Thursday, September 17, 2009

September 15 Some Girls

Back in my youth, 1978 to be exact, I won a call in contest on the most popular radio station at that time. It was 97.9 FM, better known as The Loop. The station is still called the Loop and it pretty much plays classic rock from the late 70's era. But this blog isn't about radio stations, it is about winning an album, an actual vinyl album the kind that spun at 33 and 1/3 RPM. My mom was in the kitchen and heard that I won. I was given a choice of several albums and I chose 'Some Girls' by the Rolling Stones. My mom said no immediately. So I chose 'Jazz' by Queen. My mom said the Stones' song 'Some Girls' was offensive that is why she didn't want me to have that album. What the fuck did I know about girls or offensive songs? I was only 13 years old that summer. I thought Queen was a cool name for a band. At the time, I had no idea it was a reference to the lead singer's sexual preferences. I do remember the Rolling Stones taking some shit in the media about that song but I don't think it was ever a popular song. I am not sure I ever heard the song or if I had, I didn't listen closely to the lyrics. So today, I decided to listen to the song while running errands. I know 30 years have passed but I didn't find the lyrics to be offensive. I'll admit I don't typically get offended by lyrics to a song. I'll also admit I still know don't much about girls but I do know that Freddie Mercury was a queen. I also know I still love music and the Some Girls album is still very good. It seems like a musical love letter to a then decaying New York City. Give it a listen and let me know if you agree.

Some Girls by The Rolling Stones

Some girls give me money
Some girls buy me clothes
Some girls give me jewelry
That I never thought I'd own

Some girls give me diamonds
Some girls, heart attacks
Some girls I give all my bread to
I don't ever want it back

Some girls give me jewelry
Others buy me clothes
Some girls give me children
I never asked them for

So give me all your money
Give me all your gold
I'll buy you a house back in Zuma beach
And give you half of what I own

Some girls take my money
Some girls take my clothes
Some girls get the shirt off my back
And leave me with a lethal dose

French girls they want Cartier
Italian girls want cars
American girls want everything in the world
You can possibly imagine

English girls they're so prissy
I can't stand them on the telephone
Sometimes I take the receiver off the hook
I don't want them to ever call at all

White girls they're pretty funny
Sometimes they drive me mad
Black girls just wanna get fucked all night
I just don't have that much jam

Chinese girls are so gentle
They're really such a tease
You never know quite what they're cookin'
Inside those silky sleeves

Give me all you money
Give me all your gold
I'll buy you a house back in Zuma beach
And give you half of what I own

Some girls they're so pure
Some girls so corrupt
Some girls give me children
I only made love to her once

Give me half your money
Give me half your car
Give me half of everything
I'll make you world's biggest star

So gimme all your money
Give me all your gold
Let's go back to Zuma beach
I'll give you half of everything I own


  1. Then the final two numbers take this already superb album to a new level. 'Beast Of Burden' is about the best song form the Stones from the late 1970s. I got confirmed at the time and was secretly hoping to be given this album as a confirmation present. Instead I got from my parents 'The Oxford Dictionary Of Saints'. Which was probably a more apprppriate choice. But this album remains immeasurably closer to my heart. Irreverent? Yes. But no less brilliant for that

  2. Danmark, Thanks for stumbling across my blog and leaving a comment. I agree that 'Beast of Burden' is a classic but I've always loved 'Shattered' the best from that album. I read recently they are rereleasing "Some Girls" with bonus tracks.