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.
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.