My (not so little) red-head girl.
April 29, 2010 4:55 AM   Subscribe

What songs reference a redheaded person (directly or obliquely)?

I know of Air's Redhead Girl and Bruce Springsteen's Red Headed Woman, but are there any others?
posted by divabat to Media & Arts (41 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
"Jennifer", Eurythmics (alright 'orange hair').

Um, "Ginger, you're Barmy" ?
posted by Phanx at 5:04 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Zutons' Valerie
I've missed your ginger hair
And the way you like to dress

Dolly Parton's Jolene
Your beauty is beyond compare,
With flaming locks of auburn hair

posted by Bodd at 5:05 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Beat Happening - Red Head Walking (REM covered it, too.)

Most anything by Redhead Kingpin
posted by box at 5:09 AM on April 29, 2010

um... does M.I.A.'s new video for "Born Free" count?
posted by billtron at 5:11 AM on April 29, 2010

Her hair's red, but it's not dyed -- The Go-Betweens Lee Remick
posted by bwonder2 at 5:13 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Richard Thompson -- 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:13 AM on April 29, 2010

Dammit, lester, I had to go listen to the lyrics.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:14 AM on April 29, 2010

Willie Nelson, the whole saga of the Red-Headed Stranger.
posted by PMdixon at 5:16 AM on April 29, 2010

Songs: Ohia -- Coxcomb Red
posted by mahorn at 5:21 AM on April 29, 2010

Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young?

Redhead señorita
Looking dead
Came and said
"need a bed?"
En Español.

"Icky Thump" by the White stripes
posted by dabitch at 5:32 AM on April 29, 2010

Golden Smog -- Redheaded Stepchild
posted by mahorn at 5:33 AM on April 29, 2010

Dylan's "Tangled up in Blue:"

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red
posted by Morrigan at 5:41 AM on April 29, 2010 [2 favorites]

Jenny Jenkins
posted by phrontist at 5:45 AM on April 29, 2010

I'm My Own Grandpa--"This widow had a grown up daughter who had hair of red."
posted by Pater Aletheias at 5:46 AM on April 29, 2010

Born To Love Volcanos (with her red hair and brown dress!)
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 6:01 AM on April 29, 2010

Vaseline by The Flaming Lips
I know a girl who reminds me of Cher
She's always changing
The color of her hair
She don't use nothing
That ya buy at the store
She likes her hair to be real orange
She uses tangerines
posted by iconomy at 6:02 AM on April 29, 2010

T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game) from You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Two men were on with two outs and me
With one strike to go
Then I saw her- this cute little
Red-headed girl I know
Firmly I vowed I would win it for her
And I shouldered my bat and I swung...

You can probably guess how it ends.
posted by AloneOssifer at 6:10 AM on April 29, 2010

Wow, really? No one has mentioned Bruce Springsteen's "Red Headed Woman?"

Dirtiest song he ever wrote.
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:10 AM on April 29, 2010

Oh duh. I missed it on the more inside. Sorry. still worth playing twice.
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:11 AM on April 29, 2010

To make up for it, Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger."
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:13 AM on April 29, 2010

"Red Head Walking", Beat Happening
posted by Coatlicue at 6:13 AM on April 29, 2010

her eyes are black as leather and her hair is killer red, "All American Girl," Melissa Etheridge.

years go by and if I'm stripped of my beauty and the orange clouds raining in my head, "Silent All These Years," Tori Amos. This may or may not be true, but I've always thought "orange clouds" referred to Tori's hair, which is red.
posted by zizzle at 6:57 AM on April 29, 2010

Fell in love with a girl. Another White Stripes song:

Red hair with a curl
mellow roll for the flavor and the eyes for peeping
can't keep away from the girl
these two sides of my brain need to have a meeting

posted by freya_lamb at 7:24 AM on April 29, 2010

Also, "The Band Played On."

Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde

He married the girl with the strawberry curl
posted by zizzle at 7:35 AM on April 29, 2010

Flight of the Conchords- Ladies of the World

If every soldier in the world
Put down his weapon and picked up a woman
What a peaceful world this world would be...
Redheads not warheads
Blondes not bombs
We're talkin' about brunettes not fighter jets

posted by hip_plumber at 7:38 AM on April 29, 2010

"You're So Pretty" by emmet swimming: He was staring at the mirror put there/ and the highlights in your deep breath red hair
posted by jocelmeow at 8:19 AM on April 29, 2010

Strawberry Blonde
posted by The otter lady at 8:32 AM on April 29, 2010

Ron Sexsmith's "Strawberry Blonde" sorta?
posted by ifjuly at 8:38 AM on April 29, 2010

Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.

Said Red Molly to James that's a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, well my hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Box Hill they did ride

And so on.
posted by lydhre at 8:57 AM on April 29, 2010

Ride on red hot mama!
You sure look good to me!
posted by Pollomacho at 9:06 AM on April 29, 2010

Hefner's The Sweetness Lies Within, which could be interpreted as a love song or a song to a friend.
posted by mippy at 9:36 AM on April 29, 2010

take, take, take by the white stripes

She walked into the bar with her long, red, curly hair/And that was all that I needed
posted by nuclear_soup at 10:40 AM on April 29, 2010

Randy Newman - I Love L.A.

Rollin' down the Imperial Highway
With a big nasty redhead at my side
Santa Ana wind blowin' hot from the north
And we was born to ride

posted by eggplantplacebo at 10:46 AM on April 29, 2010

it doesn't at all count, but when Stephen Malkmus sings No Life Singed Her it really sounds to me like he's singing "no life for gingers now."
posted by namewithoutwords at 10:58 AM on April 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cinnamon Girl, by Neil Young. I don't know the lyrics, but seems like a slam dunk.
posted by specialnobodie at 11:46 AM on April 29, 2010

A Red-Headed Woman from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:24 PM on April 29, 2010

Two more:

Margaret vs Pauline - Neko Case:

"They smooth her hair with cinnamon waves"

You're gonna make me lonesome when you go - Bob Dylan:

"Purple clover, Queen Anne lace, Crimson hair across your face"
posted by freya_lamb at 4:46 AM on April 30, 2010

Faust's Jennifer (not the same as the Eurythmics track mentioned above) was the first one to spring to my mind.
posted by anagrama at 6:54 AM on April 30, 2010

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