Monday, August 17, 2015

Silhouettes

Guy goes bananas.
He thinks his gal is cheating.
She probably should.

This doo-wop song appeared in 1957 as performed by The Rays. There are other notable versions, including ones from Herman's Hermits and the Four Seasons, not to mention Cliff Richard. The version by Bob Dylan and the Band was recorded during the Basement Tapes sessions a decade after the Rays single came out, and surfaced officially on volume 11 of the Bootleg Series in 2014. The song, by Bob Crewe of the Gaudio-Crewe hit factory ("The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," for example) contains some seriously mawkish, even ridiculous lyrics. This stalker-style song is of a piece with "No Reply" by John Lennon, not to mention "Run for Your Life," and could have been the blueprint for Martin Scorsese's crazy cameo in "Taxi Driver."

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut
Took a walk and passed your house
Late last night
All the shades were pulled and drawn
Way down tight
From within, a dim light cast
Two silhouettes on the shade
Oh, what a lovely couple they ma-ade
Put his arms around your waist
Held you tight
Kisses I could almost taste
In the night
Wondered why I'm not the guy
Whose silhouette's on the shade
I couldn't hide the tears in my eye-eyes
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh

Lost control and rang your bell
I was sore
Let me in or else I'll beat
Down your door
When two strangers who had been
Two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock
Your on the wrong blo-ock
Rushed down to your house with wings
On my feet
Loved you like I never loved
You my sweet
Vowed that you and I would be
Two silhouettes on the shade
All of our days
Two silhouettes on the sha-ade
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Two silhouettes on the shade
Silhouettes




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