As we quickly realised, there are a lot of songs about girls. Even without refreshing our memories, I think we could manage an A to Z. Well, if anyone wrote a song about a girl called Zoe, we could. Did anyone do that?
Sara seems to be one of the most popular names in song. Jefferson Starship’s ode to Sara, although not as good as Fleetwood Mac’s or Bob Dylan’s, was at No.1 in the USA on this day in 1986. Funnily enough, the single bombed in the UK despite being accompanied by one of the decade’s better, I thought, promo videos, complete with dogs and tumbleweed, which I’d have thought was a guarantee for success. (Tumbleweed in music video is a discussion for another day, I feel.)
The name does not have to be included in the song title, by the way, but should feature in the lyric. Not that lyrics are always needed; there have been notable instrumentals named after ladies too, don’t forget. Here’s a good one: ‘Sylvia’ by Dutch prog-rockers, Focus.
Here are a few more ladies for you to identify. I don’t believe they were mentioned when we first named, and in some cases shamed, back in July. Apologies for the repetition if they were. Please add some lines of your own to similarly bamboozle.
01. “She makes me laugh, she makes me cry
With a twinkle of her eye”
02. “So cool, she was like jazz on a summer’s day”
03. “Come over to the window, my little darling
I’d like to try to read your palm”
04. “As she turns her gaze down the slope to the harbour where I lay
Anchored for a day”
05. “We fell asleep, our goose is cooked
Our reputation is shot”
06. “Well, you came and you gave without taking
But I sent you away”
(Come on, own up if you’re thinking of Homer Simpson and turkey at this point.)
07. “I’ve been dancing in the hills at a place I know
She said, ‘And that’s the place where the fireflies glow'”
08. “She’s pretty as a daisy
But look out, man, she’s crazy”
09. “I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down”
10. “She’s like a millionaire
Walking on imported air”