♫ Another Saturday Night ♫

I seem to be on a roll of breaking my own mandate not to highlight the same artist twice in a week or two, but this song just seemed to be the appropriate thing for a Saturday!

Sam Cooke wrote this when he was touring England in 1962 with Little Richard.  Cat Stevens also recorded it in 1974, and later (1993), Jimmy Buffett of Margaritaville fame recorded it, but … I always prefer the Sam Cooke version.  I didn’t realize it, but this was the first song Cooke released after the tragic drowning death of his 18-month-old son, Vincent.

Cooke was one of the first African-American artists to truly cross over onto the Pop charts and resonate with white audiences. Cooke cultivated his crossover success, opening up venues to African-American artists that had largely been denied them.

Another Saturday Night
Sam Cooke

Another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I’m in an awful way
Let me tell you ’bout it, lookie here

I got in town a month ago
I seen a lotta girls since then
If I could meet ’em I could get ’em
But as yet I haven’t met ’em
That’s why I’m in the shape I’m in

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I’m in an awful way

Now, another fella told me
He had a sister who looked just fine
Instead of being my deliverance
She had a strange resemblance
To a cat named Frankenstein

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had some chick to talk to
I’m in an awful way, yeah

Man, another Saturday night, ain’t got nobody
If I’d’ve been back home now, I’d’ve been swinging
Two chicks on my arm
Lord, sad weekend
Let me tell you now, huh

It’s hard on a fella
When he don’t know his way around
If I don’t find me a honey
To help me spend my money
I’m gonna have to blow this town

Here, another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I’m in an awful

Here it is, another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had some chick to talk to
I’m in an awful

One more time, another Saturday night
And I ain’t got nobody
I got some money ’cause I just got paid
Now I wish I had some chick to talk to
I’m in an awful

Songwriters: Sam Cooke
Another Saturday Night lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

Saturday night

8 thoughts on “♫ Another Saturday Night ♫

  1. The song didn’t strike much of a note with me, there were so many of those in those years! However, I was fascinated by the cartoon, with the details, and wondered about the rabbit eared TV and rotary phone with the book on the floor titled “The 80’s Woman”… a bit of an anachronism there? Still funny in a sad way, the cobwebs on the phone receiver, and the “call mom” note. Reminded me of Gordon Lightfoot’s song, Does your Mother Know

    Does your mother know You had to go someday Does your mother know That you would go so fast Anyway, that’s all you think about You’d call her if you could But the letters that you write In the faded winter light Just tell her they tell her That you’ve got ten dollars and you’ll be all right And when you get straight you’re gonna come back east some day

    Does your mother know You have a man in the West Does your mother know You drove him from your door Anyway that’s all you think about You’d call her if you could

    Does your mother know You walked all day in the rain Does your mother know How deep your love could be Anyway that’s all you think about You’d call her if you could

    But the letters that you write In the faded winter light Just tell her they tell her That you’ve got ten dollars and your rent costs eight And when you get straight you’re gonna come back east some day

    But the letters that you write in the faded winter light Just tell her they tell her…

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    • The song itself, if sung by another, likely wouldn’t have appealed much to me, either, but I love to hear Sam Cooke … he was always one of my favourites!

      “Cathy” was a very popular comic strip here that ran for 34 years, ending in 2010. It was what’s called ‘inter-generational’ and related to the various issues associated with the ‘modern’ working woman … work, aging parents, boyfriend, social life, etc. I always found a great deal of humour in it.

      I don’t believe I’ve ever heard the song ‘Does Your Mother Know?’ … rather sad lyrics, though.

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  2. Jill, thanks for the memory lane. Sam Cooke could sing the phone book and it would sound velvety. I was unaware he also wrote this song. I also enjoyed seeing the old Cathy comic. She was a light to many overworked and stressed people, but especially women.

    Enjoy this evening. Keith

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    • You are right about his voice … I could listen to him endlessly! Yes, Cathy was always one of my favourites and I was sorry when Ms. Guisewite stopped writing it. I could usually relate quite well to her situations! 😀

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