The Bachelor's Complaint
This song commences side 2 of Leon's first LP and as such ushers in a set of compositions concerned more with human relationships than affairs of the world. Out-and-out comedy, "The Bachelor's Complaint" is a humorous lament from a man who has dated 52 women - one each week of the year - without finding a suitable partner. Clever rhyming couplets give the song an enjoyable sense of absurdity, eg the verse concerning his date Jean, who was so addicted to slimming that one day she vanished completely, leaving Leon to bemoan: "I would look risible with an invisible wife for company". The song quotes along the way from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado ("The flowers that bloom in the spring tra-la").