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I’ve been familiar with this song for nearly forty years. But these days it makes me laugh (a ton) now that I’m married with children. If you didn’t live in the 70s or weren’t old enough to understand the 70s (like me), this track is the epitome of stupidity.

 

 

Seriously. Check out the lyrics:

There are times when a woman has to say what’s on her mind
Even though she knows how much it’s gonna hurt
Before I say another word let me tell you, I love you
Let me hold you close and say these words as gently as I can

(Son, I’m sorry to tell you this…but it’s clear to me that based on the words above from your lady, the crap is about to hit the fan. This ain’t good. Brace. Your. Self.)

There’s been another man that I’ve needed and I’ve loved

(Say WHAT?!?)
But that doesn’t mean I love you less

(Kinda sounds like you do.)
And he knows he can’t possess me and he knows he never will
There’s just this empty place inside of me that only he can fill

(Is that a penis joke?)

Torn between two lovers, feelin’ like a fool
Lovin’ both of you is breakin’ all the rules
Torn between two lovers, feelin’ like a fool
Lovin’ you both is breakin’ all the rules

(Very profound. What’s this guy’s name?)
You mustn’t think you’ve failed me
Just because there’s someone else

(If that ain’t failure, I’m not quite sure what is.)
You were the first real love I ever had
And all the things I ever said
I swear they still are true
For no one else can have the part of me I gave to you

(Sounds to me like you gave that part to him, too, no?)

I couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away
But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay

(You have got to be kidding me, woman.)

A couple of other notes about this live video. Mary MacGregor is “cereal as a Cheerio” as she sings this. It’s hilarious! But my favorite part is the bass player lady. She plays the note-filled bass line and sings the complicated harmony at the same time, flawlessly. I love this!

This is why I am considered weird when it comes to music. It might be a bad song. A track filled with cheese. But I can still find things about it that make me appreciate it.

Speaking of cheese, this song was co-written by Peter Yarrow of the folk music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. (“Puff The Magic Dragon”)

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy our evaluation of the Mac Davis song “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.”

Also, you can get Mary MacGregor’s “Torn Between Two Lovers” right here:

 

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