Norma Jean

Heaven Help the Working Girl [1968]

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The plight of women at the hands of conniving, cheating men is the subject of "Heaven Help the Working Girl" Norma Jean's final Top 20 hit. The song strikes a less defiant tone than Tammy Wynette's Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad from earlier the same year, evincing instead an air of weary resignation. Norma Jean's 1968 album Heaven Help the Working Girl adheres to standard country album formulae by appending a number of cover songs to the hit title track. She sings "A Little Bitty Tear," the honky tonk classic "Pick Me up on Your Way Down," and an answer to "My Elusive Dreams" titled "Your Elusive Dreams." "What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)" is another wounded bird complaint like "Heaven Help the Working Girl," but "Don't Put Your Hands on Me" adopts a more aggressive tone. Norma Jean had a hard time sustaining the hits after parting ways with Porter Wagoner, and after Heaven Help the Working Girl, her chart career fell into decline.

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