Her yard sounds sort of barren, with only one tree.
And ALL that she'll see is her one tree? Does she live in a wasteland or something?
The song actually uses a piece of Marxist-Leninist symbolism to advocate for political revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Helen may NOT have been completely ignorant of the couched metaphorical meaning as most people assume; she did go through a brief flirtation with American leftist politics, right before she threw herself into the Sutras.
It's just an abstract song that says something like "I'm an individual, I'll do my own thing, I'll independent and I'll do whatever I want and I don't need anybody else to tell me what to do. I'm LIBERATED!"
Content dictates form, bitch.
what the hell was Hit the Sky about anyway?
thats why the number gets cut out of town
R8 -- then it's a song for lesbians?
More importantly, why wasn't anyone fired for not cleaning off all the handprints on said mobile?
The mobile was supposed to be an abstract "tree."
She was singing about being an independent woman bravely making her own way in life, the way Helen herself had and Anne, Neely and Jennifer were setting out to do.
The "tree" is symbolism for "penis."
In other words, she'll find the cock she wants to fuck, and "I'll make it grow" - it will be a huge one, not just "one in a row."
When it's reached its full girth - "Lord, what a sight!"
It's all about how, as an independent woman, she knows she can get dick, and it doesn't matter what man it's attached to - they are only sexual toys to her. That's why she says, in the bathroom scene - "I've got a man waiting for me." She doesn't even know his name, he's just a fucktoy.
What the fuck is with the pained rictus and wide-eyed terror Lena Horne shows us while she's singing? Is someone restraining Miss Lawson off camera?
It means you're gay.
I like this thread and want to see it continue, so while we're on this song (which Entertainment Weekly once called "the worst song in the world" in a DVD review of DOLLS) let's catalog all the people who have recorded it.
I have heard recordings by:
1) Judy Garland (before she left the film)
2) Margaret Whiting (dubbing in the actual film)
3) Eileen Wilson (on the soundtrack album)
4) Lena Horne (on the Dean Martin show, above)
5) Patty Duke (on her album of DOLLS covers)
6) Tony Scotti (on his album "Starring Tony Scotti" which has 3 DOLLS covers)
7) David Pascucci (a cabaret singer who did an all-Previn album--nice to have all those songs in one place)
Any others you DL DOLLS-lovers know of?
Here's Patty, btw.
What about the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale"? What does that one mean?
A musical protest against her homeowner association's forced use of professionals and uniformity of landscaping.
Good question R23.
I wish they'd remake, "Valley of The Dolls." The script could actually be faithful to the book now that it's 2013. What a different movie it would be. I came across it all, the book, the movie and the, in my opinion, hilarious, fun, moving "Isn't She Great" movie (why isn't it out on Blu-ray!?!) just a few years ago. I was born in the 70's. Jacqueline Susann must have been a breath of fresh air in the Conservative pop-culture of her day.
(By "Conservative," I mean in particular it's representation, even acknowledgment-or lack thereof-of gays.)
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