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Song Released: 1978

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    Jan 13th, 1:46pm report

    He's not thinking of leaving her. It's just that something in him is sooo insecure that his ego continually needs stroking. He doesn't feel worthy, so he continues to test her and her feelings for him by seeing how she reacts to his constant need for attention: very much like a child with abandonment issues.


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    Feb 24th, 2019 2:46pm report

    Beautiful Carly Simon released this song in the early to mid-1970s. A song that I paid little attention to until recent years, even though I have always appreciated Carly’s music.

    This song is about a woman who is apparently deeply in love with a man who draws attention from another woman who is seeking to take him away from his woman who already has "loving eyes" for him. And for some unknown reason, he feels that he needs to tell her or flaunt in her face that this woman has noticed his qualities and flirtatiously has let him know that she wants to be with him.

    Perhaps they were at a social gathering and the man’s lover observed this other woman trying to make her move on him. The discussion of the event obviously carries on beyond the gathering and in no uncertain terms, his woman feels that she needs to affirm that she is aware of his qualities and she thought that any doubts he had about how she feels were put to rest once and for all.

    In their conversation, he without a doubt gushes over the overtures that were made to him, by this woman, and emphasizing perhaps some of the qualities that she sees in him? The woman who loves this man needs no introduction to his qualities, and senses that the man is interested in seeking the pleasures of this other woman based upon his insecurities about their relationship. She stresses that she and he belong together because she knows him better than this unknown who just popped into his life and flirtatiously attempts to break them up. She says that they both really don't know anything about each other. And again, implores him to not leave her to go to this other woman. She does not even know, you don’t even know her she cries desperately at the end of the song.

    There is a hidden nuance to this story, I think? Even though he seems to be enamored with this other woman. His woman who loves him and has apparently "seniority" with him in knowing and loving him. She sees something cynical or perhaps dangerous in his leaving her to be with this other woman. As you listen to the song as it ends there is something in the voice of Carly that cries out to the man - that he will eventually learn that he has made a grave mistake in thinking that things will be better for him with her. Carly sings that she loves him so and no one will not love him more!

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