The song, “Sweet Jane,” thanks to the lyricist, Lou Reed, has been around since
1970. The first ones who sang this song were known as “Velvet Underground.”
The recent version, sung by Cowboy Junkies, caught my ear in a romantic movie
called, “The Best of Me.” If you ever rent this, please take my word on this, you
will want to watch the alternative ending available. The movie was released with
a sad ending, one which had my Mom and I weeping. Then, when I saw there was
a “Tears of Joy” alternative ending, I quickly put the DVD back in and fast-
forwarded it towards the ending which is satisfying and believable. The cast
is great, especially Gerald McRaney, who I miss seeing regularly on television.
The romantic leading actors, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, are well
known but their twenty year’s younger versions are worth checking out. They
will be seen more frequently in the future, I predict.
“Sweet Jane” led me into one of my favorite activities, hope you will also add
a few Jane’s to my list.
This is not really considered a ‘word play’ but it is a fanciful journey into the
diverse Jane’s which came to mind, when I was imagining the author of the
song, his thoughts on who he may have written this for.
Don’t you think of Jane Curtain and that preposterous comment, “Jane, you
ignorant slut?” (Sorry, this is straight out of “Saturday Night Live” and you
know who is saying this, right?) Of course, I am referring to Dan Aykroyd!
Here are a few more Jane’s, off the top of my head:
You, Jane. Me, Tarzan
“Jane’s Addiction,” musical group
“Dick and Jane” 50’s and 60’s Reader characters
“Jane,” Elizabeth’s sister in “Pride and Prejudice.”
In 1970, I was a freshman in high school.
Were you born yet?
Do you know any Jane’s?
What famous Jane’s did I leave out?