Sunday, September 04, 2011

Song I woke up singing

Will you still love me tomorrow?

Such a beautiful song! Written in 1960 by Carole King and performed by the Shirelles, the original recording has the honor of being the first song by an all-girl group to reach #1 in the US. This video here is an interesting live recording with some crazy band trying to put themselves into it in a weird way. Maybe I'm just used to the strings in the original?

I imagine people at the time feeling like this was a wedding song, just like people thought Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA was patriotic or REM's The One I Love was a love song.

Alas, this is not a love song. This really isn't a wedding song. This is about trying to avoid a one night stand. AND it's a perfect pop song too.

Every time I hear this song I think about the millions of women who have their hearts broken. Those who wanted love and chose poorly. Those who gave up that thing in the hopes of something more. Only to find themselves sitting by the phone that never rang (In the old days phones were in your house, plugged into the wall. I know, crazy). There are so many ways for people to not get in touch with you now.

The phone thing has changed but the message is timeless.


dani said...


pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I always hear it Carole King-style in my head. Less upbeat, more plaintive. She sings it like she already knows the answer. Great song.

Lita Jones said...

I have been having a different song going through my head ever since the blog after the hurricane that said GOOD NIGHT IRENE! Thanks for the historical info.

Star said...

She already knows the answer! Yep.