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Jim Colyer

Put On Your White Sombrero

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Frida gives her macho Spaniard a tongue lashing. We have to wonder about whom she is singing. It must just be a song. Frida dresses her spurned vaquero. Not only does she put a white sombrero on him but dons him all in white and adds a red bandana. She puts him on a horse and sends him riding into the sunset to impress a meek senorita. She sees him as a cowboy, a caballero trying to live life as if it were an old movie. Frida is strong. She is a realist. "Put On Your White Sombrero" is the first ABBA song to embody a mean spirit. It belongs to the Super Trouper era but was deemed unworthy of that album. ABBA was peaking. There were fewer and fewer worlds to conquer. "In rhyme with his time" may be the worst line in the entire catalog. As an astronomer, I naturally think of the Sombrero Galaxy M104.


PUT ON YOUR WHITE SOMBRERO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU6-vblQ_u0

Put on your white sombrero
Saddle your horse my dear
And ride off into the sunset
You'd better go
For there is no
Place for you here
Like an old fashoned hero
You stand before me
You think our life is a movie
My world is real
I live and feel
And I can do, without you

Put on your white sombrero
Your red bandana too
Think of this day as a showdown
Goodbye my friend
This is the end
For me and you
Now be a bold vaquero
Don't show your feelings
I'll cry while you're disappearing
Into the night
All dressed in white
Unchained and free, without me

Put on your white sombrero
Like all the comboys do
Go find a sweet senorita
Somebody meek
Who'll never speak
Harshly to you
You're such a caballero
Proud, never bending
I want someone who will take me
Just as I am
I need a man
Who is in rhyme
With his time

You'll never take me
Just as I am
I need a man
Who is in rhyme
With his time

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