Almanac Music: ‘Gimme a Head with Hair’ – Songs about Hair

 

Combing the Hair (‘La Coiffure’) by Edgar Degas, oil on canvas, c.1896. National Gallery, London, England. [Wikimedia Commons.]

 

Almanac Music: ‘Gimme a Head with Hair’ – Songs about Hair

 

Hi, Almanackers. This week’s piece in my ongoing series about key popular song themes involves songs that in some way involve hair. Yeah yeah!

 

So, dear readers, please put your relevant songs in the ‘Comments’ section. Below, as usual, are some examples from me to get things going.

 

 

‘Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair’, written by Stephen Foster, performed by Richard Crooks (1937)

 

‘I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, / Borne like a vapour, on the summer air…’. First published in 1854. Utterly beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘He’s My Blonde Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Boy’, written by Jay Justin and Joe Halford, performed by Little Pattie (1963)

 

Groovy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘She’s A Rainbow’, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, performed by the Rolling Stones (1967)

 

‘Lalalalala…’

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Hair’, written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, performed by The Original Broadway Cast (1968)

 

‘Gimme a head with hair…’

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Sister Golden Hair’, written by Gerry Beckley, performed by America (1975)

 

Played this one in a band, as a late teen. Always liked the chords, particularly some tuneful use of minors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Blondes (Have More Fun)’, written by Rod Stewart and Jim Cregan, performed by Rod Stewart (1978)

 

This one blasted out at the St Bernard’s disco in Belmont, Geelong, when I was around seventeen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Suicide Blonde’, written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence, performed by INXS (1990)

 

Very danceable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Strawberry Blonde’, written and performed by Ron Sexsmith (1997)

 

One from wonderful Ron…what a talent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, wonderful readers / listeners – it’s your turn. Your responses to this topic are warmly welcomed. In the ‘Comments’ section, please add your own choice of a song (or songs) involving hair, along with any other relevant material you wish to include.

 

 

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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

Comments

  1. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD
    Great topic and thoughtful intro videos – this should get the hares running.
    I’ll open up with the first song to spring to mind:

    Almost Cut My Hair – David Crosby (off Deja Vu by CSN&Y – released 1970)

    This song includes the memorable line ‘I feel like letting my freak flag fly’

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Karl. Thank you for getting the ball rolling – love your choice of an iconic song of its time.

  3. Colin Ritchie says

    First one that comes to mind KD is:

    ‘Signs’ – Five Man Electric Band.
    Song includes some classic ‘hair’ lines such as in this verse:

    “And the sign said
    ‘Long-haired freaky people
    Need not apply’
    So I tucked my hair up under my hat
    And I went in to ask him why
    He said, “You look like a fine upstandin’ young man
    I think you’ll do”
    So I took off my hat and said, “Imagine that
    Huh, me workin’ for you”
    Whoa”

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Col. Good one! Like Karl’s initial choice, this is so much a song of its era.

  5. “Evie, Part 1”, by Stevie Wright (“Evie, Evie, Evie let your hair hang down.”)
    “Walk Right In”, by Dr Hook (“Walk right in, sit right down, baby let your hair hang down.”)

  6. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for your two – maybe hair ‘hanging down’ will turn into a sub-theme!

  7. “Beauty School Dropout”, by Frankie Avalon (“Who wants their hair done by a slob?”)

  8. Colin Ritchie says

    How could I forget one of the greatest pop songs ever!

    ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ – Scott McKenzie

  9. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, Anon. I think this hair theme is going to be, surprisingly perhaps, a very high-yielding one in terms of song choices and comments; after all, hair is – and has been – such an important aspect of popular culture and social history.

  10. Colin Ritchie says

    And hair mentioned in another classic.

    ‘Summer Rain’ – Johnny Rivers

    ‘…Golden hair shining like moonglow…’

  11. Kevin Densley says

    Yes, Col – thank you for putting forward one of the key songs of the sixties. ‘San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)’ need to be listed here!

  12. “Barbie Girl”, by Aqua (“You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere.”). Just as well it’s talking about a Barbie doll only!

  13. Kevin Densley says

    ,,, and thanks for ‘Summer Rain’ too, Col.

  14. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for ‘Barbie Girl’, very much a song connected inextricably to pop culture.

  15. I’m also a big fan of the Sam Francisco (Be sure to wear flowers in your hair) song.

    I’m also a massive fan of this song, “Love Grows (Where my Rosemary Goes)”, by Edison Lighthouse. “Her hair is kinda wild and free”.

  16. “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?”, by Peter Sarstedt (“And there’s diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes, there are”)

  17. “Fox on the Run”, by Manfred Mann (“Her hair shone like gold in the hot morning sun.”)

  18. Trucker Slim says

    Jolene, Dolly
    Sorry, Beyonce
    Just Like a Woman, Bob
    Style, TS

    Cheers

  19. Truly Fair – Guy Mitchell
    Girl with the Golden Hair – ABBA
    The Roving Kind – Guy Mitchell
    Pittsburgh Pennsylvania – Guy Mitchell
    Hang on Sloopy (sorry I forgot the artist)

  20. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for your most recent additions – you’re on fire! In particular, I’m a big fan of ‘Love Grows (Where my Rosemary Goes)’ and ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely?’

  21. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Tough one KD

    Tearing Hair Out – Models
    Hairdresser on Fire – Morrissey
    Dorothy Parker’s Hair – Mental As Anything
    Penny Lane – Beatles

  22. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Trucker – four wonderful songs! Always a fine thing to receive your music responses as you truck along the highway of life.

    By the way, in an associational fashion, Beyonce’s ‘Sorry’ made me think of ‘Sorrow’ by Bowie and others: ‘With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue / The only thing I ever got from you / Was sorrow…’

  23. Ten Pretty Girls – Laurence Rubenstein recorded in 1937.

  24. Kevin Densley says

    Fine bunch of songs, Fisho, including ‘Hang on Sloopy’ by the McCoys (and others) – thank you.

  25. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Digging a bit deeper into a narrow well (or three)

    Life On Mars – Bowie
    Rebel Rebel – Bowie
    Sorrow – Bowie (cover of McCoys song)
    Jean Genie – Bowie
    Ziggy Stardust – Bowie
    Leilani – Hoodoo Gurus
    Come Together – Beatles
    When I’m 64 – Beatles
    Greetings To The New Brunette – Billy Bragg

  26. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Swish – thanks for your contributions. Fine and a great variety!

    Isn’t ‘Dorothy Parker’s Hair’ a wonderful Beatlesque song?

  27. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Fishob, for ‘Ten Pretty Girls’.

  28. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, Swish.

    Again, a bunch of fine songs – I think the ‘well’ for this theme is deeper and wider than you imagine. And you are helping to prove that.

    And I’m just reminded of the worst bunch of lines in a Beatles song, from Ringo’s ‘ Don’t Pass Me By’ on the Beatles White Album: ‘I’m sorry that I doubted you / I was so unfair / You were in a car crash / And you lost your hair…’ (I love Ringo in general, by the way.)

  29. Luke Reynolds says

    The Parable of Glen McGrath’s Haircut- TISM

  30. Kevin Densley says

    Ha ha ha … beauty. Thanks, Luke!

  31. Trucker Slim says

    Bankrobber – The Clash and in their top 10 songs. (“aint no point to wash comb your hair when it’s grey and thinning” and that isn’t even in the best 5 lines of this remarkable song).
    Down City Streets, written by Ruby Hunter, sung by Archie Roach – one of the finest (and saddest) of Australian songs.

  32. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair – Mitzi Gaynor
    Ballad of the Teenage Queen – Johnny Cash
    One of those Days – Elvis Presley
    Blue Ribbon Baby – Tommy Sands

  33. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Trucker, for these two excellent songs.

    Interesting when I just listened to ‘Bankrobber’, it immediately reminded me quite a lot of ‘I Fought the Law’, a version of which The Clash also recorded.

    ‘Down City Streets’ – yep, ‘used my fingers as a comb’ very much relates to hair.

  34. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Fisho, for another solid contribution.

    Re Cash’s ‘Ballad of a Teenage Queen’ – those fifties Sun records had a wonderfully distinctive sound, didn’t they?

  35. Liam Hauser says

    Nancy sing me a song: Roy Wood
    I can’t reach you: The Who
    Cut my hair: The Who
    Cousin Kevin: The Who
    The pride you hide: Roger Daltrey
    So deep within you: Moody Blues
    Rule of threes: Mondo Rock
    Primitive love rites: Mondo Rock
    King Sap (and the Princess Sag): Australian Crawl
    Can I be sure: Australian Crawl
    Stood Up: James Reyne
    I see you: The Byrds
    So you wanna be a rock n roll star: The Byrds
    For Emily, whenever I may find her: Simon and Garfunkel
    Dan, my fling: Carly Simon
    Grownup: Carly Simon
    Valentine: Belinda Carlisle
    Lover boy: Supertramp
    Fire brigade: The Move
    Do ya: The Move, Electric Light Orchestra
    Sweet is the night: Electric Light Orchestra
    Power of a million lights: Electric Light Orchestra Part II
    Whiskey girls: Electric Light Orchestra Part II

  36. Mickey Randall says

    Darlin’ don’t you go and cut your hair
    Do you think it’s gonna make him change?
    “I’m just a boy with a new haircut”
    And that’s a pretty nice haircut

    from ‘Cut Your Hair’ by the always fun Pavement.

    Well done, Luke. Never enough TISM on here.

  37. The following are Television Commercial jingles:
    Decore Hair Shampoo
    Wella Shampoo & Conditioner (“You can tell a Wella woman by the way she wears her hair. You can tell a Wella woman anywhere.”)

  38. I love the crazy ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. There are a lot of reggae Rastafarian songs about not cutting your hair and dread locks, dreads, natty dreads and so on. Far from my favourite but perhaps the most well known is Crazy Baldhead (1976) – Bob Marley & The Wailers.

  39. Trucker Slim says

    Werewolves of London, of course!
    Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard having a bit of fun
    Red Headed Stranger, Willie
    Red Headed Woman, Bruce (guess what it’s about? Cunnilingus of course)
    Black Velvet Band (Irish song and a fave)

  40. Trucker Slim says

    And KD, yer right about the 50s Sun recordings, Sam Phillips really did have something special there.

  41. ‘’”Copacabana”, by Barry Manilow (“With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there”)

  42. Liam Hauser says

    She’s not there: The Zombies
    See my baby jive: Wizzard

  43. Little Arrows – Leepy Lee
    Man I feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
    Party Doll – Steve Lawrence or Buddy Knox
    The Girl That I Marry – Howard Keel
    She’s My Baby – Johnny O’Keefe

  44. Karl Dubravs says

    Thought I might finish off day 1, as we collectively inch towards the 1/2 ton, with:
    Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Big black boots/long brown hair

  45. Lady Godiva – Peter and Gordon

  46. There’s a parody song on YouTube titled “Taylor Walker Song, Mullet Man” 2013, by Peter Gaston. The lyrics are about the mullet of Taylor Walker, the Adelaide Crows footballer.

  47. I forgot to mention that the “Mullet Man’ parody song for Taylor Walker was sung to the tune of “Rocket Man”, by Elton John. I also seem to remember Greg Champion a few years ago singing a parody song “He’s a Mullet Man”, to the tune of “We’re from Tigerland”, regarding the mullet of Richmond ruckman, Ivan Soldo, when he was playing for Richmond.

    “Ventura Highway”, by America (“Cause the free wind is blowing’ through your hair.”)

  48. “I Got You Babe”, by Sonny & Cher (“So let them say your hair’s too long.”)

  49. “Pretty Flamingo”, by Manfred Mann (“Cause her hair glows like the sun”)

  50. Time to bring up the half century with another single, “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine)”, by Ringo Starr (“You’re all ribbons and curls.”)

  51. Kevin Densley says

    That’s an impressive list you’ve put together, Liam. Your mention of ‘Cut My Hair’ by The Who made me think that ‘cutting hair’ could be a sub-genre in terms of our current theme.

  52. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Mickey, for your addition by Pavement. (Fits perfectly with what I wrote in my previous comment, too.)

  53. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for your jingles and songs – on the money, as always.

  54. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for your response, Julian. ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ was mentioned way back in this discussion. ‘Crazy Baldhead’ is a most welcome new addition. Cheers.

  55. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Trucker, for your latest lot.

    Yeah, ‘Red Headed Woman’ … Bruce certainly covers a great deal of, er, ground, in his subject matter!

    And I must mention that ‘Black Velvet Band’ is just about my all-time favourite Irish song – when it’s sung by my all-time favourite Irish group, The Grehan Sisters, the combination is irresistable!

  56. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again Liam, Karl and Fisho, for your latest offerings.

  57. Honeycomb – Jimmie Rogers
    What is Love – The Playmates

  58. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Fisho, for your latest choices. Thank you.

  59. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD – I know the Beatles have had a good run within this ‘hair’ theme, but I have a couple more that either fit or else fit (with a degree of imagination)….

    Another Day – Paul McCartney
    Every day, she takes a morning bath, she wets her hair

    A Day In The Life – The Beatles
    Woke up, fell out of bed
    Dragged a comb across my head

    Enjoy your weekend. BTW – from the photo, you look like you have a fine crop of hair that you probably drag a comb over every now & then.

  60. Dave Nadel says

    I have been asleep at the wheel. A lot of the best folk and country songs mentioning hair have already been submitted, mostly by Trucker Slim, so I will open in some other genres.

    A Read Headed Woman – music and lyrics by George Gershwin from the Jazz Opera Porgy and Bess
    Edd Byrnes and Connie Stevens – Kooky, Kooky, (Lend Me Your Comb)
    Jody Miller – Home of the Brave (“The school board says “He can’t come to school no more”
    Unless he wears his hair like he wore it before”)
    and now to some songs that I like…….
    The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower (“Oh, I’ll twine with my mingle’s and waving black hair”)
    Richard Thompson – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (“Red Hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme”)
    Richard Thompson – Beeswing (“Brown hair zig-zag around her face’)
    Judy Small – Mary Parker’s lament (“With auburn hair flying, I’d walk with my man”)
    Bob Dylan – Pretty Peggio (“Come a-running down your stairs Combing back your yellow hair”) (This is a minimal rewrite of the Scots folk song The Bonnie Lass of Fife)

  61. Karl Dubravs says

    …and I’ll add to Dave’s excellent list:
    Richard Thompson – She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair

  62. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl, for your latest offerings – particularly liked your choice of ‘A Day in the Life’.

    And, yeah yeah, I can’t complain about my own hair situation!

  63. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Dave, as Karl has already said, your list is an excellent one. Love your folk content, too, as I’ve noted in the context of other themes.

    I’ll single out ‘Wildwood Flower’, certainly in the Book of Genesis as far as American country music is concerned. Imagine being in the vicinity of the tiny community of Maces Spring, Virginia, where the Carter family where located in the late 1920s and listening to them perform it, with Maybelle Carter’s innovative guitar playing, combining lead and rhythm, and Sara Carter’s distinctive lead vocals.

  64. Rick Kane says

    I should be watching the Hawks Suns game but King just kicked his fourth and the Suns are giving us a, er, haircut. So here’s a few more, excellent songs related to what I ain’t got much left on my noggin.

    Black Haired Boy, Guy Clark
    Black Haired Girl, Dave Alvin
    Curly Locks, Lee Sratch Perry
    Hairdresser, ZZ Top
    The Haircut, The Waifs

  65. Liam Hauser says

    I must make reference to the John Lennon classic “Gimme some truth”:
    No short-haired, yellow-bellied
    Son of Tricky Dicky’s
    Gonna Mother Hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocket full of hope/soap
    Money for dope
    Money for rope.

  66. Kevin Densley says

    Great mix of songs here, Rick – some country, a bit of reggae, rock and folk. Thank you.

  67. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD….do you want to play ‘Name That Dylan Song’?

    Wondering if she’d changed it all
    If her hair was still red

    See for me that her hair’s hangin’ down
    It curls and falls all down her breast

    I’m gonna grow my hair down to my feet so strange
    So I look like a walking mountain range

  68. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for ‘Tangled Up in Blue’, one of my favourite Dylan songs!

  69. Karl Dubravs says

    My pleasure – TUIB is one of my favourites too.
    The other Dylan songs were:
    Girl From The North Country – hair’s hangin’ down
    I Shall Be Free No.10 – grow my hair down to my feet (off Another Side, 1964)

  70. Kevin Densley says

    Oh yes – thanks for the two other songs as well! (My brain’s still getting in gear at this stage of the day!)

  71. “Joelene”, by Dolly Parton (“With flowing locks of auburn hair”)

  72. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Liam, for ‘Gimme Some Truth’ – I meant to respond to you a little earlier.

    I love Lennon’s Imagine album, as a whole, too.

    And this talk of John Lennon has reminded me of the wonderful song, ‘Julia’, from the Beatles White album: ‘Her hair of floating sky is shimmering…’

  73. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for ‘Jolene’ – Trucker Slim mentioned it much earlier in the discussion.

  74. “Delta Dawn”, by Tanya Tucker (“Looking for a mysterious dark-haired man”)

  75. Does “Dreadlock Holiday”, by 10cc qualify? It’s not about dreadlocks but it’s in a holiday destination where dreadlocks are common.

  76. Some tunes from my fave 80s band and a couple by their lead singer and main songwriter.

    Androgynous, The Replacements
    Talent Show, The Replacements
    Sadly Beautiful, The Replacements
    My Dad, Paul Westerberg
    Crackle and Drag, Paul Westerberg (about Sylvia Plath)

  77. “A Little Ray of Sunshine”, by Axiom (“With the gold flowing hair that nature provided”)

  78. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for your latest three – of course, ‘Dreadlock Holiday does qualify, because of its title.

  79. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Rick, for your most recent bunch – as interesting as always.

    Plath is just about my favourite twentieth century poet (along with Larkin and Yeats), so I was particularly drawn to ‘Crackle and Drag’, and it is a song that deserves repeated listens, in order to get its full import.

  80. Karl Dubravs says

    Good arvo KD – it’s been a lovely autumn day over this way.
    A few more from the pen & mind of Mr. Dylan – all off his January 1974 Planet Waves album

    Hazel, dirty-blonde hair
    I wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen with you anywhere

    Something there is about you that strikes a match in me
    Is it the way your body moves or is it the way your hair blows free?

    You’ve turned your hair to brown
    Love to see it hangin’ down

  81. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Karl – fine and autumnal in this neck of the woods, too.

    Great to see some more Dylan songs enter the mix in connection with our hair theme.

  82. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD – the splendid autumn days continue and the trees are putting on their annual colour extravaganza festival – free of charge!
    I thought I’d move onto the 1975 Blood On The Tracks album and add to the earlier TUIB lyrics:

    From Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts
    ‘Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town’ &
    ‘The cabaret was empty now, a sign said, “Closed for repair”
    Lily had already taken all of the dye out of her hair’

    From Shelter From The Storm
    ‘Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there
    With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair’

  83. Karl Dubravs says

    I’m surprised this song lyric, which just popped into my head, hasn’t been mentioned so far:

    Yellow is the colour of my true love’s hair
    In the mornin’, when we rise

    Donovan’s ‘Colours’ obviously…..

  84. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl. Dylan and Donovan – what’s not to like?

  85. Dave Nadel says

    Three more folk classics about hair (and as it turns out, death)
    Roddy McCorley – Irish folk song about the hanging of rebel recorded by The Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers although the best version I have heard was sby Brian Mooney at Traynor’s folk club in 1964.
    (“About the hemp rope on his neck The golden ringlets clung”)
    The Highwayman – an early 20th century poem set to music by various folk singers including Phil Ochs and Loreena McKennitt. The best version is Andy Irvine’s arrangement of Loreena McKennitt’s song.
    (” He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
    But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
    Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.”)
    Joan Baez – Mary Hamilton. Scots folk song recorded by lots of people but every ageing folkie knows this song from Joan’s excellent version on her first album
    (“Last night I washed the queen’s feet
    Put the gold in her hair
    And the only reward I find for this
    The gallows to be my share”)

  86. Trucker Slim says

    Pencil Thin Moustache, Jimmy the Buffet
    One Particular Harbour, Jimmy, again!
    Dumb Blonde, Dolly
    Dear Abby, John Prine
    Jesus, the Missing Years, Mr Prine, again

  87. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dave, for your folk trio. Loved the accompanying detail, too.

    And thank you again, Trucker. To single out one of your choices, ‘Dumb Blonde’ is an enjoyable early Dolly tune, and reminds me of her famous quote about blondes: ‘I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.’

  88. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD
    I’m still flicking through my Dylan songbook and came across 3 contenders for the ‘hair’ theme – all from the June 1978 Street Legal album.

    Changing Of the Guards
    ‘They shaved her head’
    ‘He’s pulling her down and she’s clutching on to his long golden locks’

    New Pony
    ‘She got great big hind legs
    And long black shaggy hair hanging in her face’

    Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
    ‘There’s a babe in the arms of a woman in a rage
    And a longtime golden-haired stripper on stage’

  89. Trucker Slim says

    Here’s Johhnnnnnnyyyy:

    You Comb Her Hair
    Chattanooga City Limit Sign
    City Jail
    Custer
    Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
    Dorraine of Ponchartrain
    Drums
    Frankie’s Man, Johnny
    Hammer and Nails
    Jacob Green

    and The Little Lady Preacher, Tom T Hall (only barely scraps in with this line: “She had a guitar picker by the name of Luther Short, a hairy-legged soul lost out in sin”)

  90. “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, by The Beach Boys (“A bushy bushy blond hairdo”)

  91. “Witchy Woman”, by Eagles (“Raven hair and ruby lips”)

  92. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Trucker. Johnny is always welcome in contexts like this, as is Tom T.

  93. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon, for your latest two.

  94. “Oh Carol”, by Smokie (“So I pulled on over, tossed your hair off your shoulder”)

  95. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks Anon – another single as we edge closer to the ton!

  96. Karl Dubravs says

    A couple of ‘hair’ lines from Dylan’s 1976 ‘Desire’ album:

    Isis
    ‘So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
    For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong’

    One More Cup Of Coffee
    Your back is straight, your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie

  97. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks Karl – Bob is always most welcome!

  98. “Sara Smile”, by Daryl Hall & John Oates (“Baby hair with a woman’s eyes”)

  99. Television advertisement jingle for “New Clinic Hair Shampoo”, from the 1970s (“The shine that only healthy hair has”)

  100. Television advertisement jingle for Loxene Hair Shampoo, from 1979 (“Loxene Shine, You Can Feel It”)

    Congratulations to everyone involved for reaching another century for the Almanac Music Readers.

  101. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD!
    A few more Dylan ‘hair’ lyrics to add to this collection.

    Angelina (Shot Of Love album outtake)
    ‘Blood dryin’ in my yellow hair as I go from shore to shore’

    Tight Connection To My Heart (off Empire Burlesque)
    ‘…they’re beating the devil out of a guy/For wearing a powder-blue wig’

    Highlands (off Time Out Of Mind)
    ‘Wouldn’t know the difference between a real blonde and a fake’

  102. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon – deservedly the one to bring up the century for this theme.

  103. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl, for the additional Dylan material. Always welcome!

  104. “Just The Way You Are”, by Billy Joel (“Don’t change the colour of your hair, mmm”)

  105. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, by Kenny Rogers (“You’ve painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair,”)

  106. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for the Kenny and Billy songs, Anon.

  107. “Green Green Grass of Home”, by Tom Jones (“Hair of gold and lips like cherries”)

  108. Trucker Slim says

    The Hold Steady are one of the best US rock bands of the last 25 years, modelling their sound somewhere between punk and the E Street Band. Craig Finn, lead singer and songwriter is the very definition of literate, deepening the meaning of his band’s songs and his solo work with literary and biblical references, an empathetic understanding of hard luck and people engaged in transgressive behaviour, with well-placed wit, soft humour and surprising metaphors and turn of phrases. Well beyond standard rock lyrics. Some great examples in the songs listed here but God in Chicago is particularly mesmerising. First time we saw them was at The Corner around 2010. And it went off. Huge show, you could feel the energy surge both ways, band to audience and audience to the band. Apparently for year after in interview when asked about the band’s best gigs, Craig Finn would cite that show.

    God in Chicago – Craig Finn
    The Bear and Maiden Fair – The Hold Steady (for Game of Thrones)
    Denver Haircut – The Hold Steady
    How a Resurrection Really Feels – The Hold Steady
    All These Perfect Crosses – Craig Finn

  109. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for the Tom Jones song.

  110. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Trucker, for the info and songs connected to The Hold Steady. I’ll certainly check them out.

  111. I’m putting this song in, as both a statement of purpose and as a literal note that I have more songs coming.

    It Ain’t Over Yet, Rodney Crowell

    For such a fine songwriter this later date song is one of his best, aided by Roseanne Cash.

  112. Karl Dubravs says

    111 comments – love that number, well done!
    Here’s 112 – not sure if it’s been mentioned

    Joni Mitchell – Blonde In the Bleachers, off ‘For The Roses’ 1972
    ‘The blonde in the bleachers
    She flips her hair for you’

  113. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Rick – really like ‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ – the song has a great ‘feel’, for one thing.

    And yes, keep those songs coming!

  114. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Karl. Love ‘Blonde in the Bleachers’. Thanks for that one.

    (New theme next Friday – I aim for one a fortnight, though occasionally there’s variation to this.)

  115. From the Stray Cats, Rumble in Brighton, Brian Setzer belts out these hairy lines. Well there’s the Rockabilly Cats with their pomps real high’.

    Then two lines later
    ‘The cool Skinheads with their rolled up jeans’.

    There’s more out there.

    Glen!

  116. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Glen – two good pickups there, from the one song!

  117. If we return to 1978 the third track on side one of Rose Tattoo’s first album was the ‘Butcher and Fast Eddy’, about a fatal gang fight in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs.

    As Angry commences to tell the story the third line he sings is:

    ‘And gangs of short haired boys roam the streets’.

    Glen!

  118. “Baby, it’s you”, by Promises (“Running your fingers through my hair”)

  119. Has anybody mentioned ‘Long Blonde Hair’?

    It’s a rockabilly song and was written back in 1957 by John Powers. My recollection of it was the Crackajacks version, recorded back in 1980. Do yourself a favour, have a listen.

    Glen!

  120. Kevin Densley says

    Fine song, Anon – one of my favourites from its late 70s era.

  121. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Glen, for your latest two – ‘Butcher and Fast Eddy’ and ‘Long Blonde Hair’. (I’m a bit of a Rose Tattoo fan, actually.)

  122. Trucker Slim says

    Not sure if you heard KD but Taylor Swift released an album on the weekend. Yes, it’s stunning. Oh and it has a couple of songs with hair referenced. In fact the second song, LOML, references the first song, in a neat connection.

    But Daddy, I Love Him
    LOML (Love of My Life/Loss of My Life)
    Clara Bow

  123. Kevin Densley says

    Yeah Slim, I heard about the new Swifty album – funny about that!

    Great to get the ‘hair update’ about it so promptly. Thank you.

  124. “Let’s Make a Night to Remember”, by Bryan Adams (“With your hair hanging down on your shoulders”)

  125. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for the Bryan Adams song.

  126. One more by Taylor, from the new album:
    Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus (Your hologram stumbled into my apartment/Hands in the hair of somebody in darkness)

    And here’s a few random songs:

    Tennessee Woman, Charles Brown & Sleepy Creek
    Did I Shave my Legs for This, Ðeana Carter (hairy legs)
    The Winner, Kris Kristoffersen (hairy hands)

    And two songs from Johnny Cash from the late 50s:

    The Caretaker
    Honky Tonk Girl

    Cheers

  127. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for these songs, Rick – fine bunch of performers, too.

  128. “Dancing in the Dark”, by Bruce Springsteen (“Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face”)

  129. Here Kevin, Long Blonde Hair, as mentioned a few days back.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMe6c1oLwWg

    They don’t write songs like this anymore, nor do they make film clips like this.

    Glen!

  130. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD! How you been?
    I was recently reminded of one of my mid-teen favourite albums (Led Zeppelin III) and this led my to one of my favourite songs off the album – ‘That’s The Way’. The songs impacted on me in multiple ways. Here’s a line relevant to this topic:
    ‘I can’t believe what people saying,
    You’re gonna let your hair hang down,’

    Looking forward to a new theme comin’ o’er the horizon.

    Cheers, KD

  131. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for the Springsteen song, Anon.

    I’m fine, thanks, Karl. Hope you are, too.Thank you for the Led Zep song. My earliest clear Zep memory is around my mid-teens when a kid I played with in a basketball team with gave me a cassette of the Houses of the Holy album – I recall ‘The Rain Song’ and ‘Dancing Days’ being favourites.

  132. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for the Springsteen song, Anon.

    I’m fine, thanks, Karl. Hope you are, too.Thank you for the Led Zep song. My earliest clear Zep memory is around my mid-teens when a kid I played with in a basketball team gave me a cassette of the Houses of the Holy album – I recall ‘The Rain Song’ and ‘Dancing Days’ being favourites.

  133. “Born to Run”, by Bruce Springsteen (“Girls comb their hair in rear view mirrors.”)

  134. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Glen – I enjoyed ‘Long Blonde Hair’, both the song and the clip. Great fun!

    Thank you for ‘Born to Run’, Anon – a classic, of course.

  135. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD
    Nothing to do with hair…but if you’re a Houses of the Holy mid teen vintage & I’m a betweenee LZIII/LZIV mid teen vintage, then I guess Route 66 might be very relevent to you this year???? I have an article coming out tomorrow that references LZIII, LZIV & HotH as time markers. The topic relates very much to the article you had re-published today.
    Cheers…

  136. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Karl. Thanks for the ‘heads up’. I’ll certainly have a look.

  137. Rick Kane says

    Can’t believe I missed two of Springsteen’s greatest songs! I’m looking too far from my wheelhouse. Anyway, one last effort. Not sure if Claptons song has already been noted. Probably has. It’s close to my fave from him (another rock artist I have to force myself to not think too much about his character).

    Flea, St Vincent
    The Impossible, The Drums
    Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
    I Like It, Debarge
    The Highwayman, Phil Ochs

    Cheers

  138. Kevin Densley says

    Many thanks, Rick, for these.

    I’ve never been an Eric Clapton fan in terms of his solo career songs, though always acknowledged the quality of his guitar playing.

  139. Kevin Densley says

    Oh – and to those wondering – a new song theme should be posted by me next Friday. I try for one a fortnight, but I missed the boat in terms of last Friday (yesterday).

  140. “I Say A Little Prayer”, by Dionne Warwick (“And while combing my hair now”)

  141. “The Brady Bunch” television theme song, by Frank DeVol and Sherwood Schwartz (“All of them had hair of gold, like their mother, the youngest one in curls.”)

  142. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, A – two more for the big list.

  143. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, by Elton John (“A handful of grease in her hair”)

  144. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, A – thank you.

  145. “Just Like A Woman”, by Bob Dylan (“But lately I see her ribbons and her bows have fallen from her curls”)

  146. Kevin Densley says

    Yes, Anon – excellent! Thank you.

  147. Not to pierce your balloon Anon (because your work rate on this theme and others is outstanding) but someone called Just Like a Woman much earlier in this thread. Oh, that’d be me. I have been fixated on that line and verse for maybe 40 years, in how incredible it is; there’s at least two competing ideas His Bobness puts in front of the listener, weaving her age, growing up and emerging sexuality into 5 lines. Five lines! The lyric you cite (such simple words) are the core of the competing, intersecting ideas. As an introductory verse it widens the aperture of what the song will explore, never leaving the core premise (including Dylan, as protagonist) and lie, hidden as an easter egg, to apply Taylor Swift terminology, is revealed later in the song. Psst, he does feel pain. Anyway, great song.

    And to show fairness to the spirit of this thread, one of the songs I cited later in this run, The Highwayman had already been put forward by Dave Nadal.

    Cheers

  148. “Betty Davis Eyes”, by Kim Carnes (“Her hair is Harlow gold.”)

  149. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Rick, for the clarification, as well as the explanatory detail.

    And thanks, Anon, for ‘Bette Davis Eyes’.

  150. “Fearless”, by Taylor Swift (“Run your hands through your hair.”)

    Congratulations to the Almanac Music Readers for reaching another 150!

  151. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon, for the TS number, and for your big role in our 150.

  152. “Good Vibrations”, by The Beach Boys (“And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair”)

  153. “Shake It Off”, by Taylor Swift (“And to the fella over there with the hella good hair.”)

  154. Kevin Densley says

    More fine selections – thanks Anon.

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