Song of the Day, April 3: Laugh You Out the House by Everything But the Girl

EBTGLaughToday’s song is Laugh You Out the House by Everything But the Girl. It was recorded after their U.K. debut album, Eden, and first included on their eponymous U.S. debut. The music fits the light, acoustic jazz mode of their early work but includes darker, biting lyrics.

Vocalist Tracey Thorn wrote the song as a dissection of gender roles. It opens with a warning to young men to be tough and unemotional and then suggests that women must be quiet (but manipulative) to succeed. Delivered in her clear, bright style, it carries a nice edge with just a little menace as she wades into the harder verses.

Times are tough and that’s no way to live.
Well you may be right but I don’t like your alternative,
And times like these they sort the boys out from the men,
And down here with the girls is where I end up again.

And all this talk of love when that’s something you’ve never known,
It’s too undignified, and much too close, it’s much too close to home.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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