"There at the Top" as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook and Christopher Henry Difford....
She's independent
She's a modern woman
She needs no prompting
On her should 'n' shouldn't
It's always bosses
Who wish that she wouldn't
Files in the cabinet so neatly numerical
Makes all the clients so neatly alphabetical
Turn of twenty one
She's looking at the map
Looking at her watch
Bags on the rack
It seems like she's there at the top

There for her service
Comfy red Granada
Up to the midlands

With a taped Sinatra
Plans all the hotels
And the airplane charters
Found under covers with some representative
The deal is effected but still only tentative

Shorthands a letter
Heading on the paper
Slimline her lunch break
Will it ever make her
Slender and modern
So all the men will take her
Back to the mirror in the empress hotel
Where the businessman smiles and the object is sell


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"There at the Top" as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook Christopher Henry Difford

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    General CommentBy the use of "shorthands a letter" I get the feel of this being in the 50s. I mean, who was shorthanding in the 80s? Also, the sinatra reference. Interesting, the song is a picture of a mid century woman working her way to the top by sleeping with men.
    sandra1156on May 10, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningHere's another song from Argybargy with a nice tune but dark subject-matter. So is she actually a call-girl, or merely crossing the line by using sex as a business tool? I tend to think she's a call-girl. "Slender and modern so all the men will take her"? Sounds like it to me, especially because she was "[f]ound under covers with some representative". Why she went "[b]ack to the mirror in the Empress Hotel" presumably was to get herself in condition "so all the men will take her". So if she's not a call-girl, who are these "clients" for whom she's doing this stuff, and what is her trade?
    NAwlinsContrarianon August 27, 2009   Link

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