#5

Take a Let­ter Maria” – R.B. Greaves (1969)

Last night as I got home about a half past ten
There was the wom­an I thought I knew
In the arms of anoth­er man
I kept my cool, I ain’t no fool
Let me tell you what hap­pened then
I packed some clothes and I walked out
And I ain’t going back again

So take a let­ter Maria, address it to my wife
Say I won’t be com­ing home, gonna start a new life
So take a let­ter Maria, address it to my wife
Send a copy to my lawyer, got­ta start a new life

You’ve been many things but most of all a good sec­re­tary to me
And it’s times like this I feel you’ve always been close to me
Was I wrong to work nights to try to build a good life
All work and no play has just cost me a wife

When a man loves a wom­an it’s hard to under­stand
That she would find more plea­sure in the arms of anoth­er man
I nev­er real­ly noticed how sweet you are to me
It just so hap­pens I’m free tonight
Would you like to have din­ner with me

So take a let­ter Maria, address it to my wife
Send a copy to my lawyer, got­ta start a new life

 

There’s some­thing so awe­some­ly sex­ist about hav­ing your sec­re­tary draft a let­ter to your wife telling her you’re leav­ing – then ask­ing the sec­re­tary on a date.  In my opin­ion, “Take a Let­ter Maria” illus­trates ‘60s sex­ism pret­ty per­fect­ly, and it was this song that made me start want to do this list.  I was expect­ing this song to be my #1, but as I con­tin­ued to do my research, I real­ized that there were FAR more sex­ist songs out there.  It would have been ranked high­er if the singer had left his wife for no rea­son at all (which is how I remem­ber the song when I first heard it) but, alas, there’s the whole cuck­old thing, which he even blames him­self for.  Still… pret­ty sex­ist.

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1 Comment

  1. Kaiser Basileus

    He caught her cre­at­ing on him in their mar­riage bed and he’s a misog­y­nist? You have prob­lems with real­i­ty.

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