Song Lyric Sunday: The Box Tops, “Cry Like A Baby”

Jim says that today’s theme was chosen by Amy, who goes by the pseudonym E. M. Kingston

Hidden Gems: great songs that missed the top of the charts

Right away, I thought of this one, The Box Tops’ 1968 hit "Cry Like A Baby," title track from their album of the same year. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 for two weeks, kept from the #1 spot by Bobby Goldsboro’s "Honey," which spent five weeks atop the chart. I could have sworn that it had reached #1 in Chicago, but it also peaked at #2 at WLS and WCFL.

Anyway, the song was written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham and released in February 1968, and spent 15 weeks on the Hot 100. Kim Carnes covered it on her 1980 album Romance Dance and again on Live At Savoy, 1981.

When I think about the good love you gave me
I cry like a baby
Livin’ without you is drivin’ me crazy
I cry like a baby
Well I know now that you’re not a plaything
Not a toy or a puppet on a string

As I look back on a love so sweet
I cry like a baby
Every road is a lonely street
I cry like a baby

Today we passed on the street
And you just walked on by
My heart just fell to my feet
And like a fool
I began to cry

When I think about the good love you gave me
I cry like a baby
Livin’ without you is drivin’ me crazy
I cry like a baby

Lyrics from AZLyrics.com

 

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 26, 2022.

Yes, We Have No Bananas #socs

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

Let’s start with the commercial again this week. This post is brought to you by Jewel-Osco produce. It’s Fresh! Exciting!

My first real job at 16 was at the Jewel Food Store, where I was a produce clerk. I was really awful at it. I got written up a couple of times for not getting the job done right, and after a while I wished they’d just fire me. The money was good, sure, but the reason it was so good was that you had to deal with rotten and moldy produce and bugs, especially spiders. Everything, for whatever reason, had to be put in trays and shrink-wrapped, and I was just no good at that. Apparently, that was the law in Illinois for all produce except bananas, where you could get away with holding the hand (that’s what you call a bunch of bananas, apparently) together with tape, and watermelon, which could be sold whole, though we did used to cut it up and wrap it in shrink wrap, too.

Now, of course, if we need apples on the sales floor, you just bring the boxes out and arrange the apples nicely into a decorative pile. Same with everything else. No shaving the butts off the lettuce and wrapping it in plastic, just bring the whole heads out. Let the customer deal with their own produce, right? Made sense to me. Apparently not to the lawmakers, though, who were probably getting kickbacks from the manufacturers of shrink wrap and cardboard trays.

I should have quit that job when it became obvious that I didn’t have the aptitude for it, but Mom whipped out the old "J-O-B does not spell F-U-N" line and I stuck it out. I stayed with it until I was given a 37.5 hour week, when she decided that I needed to ask for fewer hours. I got the hours reduced to zero when I quit.

Linda brings us Stream of Consciousness Saturday every week. Now, George Formby with "I Like Bananas."

Five For Friday: RRHOF Omissions, Part 12

Part 12 of BestClassicBands.com’s list of bands they feel should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but aren’t. Their words are below.

  1. Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man”: No one reimagined others’ songs as deliciously: “Memphis,” “Secret Agent Man,” “Baby I Need Your Lovin’,” “Summer Rain.” He was a constant presence on the charts for years and still performs today.
  2. Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”: As if she hadn’t already broken enough ground with the Supremes, Ross then went on to have a huge solo career, with #1 hits like “Upside Down” and “Touch Me in the Morning.”
  3. Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, “Devil With The Blue Dress On”: Rockin’ blue-eyed soul at its finest. “Devil With a Blue Dress On” alone makes him worthy.
  4. Boz Scaggs, “We’re All Alone”: The guitarist and singer brought classy stylishness, and a jazzy elegance, to the Bay Area music scene in the ’70s, then expanded beyond that with first-rate albums like Silk Degrees.
  5. The Shangri-Las, “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”: They were the toughest of the ’60s girl groups, and their hits like “Leader of the Pack” reflected the angst of growing up teenage and female in their era.

And that’s Five For Friday for June 24, 2022.