random thoughts about songs

Posted: July 21, 2010 in Music, review

In Carrie Underwood’s song “Before He Cheats” she talks about getting revenge on her cheating man by damaging his truck. At one point she says that she carved her name into his leather seats. Just a thought: although the louse may have deserved a good truck-beating, vandalism is a crime, so you probably don’t want to sign your name to it.

(Originally Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:08 am)

In the Jackson Five version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” at one point they say that Santa is going to find out “who’s naughty and nice.” Shouldn’t it be “naughty or nice”? Or “who’s naughty and who’s nice”? To me, “who’s naughty and nice” just sounds wrong, like the same person is both.

(Originally Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:44 pm)

I heard (from a know-it-all that I worked with) that in Eric Clapton’s song, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “if you listen closely to that song, you’ll hear that the sheriff shot the deputy.”

I heard that song yesterday, and I tried to find something to confirm that coworker’s theory. All I hear is that the singer notices Sheriff John Brown aimin’ to shoot him down. I even looked up the lyrics to be sure. Maybe it’s implied that the Sheriff did fire, but it’s not specifically said.

(Originally Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:17 am)

In Klymaxx’s song “Meeting In The Ladies’ Room” the singer declares:

Don’t. Slap. Me.
‘Cuz I’m not in the mood.

And I love the song and that line especially, but you know, the way it’s phrased sounds like there WOULD be a time when the singer IS in a mood to be slapped.

(Originally Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:08 am)

In the Dire Straits song “Sultans of Swing,” the singer talks about a group of guys playing music, and he remarks that the person playing guitar is “strictly rhythm, he doesn’t want to make it cry or sing”. However, as that line is ending, the guitar player (showing off?) does just that, makes the guitar cry and sing.  😉

(Originally Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:39 pm

Not to take anything away from the considerable talent of John Mayer, but I find his song “Waiting For the World to Change” very annoying. The primary reason for this is the song’s message: “life’s not fair, so I’m just going to sit here and do nothing until things are the way I want them to be.” Granted, it can be very difficult and frustrating to try something when you feel you’re not getting anywhere, but at the same time, I feel that only those who are working to change things have a right to complain about them.

For this reason, I sing the line:

“That’s why we’re waiting
Waiting for the wo-orld to change”


“That’s why we wah-wah
Wah wah wah wah wa-ah wah wah”
(Originally Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:17 am)

Found in an email I wrote in 2001:

Do you ever hear a song, and think how really ridiculous it is when you consider who is singing it and/or what they’re saying?
Yes! As I write this an example song is playing – the one by Jennifer Lopez about her being “real.” Excuse me? Could there be a less real more diva type person to sing that song? Also when I hear N Sync and the like singing how they’ll be the one/be with us forever/ etc. I usually laugh out loud!
(Originally Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:33 pm)


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