A dose of fetish. Good friends. An incomparable muse.
This Traveling Wilburys song was written by all four members of the band George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty and each of them sings a portion of the track. This was the opening song on the 1990 album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 which followed Roy Orbison’s death which was their second album and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. The Traveling Wilburys were George Harrison’s creation which he put together out of a desire to play with his mates and Harrison, Lynne, Petty, Dylan, and Orbison didn’t want to use their own names, so they made up pseudonyms. George and Jeff had been calling the studio equipment (limiters, equalizers) “wilburys”, so they first named their five some, The Trembling Wilburys, but Jeff suggested “Traveling” would work better. Everybody sang, everybody wrote, everybody produced and they all had a lot of fun.
The Traveling Wilburys changed their names for Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and Harrison became Spike, Dylan was Boo, Petty was Muddy and Lynne became Clayton. George Harrison decided to bring in Gary Moore to play lead guitar on ‘She’s My Baby’ and he played under the name of Ken Wilbury. ‘She’s My Baby’ was issued as a single in the UK, but the single was not released in America even though it became a radio hit and none of the singles from this album charted in America. Jim Keltner played drums and percussion on both Traveling Wilburys albums under the pseudonym of “Buster Sidebury”. This was one of the three songs where Bob Dylan reached #2 on the mainstream rock charts, with the other two being the Traveling Wilburys songs ‘Handle with Care’ in 1988, and ‘End of the Line’ in 1989.
This is a real rock and roll song with silly lyrics. You can feel the energy in this song being sort of like a locomotive ramping up to top speed as the electric guitars play. Other musicians on this track included Jim Horn playing saxophone and Ray Cooper on percussion. “She’s got her pudding in the oven and it’s gonna be good,” probably comes from when a woman is pregnant, some people say she is in the pudding club, because of the similarity between the shape of a pudding and the shape of a woman’s abdomen during the later stages of pregnancy.
She’s got her pudding in the oven
And it’s gonna be good
She better not leave me
And go out to Hollywood
She got the best pudding in the neighborhood
She’s my baby
She can drive a truck
She can drive a train (My baby, m-my my baby)
She can even drive an aeroplane
She’s so good to look at in the rain
She’s my baby
She’s comin’ down the sidewalk
She’s stumblin’ through the door
She’s coming home from places
She’s never been before
She sits down on the sofa
She pours herself a drink
Says, honey, honey, honey, ain’t no time to think
She’s got a body for business
Got a head for sin
She knocks me over like a bowling pin
She came home last night and said
Honey, honey, honey, it’s hard to get ahead
She can build a boat
She can make it float (My baby, m-my my baby)
She can play my guitar
Note for note
She likes to stick her tongue right down my throat
She’s my baby
The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community. There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Traveling Wilburys song, or a song by Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan or Tom Petty, then go with that. You might also go with a song that mentions the word baby in it. Or you could write a post about a song that mentions the word bowling, or building a boat, or playing guitar. If you would like to write about going to Hollywood, or driving a truck, that would also work.
The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate. This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable. I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it. You could write about what makes a group into a supergroup, or any song by a group that you consider to be a supergroup. Maybe you would like to write about how you feel when someone refers to you as honey or baby. As that would work out great.
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie brings you a dose of fetish, good friends and an incomparable muse and Dylan Hughes will be here next Friday on September 25 with her First Line Friday and she will provide the first line for your post and then you get to write whatever comes afterward, with the length, genre, and structure being completely left up to you. I will be back on Friday, October 2 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’. When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire. This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.