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NauenThen

Anthem

Two songs I took to heart as a youngish teen were "Angel of the Morning" & "Different Drum." Both songs about taking responsibility for our sexual choices, or that's how I read them at the time. (I realize now "Different Drum" was written by a guy (Mike Nesmith!) who was dumping a girl.) "I'm not in the market / For a boy who wants to love only me. / … I'm not ready for any person, / Place or thing to try and pull the reins in on me." Merrilee Rush singing "Angel" (also written by a guy, Chip Taylor, who wrote "Wild Thing"): "There'll be no strings to bind your hands  / Not if my love can't bind your heart." I believed them. Even too young to have had sex, I knew what those songs meant & what they meant for me. I knew I could & would always do whatever the hell I wanted.

 

Side note: Juice Newton (with whom I share a birthday) made the other big recording of Angel, which I also like.

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