Witty Songs

ŠTed Schaar 2011

16.  "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold it Against Me?"


Written by David Bellamy and recorded by the Bellamy Brothers in 1979, this was the second hit for the duo after "Let Your Love Flow."53  

When I first heard the song in the 70s or 80s, I thought it was a reaction to the women's movement which endeavored to rack focus from the female form to the female mind. I was wrong.  Evidently, the line originated with Groucho Marx on TV's You Bet Your Life in the 1950s.54  David Bellamy, who was born in September, 1950, never forgot Groucho's question and made it the basis of his song.

Marx had an amazingly quick and comical mind and is well-known for striking witticisms such as: "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member" and "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."

The devil, a popular fellow in these witty songs, pops up again in the chorus.  (Visit YouTube [Bellamy Brothers] for the song).

Lyrics

If I said you have a beautiful body  
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I was dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you have a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me

Now we could talk all night about the weather
I could tell you about my friends out on the coast
I could ask a lot of crazy questions
Or ask you what I really want to know

If I said you have a beautiful body  
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel,
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I was dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you have a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me

Now rain can fall so soft against the window
The sun can shine so bright up in the sky
But daddy always told me
"Don't make small talk"
He said, "Come on out and say what's on your mind"

If I said you have a beautiful body  
Would you hold it against me
If I swore you were an angel
Would you treat me like the devil tonight
If I was dying of thirst
Would your flowing love come quench me
If I said you have a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me
If I said you have a beautiful body
Would you hold it against me


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