Gigolos | Down Time | Pinotage

Henri Matisse

Music

When does a song about loneliness make you want to dance? Or a tune about murder elicit joy?

Like Mack the Knife, Louis Prima’s Just a Gigolo is one of those juxtaposed melodies hiding a darker meaning. The tune is upbeat, the vocalist cheerful, yet the lyrics are grim. But does that really matter? Does a gloomy subject make a song…