I don't usually make it a practice to get marriage advice from pop music but there is no denying that this incredible standard "Wives and Lovers" (written in 1963) contains some pretty wise counsel to every wife who cares about her marriage. The first time I ever heard this song it almost blew my mind! I couldn't believe how much music had changed over the years. If someone tried to publish and record this song today, they would probably be labeled as a antifeminist bigot and banned from the radio. Seriously!! But in reality, this song shows how important a wife's role is in keeping romance alive in a marriage. It portrays wives as being valued, loved, and desired. It challenges a wife very straightforwardly to care about her appearance and put effort into being attractive for her husband. What woman wouldn't want to be all this and more for her hunk of a man?!
Below is my favorite version of this song being sung by Frank Sinatra. You really can't argue with these lyrics, ladies!