While I’ve always enjoyed Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket“ I had also always assumed it was a little lewd or racy—after all, they keep talking about short skirts and wanting a girl. Recently the t.v. series, Chuck, even used the song in its credits, drawing an implicit connection to the shows savvy, often-scantily-clad female secret-agent-type character. Upon greater reflection, though, I realized that I’ve been coming away with the wrong impression all these years. Upon closer scrutiny the song not only reveals itself to be downright wholesome, but its subject—this girl with the skirt and jacket—turns out to be nothing less than a modern approximation of the Proverbs 31 woman. Let me show you what I mean through a side-by-side comparison.
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what’s best
So opens Short Skirt/Long Jacket. Likewise, the God-fearing Woman passage of Proverbs begins this way:
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels. 10.
The heart of her husband trusts in here,
and he will have no lack of grain. 11.
“An excellent wife who can find,” roughly translated for the purposes of application, means “you should want an excellent girl for a wife.” The girl with a mind like a diamond is far more precious than diamonds themselves, and her husband can trust in her because she “knows what’s best.” Still not convinced? The rest lines up pretty neatly: Continue reading