hello there! here we are for the 6th weekly installment of songs that smell good. there are so many songs out there that talk about perfume and i’m having a blast digging through them all!
“when you’re all alone in your lonely room / and there is nothing but the smell of her perfume” – solomon burke, “cry to me”
there is something about the memory of perfume. so many songs that talk about someone’s perfume usually talks about it in a nostalgic, days gone by, lost love sort of way. this is song is no different. the singer is equating losing one’s love and his only lasting memory of her to the smell of her perfume. this points out the power of the sense of smell and how important it is in the people and places most dear to us.
“if praise is like perfume / i’ll lavish mine on you / ’til every drop is gone / i’ll pour my love on you” – craig and dean phillips, “pour my love on you”
the lyrics to this worship song display the preciousness of praising God through song. perfume has historically been expensive and for the wealthy only. this song implies that even if one had precious and expensive perfume, every drop would be used in praise because that is the worth of praising God.
“the time is right / your perfume fills my head” – frank sinatra and nancy sinatra, “something stupid”
this song talks about how enamored a man is for the woman he loves. he is so taken with her throughout the night, everything seems to be going well, and then he “spoils it all” by saying i love you. getting caught up in her perfume adds to the romance of the night and possibly even the reason he can’t help but tell her he’s in love with her, as if he is under a spell.
stay tuned for next week and, as always, if you have any suggestions for songs let me know! these are so fun and i hope you enjoy looking up the songs and listening to them as much as i have fun finding and posting them!