Song Lyric Sunday — What’s New?

Helen Vahdati was late in posting her theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, but we forgive her because she’s been dealing with some health issues recently. But she finally posted did post her theme, which is “new.”

Now I have a confession to make. It’s almost midnight my time and I was out and about most of the day and I’m dog tired, but as soon as I read Helen’s theme for this week, a song popped into my head and I had to write a post about it. The song? “What’s New Pussycat?” by Tom Jones.

“What’s New Pussycat?” was the title song for the movie of the same name starring Peter Sellers. Sung by British singer Tom Jones, and written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was released in June 1965 and peaked at number 3 in the U.S. Billboard chart that year.

The song is intentionally outrageous, with the singer telling a girl to powder her pussycat nose so he can kiss her “sweet little pussycat lips.” At the time, Jones was developing an image as a ribald pop star, and this song played right into it. Burt Bacharach knew that Jones had the chops to convey the right tone in the song, and convinced him to do it.

“What’s New Pussycat?” was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1966, but did not win that year.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

What’s new, Pussycat?
Whoa, whoa
What’s new, Pussycat?
Whoa, whoa

Pussycat, Pussycat, I’ve got flowers
And lots of hours
To spend with you.
So go and powder your cute little pussycat nose!

Pussycat, Pussycat, I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat nose!

What’s new, Pussycat?
Whoa, whoa
What’s new, Pussycat?
Whoa, whoa

Pussycat, Pussycat, you’re so thrilling
And I’m so willing
To care for you.
So go and make up your cute little pussycat eyes!

Pussycat, Pussycat, I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat eyes!

What’s new, pussycat?
Whoa, whoa
What’s new, pussycat?
Whoa, whoa

Pussycat, Pussycat, you’re delicious
And if my wishes
Can all come true
I’ll soon be kissing your sweet little pussycat lips!

Pussycat, Pussycat, I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat lips!
You and your pussycat eyes!
You and your pussycat nose!

Day 29 — Childhood

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song you remember from your childhood.”

You know, I’m old. I can barely remember my childhood, much less a song from my childhood. But I do have a vague memory of my father periodically bringing me a treat when he came home from work. That treat was rock candy, which is essentially chunks of crystallized of sugar.11191BAD-A054-4BB0-8C53-A04F3F0BF762I loved rock candy and was thrilled every time my father gave it to me. So you can imagine how much I loved this song:

That version of the song was recorded by Burl Ives in 1949 and is the one I used to hear as a kid. But the original was written and recorded by Harry McClintock in 1928, which was even before my time. Here’s his original recording of the song.

Day 28 — I Love Her Voice

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song by an artist whose voice you love.”

Her voice is unique and because of that, she’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I don’t particularly like tea, but I do love her voice. So who am I talking about? None other than Joni Mitchell.

Even though it’s easy for me to pick the artist for this prompt, it’s close to impossible for me to pick only one song to illustrate her enchanting, stylistic singing voice. So I essentially turned the wheel of fortune and this is where it landed.

Day 27 — Broken Heart

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that breaks your heart.”

There are so very many songs about broken hearts, but this one, “Piece of My Heart,” sung by Janis Joplin, seems to fit the prompt perfectly. It’s a song about a lovelorn woman so enraptured by her man that she’s willing to break off yet another piece of her heart if only he will take it.

But while it’s about breaking a heart, this song breaks my heart because of the tragic death of an extraordinary young talent at the tender age of 27. Such a shame, such a waste.