Another scene in which the words to a song are key to understanding is in Blonde on Blonde, when David is chasing the woman down the block. Notice that the tune--cleverly disguised as something playing on a local radio station--is Runaround Sue by Dion and the Belmonts, a song of regret at a woman's rampant unfaithfulness.
"Here's my story, sad but true About a girl that I once knew She took my love then ran around With any other single guy in town I should have known it from the very start This girl will leave me with a broken heart Now listen people what I'm telling you A-keep away from-a runaround Sue...
She likes to travel around She'll love you and she'll put you down Now people let me put you wise She goes out with other guys
Here's the moral of the story from the guy who knows I fell in love and my love still grows Ask any fool that she ever knew, they'll say A-keep away from-a runaround Sue..."
David at this moment is desperate to catch up with the person he thinks is Maddie. The song reflects his anger and frustration, as well as disgust at the apparent change in her character--from someone who may not have liked him as much as he wanted, but was at least dependably sensible, to a reveler who'd throw herself at the next cheap opportunity. Like the man in the song, the way he thinks, this woman is supposed to love him, and he thought she really did care, but when you scratch the surface, she was unfeeling and shallow. The change in image repels him almost as much as what she was planning to do.
When Maddie walks in the house at the beginning of I Am Curious, and When a Man Loves a Woman is playing--from which man's point of view is it, Sam's or Dave's?
I had always thought it was Sam's, believe it or not (owing to the proposal). I have started to think it would be Dave's...then again, you never know, at this point in the story it could actually be from either one of them. I'm beginning to lean toward Dave, because of the type of music. That's what he likes. The only times we get an idea of Sam's taste in music are when he plays Sinatra in the car, when he's driving Dave home from the restaurant (the same song Maddie plays later on), and when he plays Someone to Watch Over Me while waiting for Maddie to come home. You don't get the impression he's a pop/soul type of person.
The song (When a Man...) does deal with a man who is crazy about a woman but can't figure out how to keep her around--he's tried everything and he doesn't know what else he can do. It's breaking his heart, so he has to somehow make it clear that he really loves her.
Hence, why I think it could almost be from either man: both of them are confused and both trying to figure out how to land this one person's attentions.
Playing it as she walks in the door is the perfect time, though. The switch from pre-dawn (of the episode before that) to full sunlight, going into her own house after having been free to run around with David, and the fact that the song indicates she'll have to make up her mind which of the men she really wants--all of it brings to point the sense of decision that's finally unavoidable, whether she likes it or not.
When I first saw IACM I thought the song referrred to Sam's point of view but now when I watch I take it to mean both men are in love with the woman and both are going through their own turmoil as noone really knows what Maddie is thinking and feeling (" She can bring him such misery, If she is playin' him for a fool,").
I also love the use of the other Percy Sledge song Take Time To Know Her in Those Lips, Those Lies when Richie meets Rita Wilson's character (sorry the name escapes me).
I think that song 'When a Man Loves a Woman' is Sam's song.
Even though there has been much discussion on this board about why David doesn't speak his mind and let Maddie know his true feelings for her, to the best of my recollection Sam doesn't say those magic words "I Love You" to Maddie either. He talks about 'topping last night' and 'making it official - wife and wife' but nowhere does he say the words Maddie wants to hear to seal the deal. I always feel that this song 'When a Man...' by Percy Sledge is Sam's cop-out way of telling Maddie what he is thinking. I agree that the style is somewhat different for him i.e. soul instead of lounge music classic but it is nevertheless his choice to have that particular song playing as Maddie arrives home from her midnight rendezvous with David. On the other hand, no-one could blame Maddie for thinking of David and applying the lyrics to him after the events of the previous evening. Two men who can't get the words out - no wonder the poor girl is so confused!!!
Here's a thought: over the course of the series, we don't get that many songs from Maddie's point of view, do we? Most of the music seems to reflect whatever David is doing or thinking about, and there are also quite a few songs related to what people in the office are doing.
There are a few notable exceptions. One that springs to mind is 'I've Been Waiting (For a Girl Like You),' by Foreigner, which is looped as just 'I've been waiting...' over and over again, because in this scene it's of course about Maddie waiting for David--and it is, of course, during the hallway scene in The Man Who Cried Wife. Though it's entirely possible I'm missing something, there aren't too many others I associate with what's on her mind. David's character is presented as more of the music buff, and while Maddie certainly has her tastes, they don't seem to come into play as much.
Interesting observation, Diane! Did they have some sort of deal with the syndication rights and Aretha Franklin? That's the same song that they used in The Straight Poop for 'Brother Can You Spare a Blonde.'
Last Edit: May 26, 2006 6:48:52 GMT -5 by funkycat