Some days, not as often mind you, I do wish I was a different person. Someone taller, thinner, younger, wiser, the usual litany of superficial and cosmetic “wants.” I will admit it was an obsession of mine, creating a false self to win others’ approval. I’d also project an image of myself built on other’s expectations or perceptions. That’s a lot to admit, but I’m a lot better about it now. Still, if left sitting in traffic long enough, those old ghosts like to visit me. That’s what I love and hate about this particular track from the Eurythmics 1987 release, “Savage.”

Hearing “Beethoven (I Love To Listen To) today made take pause. The song, and especially, the Sophie Muller-directed video remain a one-two punch in my mind. This confession of a bored and frustrated housewife, who represses her true self until the song’s end resonates with and motivates me for different reasons today. I loved the image of “housewife-turned-harlot” then. Now, I see the harlot of a symbol of freedom and color. For a moment, on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, I felt an exquisite sense of truth as I sang along with La Lennox. I’m not hiding any part of my true self anymore, even on the days I lose my focus and strength.  Then a car horn rang through, breaking me from my blonde-wigged reverie, moving me along to the destination ahead.

Listen to
Listen to
Listen to
I love to listen to
I love to listen to
I love to

Take a girl like that and put her in a natural setting like a cafe for example.
Along comes the boy and he’s looking for trouble with a girl like that, with a girl like that.
Who knows what they’ll decide to do? Who knows what they’ll get up to?
I’d love to know, wouldn’t you?

I love to, I love to listen to
Love to, I love to listen to
I love to, I love to listen to
Love to, I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to

You think you know just what you want but you have used that weapon against me.
Did I tell you I was lying by the way when I said I wanted a new mink coat?
I was thinking of something sleek to wrap around my tender throat.
I was dreaming like a Texan girl. A girl who thinks she’s got the right to everything.
A girl who thinks she should have something extreme.

I love to listen to
I love to listen to
I love to listen to
I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to listen to Beethoven
I love to

Songwriters: Annie Lennox / David Allan Stewart © Universal Music Publishing Group

 

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