Song of the Day #3,793: ‘Woman’s World’ – Squeeze

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! Now, here’s a song by a thoroughly British band.

My second favorite 1981 album is East Side Story, the fourth (and best) album by the UK band Squeeze. Produced almost entirely by Elvis Costello, this ia a New Wave classic that weaves in elements of country, rockabilly and psychedelia. Best known for the single ‘Tempted,’ East Side Story is stellar from start to finish.

If you’re a fan of smart pop music, do yourself a favor and give East Side Story a listen. The flawless melodies and vocals of Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford make them a poor man’s Lennon/McCartney.

The crown of the kingdom is given to the woman
The kingdom of the kitchen where she says she shouldn’t
There on the stainless steel her cigarettes and matches
Whistles to the radio to every hook she catches
But the frowns
Eider downs
Tie her down
But she likes to wear the crown of the kingdom

She likes the recipes a touch of oriental
Steaming up the windows burning egg on metal
Sees in a catalogue a shiny new appliance
Another role swallowed by the wonders of science
Lobster hands
Omelette pans
How the crown can stick like jam in her kingdom

He’s been so busy and she’s been neglected
The problem is computed and always it’s rejected
Out of her heart I catch a spark
And being smart
The crown is left out in the dark now there’s no kingdom

Fed up with the glory she abdicates her title
Sitting at a bar stool she gives her day’s recital
The family watch in horror
As she staggers up the hallway
Makes herself a sandwich
As they’re looking through the doorway
She goes to bed
Leg by leg
Nothing’s said
There’s no crown upon her head there’s no kingdom

Press the button on the toaster
It’s a woman’s world
Tuck the sheets in on the bed
It’s a woman’s world
Take your apron from your holster
It’s a woman’s world
Shoot the crown off of your head
It’s a woman’s world

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,793: ‘Woman’s World’ – Squeeze

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never really ventured beyond Squeeze’s greatest hits collection Singles 45’s and Under, but oh how I loved that album. I’m sure I would be much rewarded by checking out the lauded East Side Story.

  2. Rob says:

    A hugely under-rated band. “Babylon and On” is another great Squeeze album.

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