The morning sun touched lightly on
The eyes of Lucy Jordan
In a white suburban bedroom
In a white suburban town
As she lay there ‘neath the covers
Dreaming of a thousand lovers
‘Till the world turned to orange
And the room went spinning round

At the age of thirty-seven
She realised she’d never ride
Through Paris in a sports car
With the warm wind in her hair
So she let the phone keep ringing
And she sat there softly singing
Little nursery rhymes she’d memorised
In her daddy’s easy chair

Her husband, he’s off to work
And the kids are off to school
And there are, oh, so many ways
For her to spend the day
She could clean the house for hours
Or rearrange the flowers
Or run naked through the shady street
Screaming all the way

At the age of thirty-seven
She realised she’d never ride
Through Paris in a sports car
With the warm wind in her hair
So she let the phone keep ringing
As she sat there softly singing
Pretty nursery rhymes she’d memorised
In her daddy’s easy chair

The evening sun touched gently on
The eyes of Lucy Jordan
On the roof top where she climbed
When all the laughter grew too loud
And she bowed and curtsied to the man
Who reached and offered her his hand
And he led her down to the long white car
That waited past the crowd

At the age of thirty-seven
She knew she’d found forever
As she rode along through Paris
With the warm wind in her hair

……………………………………….

Originally recorded by American rock band Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show with the name spelled “Jordon”, the song tells a story of an unhappy middle class housewife who regretfully looks back at her life and has a fantasy of living “the glamorous life”.

In her interview with Uncut, Faithfull said:

“…listening to Radio 1, I fell in love with Dr Hook’s version of “Lucy Jordan”. I thought, if it was sung by a woman – or, more specifically, if it was sung by me! – it would take on a whole other meaning.”

“The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” was released as the lead single from Faithfull’s critically acclaimed seventh studio album Broken English (1979) which marked her musical comeback after years of suffering from heroin addiction and anorexia. The single eventually reached number forty-eight on the UK Singles chart while peaking inside the top forty in most countries.

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