"if your kisses can't hold the man you love" as written by and Vivian/yellen Ellis....
Every time that I hear a woman cry 'cause her man has left her flat
I just feel like saying, "Don't be such a fool, you fool"
Better dry your eyes, can't you realize you gain nothing by that?
Well, that's no way to keep his heart warm, baby
When his love grows cool

What's the use in sighing? What's the use in crying?
If he's wandered off the track
'Cause if your kisses won't hold the man you love
Then your tears won't bring him back, no

You might as well be cheerful, there's no use being tearful
If he's given you the sack
'Cause if your kisses won't hold the man you love
Then your tears won't bring him back

Now, listen, if sweet sugar kissin' isn't gonna make him come home
Tell me, how do ya hope to keep him to ya with tears instead of song

Just be a normal fella, come on, say, "What the hell-a"
Get his clothes and help him to pack
'Cause if your kisses won't hold the man you love
Then your tears won't bring him back

Love is like home cooking, good and wholesome
But all men need some mutton on the outside now and then
If you find your boy is cheating, do the same, old dear
He's only giving you the chance that you've been waiting for for years

My goodness! Tears won't get you anything, just a shiny red nose
Go on, paint up, powder up, put on your swellest clothes
Men, go and get 'em by the score, neglected girls shouldn't worry
That's what God made sailors for

Don't cry for him or chase him, just go out and replace him
With some good looking Tom, Dick or Jack
'Cause if your kisses won't hold the man you love
Then your tears won't bring him back

If your kisses won't hold the man you love
Then your tears won't bring him back

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"If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love" as written by Vivian Ellis Jack Yellen

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  • +2
    General Comment"Dick" in this song was not meant as a double-entendre. The "Tom, Dick, or Jack" thing comes from "Tom, Dick, and Harry," which is essentially just saying "anybody." For example, "We can't just let every Tom, Dick and Harry into the Hall of Presidents... no offense to you, Jefferson, Nixon and Truman." Yeah, that's stolen from Futurama. But I digress. The reason "Harry" was changed to "Jack" was to rhyme. Soooo... yeah.
    Dinobot37on November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember reading somewhere that this song was originally a cabaret song, popularized by Sophie Tucker. The somewhat dated language points to this, but I'm not sure if using the name "Dick" was meant as a double-entendre or not.
    me75234on June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite Rasputina song. It's flat out blunt as hell, but it's cheerful as hell and it makes me grin devillishly.
    Pacon June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod, I love this song! So catchy.
    Fauxbiaon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is GREAT. its like satire of women and men
    bonky109on February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore this song.
    The live version is best.
    melinda101on May 11, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is the hard truth. your tears wont bring back the one you love, and sometimes it is hard to accpet that. in fact, it makes you want to die. too bad.
    IAmTheEvenstaron November 06, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti love how this song brings out there idk....antigue-ness???????? hahahaha she sad swell
    penguinintrepidxon January 03, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"With tears instead of song"

    are you sure that she says "song"... I think it's sworn or something like that... 'cause if its "song" what a shame of verse... no deep sense at all
    Scissors333on July 30, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentits "soul" not song, I believe.
    Meirionaon October 24, 2008   Link

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