This week the Mix Tape theme is "Cheating Songs". It is certainly a subject that allows a wide range of selection and interpretation. There is out and out cheating, there is wishful unfulfilled cheating, and there are even a few cheating songs with happy endings.
As soon as I saw this topic, I knew this song would be on my list. I think the opening lines are among the most perfect ever written:
I can see her lying back in her satin dressIn a room where you do what you don't confess.
In two lines you know everything you need to know about the situation.
Lying Eyes--The Eagles
One of the most well worn albums of my youth was The Eagles Greatest Hits. This is another well written song, but more from the point of view of the cheater than the cheated upon.
House of the Rising Sun--The Animals
My husband suggested this one when he heard the topic. It is actually about a house of ill repute, but going to that sort of place usually involves cheating of one kind or another. Just about everyone has recorded a version of this song, but this one is the best, I think.
Norweigan Wood--The Beatles
Not perhaps the song that springs immediately to mind when one talks about cheating songs, but John Lennon readily admitted this was about a fling he had while married to Cynthia, so it qualifies.
I Want To Learn a Love Song--Harry Chapin
Remember what I said about cheating songs with happy endings? This song is Harry Chapin's more or less autobiographical account of how he met his wife Sandy, while she was still married to another man, after he was hired to give her guitar lessons.
So that's my list. What songs would you chose for a mix list of cheating songs? To see how some other bloggers twisted their mix tapes click here.