[78-L] the song title switcheroo

Randy Watts rew1014 at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 12 09:44:28 PDT 2013

Along these lines, I think the lyrical gender-switch that bothers me most is when women sing "Have You Met Miss Jones" and change it to something like "Sir Jones" or "Old Jones," or try to squeeze "Mister Jones" into the notes for "Miss Jones."

Kay Kyser's "He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings" always sounds like a lyric more suited to a woman than to Harry Babbitt. Patti Page's "I Went to Your Wedding," conversely, sounds like a lyric written for a man.


On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:28 AM CDT Bud Black wrote:

>I have never heard a female sing "Old Man River," or any male sing "My Man.". That's not to say it never happened!
>Sent from my iPad
>On Aug 12, 2013, at 10:24 AM, Dave Burnham <burnhamd at rogers.com> wrote:
>> I know that but I was looking only at the period when it might have been recorded. 
>> db
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 2013-08-12, at 4:22 AM, Don Cox <doncox at enterprise.net> wrote:
>> On 11/08/2013, Dave Burnham wrote:
>>> I don't know about a song's gender being changed to accommodate the
>>> singer but surely one of the first to be changed to accommodate the
>>> singee would be "God save the Queen" changed to "God save the King" in
>>> 1902 for Edward VII.
>> It was "God Save the King" until 1837.
>> Regards
>> -- 
>> Don Cox

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