Roy Orbison

By EW Staff
Updated October 24, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Roy Orbison: Michael Ochs

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If you think about it, this song is like the male version of ”Baby Love”: Whereas Diana is distraught because the man she loves has strayed, and she passionately implores him to return and complete her, Roy has just decided that the hot piece of ass on the other side of the bar is worth his time, and so he gives her a quick rraowr and she comes a-runnin’. Interesting, that. And I mean no disrespect to the song by bringing that up. It’s a great song. I suppose I’m being somewhat absurd, actually. There is something so charming in Roy’s unabashed celebration of woman that it’s hard to hate, even from my cold, lonely perspective. Fine. Rock on with your bad Coke-bottle-eyed self, Roy. A