Hit Top 40 Song From 1950s with a Hidden Gay Message: Secretly and Steve Grand Changed the Game For Me
Straight people don’t realize a lot of things with regard to being gay and just living daily life. They take for granted that all the top 40 love songs they’ve ever heard are about men and women, not about same-sex lovers. But we…gay people…know this and we learn this at an early age. The song, in general, has always been about Jack and Diane, not Jack and David. It becomes a way of life.
But in the 1950s there was this wonderful song called “Secretly” with a hidden gay message. There are a few things out there about the song, but I like what this blogger did.
It’s a pleasant tune, typical of so many songs from this vanilla decade, but what got my attention was its gender-neutral lyrics. In my interpretation, the song tells the story of two men who, due to the mores of the 1950s, must conduct their romance “secretly”.
Here’s more. You can even see the lyrics there. And here’s a link to Youtube so you can listen to the song. You going to love it. There’s a radio station down here in Palm Springs that plays it often.
With that said, this is the reason why I get so excited about Steve Grand and his music. I love what he does. I don’t think there has been anyone before him who wrote and performed songs about gay men…OPENLY. I’m not talking about whether or not he’s the first openly gay country singer. I know there’s been debate about that. I’m talking about the music and the songs that he sings. Before Steve Grand, I don’t remember anything like this about two men. This is why I titled one of my books, “When a Man Loves a Man,” as a parody of, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” We deserve a little, too.
Steve Grand caught the attention of the gay world—and the rest of it, too—when his music video for the country-inspired “All-American Boy” hit viral gold in 2013. The video tells the story of Grand’s character falling for his whiskey-sipping friend, eventually kissing the fellow hunk. When the attraction isn’t reciprocated, Grand’s straight friend assures him that they’re just buddies.