I guess it only makes sense. So many rock and pop songs are written
about or are inspired by women, it’s only natural that so many songs
have female first names in the title or featured in the title. As I was
listening to Bruce Springsteen sing, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on
the street tonight in an everlast kiss, Huh!” it hit me again. “Born to
Run” is an exception, since the name Wendy didn’t make the title. She is
referred to by name three times in the song, but not in the title.
and roll is full of songs with simple stories about a certain girl.
Diana, Jane, Ruby baby, Christine sixteen, and Dawn (Go away I’m no good
for you). And for the most part, the girl’s names are beautiful, and
they should be beautiful, after all the girls inspired songs to be
written about them. So which names haven’t inspired music and sheer
Well, there are plenty of girl name songs. You can list a
handful in just 15 seconds. Go ahead. I’ll wait. OK, I’ll give you a
start: Angie, Amie, Veronica. Keep going. Come on, you can do it. How
about Barbara Ann? Billie Jean? Or Brandy. She’s a fine girl. Wake up
and write down Little Suzie. Don’t make this too difficult. Elvira.
Gloria. Beth. Mandy. There is a whole harem of them!
about the not-so inspirational names. Let’s try Agnes. Has anyone
recorded a song named “Agnes?” Actually, yes. Donnie Iris recorded
“Agnes” in 1980. It wasn’t a hit. It’s rally not that great of a song.
You might expect to hear a song like that one the flipside of a 45. You
remember 45s, right?
How about Bertha? That’s an old-fashioned
name. Well, I remember a song from the 70s by the Jimmy Castor Bunch
called, and I quote, “The Bertha Butt Boogie (part 1). And yes, there
was a part 2. True that the song was about Bertha’s obvious weight
problem and its affect on Bertha’s dancing, but it is a song about a
How about Gertrude? I struck out on finding a Gertrude
song. Helga? Ditto for Helga. Apparently no talented musician has ever
fallen for a girl named Helga or Gertrude. Prudence? Of course there’s a
Prudence. The Beatles did “Dear Prudence,” a song that I never really
cared for, but it’s a song! Olga? Harry Belafonte sang a song called,
“Olga,” but I can’t find a recording online to see what it sounds like.
you see, I really had to work to find a common girl’s name with no
song. I realize Gertrude and Helga aren’t exactly common names, but they
are really names and have been for many years, not made up by
misspelling some words and deciding it looks pretty that way, then
assigning that moniker to a baby girl who won’t be able to fight back
until she’s a teenager.
There are plenty of
songs with words included that you didn’t know was meant to be a name.
“Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot is rumored to be about a girl with the
nickname Sundown. There was the hit “Cinnamon” by Derek about a girl
named Cinnamon. And don’t even get me started about a girl named Sloopy.
girls got more than one song. Take Mary for instance. Besides two songs
simply named, “Mary,” there is “Along Comes Mary,” “Crazy Mary,”
“Cross-Eyed Mary,” “Fly Mary,” “If Mary’s There,” ” Jolly Holiday (with
Mary,) “Mary Go Round,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Mary Go Round,” ”
Mary, Mary,” “Midnight Mary,” “Suite Sister Mary,” “Sweet Mary,” “Mary
Queen of Arkansas,” “Take a Message to Mary,” “Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep,”
” The Wind Cries Mary,” and the marry-associated names like “Mary
Jane’s Last Dance,” “Hello Mary Lou,” and “Maryanne.” And if you think
that’s a lot just for Mary, look up all the Sue/Suzie songs.
doesn’t matter if you are beautiful or even if your name is beautiful.
Enough pie-eyed men have been head over heels over a girl to get most
females “their” song. Sometimes you just have to do enough research to
find the right one.