"girls like mom are no more, they have gone, close the door" is the way that the song Close The Door begins. Which I have to admit is a good way to start a song because it brings up so many questions and makes you want to listen to the rest of the song.

The questions that hit me the first time I listened to this song were: 'what is he talking about?' 'where did the girls like mom go?' and 'close what door?'.

It turns out that the girls like mom have been replaced by a new generation of free-thinking un-devoted modern hip women.

The funny thing is that the 'girls' that Eugene is singing about - those wild un-devoted women were from his generation, which was the generation born in the 1920s and 30s, those wild women that get called grandmother or great grandmother today.

This song is a great lesson in the principle that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It reminds me of the scene in Back To The Future when Marty's prudish mother's teenage self tries to seduce him, then takes a swig of booze and lights a cigarette. It seems that every generation, especially of naive boys goes through a stage of wondering why the girls their age are not like their mothers. Like when a boy learns about sex and says the ultimately ironic statement that his mother would never do anything like that.

I want to mention that this song has a line in it that I have never been able to figure out that goes: "virtue was no luxury, it was lust ironically". I give up.

Well, I opened this little essay with the opening line of the song, so it seems only proper to end on the last line, which sort of triples down on the opening line: "girls today know the score, they are gone, really gone, forget it, close the door".