Like many other songwriters, Span uses biblical stories
to make his point. The song espouses that "the woman of today are smarter in every way," because they have learned how to control men through centuries of manipulation. Belafonte sings of biblical men who were led astray by women: Delilah seduced strongman Samson to discover the source of his supernatural strength ("She told them all the strength was in the hair of his head"); Adam and Eve were ousted from the Garden of Eden when she convinced him to partake of the forbidden fruit ("Eve meet snake, Paradise gone, She make Adam work from that day on"); 900-year-old Methuselah was miserable without a woman and when he found one, "the poor man never lived to see 901."
Modern examples include the man falling for a girl at a dance only to discover she has a husband at home. His rebound romance turned out even worse:I was treating a girl independently
She was making baby for me
When de baby born and I went to see
Eyes was blue it was not by me