In honor of World Music Day, I’m posting my all time favorite song: Old Time Rock and Roll. Originally released in 1978, the song was featured in the 1983 movie Risky Business starring Tom Cruise who gave an iconic coffee table dance clad in a white dress shirt.
Vivid memories are rolling in of my joker sister Suzy busting out a broom stick as her dance partner when this song started playing on the radio. What can I say, its our goofy sister song. Four decades after it’s release with no signs that I’ll EVER get sick of hearing it.
Just take those old records off the shelf I’ll sit and listen to ’em by myself Today’s music ain’t got the same soul I like that old time rock and roll
Don’t try to take me to a disco You’ll never even get me out on the floor In ten minutes I’ll be late for the door I like that old time rock and roll EverybodyOld time rock and roll That kinda music just soothes the soul I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock and roll, Drew Abbott!
Won’t go to hear ’em play a tango I’d rather hear some blues or funky old soul There’s only one sure way to get me to go Start playin’ old time rock and rollCall me a relic, call me what you will Say I’m old fashioned, say I’m over the hill Today’s music ain’t got the same soul I like that old time rock and roll
Still like that old time rock and roll That kinda music just soothes the soul I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock and roll
Old time rock and roll Baby, just soothes the soul I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock and rollEverybody come on Old time rock and roll Baby, just soothes the soul I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock and roll
Old time rock and roll It just soothes the soul I reminisce about the days of old With that old time rock and roll It’s not like the old time rock and roll
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a song for Music Monday – I’ve decided to only post these on the last Monday of the month going forward. Life gets busy and I’m also curating content on topics of importance to readers of Memphis; music, domestic violence and alcoholism, among others. The songs posted previously are ones mentioned in my novel and so is this one.
This is the track that Memphis reluctantly sings to her husband Johnny during a singing competition at the beginning of the novel. It seems like a love song -a tune of unwavering devotion. But I’ve always found it to be a sad song advising to consider that “..he’s just a man” and to “forgive him” because he’s “..doing things that you don’t understand.” A ballad for married woman to stand by your man even if he cheats because he’s just a man and well, he just can’t help himself. My thoughts on this song really drove the creation of the singing competition scene.
Tammy Wynette was the original co-writer of this classic tune. My grandmother played this when I was a kid and it stuck with me for years somehow bringing out Deja Vu years later when I heard it on the radio and Shazam-ed it. Then and there it became apart of my novel -before I even began the first draft. “Stand by Your Man” has been redone by the band formerly known as “The Dixie Chicks”, now simply known as “The Chicks”. The Chicks remake is a contrasting upbeat version of the original and I highly recommend you listen to it.
Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman Giving all your love to just one man. You’ll have bad times And he’ll have good times, Doin’ things that you don’t understand But if you love him you’ll forgive him, Even though he’s hard to understand And if you love him oh be proud of him, ‘Cause after all he’s just a man Stand by your man, Give him two arms to cling to, And something warm to come to When nights are cold and lonely Stand by your man, And show the world you love him Keep giving all the love you can Stand by your man Stand by your man, And show the world you love him Keep giving all the love you can Stand by your man