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Friday Song: Eddie Cantor, HUNGRY WOMEN (Jack Yellen and Milton Ager, 1928)

Should there be a trigger warning for listeners of this week'd Friday Song? Almost certainly. It makes gender assumptions that some might find offensive. Its premise is based on the patronising assumption that, on a date,  men will pay for dinner. And was it really acceptable to make a joke about hunger when the Great Depression was but a year away? No, it's undeniable. This is a song which has low- to mid-grade inappropriateness on almost every line. But, what the hell, for me  'Hungry Women' is still an innocent and gloriously funny song. 'Broke again, gentlemen I am ruined...

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