Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Jack Jones, “Wives And Lovers”

Jim’s prompt for today is "Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife," and I’m jumping on a song that uses two of them. Something tells me this won’t be unique, but this is such a great song, I don’t care.

"Wives And Lovers" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1963. They were asked to write the song as a promotional song for the 1963 film Wives and Lovers. The song didn’t appear in the film, but became a hit, anyway. By far the best-known version is the one by Jack Jones, who released it in 1963 and won the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1964. His version reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the Easy Listening chart. Sadly, the song didn’t make it into the TV series Mad Men

The lyrics, courtesy AZLyrics:

Hey, little girl
Comb your hair, fix your make-up
Soon he will open the door
Don’t think because
There’s a ring on your finger
You needn’t try any more

For wives should always be lovers, too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you
I’m warning you

Day after day
There are girls at the office
And men will always be men
Don’t send him off
With your hair still in curlers
You may not see him again

For wives should always be lovers, too
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you
He’s almost here

Hey, little girl
Better wear something pretty
Something you’d wear to go to the city
And dim all the lights
Pour the wine, start the music
Time to get ready for love

Oh, time to get ready,
Time to get ready
Time to get ready
For love.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for November 22, 2020.

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Jack Jones, “Wives And Lovers”

  1. One of Jack Jones’ best. Good singer as was his dad, Allen, who not only had a fine voice, starred in two Marx Brothers classics. While Jack hit it big singing of wives and lovers, Allen did it with The Donkey Serenade.

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        1. This was the version that won the Grammy; it’s funny you hadn’t heard it. And yes, husbands should be lovers, too, but that doesn’t fit the meter…

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    1. It was a much different time: when a woman got married, she quit work and devoted full time to keeping the house and cranking out babies. Not any more…

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