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Classic doormat songs

I'm nothing without you.

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by Anonymousreply 115Last Saturday at 7:37 PM

"As Long As He Needs Me"

by Anonymousreply 105/04/2021

Don't Explain

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by Anonymousreply 205/04/2021

Skeeter Davis - The End of the World

by Anonymousreply 305/04/2021

"My Man" by Billie Holliday covers all the bases: physical abuse, cheating, and he's not even good looking. The song can be summed up in the following verse:

All my life is just despair But I don't care

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by Anonymousreply 405/04/2021

Shirley Brown is fighting for her man even though the car he drives, she pays the note every month.

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by Anonymousreply 505/04/2021

The ultimate:

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by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021


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by Anonymousreply 705/04/2021

Just keep it inside, and learn how to hide your feelings!

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by Anonymousreply 905/04/2021

“As Long As He Needs Me”. Here’s Judy.

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by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2021

I heart Tammy Wynette R9.

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2021

Substitute by Clout

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by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2021

The Marvelettes - "Forever"

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by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2021

No one did Doormat like Dusty.

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by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

I'll just lay this little tune from Linda on your porch, OP.

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by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2021

Forget doormat, Let me be your underwear

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by Anonymousreply 1605/04/2021

Speaking of Linda, I had a friend who refused to listen to her because of the doormat quality of so much of her stuff.

by Anonymousreply 1705/04/2021

"Maybe I Know" - Lesley Gore

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by Anonymousreply 1805/06/2021

More Lesley...

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by Anonymousreply 1905/06/2021

The Crystals- He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss.

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by Anonymousreply 2005/06/2021

Oops missed the Crystals had already been posted If You Ever Change Your Mind Crystal Gayle.

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by Anonymousreply 2105/06/2021

If You Change Your Mind - Rosanne Cash.

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by Anonymousreply 2205/06/2021

"Let me be the shadow of your shadow, the shadow of your hand, the shadow of your dog ... but do not leave me."

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by Anonymousreply 2305/06/2021

If your sweetheart sends a letter of goodbye It's no secret you'll feel better if you cry

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by Anonymousreply 2405/06/2021

Twenty-four posts and no one has nailed the shithouse door shut on the OP for getting Vikki Carr wrong?

by Anonymousreply 2505/06/2021

There is absolutely nothing in "Cry" by Johnny Ray that equates to a doormat.

It's just about some schmuck who got dumped telling other schmucks who get dumped to cry, so they'll feel better.

People are allowed to break up with their partner, and people are allowed to be sad about it. It doesn't mean they were treated badly.

by Anonymousreply 2605/06/2021

I'll be around

No matter how

You treat me now

I'll be around from now on

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by Anonymousreply 2705/06/2021

Doormat songs were rather a specialty for Goffin & King, which shouldn't surprise as the male half (Gerry Goffin) wrote the lyrics. Here's "Oh No Not My Baby" as recorded by Maxine Brown.

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by Anonymousreply 2805/06/2021

A cover of “He Hit Me” is on the “Promising Young Woman” soundtrack.

by Anonymousreply 2905/06/2021

Is it the Grizzly Bear version?

by Anonymousreply 3005/06/2021

"I'm Gonna Take What He's Got" - Etta James.

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by Anonymousreply 3105/06/2021

This one always gets me ...

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by Anonymousreply 3205/06/2021

"One of these days, that chain is gonna break / But up until then I'm gonna take all I can take"

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by Anonymousreply 3305/06/2021

"I Can't See Myself Leaving You" - Aretha Franklin.

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by Anonymousreply 3405/06/2021

Ruth Brown - Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

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by Anonymousreply 3505/06/2021

I Wanna Be Your Dog

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by Anonymousreply 3605/06/2021

It Hurts Me Too

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by Anonymousreply 3705/06/2021

"Wivers & Lovers" - Dionne Warwick.

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by Anonymousreply 3805/06/2021

"I'm Your Puppet" - James & Bobby Purify.

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by Anonymousreply 3905/06/2021

Matt Monro, Walk Away

Walk away, please go Before you throw your life away A life that I could share for just a day We should have met some years ago For your sake I say Walk away, just go . . .

Why build a dream that cannot come true So be strong, reach the stars now Walk away, walk on

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by Anonymousreply 4005/06/2021

"Born a Woman" - Sandy Posey.

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by Anonymousreply 4105/06/2021

This one sprang to mind...

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by Anonymousreply 4205/06/2021

For The Good Times!

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by Anonymousreply 4305/06/2021

Al Green did it better IMHO.

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by Anonymousreply 4405/06/2021

“Music to commit suicide to”

by Anonymousreply 4505/06/2021

I Want To Come Over....

I know you're home

You left your light on

You know I'm here

The night is thin

I know you're alone

I watched the car leave

Your lover is gone

Let me in

Open your back door

I just need to touch you once more

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by Anonymousreply 4605/06/2021

Stop! In The Name Of Love by the Supremes

by Anonymousreply 4705/06/2021

No. "Stop! In the Name of Love" is too assertive to be a doormat anthen.

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by Anonymousreply 4905/06/2021

Never thought of this as a doormat song until this very minute (YMMV).

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by Anonymousreply 5005/06/2021

"Black Coffee" - Sarah Vaughan.

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by Anonymousreply 5105/06/2021

R48 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 5205/06/2021

The Jones Girls

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by Anonymousreply 5305/06/2021

I'm surprised no one posted this unless I missed it

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by Anonymousreply 5405/06/2021

I Hate Myself

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by Anonymousreply 5505/06/2021

More like lookin for a housekeeper

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by Anonymousreply 5605/06/2021

"Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" - Helen Morgan.

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by Anonymousreply 5705/06/2021

Tsk, tsk, forgot her name........

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by Anonymousreply 5805/06/2021

"Don’t Smoke In Bed" written by Miss Peggy Lee

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by Anonymousreply 5905/06/2021

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is

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by Anonymousreply 6105/06/2021

Oh Candi......

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by Anonymousreply 6205/06/2021

A desperate doormat here...

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by Anonymousreply 6305/06/2021

"You've Really Got a Hold on Me" - The Miracles.

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by Anonymousreply 6405/06/2021

Cole Porter's Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye interpreted by Ella Fitzgerald.

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by Anonymousreply 6505/06/2021

I'm amazed when I read that some hear Ella Fitzgerald's voice as technically superb and yet it elicits no emotion in them.

Man, I'll admit that I hadn't listened to Fitzgerald at all, but of course I knew who she was, but after that last DL thread about her and listening to every selection posted, I was an emotional wreck, in a good way. She wrung my heart out.

Anyway, I'm not a big fan of "Are You Lonesome Tonight", but there's no getting around it- the lyrics

"Honey you lied when you said you loved me and I had no cause to doubt you. But I'd rather go on hearing your lies than live without you"

Now , doesn't that just sum up the pitiful helplessness of being a besotted, powerless, mess over someone?

by Anonymousreply 6605/06/2021

"Since I Fell For You" - Lenny Welch.

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by Anonymousreply 6705/06/2021

Without You by Harry Nilsson

by Anonymousreply 6805/06/2021

"Every Little Bit Hurts" - Brenda Holloway.

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by Anonymousreply 6905/06/2021

Each night I sit at home, hoping that he will phone...

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by Anonymousreply 7005/06/2021

Near him I always must be.

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by Anonymousreply 7105/06/2021

"Baby Love"

by Anonymousreply 7205/06/2021

Every song I've ever written.

by Anonymousreply 7305/06/2021

Elis Regina, "Atras da Porta":

When you looked me right in the eye,

And your look was goodbye.

I swear I didn't believe it.

I was surprised by you, I leaned over your body,

And I doubted, and dragged myself, and scratched you,

And I clung to your hair, your hair,

Your pajamas, on your feet, at the foot of the bed,

Without affection, without cover,

On the carpet behind the door,

I complained softly.

I gave to curse our home,

To dirty your name, humiliate you,

And avenge myself at any price.

Adoring you inside out.

Just to show that I'm still yours.

Until I prove I'm still yours.

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by Anonymousreply 7405/06/2021

I Can't Make You Love Me

by Anonymousreply 7505/06/2021

Re: r42: Carly Simon has a distinctive voice, but sometimes it’s almost like she doesn’t know how to sing (?)

by Anonymousreply 7605/06/2021

love this interpretation of a REAL DOWNER

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by Anonymousreply 7705/06/2021

Magic Man, Heart.

by Anonymousreply 7805/06/2021

There were just so many - from Linda's version [italic]Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,[/italic] to "National Treasure Dolly Parton's [italic]Jolene.[/italic] Just beg the other woman to leave your man alone. Not going to happen, it's almost a challenge at that point.

Few random for those may not have memorized them.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene I'm begging of you please don't take my man Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene Please don't take him just because you can

He talks about you in his sleep And there's nothing I can do to keep From crying when he calls your name

I had to have this talk with you (????) My happiness depends on you (the husband has no agency, obviously)

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by Anonymousreply 7905/06/2021

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

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by Anonymousreply 8005/06/2021

Nothing But Heartaches - The Supremes

by Anonymousreply 8105/07/2021

Reba and Linda Davis as a wife and mistress fighting over the scum bag husband

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by Anonymousreply 8205/07/2021

A few years later Reba and Linda did another song where the woman realize it was the man who was the villain

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by Anonymousreply 8305/07/2021

Lonesome Town, Ricky Nelson

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by Anonymousreply 8405/07/2021

I love Shirley Bassey but if ever there was a doormat song this is it. Hate it.

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by Anonymousreply 8505/07/2021

If you don't know this song, you should give it a listen. Total doormat song and I still love it.

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by Anonymousreply 8605/07/2021

"Tommy" - Reparata & the Delrons

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by Anonymousreply 8705/07/2021

R38 You may not care for the message, but that's not a doormat song.

by Anonymousreply 8805/07/2021

R71 That's more of a super clingy, needy, stalker-ish whack-a-doddle.

by Anonymousreply 8905/07/2021

R85 Also recorded by Vikki Carr, who recorded the pinnacle of this genre, "It Must Be Him."

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by Anonymousreply 9005/07/2021

Bryan Ferry Slave To Love - supposedly about Jerry Hall who dumped him for Jagger

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by Anonymousreply 9105/07/2021

To (R75) You are correct...Bonnie Raitt..OMG THAT SONG!! Sorry, too many memories, I'll tell DL about the Bonnie Raitt concert in New Mexico later.

by Anonymousreply 9205/07/2021

People always talk about reputation / I don't care what you do to them / Just be good to me / Friends are always telling me / You're a user / I don't care 'bout your other girls / Just be good to me

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by Anonymousreply 9305/07/2021

Joan Armatrading's "I Love It When You Call Me Names."

Not only does it glorify being a doormat, it also glorifies physically violence and abusive behavior between romantic partners

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by Anonymousreply 9405/07/2021

I know you're up there fucking her, because I'm hiding in the bushes.

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by Anonymousreply 9505/07/2021

What's to become of me?

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by Anonymousreply 9605/07/2021

Sally, Go 'Round the Roses

by Anonymousreply 9705/07/2021

Anyone Who Had a Heart

by Anonymousreply 9805/07/2021

If lyrics alone count, the Everly Brothers' Bye Bye Love. But it completely lacks any mournful quality.

by Anonymousreply 9905/07/2021

Speaking of the Everly Brothers....When Will I Be Loved

by Anonymousreply 10005/07/2021

"You Are My Sunshine" (not to be confused with "You Are the Sunshine of My Life").

by Anonymousreply 10105/07/2021

I'm Your Puppet.

by Anonymousreply 10205/07/2021

Ne Me Quitte Pas

I'll be your dog, the shadow of your shadow, blah-blah-blah...

by Anonymousreply 10305/07/2021

Any number of Ike & Tina songs

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by Anonymousreply 10405/07/2021

R15 and R17 Robert Christgau (music critic for the Village Voice) on Linda's Hasten Down the Wind album: "...the three Karla Bonoff lyrics make her (I mean Karla, but Linda too) sound like such a born loser that I never want to hear anyone sing them again."

by Anonymousreply 10505/07/2021

Born to Lose, Ray Charles

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by Anonymousreply 10605/07/2021

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

by Anonymousreply 10705/07/2021

"Jesse" by Carly Simon. It goes:

Oh mother, say a prayer for me

Jesse's back in town, it won't be easy

Don't let him near me

Don't let him touch me

Don't let him please me

Jesse, I won't cut fresh flowers for you

Jesse, I won't make the wine cold for you

Jesse, I won't change the sheets for you

I won't put on cologne

I won't sit by the phone for you

Annie, keep reminding me

That he cut out my heart like a paper doll

Sally, tell me once again

How he set me up just to see me fall

Jesse, quick come here

I won't tell a soul

Not even myself

Jesse, that you've come back to me

My friends will all say "She's gone again"

But how can anyone know what you are to me

That I'm in heaven again because you've come back to me

Oh Jessie!

Jesse, I'll always cut fresh flowers for you

Jesse, I'll always make the wine cold for you

Jesse, I can easily change my mind about you

And put on cologne

And sit by the phone for you

Jesse, let's open the wine

And drink to the heart

Which has a will of its own

My friends, let's comfort them

They're feeling bad They think I've sunk so low

Jesse, I'll always cut fresh flowers for you

Jesse, I'll always make the wine cold for you

Jesse, I will change the sheets for you

Put on cologne

And I will wait by the phone for you

Oh Jesse

by Anonymousreply 10805/07/2021

Upside Down by Diana Ross.

🎶 I’m aware that you’re cheating, but no one makes me feel like you do.🎶

Basically saying I’m dickmatized so I’m going to stay anyway.

by Anonymousreply 10905/07/2021

The narrator of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" is needling the addressee. That's not what a doormat does. Doormats reassure their ain't shit men/women.

by Anonymousreply 11005/07/2021

"Jesse" gave Rick Springfield the idea for "Jessie's Girl", which has a guy singing "Tell me where I can find a woman like that?" That is, a doormat.

by Anonymousreply 11105/07/2021

Alright, I'll fold. Just what is a doormat song?

Wailing about being used as a doormat?

Wailing about the lover you've used as a doormat?

Wailing on a doormat as the door to a romance closes?


by Anonymousreply 11205/07/2021

A doormat song involves a narrator who glorifies an unequal relationship where they, the narrator, are the lesser. The doormat has to get stepped on in some way.

by Anonymousreply 113Last Saturday at 5:45 AM

I'm a fool to want you

I'm a fool to want you

To want a love that can't be true

A love that's there for others too

I'm a fool to hold you

Such a fool to hold you

To seek a kiss not mine alone

To share a kiss the Devil has known

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by Anonymousreply 114Last Saturday at 11:54 AM

I don't think the Joan Armatrading song at r94 was meant to be taken seriously.

by Anonymousreply 115Last Saturday at 7:37 PM
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