How to best show your love if you're a rockabilly singer in the 50's? First, claim you might cry
. Or die
. Or commit suicide
. If that doesn't work, you can threaten her vaguely
, threaten her with a baseball bat
, or even threaten her with death
. Oh, you're female? Try the gun/sex metaphor (NSFW images)
or just go hog wild and claim you'll blow his head off with nitro
. Touched on previously
Can't be bothered with multiple YouTube links? Here are the songs and pertinent lyrics in order:
Everly Brothers, Bye Bye Love
: "Bye bye, happiness // Hello, loneliness // I think I'm a-gonna cry."
Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel
: "I get so lonely I could die."
Johnny Burnette Trio, Sweet Love on My Mind
: "The river looks cold and the bottom is a long way down // If you're really leavin' baby that's where I'm gonna be found // When the mailman comes in the mornin', there's a note upon my door // Bring my mail to the bottom of the river I don't live here no more."
Eddie Cochran, Mean When I'm Mad
: "I need your lovin' and I need it bad // Watch it now baby if you make me mad... But don't resist me, a-baby // 'Cause I'm mighty, mighty mean when I'm mad."
Big Joe Turner, Honey Hush
: "Come in here woman, stop all that yackety yack // Don't make me nervous, 'cause I'm holdin' a baseball bat." (It's not rockabilly but it has been covered by several rockabilly bands including Johnny Burnette.)
Elvis Presley, Baby Let's Play House
: "I'd rather see you dead, little girl // Than to be with another man."
Janis Martin, Bang Bang
: "Cock your pistol and rooty-toot-toot // Bang-bang-bang, bang-bang-bang (etc)."
Wanda Jackson, Fujiyama Mama
: "Well you can talk about me, say that I'm mean // I'll blow your head off baby with nitroglycerine."