Song Crush

Some Velvet Morning, a timeless duet by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

“Some Velvet Morning” is a psychedelic pop song by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra originally recorded in late 1967.

The duet song alternates between a male part describing a mysterious, powerful woman named Phaedra, who educated him in the ways of love, and a female part speaking about a nature setting and secrets held by an unknown “we”.

The lyrics are open to many interpretations, from which:

The linear one: sex, especially that the song starts with the sentence “Some velvet mornin’ when I’m straight / I’m gonna open up your gate” and the male counterpart talks about Phaedra, a character in Greek mythology who was supposedly raped by her lover Hippolytus then later on committed suicide.

The not-so linear one: also sex, but more about the differences between men and women in regards to it, and that men must learn to respect the women they love (or they would end up like the classical Phaedra?).

All in all, this song is timeless, mysterious and still a classic. I first listened to it in 2004, 37 years after its release date, as it is a track in the second CD “Espacio” from the album “How to Kill The DJ [Part 2]“, and I still did not get bored of it.

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