Fun Theme Photo Meme – the current prompt is Back to Life

Musically Ranting & September Song Project – the prompt is Encore!

Ever since I started sharing photos of me on my blog, my go-to choice of image is to show my legs,. My favourite way to ‘dress’ my legs is in over the knee socks. I have shared these socks before in some images where I wore a hat, which was quite popular, but here it’s just the long cream socks, and me on tip-toe.

I’m not very tall, so standing on tip-toe helps, although sometimes have resort to asking other people to reach things down when items are above my head. I haven’t shared any photos of me for more than 2 months, so here goes bringing that aspect back to life!

When I was younger I was a massive fan of this group – Squeeze. Their lyrics were witty and pithy and their sound fun, I had a bit of a crush on the lead singer, which also had an influence I suspect.

This song is about holiday romances – well the girls want a romance and the boys are trying to get notches on the bedpost.  The phrase in the title is reportedly a slang term used by Londoners for persuading girls to give up a tightly guarded prize i.e. have sex with you! The songwriter (Chris Difford, also the vocalist) paints a picture of low budget chalet and caravan type holidays, which he occasionally contrasts with the more exotic tropical, surfing vacations giving the impression of an ‘everyman’ holiday experience.

A theme in the song is a feeling of male inadequacy, he mentions ‘shrinking’ in the cold water, ladies looking away and wishing he had a motor boat – for posing purposes! Despite not living the most idyllic life, however, his holiday is ‘complete’ when he gets a girl alone behind a chalet and they have sex, most likely standing up : he is depicted as William Tell (scoring a bullseye by hitting the apple) and she is Maid Marion on her tiptoed feet. Of course Marion was actually Robin Hood’s lady love but I guess in the heat of the moment a young man is more focused on his conquest than historical details.

The lyrics are scattered with holiday details, the Harold Robbins paperback (typical, sexy holiday reading), coach journeys, surf boards, playing bingo and taking home prizes. The songwriter gives a great  generalised impression of summer holidays. Holidays when you’re single often have a ‘Kiss me Quick’ attitude that goes with the vibe of loving and leaving. Each gender usually went into these clinches with their eyes open, although (as depicted by Summer Lovin’ a classic from the musical Grease) the agendas often differed.

I had the album Argy Bargy from which this song was released, and I played it repeatedly as one summer bled into autumn, so it brings back happy memories.

 

Pulling Mussels (from a Shell)

by Squeeze

They do it down on Camber Sands
They do it at Waikiki
Lazing about the beach all day,
At night the crickets creepy

Squinting faces at the sky
A Harold Robbins paperback
Surfers drop their boards and dry
And everybody wants a hat

But behind the chalet
My holiday’s complete
And I feel like William Tell
Maid Marian on her tiptoed feet
Pulling mussels from a shell
Pulling mussels from a shell

Shrinking in the sea so cold
Topless ladies look away
A he-man in a sudden shower
Shelters from the rain

You wish you had a motor boat
To pose around the harbour bar
And when the sun goes off to bed
You hook it up behind the car

But behind the chalet
My holiday’s complete
And I feel like William Tell
Maid Marian on her tiptoed feet
Pulling mussels from a shell
Pulling mussels from a shell

Two fat ladies window shop
Something for the mantelpiece
In for bingo all the nines
A panda for sweet little niece

The coach drivers stand about
Looking at a local map
About the boy who’s gone away
Down to next door’s caravan

But behind the chalet
My holiday’s complete
And I feel like William Tell
Maid Marian on her tiptoed feet
Pulling mussels from a shell
Pulling mussels from a shell

But behind the chalet
My holiday’s complete
And I feel like William Tell
Maid Marian on her tiptoed feet
Pulling mussels from a shell
Pulling mussels from a shell

fun theme photo meme

Comments (20)

  1. Reply

    Yes, the boy is probably more concerned with his momentary lust than with historical details!

    *laugh*

    And your mention of Grease — I used to love that movie!

    “A hickey from Kinnicky is like a Hallmark card. We care enough to send the very best.”

    • p0sy

      Reply

      Oh classic quote! I’m a terrible mother, I brought my youngest up addicted to grease – Danny was an ‘imaginary’ friend! Thanks Mrs F x

  2. Reply

    Love this. Did you listen to Sounds of the Seventies today? Apparently on this day in 1979 Chris Difford got married in Greenwich and loads of fans turned up causing traffic chaos. I love this song too! x

    • p0sy

      Reply

      No I didn’t – but that is amazing, I think ’79 was “their” year! So glad you liked this and love the song – sisters! x

  3. ML

    Reply

    Where can I get myself a pair of those socks? (jk, they suit you perfectly, I wouldn’t even try!)
    I love the look you pull off so well and the way you look away from the camera gives us some really nice angles

    • p0sy

      Reply

      Thanks ML – I think these were from Primark. Of course I’m looking away to hide my face rather than to show my jawline!!

  4. Reply

    I liked the way the hair is styled in this shot. But the socks are not very good. Stockings would be more interesting. But everyone has different tastes …

  5. Reply

    What a fun post. I was going to ask who the model was till I saw the second photo and realized it was our Posy. I’d not heard of that song, guess it didn’t make it over here in the British Invasion. I have to hear it now.

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