The first thing I must mention: The lyrics were not written by Bernie. (Gasp)! It seems almost sacrilegious to include “other” songs, but I can’t help it if I like this one). The words come compliments of Tom Robinson.
I’ve always loved the tempo change and the background choir. Plus back in the day, I kind of likened myself to the subject of the song.
You’ve a certain sartorial eloquence
And a style that’s almost of your own
You’ve got the knack of being so laid-back
It’s like talking to the great Unknown
You’ve got a self-sufficient swept-back hairdo
Pretty certain that you’ve got it made
Oh your life-style shows in the clothes you chose
Sitting pretty in the masquerade
I heard this song for the first time in Windsor, Canada when I was a summer intern at GM in Detroit. That’s also when I got my nickname “Little Kimmee” (for “Little Jeannie”). But I digress.
I remember talking to a friend about this song in college, and he commented that most people wouldn’t even know what “sartorial” meant. So true! Whenever I hear this song, I think of him. It’s a little bit funny (ok, you know I just had to phrase it that way), but some people connect scents or tastes and memories…for me, its often EJ songs. As my daughter says, I’m a freak!
Well, I couldn’t find a decent video or MP3 of this tune to point you to, so I believe I’m feeling indisposed.
Sartorial Eloquence (21 at 33 – 1980)