Graham Reid | | <1 min read
This song -- which has Dan Penn, George Jackson and Martin Green as co-writers -- is so elementally simple as to be little more than a pure outpouring of emotion when sexual desire overwhelms common sense.
The great Candi Staton could frequently turn out such achingly real and raw emotion (Me and Mrs Untrue) and here she taps into her life experiences (marriages), but she was equally at home when turning country songs into definitive soul, most notably when she covered Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man at Fame Studios.
Among her classics from this era -- she went on to become a star all over again in the disco era -- was I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart Than a Young Man's Fool.
This particular song (cheating, but helpless to do anything about it) was included on the excellent 2008 Take Me to the River compilation which we reviewed at Elsewhere here.
For other one-off songs with a bit of history or an interesting back-story see From the Vaults.