Sam and Delilah

Reviewed by mojo

Who could possibly NOT like a song that begins with the single declarative sentence: "Delilah was a floozy"? That single lyric ALONE should have you clicking on Mojo's Amazon link and filling her coffers with pennies. When you do what Mojo did, and spend a gazillion dollars on a 3-CD collection and you put the first CD into the player and out pops "Delilah was a floozy!" do you know what happens? You fall instantly in love, THAT's what happens. And the song quickly goes downhill from there: seduction, betrayal, revenge. It's all very satisfyingly violent, with amusing lyric couplings: floozy with choosy, passion with cash in, Delilah with run-a-mile-lah.

One of these days some famous psychiatrist will make gazillions wondering why Mojo, who's always bragging incessantly about her relatively functional interpersonal relationships, is continually attracted to such songs of drama and violence. They will make gazillions because they will insist Mojo lie on their couch for an hour a week for several years while they delve the murky depths of her psyche, at an hourly rate that will probably also cause Mojo a serious concussion when she faints upon receiving the bill. Here, let's put a stop to that right away by dealing with it in fifteen seconds instead of fifteen years: Mojo likes it because it is a GREAT SONG sung by ELLA. And now, Doctor Psychiatrist, let's talk about your apparent need to hear me repeat myself over and over. Great song... Ella. Great song... Ella. Any further questions? I thought not.

Sam and Delilah (1959)

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George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin

From Wikipedia:


"Sam and Delilah" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced by Ethel Merman in the 1930 musical Girl Crazy.