The late, great Dory Previn singing one of her most popular songs. Brings back great memories of the 60s and 70s which it encapsulates for me. It was time when many of us were following Timothy Leary‘s call to “turn on, tune in and drop out”. Women now had easy access to the double-edged sword of the contraceptive pill which meant they no longer had to fear unwanted pregnancy, but now had no valid reason to avoid sex other than the excuse of not feeling like it. We suddenly had more freedom than we had ever had before, certainly freedom that our mothers could never envisage, and often we indulged in one night stands just because we could without the fear of pregnancy. LSD and cannabis was a part of many young people’s lives, and we were experimenting freely with drugs as well as sex and different philosophies and religions.
It was a heady time of great change and I loved being a part of it, but it was also hard to reconcile all the freedom with emotional immaturity. Relationship boundaries became blurred and this song expresses this perfectly to me.