They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Freud, 1918

Bertha Capen Reynolds recorded the songs they sung in 1918 in her diary. Try to imagine the women with serious expressions and lovely modest white dresses singing about sex, libido and repression!

To hear the tune, open the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox 1917 recording of “They go wild, simply wild, over me,” press the + under the picture of the record to add it to a playlist and then press play in the pop-up before you start reading the lyrics. There is a transcription of the lyrics below the photo.

Photo of handwriting. Content of text appears below.

Bertha Capen Reynolds Diary, 1918 Songs Sung, Bertha Capen Reynolds Collection #128, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

 

Tune, “They go wild, simply wild over me”

We go wild, simply wild over Freud
with our psychanalysis we’re overjoyed.
Our libido knows no fright
We dissect our dreams each night
We’re fresh on repression
Transference our delight
No dismay we display over sex
And its we who are free from complex
But we know from what you dream
That you are not what you seem
For we’re hep, full of pep, over Freud.

To hear the tune, open the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox 1901 recording of “Home Sweet Home,” press the + under the picture of the record to add it to a playlist and then press play in the pop-up before you start reading the lyrics. There is a transcription of the lyrics below the photo.

Photo of handwriting. Content of text available below.

Bertha Capen Reynolds Diary, 1918 Songs Sung, Bertha Capen Reynolds Collection #128 Box 13, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

Tune “Home Sweet Home”

Thro’ clinics and hospitals
Though we may roam
Be it ever so normal
There’s no place like home

Black and white photo of ten women from the Smith School for Social Work, sitting on steps.

Ten women from the Smith School for Social Work, sitting on steps, 1919. Photographer unrecorded. Digital photo #2042. College Archives, Smith College, Northampton, MA.