Fashion in Song – Lipstick on Your Collar (1959)

This 1959 hit for Connie Francis was written by George Goehring and Edna Lewis:

When you left me all alone at the record hop
Told me you were going out for a soda pop
You were gone for quite a while, half an hour or more
You came back and man oh man this is what I saw

Lipstick on you collar told a tale on you
Lipstick on you collar said you were untrue
Bet your bottom dollar you and I are through
‘Cause lipstick on you collar told a tale on you, yeah

You said it belonged to me, made me stop and think
Then I noticed yours was red, mine was baby pink
Who walked in but Mary Jane, lipstick all a mess
Were you smoochin’ my best friend, if the answer’s yes

Lipstick on you collar told a tale on
Lipstick on you collar said you were untrue
Bet your bottom dollar you and I are through
‘Cause lipstick on you collar told a tale on you, boy

Told a tale on you, man
Told a tale on you, yeah
Told a tale on you

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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