Elizabeth! The Song!

All my life, I’ve had to listen to these pop songs about other girls with other names.




“Help me, Rhonda…”

“Beth, I hear you calling…”

“Tell Laura I love her…”

“Angie; Aiinnngay…

Eleanor Rigby, picked up the rice…

Roxanne didn’t have to put on that red dress…

Janie got a gun…

Cecilia broke everyone’s heart…

Sweet Caroline had the good times…

Mary Jane got a last dance…

Mandy came and gave without taking…

Ruby took her love to town…

Carol had the bells, sweet silver bells…

Brenda was Eddie’s popular steady…

Everyone said ‘Goodnight’ to Irene…

And then along came Mareeeeee…

Kelly got a song; who could forget Woody’s love song to Kelly, on Cheers: “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly…”

For crying out loud, even Agnes got a song of her own!

And Molly got a whole group to flog her…

But the best “Elizabeth” got was Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor which was, apparently, a song about a girl who attempted suicide.

But that’s all changed, now.

Because Elizabeth has a love song written just for her!

Take that, Rhonda! A song about me and tampons. Somehow, it seems exactly right

Having no shame, I would have taken, “Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie…”

But never Liz.

All of you girls out there, who have never had a your own song — or even your own spelling! You Katelyns and Caitlins and Kaitelyns and Kate-Lynns, can have your song, now, with your name spelled correctly!


About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://Www.spinsterbeth.blogspot.com Spinster Beth

    The Statler Brothers sing a song about Elizabeth…from years ago! You haven’t heard it?

    [I tried to listen to that song. I didn't hear the name Elizabeth sung once. Was it just titled? Or I could have heard the wrong song. I don't know if I've every actually heard the Statler Brothers...-admin]

  • kmk

    YOu forgot “Cathy’s clown”–so my bros called me Cathy clown. There are definitely downsides….

  • http://elizabethk-fthnfort.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth K.

    Well now, this is some really great news. . .

  • dufekin

    Never forget: Elizabeth already has a song that she herself partially wrote: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb,” [Jesus].

    And how many renditions of this song (“Ave Maria,” or “Hail Mary”) have musicians professional and amateur composed and performed over the years?

  • Marion

    That was awesome! And really well done too, amazing what technology can do these days.

  • Thomas R

    I would have thought the songs about “Betty” are presumably about a girl with the full-name “Elizabeth.” Although I guess some of them could be about girls named “Beatrice.”

    There have been songs about Queen Elizabeth. I know of at least one song about “Isabella” which I believe is the Spanish equivalent to “Elizabeth.”

  • Margaret

    There is the song “Elisabeth” by child singer Billy Gilman. It is about a real Elisabeth, born with a disability but beating the odds. It is a bit of a tearjerker and perhaps overly-sentimental, depending on your POV:


  • jkm

    I was fascinated, as a child, to read this nursery rhyme and realize that there could be many forms of one name:
    Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess,
    They all went together to seek a bird’s nest;
    They found a bird’s nest with five eggs in,
    They all took one, and left four in.
    Of course, that only scratches the surface. I would suggest that Elizabeth has more variations than any other woman’s name, with Margaret as a close runner up. But I know you are very particular about which of those forms is allowable for you, so I am glad there is now an Elizabeth song, even if it is a tampon apology. You do have a Lizzie song, and covered by the early Beatles no less: Dizzy Miss Lizzie. Not too shabby!
    There are two Joanna songs (Kool & The Gang and Sondheim’s from Sweeney Todd) that make me want to swap out a letter, and at least one reference to JoJo (in The Beatles’ Get Back, though they seem to be addressing a man) so I’ll pass on the tampon song.

  • jkm

    Oh, synchronicity! The soundtrack in Starbucks is reminding me that you have another, absolutely lovely Elizabeth song: Beethoven’s Für Elise. All piano, no hygiene products.

  • http://www.ghpoetryplace.blogspot.com/ Maria Horvath

    Dear Elizabeth,

    At least you haven’t had to listen to numerous amateur performances of that classic “How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?” I blame Julie Andrews. Even my grade-eleven home room teacher, a nun (!), sang that once in class. Well yes, she had caught me crunching on carrots at my desk, but still . . .

    I have no complaints about “Maria, I Just Met a Girl Named Maria,” from West Side Story. The version by Johnny Mathis, with his whispered introduction, is heavenly.

    And I love all the “Aves,” but they’re in a special category, they celebrate our Holy Mother so beautifully.


    P.S. Who is your patron saint? My confirmation name is Elizabeth, after St. Elizabeth of Hungary, in honor of my Hungarian father.

  • Claire
  • http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com Sherry

    And what about Sherry….Sherry Baby! or Oh Sherry…I’m In love.

    We now call our daughter Lovely Rita…
    and another one, when we have to pick her up, Bring back My Bonnie to me.
    and we do tell our son, Sit Down John! and some times…Poor Johnny’s..we say sad instead of dead, but you get the idea.

  • dry valleys

    I used to have a workmate called Alice, and she could tell you that being named in a famous song is often a double-edged sword!

  • Romulus

    The Beatles rock Dizzy Miss Lizzy:

  • Bearing

    About “Gloria?” I’m pretty sure the syllables that follow are “G -L-O-R-I-A.”

    [ROFL! Do you know, I have had hearing problems since I was a little girl (the result of an accident) and I have -- all my life -- ascribed the oddest lyrics to things! Perhaps that is why I love Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. I could understand every word! Thanks -admin]

  • http://denythecat.blogspot.com Brian Sullivan

    When you mentioned Agnes, I thought of Tom Lehrer’s “I Got It from Agnes”!

    Bob Franke has a song about his daughter called “Love Bravely, Elizabeth” here:
    scroll down a bit for the lyrics.

  • Anglican Peggy

    I suppose I feel for all the girls that don’t have a song or else have a bad one to their name, but I have never had that problem.

    I have always been blessed to have one of of the first and greatest girl songs to call my own. I refer to none other than the coolest girl song ever “Peggy Sue” by the wonderful Buddy Holly. It is the only context in which I have ever liked my name and actually been proud of it.

    I have a suspicion that someday my husband-to-be will sing that song to me in just the right way and all bets will be off :-)

  • Jeanne Pergande

    You forgot Jeanne In The PolkaDot Bikini!

  • Sarah

    Fleetwood Mac: Sarah, you’re the poet in my heart

    Jefferson Starship: Sarah, Sarah, no time is a good time for goodbyes

    Death Cab for Cutie: I’m thinking of what Sarah said

    Thin Lizzy: Oh my Sarah, don’t let go oh no

    Depeche Mode: I heard it from Simon, who heard it from James, confirming with Sarah that I was to blame.

    Ben Folds: Sara spelled without an “h” was getting bored on a Peavey amp in 1984

    Bob Dylan: Sara, oh Sara, Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress. Sara, Sara, you must forgive me my unworthiness.

    Hall & Oats: Sara smile. Won’t you smile a while for me?

    Eskimo Joe: Sarah, won’t you tell me your name?

    It’s tough being the muse for so many 70s bands. Oh, and an ex boyfriend used to sing Que Sera to me all the time. I don’t really think that one counts, though.

  • kmk

    But Elizabeth got Mr. Darcy. Not a song, but still!

    [Very true. A man who could make you love the name Fitzwilliam! -admin]

  • Margaret

    @Anglican Peggy: We also have “Peg O’ My Heart”, which is what my parents always sang to me. My older siblings sang “Peggy Sue” which confused me, seeing how my middle name is not “Sue”!.

    [When I think of Peg 'O Myheart" I can only see Dan Rowan, dressed as Dracula, stake in his chest, singing away...Oh, Laugh-in! -admin]

  • Maureen

    Gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song that mentions my “melodius” name of Maureen. Too Gaelic, I guess. ;(

  • Ben’s Mom

    Going to Lousiana for to see my Suzianna.
    Wake up, little Suzi.
    Move over, Sarah. I feel your pain.
    If you knew Suzi like I know Suzi.
    You say that you’ll be true, baby I love you, Susie Q.
    Me and Susie had so much fun holdin hands and skimmin stones.
    Heartbreak Suzie playing with my mind.
    What will you do, Suzie Blue? The day is new, Suzie Blue.
    Oh, Susie Q, Baby I love you, Susie Q
    And my kid sisters’ favorite:
    Yogi’s got a girlfriend bear, Suzie, Suzie bear.
    And my dad’s: Here comes Suzy Snowflake, dressed in a snow white gown.

  • Frances

    Yeah, do not recall a jingle with my name in it. I almost feel like my name is orange. Not a lot goes with my name easily.
    So, a tampon jingle? Well, it was well done and did make me chuckle but still…
    Were his pure, unbesmirched, white jeans some kind of tampon reassurance for us gals? Esp the odd crotch shot when he is in the tree??? What the?

    Then he offered me a coupon. Wow. Hey, buddy, I’m all yours. That’s all I need from a guy, a coupon for tampons.

    Speaking of the shouldbeunmentionedhorridthingscalledtampons, there is one funny line my sister told me:
    If you ever get stopped by a mugger, scream, “STOP!!!! I’m armed! I have a tampon and I know how to use it!”

  • Bill Harnist

    How about “RUNAROUND SUE!”

  • http://www.renees-camera.com Renee

    I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase, “Walk Away, Renee”. Some say it as I am approaching a group of people. “Yuk yuk,” I always say with a deadpan look on my face. Some use it as a greeting instead of “Hello”. It’s funny because everyone who says it, thinks they’re the only one that ever thought of it. All in all, it’s still kind of cool to have your own song. So far, this song has been my only claim to some murky kind of fame. I don’t really want to be famous, so that’s OK! =:o]

  • Jenny

    Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to? 8-6-7-5-3-0-9

  • Judith

    I’ve spent my life cringing when “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry” comes on. The curse of having a name that was quite popular in my cohort (which dates me, for sure).

    Spinster Beth – the first commenter – was right. The Statler Bros’ “Elizabeth” was popular on country radio 25 years ago. It’s a very pretty song and yes, the name Elizabeth is sung repeatedly. Some of the lyrics:

    Oh, Elizabeth,
    I long to see your pretty face,
    I long to touch your lips,
    I long to feel your warm embrace.
    Don’t know if I can ever live my life without you.
    Oh, Elizabeth, I’m sure missing you.

    I can’t seem to find a Statler Brothers version on Youtube – here’s a cover, but it’s not a patch on the Statlers:

  • Leslie

    I used to imagine Springsteen singing my name at the end of the word of “endlessly…” in some song or another. ha