Song of the Day #4,895: ‘When Margaret Comes to Town’ – John Mellencamp

Today’s track, from John Mellencamp’s 1994 album Dance Naked, is the fourth Random Weekend song from that record. The most recent was posted this past June.

Lots of Random Weekend love for a minor album in Mellencamp’s discography. Only two other Mellencamp songs have ever been selected by the Random iTunes Fairy, one from Human Wheels and one from Scarecrow. Better albums than this one, for sure.

I like Dance Naked well enough, and I will say today’s selection is my favorite thing on it. ‘When Margaret Comes to Town’ would have fit comfortably on any of Mellencamp’s best releases.

When you were a kid you received no good instruction
And your mother was nowhere to be found
The lies were yelled and the truth was seldom spoken
That’s what you get when Margaret comes to town
She likes to keep things upside down
When Margaret comes to town

When your thoughts are twisted and distorted
And your children are forced to choose sides and lie down
And the keeper is screaming drunk running around naked
It’s for your pleasure
When Margaret comes to town
She likes to keep things upside down
When Margaret comes to town

Oh, but those who believe in her
They cut off their noses to spite their faces
Leaving you the little one scared and lonely
Who really cares about you now

So if you see her coming man you’d better take cover
She stays down at the dark end of a frown
And just like the sirens that are so sweetly singing
It’s better just to leave when Margaret comes to town
When Margaret comes to town

She likes to keep things upside down
When Margaret comes to town
She likes to keep things upside down
When Margaret comes to town

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,895: ‘When Margaret Comes to Town’ – John Mellencamp

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I like this album, but agree that other albums such as Human Wheels and Lonesome Jubilee are better.

    Meanwhile, hearing today’s song again it strikes me how much it sounds like a Tom Petty song.

  2. Peg says:

    Gotta love a song that’s named after me 😊

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