Taking Apart "Soup Girl"
This article is part of a series on my new collection of songs, "Life Is Worth Living."
As they say, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
When I lived near Hamden, CT, I'd often walk past a little shop whose name just sounded like a song title. So writing Soup Girl was inevitable.
Listeners have compared it to The Monkees, and that's spot on. While writing it, I specifically had this song, sung by the Monkees' frontman, in mind. Hence the British accent.
Listen to Soup Girl here:
Let's take Soup Girl apart. From the very beginning I try to take full advantage of food-themed wordplay:
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
That's my advice to you, my friend
Some like it hot, some are too cold
Some like to sing the songs of old, oh
The chorus uses the gimmick of singing "girl" after "oo"-rhyming words:
Soup girl, standing there with your soup, girl
You make it super easy to love you
Oh, I love you
Soup girl, I've already thought it all through, girl
I'll make your dreams come true, girl
That's what I'm gonna do girl
More food wordplay in the second verse:
Hey good lookin'
Can you tell me what's cooking
In this little shop that you've set up?
I'm impressed by your dedication to bring your soup to the world
By everything you do, girl
After another chorus, we reach the bridge. If you listen closely you can hear me singing backup vocals inspired by the classic doo wop Shoop Shoop Song, but in this case it's "soup shop, soup shop" instead of "shoop shoop" or "doo wop":
When I saw you in your soup shop
You could have seen my jaw drop
And though you were a jaw breaker
You were no heartbreaker, no, no, no, no ,no
What would a romantic song about soup be without a reference to Italian wedding soup?
Let's not go home girl
Why don't we fly straight to Rome, girl?
It'll be the perfect setting
We'll have the perfect Italian wedding
Oh, soup girl
If you're ever feeling aloof, girl
Just keep me in the loop girl
Keep me in the loop girl, soup girl
And there you have it. Follow me on Twitter as I continue to release songs in the Life Is Worth Living series.