5. Meaningful titles
At the other extreme from meaningless titles (or ones that appear meaningless anyway) there are song titles that are highly meaningful. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend (written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin and most famously sung by Marilyn Monroe) is at that end of the spectrum. Its message could not be more precisely stated: don’t trust men; make sure you get diamonds before anything else:
‘men grow cold as girls grow old/and we all lose our charms in the end/ but square cut or pear shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape/diamonds are a girl’s best friend’
The lyric also contains the ageing kick: you cant straighten up when you bend’ which is the same sentiment but quite different context from Greg Brown’s song about ageing.
The lyrics play further variations on the same theme. Of an amorous employer/would be boyrfriend: ‘get that ice or else no dice’ and the chilling reminder that in an economic downturn
‘those louses go back to their spouses’
The title of the song and its lyrics are in perfect union are entirely specific as well as terriffic.