Thursday, March 8, 2018

Put the Blame on Mame - Song Analysis


Put the Blame on Mame is the song from the movie "Gilda" (1946). The song is available for listening on Youtube. Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LO9Ay6v_M

The song reflects the conflict which was described in the plot of the movie. The main female character refused to be guilty for everything. She expressed it telling (singing) story of the lady (Mame) who was blamed for everything.

When they had the earthquake in San Francisco
Back in nineteen-six
They said that Mother Nature
Was up to her old tricks
That's the story that went around
But here's the real low-down
Put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame
One night she started to shim and shake
That brought on the Frisco quake
So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame


The song represented the style of music - jazz with easy to remember rhythm. The actress - Rita Hayworth used a very brave for that time elements like taking away glove during the dance.

Some believe (I read it in the comments about the video clip on Youtube) that the meaning of the song is quite close to the idea of feminism. I don't think that put that kind of the blame on the song is a good idea. More appropriate would be to connect the meaning with a timeless interaction between men and women. This song is also about love, it is hidden between the lines. Putting the blame on somebody means the advice for gentlemen to pay more attention to ladies and then their flaws become the things of adoration.