Political Correctness and Song Titles


The recent kerfuffle over Baby It’s Cold Outside being banned because it is currently construed in a manner that it hints at date rape got me thinking about another aspect of retrofitting some older songs to fit today’s political correctness.

This excludes Go Away Little Girl which includes the line I’m not supposed to be alone with you – clearly indicating a restraining order has been put in place

I imagine there are literally millions of songs with the word girl in the title. If we assume these songs refer to adult females (yes, this excludes Go Away Little Girl which includes the line I’m not supposed to be alone with you – clearly indicating a restraining order has been put in place) shouldn’t the word girl be replaced with woman?

Here’s but a few of the titles that should be considered for change:

Uptown Woman –  Billy Joel.
My Woman – The Temptations, Smokey Robinson.
Brown Eyed Woman – Van Morrison.
Fat Bottomed Women – Queen.
Jessie’s Woman – Rick Springfield.
Big Women Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons.
Rich Woman – Hall & Oates.

Of course, should the change be made, some songs just won’t work. Including Jim Stafford’s 1974 top ten comedic hit My Girl Bill

But, on the bright side while the nitpickers are picking at traditional Christmas carols, perhaps they will miss Van Morrison’s Blue Money in which we find the lyrics:

You search in your bag
Light up a fag

I guess John Lennon could see the writing on the wall all those years ago when he penned Woman. Roy Orbison should also be lauded for his classic Oh Pretty Woman.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

One thought on “Political Correctness and Song Titles

  1. The idea of applying political correctitude to old songs is incredibly silly. But the world is being run by really DUMB people, you know? We should stop listening to them. They are turning us stupid, too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: