And They Say Today’s Music is Raunchy – Sexual Songs from the Early 1900s
Those who complain about how sexual music has become have clearly never heard these songs. In this article, I intend to take you on a journey into the past, a past of pussy pounding and Big Ten Inches. And based on that description, you would never have guessed that the past I’m talking about is the 1920s-50s. Before the Sex Crazed 60s and 70s, there were the censored 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s and that censorship birthed double meaning songs and a whole lot of banned ones. So, today I’m going to talk about the most Sexual Songs from the early 1900s!
1. You Rascal You, Louis Armstrong 1929
You Rascal You is a song written by Sam Thread and famously performed by Louis Armstrong in 1929. The lyrics are humorously written from the perspective of a singer who shows a man hospitality, only for that man to seduce his wife. The song as a whole is cute, witty, and fun; however, one set of lyrics, in particular, caught my ears when listening to it; “You asked my wife some cabbage, And you ate just like a savage you ol’rascal,” and then I had a thought either Louis Armstrong is talking about something sexy, or I’m a pervert; turns out, both are true.
I found out this little fact on my way back from the kitchen one day. My partner stopped me and said, “Hey, I looked it up; Louis Armstrong is talking about eating pussy.” I was taken back. Really? Louis is talking about someone eating pussy like a savage? No way! I couldn’t believe it. I had to see it for myself, and as it turns out, back in the day, cabbage was slang for vagina, so that’s exactly what they were talking about.
2. Big Ten Inch (Record of the Blues), Bull Moose Jackson 1952
Big Ten Inch was written by Fred Weismantel and performed by Bull Moose Jackson in 1952. The song is raunchy and comedic with a double meaning. Unlike You Rascal You, the lyrical meaning in Big Ten Inch is meant to be heard loud and clear. As soon as the song starts, if you are even remotely familiar with the idea of sex, you’ll probably be laughing or blushing. The tune starts in strong, with its first set of lyrics being “Got me the strangest woman
Believe me this trick’s no cinch, But I really get her going, When I whip out my big ten-inch, Record of a band that plays the blues,” You know everyone’s favorite thing to whip out when they get going! I’d write more on this song; however, I think it speaks for itself.
3. Drill Daddy Drill, Dorothy Ellis 1952
“Set up your drill in the middle of my field, And drill, drill, drill, daddy” Drill Daddy Drill performed by Dorothy Ellis in 1952 is categorized as dirty blues, and looking at the lyrics, it’s easy to see why. If you are not familiar with slang, you may not know that drill means to fuck (penetration style). So, Drill Daddy Drill is a song about fucking, and all of the lyrics are saying is Come fuck me Daddy, in a not-so-subtle 1952 type of way.
4. Keep on Churnin’, Wynonie Harris 1952
Keep on Churnin’ made my jaw drop when it popped on my Pandora station. There is no way in hell this song is talking about what I think it’s talking about. I turned it up to hear the lyrics better, and I couldn’t help but blush in amusement as Wynonie Harris yelled, “Keep on churnin’ ’til the butter comes, Keep on pumpin’ make the butter flow” into my ears. I looked at my partner and said, “There’s no way this guy is talking about busting this casually in the 50s,” yet the more I listened to the tune, the more apparent it became. Wyononie Harris is talking about cumming. In fact, this song is a petri dish of sexual innuendos. I swear the longer I listen to it, the dirtier it gets. The man is just saying, “work my cock till I explode,” and I’m living for it!
5. My Girl’s Pussy, Harry Roy 1931
“There’s one pet I like to pet, And every evening we get set, I stroke it every chance I get, It’s my girl’s pussy” Do I need to explain these lyrics?
When I first heard this song, I thought it was fake. I was expecting to google it and find out it was made a couple of years ago. I searched high and low to debunk that it existed in 1931, but I couldn’t! I’m delighted to know that this song did exist in 1931, and the lyrics about his “girl’s pussy” are exactly what they sound like. Don’t let the meowing cat fool you; it didn’t fool the censors.
6. Shave ‘Em Dry II, Lucille Bogan 1935
There are many renditions of Shave ‘Em Dry however, none of them are as explicit as Shave ‘Em Dry II performed by Lucille Bogan in 1935. Even compared to today’s standards, this song is raunchy! “I got nipples on my titties, big as the end of my thumb, I got somethin between my legs, That’ll make a dead-man come” is the first set of lyrics to be sung, and it sets the tone for the rest of the song. Which is what? Vulgar and straightforward.
Shave ‘Em Dry II is hard to explain because it’s just about wanting a fucking. The lyrics describe wanting to fuck and be fucked all the time. Don’t believe me? Check out this set of lines; “Grind me until I cry, I fucked all night, And the night before, baby, And I feel like I wanna fuck some more” or better yet, if you need more proof, listen to the song!
Year after year, there are complaints about how sexual music is becoming, but music has always been sexual. This list is proof that humans have been talking about pussy eating and drilling each other for decades, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. So, the way I see it is, as long as humans are having sex, they will sing about it, and I’m ready to listen to every second of it.