Birds of a Feather

Swans love bonded

Some people claim that opposites attract, but I’ve always thought (and observed) that couples who are more alike than different have better success with long-term relationships. Not every item needs to match, but it’s hard, for example, to sustain a romance with someone who craves constant travel when you’re a homebody. And how do you compromise on religion, children, politics? I guess a person who loves cake could live with someone who only likes pie. Perhaps! But the big goals should line up, imo. Of course, there are always exceptions, but I prefer playing the odds. And indeed back when I dated I met plenty of odd men… but thankfully those days are over and I can now simply opine cluelessly from my comfy chair.

Swans are often used as a symbol of eternal love because most pairs mate for life. “Divorce” is rare; only a small percentage of the birds split up and take another mate. I received a beautiful pair of crystal swans as a wedding gift and still have them with only a few scratches. The marriage itself shattered however…

In “My Guy,” Mary Wells sings about how well she and her man go together, so well that she could never be torn away from him. She seems to be singing to another man who may be trying to seduce her, and she rejects his advances by explaining how her current relationship could never be upgraded.

There’s nothing you could say
To tear me away from my guy
There’s nothing you could do
‘Cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy
I’m stickin’ to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like the birds of a feather
We stick together
I’m telling you from the start
I can’t be torn apart from my guy

Ronald White and Smokey Robinson wrote these great lyrics for the 1964 hit. Enjoy!


Written for Jim’s Thursday Inspiration.

Image from Pixabay. Info from Wikipedia.

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15 responses to “Birds of a Feather

  1. I love this song Paula and I picked it as my M for April A – Z. Thanks for joining in. Ronald White wrote My Girl which was recorded by The Miracles.

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  2. I remember reading up on pop psychology and one of the common pop psychology myths is that opposites attract; like you said, it works better when people are alike.

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  3. I agree that opposites may attract but you need things in common for the long haul. I speak with 36 years of experience with the “long haul”.

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  4. I agree with you completely Paula. Being more alike has more chances of working in a marriage. Great song selection

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  5. It seems that lots of birds are better at partnering than humans. Gulls are the same, and Parrots. I don’t know about swans, but Parrots and Gulls live pretty long lives… 20+ years.
    Humans sing better though😉 Most humans, anyway😂🎶💃🏼

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  6. You are probably right. I do think that different personality may complete each other. But opposites… I don know.

    The Old Shelter – The Great War

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  7. He he he I sang along to the lyrics you wrote. Do not even need to listen to the song although I will just so I can sing along out loud not just in my head. And add to my spotify liked songs. Wohoo Thank you Paula. And I personally like not being entangled with anyone beyond how I define it. No more marriage for me or even living together. I get itchy visiting with my mom after 4 days god forbid allowing another human (besides T) in my living space. I like this living on my own. Very very comfortable. Have a wonderful Friday Paula!

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