Song Lyric Sunday (2 February 2020) – Affectionate Names

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of duets (my choice). This week, he gives us the straightforward theme of affectionate names.

I struggled a bit this week. Not to think of a song with a connection to one of these themes, but I like to choose one that I really like, and I couldn’t really think of one. Not a real stand-out track. But I’ve said before on here that I grew up with a lot of reggae, so it’ll be no surprise that I listened to a lot of jazz and R’n’B too.

But I ignored my obvious possibilities this week and went a little further back in time, to a song written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn for the 1930 “film of the musical” Whooppee! That version became a signature tune for it’s singer, Eddie Cantor.

I’m not going quite that far back, though. Only as far as 1957, when my choice was covered by Nina Simone. It was to become one of her signature tunes, too. Nina Simone was born Eunice Waymon in 1933, and she recorded my choice very early on, on her debut album. It immediately fell into obscurity but gained a revival in 1987 as the result of a commercial for Chanel No. 5, of all things. It enjoyed a slight renaissance, charting in the UK and across Europe. The revived version even got the Wallace and Grommit treatment, having a video (which I shall present today) made by the same animators.

To Simone’s credit, she was very active in the Civil Rights movement, often promoting it through her work. Her revival brough with it financial security, and she spent her final years living in the south of France (smart lady). She battled breast cancer for her final years, but she still returned to the USA to perform until 1998. Simone died in her sleep in France in 2003, aged 70.

Today I present My Baby Just Cares For Me. I hope the video raises a smile.

My baby don’t care for shows
My baby don’t care for clothes
My baby just cares for me
My baby don’t care for cars and races
My baby don’t care for high-tone places

Liz Taylor is not his style
And even Lana Turner’s smile
Is somethin’ he can’t see
My baby don’t care who knows
My baby just cares for me

Baby, my baby don’t care for shows
And he don’t even care for clothes
He cares for me
My baby don’t care
For cars and races
My baby don’t care for
He don’t care for high-tone places

Liz Taylor is not his style
And even Liberace’s smile
Is something he can’t see
Is something he can’t see
I wonder what’s wrong with baby
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for me

Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn


Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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