Every so often I come across a song that mentions Casanova. I don’t seek these out, but they seem to find me. Here’s one called “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood, which comes with a video featuring women dressed for a bordello straight out of Tombstone, Arizona. What would our Italian Casanova think of this? Somehow I think he’d be pleased to still be talked about (or in this case, sung about).
But what would Casanova’s lovers have to say about this? Would they sing these lines?
Don’t let him mess with your mind
He’ll tell you anything you want to hear
He’ll break your heart
It’s just a matter of time
But just rememberHe’s a good time cowboy casanova
Leaning up against the record machine
Looks like a cool drink of water
But he’s candy-coated misery
He’s the devil in disguise
A snake with blue eyes
And he only comes out at night
Gives you feelings that you don’t want to fight
You better run for your lifeOh you better run for your life
Oh you better run for your life
According to Casanova’s mémoires, most of his lovers would agree with the line that he “gives you feelings that you don’t want to fight.” They might disagree with “candy-coated misery,” though the Venetian authorities would probably call him “the devil in disguise.” In fact, I think they did call him something close to that just before they arrested him. How Casanova might have scored even more if he had a record machine around!