Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out of the Wardrobe

Most of you are probably familiar with the song "Lola" by The Kinks. It is one of the most famous songs about femulating. But did you know that The Kinks also sung another song about femulating. Titled "Out of the Wardrobe," it was released on The Kinks 1978 album Misfits, eight years after Lola was released as a single. Here are the lyrics to "Out of the Wardrobe."
Has anybody here seen a chick called Dick
He looks real burly but, he's really hip
He's six feet tall and his arms are all brown and hairy
Well, he married Betty Lou back in '65
When you had to be butch to survive
But lately he's been looking at his wife with mixed emotions
You see, he's not a common place closet queen
He shouldn't be hidden, he should be seen
Cause when he puts on that dress
He looks like a princess
The day he came out of the wardrobe
Betty Lou got quite a surprise
She didn't know whether she should get angry or not bat an eye
She really couldn't call up her mother
Mama would positively die
Should she go or stay or should she try to get a trial separation
You see, he's not a faggot as you might suppose
He just feels restricted in conventional clothes
Cause when he puts on that dress
He feels like a princess
He's not a dandy, he's only living out a fantasy
He's not a pansy, he's only being what he wants to be
Now his life is rearranged and he's grateful for the change
He's out of the wardrobe and he's got no regrets
Betty Lou didn't know what to do at first
But she's learning how to cope at last
She's got the best of both worlds
And she's really in a state of elation
She says it helps their relationship
She says a change is as good as a rest
And their friends finally coming 'round to their way of thinking
She wears the trousers and smokes the pipe
And he washes up
She helps him wipe
Cause when he puts on that dress
He looks like a princess
He's out of the wardrobe and he's feeling alright
He's out of the wardrobe and he's feeling satisfied
Now it's farewell to the past
The secret's out at last
He's out of the wardrobe and now he's got no regrets
Out of the Wardrobe lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Source: New York & Company
Wearing New York & Company (Source: New York & Company)

Peggy Sue
Femulate reader and ham radio sister Peggy Sue


  1. Wow - I never knew about this song. Will have to track it down for my "Getting Dressed To Go Out" playlist!
    Also - love the Femulate Her dress! I'm a sucker for leopard print.

  2. Julie
    You can listen to it on Youtube

  3. The links at the top of the article for "Lola" and "Out of the Wardrobe" take you to their YouTube presence.

  4. Great find and perhaps the closest lyrics to the femulating experience

  5. I have never had the time to indulge in 'Rock and Roll' lore/history. Is there a backstory as to why the group is named 'The Kinks'? -- other than the (now) more obvious reason...... Velma

    1. ref Wikipedia. A friend of their manager suggested the name 'the way you look, the clothes you wear,' Fame through outrage, this was the 60's after all.

  6. From the same era,1970, The Who sang 'I'm a boy', being dressed by his sisters