“I’m glad I’m a man, and so’s my Lola.”
For the next week, I will post some of my favorite lyrics – whether for their poignancy, the “WTF” factor, or just because they spark a certain memory. And the first is the from the Kinks’ Lola, for multiple reasons:
1) The whole lyric is “Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man, but I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man, and so’s my Lola.” In high school, I just loved this line. Probably for the double entendre, but I didn’t even know that word back then. During the whole song, you just wonder, “What is Lola?” And that is what the Kinks meant.
2) Remember Alex P. Keaton? And his sister Mallory? And years after watching “Family Ties” was too cool, there was Mallory’s boyfriend Nick Moore, who decided that getting married just didn’t feel right, when he learned that the drive-by-night chapel they were going to use didn’t have “Lola” as a the song they could march down the aisle too. Good times.
So, here’s to the Kinks and to “Lola.”