Ten Songs that Look Different in the Morning

Have you noticed how politicians, celebrities, and even our historical heroes are taking heat these days for the past?

Like way-past.

Twenty, thirty, forty, and even hundreds of years ago.

The thick cane of political correctness is flogging the hell out of people for living according to the social norms of their time.

Case in point: Remember LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE? Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was stripped of a significant literary award because she is now deemed racist against Native Americans.

Some days I wish someone would send me a memo on the ever-changing rules of 2019–after all, I grew up in the seventies. A simpler time. What do I know? I’m just a throwback. A deadhead in dress shoes.

At any rate, given the modern zeitgeist, I got to thinking about our music from back in the day, and realized a good number of songs would now be banned under the harsh taskmaster of political correctness.

So without further ado, here’s ten mid-century songs that may look different under the glaring light of 2019:



Gary Pucket and the Union Gap “Young Girl”

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl
You’re much too young girl

Beneath your perfume and your make-up
You’re just a baby in disguise
And though you know that it’s wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes


The Hollies “Carrie Anne”

When we were at school our games were simple
I played the janitor, you played the monitor
Then you played with older boys and prefects
What’s the attraction in what they’re doing…

You’re so, so like a woman to me…


Ringo Starr “You’re Sixteen”

You’re all ribbons and curls, ooh, what a girl
Eyes that sparkle and shine
You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful and you’re mine

You’re my baby, you’re my pet
We fell in love on the night we met
You touched my hand, my heart went pop
Ooh, when we kissed I could not stop

You walked out of my dreams and into my arms
Now you’re my angel divine
You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful and you’re mine


Donny Osmond “Go Away Little Girl”

…Go away little girl
I’m not supposed to be alone with you

I know that your lips are sweet
but our lips must never meet
I’m dating somebody else and I must be true


Rod Stewart “Hot Legs”

Imagine how my daddy felt
in your jet-black suspender belt
Seventeen years old
He’s touching sixty-four…

Hot legs, in your satin shoes
Hot legs, are you still in school…






Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe”

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?Hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand?
I’m goin down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man…


Rolling Stones “Under My Thumb”

Under my thumb
The girl who once had me down
Under my thumb
The girl who once pushed me around

It’s down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears…

Under my thumb
It’s a squirmin’ dog who’s just had her day
Under my thumb
A girl who has just changed her ways


The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar”

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Skydog slaver knows he’s doing alright
Hear him whip the women just around midnight

Brown sugar how come you taste so good?
Brown sugar just like a young girl should


Kind of a mind blow, really. If you’re like me, you never really thought about the lyrics of half these songs as you jammed out to them.

Hey, maybe the sixties and seventies weren’t so innocent after all.

Or maybe we’re just wound too tight these days.

You decide.

Thanks for reading!



Susan J. Anderson

Foxy Writer Chick

2 thoughts on “Ten Songs that Look Different in the Morning

  1. The Beatles song https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beatles/runforyourlife.html is suspiciously like an abusive relationship… yet it was a hit back in the day. Times change but I don’t think we should retroactively award or remove awards… Does it mean that those olympians who were stripped of medals because they were deemed “professionals” be given the medals back?? You can’t go about trying to revise history. It is a disservice to everyone. So I agree wholeheartedly!

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    1. Didn’t know about the Beatles song–I need to check it out. I did know, but didn’t include the song Phil Spector produced, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)” performed by The Crystals in 1962. Crazy thing–Carole King co-wrote it! It reminds me of an old foreign film, “Swept Away” that glorified a man’s abuse of a woman. Makes me shudder to think about sitting through that thing back in the day.

      As far as history goes, these are interesting times we live in–the Chinese were spot-on in using this phrase as part of an old curse. Ha!


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