Witty Songs

ŠTed Schaar 2011

11.  "Broad Minded Man."

This bawdy tune from 1973 was written by Jim Owen and recorded by Jim Ed Brown and the Browns.   As it did me, the title might cause you to wonder about the origin of the slang expression "broad" as applied to woman.  It's not heard as much today. 

I visited the always helpful Online Etymology Dictionary and discovered it doesn't go further back in time, evidently, than the beginning of the 20th century.  The entry at the site reports it might have been suggested by the broad hips of women or the term "abroadwife," which refers to a woman away from her husband. It includes the interesting fact that the "rise of women's athletics" led to changing the name of the track and field event broad jump to long jump in 1967.40 

Emerging rights and equality for females in 1973 didn't seem to reach Owen and Brown who celebrate an ancient pursuit.  The protagonist's wife "throws up a howl" every time he's "on the prowl" and he's sure his mother did the same. 

The last verse is an attempt to lighten the impact the protagonist's shenanigans might have had on the objects of his lust.  He wants any woman "who's been hurt by something I've done" to know he's "sorry for it all" and that it "was all done in fun."  Life is never as simple as pop. (Visit YouTube [Browns] for the song).
   
Lyrics

I’ve been a rascal from the day I was born
And oh what a good life I’ve had
I’ve got more memories than leaves on the trees
And I owe it all to my dad

My daddy was a broad-minded man
He had ‘em on his mind all the time
I wanna be like dad in every way I can
I try to be a broad-minded man

I’ve lived in haste attempting to taste
Every drop of life’s sweet wine
So if there’s anything you can name I ain’t done
It’s because I haven’t had the time
I’ve got a woman who don’t understand
She calls my life a shame
And throws up a howl every time I’m on the prowl
And I’m sure my momma did the same

My daddy was a broad-minded man
He had ‘em on his mind all the time
I wanna be like dad in every way I can
I try to be a broad-minded man

I hope there ain’t a girl anywhere in this world
Who’s been hurt by something that I’ve done
If I’ve caused a tear to fall then I’m sorry for it all
Cause I swear it was all done in fun

My daddy was a broad-minded man
He had ‘em on his mind all the time
I’m wanna be like dad in every way I can
I try to be a broad-minded man
I try to be a broad-minded man


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