Wives and lovers

Wives and lovers. An intriguing title, eh?

Specifically, it’s the title of a once-famous song that both surprised and appalled me a few days ago when it played on 87.7MeTVFM (Chicago) radio.

The song, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, is now about 55 years old. Jack Jones’s 1963 recording won the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Male, in 1964, and the tune has been recorded by many others, including Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, and Ella Fitzgerald.

While many people wax nostalgic about the fifties and early sixties, this song paints another picture of an era typically portrayed as wholesome.

While on the surface, traditional marriages and families appeared quite happy and cozy—think June Cleaver and Harriet Nelson—the whole deal could be on shaky ground, as this song’s lyrics illustrate.

The point is that wives have to compete with the sexy girls at hubby’s office by being more attractive and ready to get it on with him the minute he gets home from work. Their wifely duties include dressing up as if for a date, dimming the lights, and serving up wine. It’s not the husband’s responsibility to withstand temptation; it’s the wife’s role to out-tempt eternally.

For wives should always be lovers, too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you
I’m warning you.

Is this wife / lover up to the task? I hope so but I’m not confident, considering that she’s called “little girl.”

And now … enjoy! (or suffer) …


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