“First I Look At The Purse” Performed By The Contours (1965)

Contours

The Contours – First I Look At The Purse (1965) #12 R&B, #57 Pop

The Contours are another one of those great groups, with loads of potential, that never got the attention they deserved from the Motown management because they did not fit into that crossover-pop mold that Gordy was striving  for.

The group’s hard edge R&B scored them a hit with “Do You Love Me” and this song is trotted out for show and tell whenever there is a Motown retrospective, especially since it was written and produced by Gordy himself.

But with clever lyrics, that only Smokey Robinson could write, “First I Look At The Purse” is my favorite Contours tune.

Check it out an let me know what you think.

FIRST I LOOK AT THE PURSE
Composed by  Smokey Robinson  & Robert Rodgers

Some fellas look at the eyes
Some fellas look at the nose
Some fellas look at the size
Some fellas look at the clothes
I don’t care if her eyes are red
I don’t care if her nose is long
I don’t care if she’s underfed
I don’t care if her clothes are worn
First I look at the purse!
Some fellas like the smiles they wear
Some fellas like the legs that’s all
Some fellas like the style of their hair
Want their waist to be small.
I don’t care if their legs are thin
I don’t care if their teeth are big
I don’t care if their hair’s a wig
Why waste time lookin’ at the waistline?
First I look at the purse!
A woman can be fat as can be,
kisses sweet as honey
But that don’t mean a thing to me
If you ain’t got no money
If the purse is fat….that’s where it’s at.
Some fellas like the way they walk
The way they swing and sway
Some fellas like the way they talk
Dig the things they say.
I don’t care if they wobble like a…
or talk with a lisp
I still think I’m a good lover
if the dollar bills are crisp
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!
I don’t care if you got yourself a wrap
all I want is your pretty green cash
Bought me a suit, bought me a car
Want me to look like a hollywood star
Money, (Money!) I want money (Money!)
Baby, ain’t no “why”, baby (Money!)
I need money!
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!
First I look at the purse!

You may read about how the group finally came about to get their seven year contract with Motown Record at their website Biography.

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

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