One More Weekend

The song concerns the characters of two people who seem to have been in a relationship. The reference to children suggests they are, or were, married. Throughout, the woman the speaker is addressing is not present, so we’re just getting an indication of how he might behave towards her if she were. The narrator continually shows that he’s an unpleasant character trying to impose himself on her. If the first line is taken as referring to him, then he’s sly like a weasel – as the first syllable of ‘slidin” might suggest. The phrase ‘One more weekend with you’ seems at first to indicate the speaker’s delight at another weekend with his partner. However, when the phrase changes to ‘one more weekend’ll do‘ it’s clear that he’s not looking for any contact after that date. The impression is given that he wants one more weekend just to satisfy his sexual desires, before ridding himself of her.

That the speaker’s motives are sexual is suggested by the phrase ‘ride on deck’ and the line ‘We’ll fly over the ocean just like you suspect’. Taken literally ‘We’ll fly over the ocean’ seems an enticing prospect, not the sort of thing to arouse suspicion. What the woman ‘suspects’, then, is presumably that the speaker has some nefarious intention.

In the third verse the lines ‘Things will be okay/you wait and see’  show the speaker clearly aware of the woman’s misgivings since he has to try to persuade her. The suggestion ‘why not go alone/just you and me’ is ironic because the woman does want to be alone, but truly alone – without him. It’s similarly ironic that he says ‘We’ll go some place unknown’  since we learn in the final verse that he is intent on searching for her. She’s a ‘gone mama’. In other words she’s already ‘someplace unknown’.

Just as the speaker might be the weasel in the first verse, so the woman may be the rabbit in the fourth. Weasel’s attack rabbits. The idea is likely to arouse the listener’s sympathy for her. However the opening line of the first verse is ambiguous. The weasel could equally be the woman – ‘on the run’ from him. In that case she too is exhibiting characteristics of slyness in avoiding him.

The fourth verse provides two other indications of the speaker’s character. In ‘I’m happy just to see you, yeah, lookin’ so good’ the qualification ‘lookin’ so good’ implies he wouldn’t be glad to see her otherwise. And the parenthetical ‘yes you will!’ shows him to be domineering. It’s left up to the reader to decide what it is he intends her to have no choice in doing.

And in verse five we learn that the speaker realises that he’s unlikely to succeed with any comparable woman – ‘You’re the sweetest gone mama that this boy’s ever gonna get’. From the picture we’re getting of him it’s easy to see why he might never get a similarly attractive partner.

Overall the song, while, exuberant in tone, has the speaker betray both his sinister intentions and the unwillingness of the woman to have anything more to do with him.

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2 thoughts on “One More Weekend

  1. Great to see a review of this song that actually pays close attention to the lyrics of this song and rightly depicts the narrator as a sexual predator instead of the usual sloppy and incorrect happy marriage description. Expanding on what you have said is the way the rabbit line also gives away his ‘bed and then dump her’ intentions by mentioning that he tends to “come (cum?) and go” . Also, he tries to entice her to spend with him a weekend on ‘his ship’ not ‘our ship’, which would be the case if they were married or live-in partners.
    Thanks for a very thoughtful review of a much misunderstood song..

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  2. Thanks Jerry. Yes, I agree with both your points. That there’s a pun on ‘come’ is perhaps also supported by the rabbit comparison, rabbits being renowned for their breeding activities.

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