E’s Jam of the Day: Secret Agent Man


Today’s jam “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers back around 1966. I confess that I got into oldies music back in the early 90’s when my favorite Top 40 rock station changed their format.  Now I pretty much listen to music that spans five or six decades. It was only in recent years that I started paying more attention to the lyrics. It’s amazing the stuff that stands out years later and you wonder why you never caught it before.

Here is a sample of the lyrics:

“There’s a man who lives a life of danger

To everyone he meets he stares a stranger

With every move he makes, another chance he takes

Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow

Secret agent man, secret agent man

They’ve given you a number and taken away you name

Beware of pretty faces that you find

A pretty face can hide an evil mind

Ah be careful what you say

You’ll give yourself away

Odds are you won’t live to see tomorrow”-‘Secret Agent Man’ by Johnny Rivers (circa 1966).

That pretty much sums up how most of us feel in this world. Like we are a number whose identity and name have been taken away; along with every person we meet being a stranger and a pretty face hiding a corrupt mind. You got to watch what you say and we aren’t guaranteed to see tomorrow.

I had to paraphrase that. I also have to confess that when I first heard the song, I thought the musician was saying “secret Asian man.” The song was actually the theme to some spy show in the 1960’s. I could be wrong but I believe it was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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