SHADY LADIES (©Words and music by Paul F. Cowlan)

Inspired, if that’s the right word, by Frankfurt am Main’s Bahnhofsviertel, as it used to be before it was ‘cleaned up’. Of course, the shady ladies and red lights simply moved to another location. It’s not called ‘the oldest profession in the world’ for nothing.  


Come on in, the ladies are waiting for you.
Shady ladies who will do anything you want them to.
If you have the money they have the time.
Stand in line, they’re dressed to kill.
And if you don’t get too close,
and if you don’t look too hard,
you will see the ladies having a good time.

Now just sit down behind the glass and Sadie will perform,
her whole intention is just to turn you on,
she will flip round, strip down, shiver and shake herself around.
Feast your eyes and starve your soul.
Because it’s strictly business, keep your hands to yourself.
You get just what you pay for and you don’t get nothing else.
So don’t go asking me what you came in here for,
customers are waiting at the door.

The streets are cold and dirty, winter’s coming on,
and a voice calls from the shadows, “Hey, are you looking for someone?”
Standing in a doorway, cold, and tired and bored,
with trade-in deals on loneliness at a price you can afford.
She’s a Lady of Pleasure, it’s no crime.
She’s no lady of liesure ‘cos she does not have the time.
And she don’t call it ‘love’, it’s a paying game;
and the hustlers and the pimps are ready to take it away again.
Sometimes she gets drunk, and sometimes she gets sad,
a Good-Times Girl when times are bad.

But don’t ask questions if you want to believe.
All the dreams we have for sale are measured out in greed;
pre-packed and glossy wrapped, ready to take away,
but you don’t touch the merchandise unless you can pay.
City nights are cold, and a girl has to live.
We all have to live, you understand.

So come on in, the ladies are waiting for you.
Shady ladies who will do anything you want them to.
If you have the money they have the time.
Stand in line, stand in line. Just stand in line.