into taking a poll? Please answer the question below or leave a comment letting me know what YOU LIKE! Help me with this major creative block.

So I am going to jump back in with a “you’re so vain” post – like I never left. It’s always about me – you knew that already.

Today we are gonna have a little dance party with Bobby Lord!

Bittersweet Susie | Bobby Lord

NO MORE, NO MORE, NO MORE
(Boyett) 
BOBBY LORD (COLUMBIA 21339, 1955)

Mmmmm-mm-mmmmmmmmm…
I was walkin’ down the road with my head hangin’ low
I thought I heard my Sue just say yonder comes my Bo
Go away from my door, I don’t want you no more
No more, no more, no more, no more [continued]
No more, no more, no more

Ah-ah-aaah, child you’re killing me
You’re just killing me, that’s all, yeah
I was a-sittin’ in the jail with a pan of peas
I thought I heard a runner from a-rattlin’ the keys
Go away from my door, I don’t want you no more
No more, no more, no more, no more [continued]
No more, no more, no more

Now, if your old lady ever leaves you
And you want her back
Just call her like this
And nine times out of ten that woman will come in a run
Now listen to this…
Mama, mama, mama come to your daddy now
Aaaah, child you’re killing me
You’re killing me graveyard dead, yeah-yeah-yeah

Oooooh-oooh-oh, come on dear man and knock yourself out
Go away from my door, I don’t want you no more
No more, no more, no more, no more
Go away from my door, I don’t want you no more
No more…

Again  – AGAIN what I get from this is ol Sue was creeping with Bobby and told him to SCOOT when her real man came along. TRAMP! Every time! This name is cursed!

This catchy tune was release in 1955 – and was just ONE of his many hits. Listening to his catalog the early stuff has the harder Rockabilly sound that evolved into a more traditional country sound. Go check it out!

Even more Bobby Lord action!

With Pasty Cline – Swoon!

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You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 8

Greetings friends!

How are you. It is getting cooler and I am hibernating. This is mostly because I refuse to purchase a decent pair of pants and my tights are just not cutting it. Sweatpants and pjs though, these I have in abundance.

Here in the VALLEY we have a season called “Wind”. You may scoff and say this is another wimpy LA thing but let me tell you – The wind is fucked and it means BUSINESS.

Jeep hit with tree

This was a nice little surprise yesterday. My superhero parents cut that BASTARD tree into BITS to get off the Zombie Killer. Take that TREE. That car is a bad bitch and we think it only left a little scratch. Today all his tree friends are getting a little adjusting. Revenge is sweet.

Back to business, and back to another You’re So Vain post! It has been too long and I keep finding songs that are all about ME – I mean feature my name.

I need someone to warm me up on this moderately cold California nights,

and I have just the man to do it!

Neil Diamond

Hello there!

Ok you guys – I LOVE ME SOME NEIL DIAMOND. Don’t mock. It is my new dream to see him in concert and sing Cherry Cherry like a spaz. Or better yet go on the ultimate road trip with only his greatest hits to keep me company. A girl can dream.

So imagine my excitement when I found a song with not only my name in it but my mother’s as well. SO FUCKING EXCITED. Until I looked up the lyrics for this post and realize I misheard him, He says MELINDA and not Linda. What the crap is that, Melinda?!? I think maybe he was humming and then saying Linda and everyone else got it WRONG.

Solitary Man

MeLINDA was mine
‘Til the time that I found her
Holding Jim, loving him
Then Sue came along, loved me strong
That’s what I thought
Me and Sue, but that died too

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man, solitary man

I’ve had it to here
Bein’ where love’s a small word
Part-time thing, paper ring
I know it’s been done
Havin’ one girl who’ll love me
Right or wrong, weak or strong

Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man, solitary man
(instrumental)
Don’t know that I will
But until I can find me
The girl who’ll stay
And won’t play games behind me
I’ll be what I am
A solitary man
Solitary man

This song speaks to me. So Melinda is a bit of a cheating skunk. Serves her right for being named that and not LINDA. Linda would have crocheted him a warm blanket.

Sue came along and loved him strong, but then she got distracted by something shiny and maybe just stopped texting back. This is totally real life.

The best part is the chorus. He is like eh I am cool being alone until someone awesome comes around. Hopefully they are into yarn and pattern hoarding as much as I AM, I mean as much as Neil sure is. Listen it loud and often if you need a like YAYA I am FINNNNE in your life.  This is a good song for a fuck love mix. Look out for THAT in the future!

This song came out in 1966 and was Mr Diamonds first hit – 1966 was a good year.

It is also the year my parent’s got married. Maybe he changed it from Linda to Melinda because he was jealous. I mean who wouldn’t be:

mom_dad

Their wedding day!

My mom MADE that outfit! (AND DID NOT KEEP IT FOR ME) And holy mother of corsage – that thing is as big as her head!

This song has been covered 6 ways from Sunday, but the BEST one hands down is the Johnny Cash Version. I am never wrong about cover songs friends.

Neil was also on the Johnny Cash Show and it was magical.

And one last Neil gem for today: My mom had this mix tape in her Peugeot – It was one of maybe 4 tapes in the car. I think my brother made it from their records and THIS FUCKING SONG was on it. If I was lucky we would fast forward to the next fast song but most of the time my sister and I would take turns being Babs or Neil AND BELT THIS SUCKER OUT.

(Ps I am the worst signer IN THE UNIVERSE)

But still, fond memories of this…

Thanks for indulging my love for Neil – Come back and see me sometime!

Homework

• What is your FAVORITE Neil Song?

• What did your mom drive in the 80s?

• What songs from your childhood do you have a love/hate relationship with?

• Will you sing the Babs part and I can sing Neil?

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 7

Hello Everyone? Are you having a good week? I could sure use a cookie or something.

I hope this round of You’re So Vain is just as sweet – or at the very least mildly entertaining. I will even settle for the fact that a couple of you read it at all. My expectations are low. It’s a tip for life: Keep expectations low – then you are always pleasantly surprised!

Bittersweet Susie | Claudine Clark

Our little ditty comes from Claudine Clark

“Party Lights” 1962

Lady Mama dear, a tell me, do you hear

Their partying tonight?

I tell you, I can’t sleep

Because across the street

oh oh oh oh I see the party lights.

CHORUS:

I see the lights, I see the party lights

They’re red and blue and green.

Oh everybody in the crowd is there

But you won’t let me make the scene.

Oh, Mama dear, a looka here look here,

There goes Mary Lou.

I see Tommy and Joe oh oh and Betty and Sue

Oh oh oh oh – there goes my boyfriend, too.

I see the lights I see the lights…

So let me get this straight, either Claudine was grounded OR her mom is terrible strict! Which do you think? Bad girl, terrible mother??

Betty and Sue are there – ‘Cause DUH – and her boyfriend went without her – SOME BOYFRIEND – I heard girls named Betty are totally skanks so watch out for that one Claudine.

Claudine may be considered a one hit wonder – but WHAT A HIT. She also performed and continued to compose under an alias of Joy Dawn – Was this inspired from two of her favorite dishwash liquids? I DON’T KNOW.

Everything I have read says her follow up “Walking Through a Cemetery” was a commercial failure. This song is beyond! We have a million craptacular Christmas songs and so very few Halloween ones – let alone one you can DANCE too…

I am totally making you guys a Halloween mix this year! Pumpkin PARTY

I did listen to the few songs of hers I could find and it is some GOOD SHIT people. One hit WONDER my foot. I think we should get the word out about her kick-assness (totally a word) Make her known again. Go buy her record. Scrounge those dollar bins and 45s! Put her up on your FB page cause your friends totally need to know you have underground taste and knew about her before she was cool. Tweet her face off. Do it already.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t be a stranger.

Leave me your best stories of some time your mom or dad made you miss the party of the year? I am sure you were totally innocent. I believe you.

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 6

Hello friends – It is once again FRIDAY – you made it – high five to YOU –  I think it is time for another YOU’RE SO VAIN post – it has been way too long.

Little Richard

Little Richard

I got to mark something MAJOR off my bucket list this year. I got to see Little Richard perform at Viva Las Vegas. And when I say perform I am going with a very loose interpretation of this term. He sang kinda, played sorta, and he was wheeled out on a throne of sorts (which was pretty awesome) I think this TOTALLY COUNTS.

In 1955 Little Richard had his first major hit record with Tutti Frutti – and don’t even tell me as soon as you hear him sing “Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom” that you don’t want to dance!

(this is from the movie Don’t Knock the Rock  – check it out if you have never seen it)

The original lyrics were “Tutti Frutti, Good Booty/ If it don’t fit, don’t force it/ you can grease it, make it easy

changed to – ”Tutti Frutti all Rooty…

The first version is waaaaay better – good BOOTY – and also WAY more dirty – unless he was talking about fixing your bike or something. You guys – do you think the Cosby show character was named after this song?

OK now for the most important lyric – the one about ME

Got a gal named Sue, She knows just what to do.

She Rocks to the East, Rocks to the West.

She’s the gal that I love best.

She knows just what to do?!? Like change a tire, bake a cake, do your TAXES? Or is this once again a song about all Susie’s being a little fast and loose? Oh well, at least we are POPULAR and that is what’s REALLY important. He does say that she’s the gal that he LIKES BEST. It then goes on to blah blah about some bitch named Daisy but I do not have time for that.

** Special Bonus – the WORST COVER OF Tutti Frutti of ALL TIME **

Oh Pat Boone – You’re Welcome

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You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 4

It is time for another episode of You’re So Vain! Weeeee!! Today we have a lovely tune from The Mills Brothers called “Paper Doll”

I guess I had a million dolls or more

I guess I’ve played the doll game o’er and o’er

I just quarreled with Sue, that’s why I’m blue

She’s gone away and left me just like all dolls do

If you are unfamiliar with this group than you are missing out. Go get a greatest hits collection IMMEDIATELY, don’t make me smack you.

This video made ME want a paper doll of my own, mostly because I could always use more friends and as an extremely short person I would find it amusing to be a GIANT and supreme being over my paper doll minions. (also go watch Time Bandits now that I think about it – cause SUPREME BEING). I found some amazing paper doll resources online to get your own to:

Paper Doll Review 

Lots of vintage and reproduction paper dolls – I will FIGHT you for this Carol Channing paper doll set! Go There! Buy Stuff!

The Paper Doll Collector – Blog – There are some very cool vintage and handmade paper dolls on this blog. I can already see another hobby I do not need forming. DANGER

Betsy McCall – Paper Dolls

Betsy McCall first appeared on the pages of McCall’s Magazine in 1951. Her adventures (and outfits) appeared monthly to the delight of little girls everywhere. Who doesn’t love taking a pair of scissors to mom’s favorite magazine?

 

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 3

This week’s episode is brought to you by the great Bob Wills

Sounds like me and this gentleman here and I are going for a walk, and a talk. As long as snacks are involved I can get behind that.

You always know a Bob Wills song by this running commentary he sings/talks in his songs, Ahhhh Hawwwwww.

Treat yourself to some Western Swing with some of my other Bob Wills favorites:

Hubbin’ It

Stay a Little Longer

Ida Red

Do you have a favorite Bob Wills’ song? Share it in the comments!

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 2

On this episode of You’re So Vain we are going to have a listen to Mississippi John Hurt’s Song recorded in 1928, “Nobody’s Dirty Business”

Mississippi John Hurt

Hmmm… what was that?

“Some of these mornin’s gonna wake up boozy
Gonna grab my gun, gonna kill old Suzie
Ain’t nobody’s business but mine”

I might give this one to that Suzie I met that time and she was super lame. Plus it’s spelled with a Z.

Until next time friends!  Send me your Susie Songs!