Five Star Fridays: Hooker Songs Edition

Friday, July 6th, 2012

There are lots of songs about working girls, and I’ve done a number of columns on the subject; I’d like to share a few of them with you while I’m here, and this is my favorite.  Here’s Bobbie Gentry performing on The Johnny Cash Show of January 21st, 1970; if you’d like to see the words (and those of the other songs I picked that time) you can visit my column for September 4th, 2010.

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16 Responses to “Five Star Fridays: Hooker Songs Edition”

  1. #1 |  AnonymousCoward | 

    When I saw the title I was thinking Hooker as in ‘John Lee’, and not as in ‘heart of gold’.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Speaking of hookers, what are the rules (or traditions among those in the profession) regarding the use of words like whore, hooker, prostitute, street walker, etc? My personal philosophy is that there are no offensive words outside of the context in which they are used. In other words, intention plays a major roll, but alas, society deems that the mere arrangement of letter is all it takes to make a term taboo (which is why some terms are off limits regardless of the context).

    So how do hookers feel about the descriptive titles people hang on them?

  3. #3 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #2 – Different girls feel different ways. Some get very bent out of shape if an outsider uses anything other than “sex worker”, and the Australians have launched a campaign to get the media to stop using the pejorative and legalistic “prostitute” (a term I dislike myself and only use because most Americans consider it more neutral than some other terms). My own personal preference (and that of many other activists) is “whore”, precisely because it’s the viscerally strongest; as Norma Jean Almodovar once expressed it, “if I tell you I don’t care anymore if you call me a whore, what will you call me now?”

    Hmm, I would say more but I feel a post for Monday coming on. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. #4 |  ClubMedSux | 

    If I had to pick a favorite hooker song (non-John Lee variety, of course), I’d have to go with Sweet Painted Lady by Elton John. It’s not that the song is that special in and of itself, but the album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was a family road trip staple when I was a kid, and I’ll never forget the first time I figured out what the line “Gettin’ paid for bein’ laid” meant. As an 8-year-old, it was quite the revelation to discover that such a benign-sounding song–and one played by my parents, no less–could be about something that taboo.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I’m partial to The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp (except I like the Kenny Rogers rendition better than this one).

  6. #6 |  En Passant | 

    Offered as fodder for some possible future column: A wistfully sad song on the life and death of an ambiguously reluctant hooker in a small town, Bonnie Raitt’s “Louise”.

    Lyrics here: http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/raitt-bonnie/louise-1673.html

  7. #7 |  croaker | 

    Personally I was thinking of another Sir Elton song: Island Girl.

  8. #8 |  Bill | 

    Superb CamelToe

  9. #9 |  yonemoto | 

    “Love for Sale”. Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live at Yoshi’s. something most people don’t notice: Elsewhere that night, she did a cover of James Brown’s “Sex Machine”. During “Love for Sale”, her piano player quotes himself for about 6 measures.

  10. #10 |  MikeP | 

    Ms. Gentry wore that costume quite well.

  11. #11 |  Hein | 

    My favorite workin’ girl song is Birthday Boy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un9jmeLNBqY

  12. #12 |  Erik | 

    I’d have to guess that Bobby learned some of those dance moves from the late Davy Jones.

  13. #13 |  Vic Kelley | 

    What an outfit. She was a healthy looking girl. Thanks for posting that clip.

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