Song Lyric Sunday: A Different Light

Jim Adams is the host for Song Lyric Sunday. This week’s theme is Paisley Underground.


Paisley underground – You what? Had to Google this one and discovered I’d heard of one practitioner of this genre – The Bangles.

I was never a major fan. Yes, I danced like an Egyptian at school discos and had an unbelievably naff perm, but I found these California Girls to be too fluffy for my taste. Apart from this one track.

When I first listened to If She Knew What She Wants, it left me (according to my 1986 diary) with an aching void inside. Teens and poetry should not be allowed to mix.

But the song floored me: how could this idiot of a woman not see that the guy was besotted with her? If only she would give him a chance!

Nowadays, we would applaud her for fending off a stalker and not allowing herself to be gaslighted. I am so glad I’m no longer part of the modern dating scene — talk about minefields.

Over to you, ladies!

Oooooh
If she knew what she wants (he’d be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs (he could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants (but he can’t see through her)
If she knew what she wants, he’d be giving it to her, giving it to her

But she wants everything (he can pretend to give her everything)
Or there’s nothing she wants (she don’t want to sort it out)
He’s crazy for this girl (but she don’t know what she’s looking for)
If she knew what she wants, he’d be giving it to her, giving it to her
I’d say her values are corrupted
But she’s open to change
Then one day she’s satisfied
And the next I’ll find her crying
And it’s nothing she can explain

If she knew what she wants (he’d be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs (he could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants (but he can’t see through her)
If she knew what she wants, he’d be giving it to her, giving it to her (giving it to her)
Some have a style
That they work hard to refine
So they walk a crooked line
But she won’t understand
Why anyone would have to try
To walk a line when they could fly

No sense thinking I could rehabilitate her
When she’s fine, fine, fine
She’s got so many ideas travelling around in her head
She doesn’t need nothing from mine

If she knew what she wants (he’d be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs (he could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants (but he can’t see through her)
If she knew what she wants, he’d be giving it to her, giving it to her
But she wants everything (he can pretend to give her everything)
Or there’s nothing she wants (she don’t want to sort it out)
He’s crazy for this girl (but she don’t know what she’s looking for)
If she knew what she wants, He’d be giving it to her, giving it to her (he’d be giving it to her)
(He could give her that too)
(But he can’t see through her)
Oooooo
Giving it to her
Giving it to her now

Songwriter: Jules Shear
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What Do You See: Say It With Flowers

Image credit: Yana Hurskaya @ Unsplash

The image shows an earthen jug filled with red tulips. The vase/jug is sitting on old stone steps. Written in response to Sadje‘s What Do You See #127 Photo Prompt.


Today was the day, Carlos decided. The tulips were blooming. He sighed with delight. Such beautiful flowers, the colour of love. Perfect.

He hoped a year was long enough for her. But then he’d waited forty years. If only he’d hadn’t been so shy. He would have been the one to ask her to dance. It would have been his coat she held over her head as they ran for the bus in the rain. And her three boys would have called him papa.

Carlos missed Ramon, probably as much as Dolores did, but it was time to move on, to stop being so shy. He picked up the jug, the one he knew she admired, and lovingly arranged the blossoms. Then, under cover of the pre-dawn light, he crept across the street and placed his gift halfway up the stone stairs that led to her front door.

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A week later, he stood in the church with her grieving sons. His tears flowed when the priest spoke of how Ramon and Dolores were together again, how nothing could keep them apart.

Not even him, thought Carlos. Their union started when he had pointed her out to Ramon. Her beauty left them spellbound until Ramon found the courage to approach her.

And now, Carlos’ carefully placed vase, and her lost spectacles, had brought them together one last time.