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Can you help me think of songs that describe interesting women?

Asked by juniper (1905points) February 26th, 2010

I want to do an activity in my English as a Second Language class today that compares two different women featured in two different songs.

I’ll be using Train’s “Meet Virginia” for one of the examples, but I need another. I’m looking for really descriptive details about the woman, and ideally, minimal bad words or sexual content.

Can you think of any songs that might work?


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stump's avatar

Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, by the Hollies

gambitking's avatar

Pink Floyd: Vera Lynn

stump's avatar

Jennifer Juniper by Donavan

LunaChick's avatar

Veronica by Elvis Costello

Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
What goes on in that place in the dark?
Well I used to know a girl and I could have sworn
that her name was Veronica
Well she used to have a carefree mind of her own
and a delicate look in her eye
These days I’m afraid she’s not even sure if her
name is Veronica

Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,
Veronica has gone to hide?
and all the time she laughs at those who shout
her name and steal her clothes.
Veronica, Veronica, Veronica

Did the days drag by? Did the favours wane?
Did he roam down the town all the while?
did you wake from your dream, with a wolf at
the door, reaching out for Veronica
Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
When the world was the street where she lived
And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea
With a picture of Veronica

On the “Empress of India”
And as she closed her eyes upon the world and
picked upon the bones of last week’s news
She spoke his name out loud again


Veronica sits in her favorite chair
She sits very quiet and still
And they call her a name that they never get right
and if they don’t then nobody else will

But she used to have a carefree mind of her own
with a devilish look in her eye
saying you can call me anything you like
but my name is Veronica


Likeradar's avatar

Legend of a Cowgirl by Imani Coppola

32 Flavors by Ani Difranco

That Short Skirt Long Jacket song by Cake

DarkScribe's avatar

Hard Headed Woman – Cat Stevens

No Woman – No Cry – Bob Marley

LA Woman – The Doors

Devil Woman – Marty Robins

Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

buckyboy28's avatar

Lola by The Kinks kinda sorta counts.

p.s. @Likeradar… it’s called “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”. It’s all about the sexual innuendo.

LunaChick's avatar

@buckyboy28 – sorta? I’m not so sure. ;)

LunaChick's avatar

I have one more…

Short Skirt / Long Jacket by Cake

I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what’s best
I want a girl with shoes that cut
And eyes that burn like cigarettes

I want a girl with the right allocations
Who’s fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She’s playing with her jewelry
She’s putting up her hair
She’s touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a loooonnng jacket…...

I want a girl who gets up early
I want a girl who stays up late
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who used a machete to cut through red tape
With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass

She is fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She’s touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a loooonnng…. loooonnng jacket

I want a girl with a smooth liquidation
I want a girl with good dividends
And at the city bank we will meet accidentally
We’ll start to talk when she borrows my pen

She wants a car with a cup-holder arm rest
She wants a car that will get her there
She’s changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler La Baron

I want a girl with a short skirt and a loooonnnnggggggggg jacket

chicadelplaya's avatar

@LunaChick I was JUST going to post the same song! LOVE IT!

Blackberry's avatar

Jane says? Lol

stratman37's avatar

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue”?

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

OH! and how could we forget…

Wind Cries Mary

Likeradar's avatar

@LunaChick and @chicadelplaya ummm…

@Blackberry Where’s the innuendo? (and that name totally makes sense for that song. :) )

chicadelplaya's avatar

Taylor by Jack Johnson

chicadelplaya's avatar

Hey Everyone, @Likeradar was the first to say ‘Short skirt, Long jacket’! Awesome!

LunaChick's avatar

I swear, I didn’t see it listed – sorry if I stole your answer, @Likeradar

Blackberry's avatar

@likeradar It’s too early to be dirty lol.

deni's avatar

@ChazMaz i love you for suggesting billy joel. i love him.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

The only song ever written about a completely uninteresting woman

ucme's avatar

Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.

jfos's avatar

—“Four Little Diamonds” -Electric Light Orchestra
—“If You See Her Say Hello” -Bob Dylan
—“Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)” -Led Zeppelin

jfos's avatar

—“Little Wing” -Jimi Hendrix
—“Maneater” -Hall & Oates

chicadelplaya's avatar

@jfos “Little Wing” is a wonderful song! Sting did a great remake of it, too.

janbb's avatar

Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan
Julia The Beatles

deni's avatar

girl from the north country – bob dylan

stratman37's avatar

Here’s a good one I just remembered. On The Hunt by Lynyrd Skynyrd

I said baby mama, I don’t know your name
But I said baby, sugar I can play your game
Every night when we leave the hall
I see you hanging around
You wanna ride in my big black car baby
Wanna go uptown

I know who you are baby
I know what they call you girl
Never put you down baby
I’m just like you baby, I’m on the hunt

I know lady
People gonna talk about you and me
Let me say one thing mama, sugar I do as I please
And if you wanna love me baby, I’m your man
And all those high-falutin’ society people
I don’t care if they don’t undertand


My daddy told me a long time ago
Said there’s two things son
Two things you should know
And in these two things you must take pride
That’s a horse and woman, yeah
Well both of them you ride

evandad's avatar

Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos

Val123's avatar

Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphy

She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark, flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down its stall
In a blizzard he was lost

She ran calling Wildfire [x3]
By the dark of the moon I planted
But there came an early snow
There’s been a hoot-owl howling by my window now
For six nights in a row
She’s coming for me, I know
And on Wildfire we’re both gonna go

We’ll be riding Wildfire [x3]

On Wildfire we’re gonna ride
Gonna leave sodbustin’ behind
Get these hard times right on out of our minds
Riding Wildfire

janbb's avatar

Sugar Magnolia by the Grateful Dead
Brown-Eyed Girl Van Morrision

Val123's avatar

Oh! Go Ask Alice

It’s about the drug craze that started in the 60’s and 70’s. Although it was a warning song, it was pretty controversial at the time (71)

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all

Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell them a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call

Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low

Go ask Alice
I think she’ll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s “off with her head!”

Remember what the dormouse said:
“Feed your head, feed your head, feed your head”

filmfann's avatar

Julia by The Beatles
Lola by The Kinks

Dan_DeColumna's avatar

@LunaChick: No fair. I was going to say Short skirt/ Long Jacket… You win…

raoool's avatar

Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts – Dylan
Dehlia – D. Bromberg
Layla – Derek & Dominos
Ophelia – the Band
Oh Yoko – John Lennon (only politically correct way to describe Yoko is ‘interesting’)

sjmc1989's avatar

I always loved “Get Your Kisses from Me” By Joe Firstman because of the description of the girl in it. It does have one bad word in it sorry.

She leaves long messages
From towns I’ve never been
She can’t get her point across
I think she means that she misses me

She sends long letters from great big cities
They’re full of all of her confessions
She never leaves return addresses

She’s an acrobat
She’s like a bus stop gypsy
She’ll fuck you if you pay her fare
She’ll follow signs to anywhere

Draw your whiskey from the wells of Tennessee
Get your wine from California
But get your kisses from me

She’s like a circus clown
She’s like a suitcase baby
She’ll go traveling in a caravan
And through the arms of many men

She knows her way around those moonlight towns
She goes sleeping in the sanctuary
And dancing in the cemeteries

She loves to leave but she hates when she’s away
She’s got lovers out in Indiana
Wilmington, New York and Savannah

Draw your whiskey from the wells of Tennessee
Get your wine from California
But get your kisses from me

Draw your whiskey from the wells of Tennessee
Get your wine from California
But get your kisses from me

Oh draw your whiskey from the wells of Tennessee
Get your wine from California
But get your kisses from me

fremen_warrior's avatar

Well if by ‘interesting’ you mean controversial and by describe you mean mention, take Pink Floyd’s “The Post War Dream” from The Final Cut, regarding Margaret Thatcher:

what have we done maggie what have we done
what have we done to England
should we shout should we scream
“what happened to the post war dream?”
oh maggie maggie what did we do?

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