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Morning Song – One Fine Day

May 9, 2012

However limited the roles for young women are today—and really, in a more just world, wouldn’t Christina Aguilera, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, et al, win a major class-action suit against the Disney Corp. for the mental pain and suffering they endured in their 20s after spending their teens conforming to the Procrustean “Disney Princess” mold?—they were even more severely limited in the early 1960s, prior to the second great wave of 20th century feminism that swept across and remade the American landscape.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that if the lyrics to The Chiffons‘ “One Fine Day” strike you as odd or offensive (despite how well-crafted they are by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), it’s still a terrific song for the soaring confidence (however misplaced it may be) you can hear in the lead vocal, the call-and-response solidarity of the “girl group” backing vocals, and Carole King’s propulsive, ringing piano riff (wisely saved from the demo by the producers).

It’s the kind of song that has you rooting for the narrator—I hope “one fine day” came for her…and it was as fine as she’d hoped.

P.S.  I have no idea what Patsy Cline, Jack Kennedy and Andy Griffith are doing in this video (starting at 1:45).  None whatsoever.

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