Mel-o-dy RecordsMel-o-dy 110 (B), January 1964

B-side of Shambles

(Written by Howard Hausey)

Scan kindly provided by '144man'.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!“I had a beautiful woman… Then I left her for a prettier one. Then another one after that. I’m paying for it now, though – FINANCIALLY, that is! Am I right, eh, fellas? Eh? Eh?”

(Alright, it doesn’t actually say that, but it might as well.)

A sickening, woozy-sounding, objectifying, patriarchal, thoroughly misogynistic waltz, written by Henslee’s labelmate Howard Crockett under his real name; a “beware the evils of pretty girls” screed set to almost the exact tune of How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?, and one that can’t be rehabilitated by some neat pedal steel work. The narrator just comes across as such a buffoon that it’s hard to warm to this, even as unintentional comedy.

Love her, and show
And let her know
You’ve let all the other ones go
Beautiful beautiful women
Beautiful beautiful girls
Running my life tomorrow
Giving my world a whirl…

Something you’re trying to tell us, is there, Gene? (cough alimony cough)




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