Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes, And dupp’d the chamber-door; Let in the maid, that out a maid Never departed more.

Close reading can really change everything. I’ve heard these words dozens of times before. Possibly hundreds. In my imagination, it was Hamlet, post-coital, getting up, getting dressed and sending the woman he’d just deflowered on her way.
But it’s not that. Not at all. It is, in fact, very logical, this story – and turns some assumptions topsy turvy.
The maid in this story goes to a man’s window early in the morning. So early, in fact, that the man is still in bed and undressed. He gets up, puts on his clothes and lets her in. Sure, she’s going to lose her virginity in this chamber but it feels very clear that she is choosing it. She is the actor here.
The guy does turn out to be a cad when we get to the 2nd verse but in this first verse, it could really be a nice sexy story about a lady waking up her Valentine with a bit of Good Morning sexiness.
Also, I like that the guy in this song may possibly be sleeping in the nude.

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