June 16, 2021
Do you ever sing along to a song, and then stop, thinking, these are the stupidest lyrics! They're catchy…it's a good tune or beat or both…but once you give them more than a fleeting thought, you realize their dumbness.
I'm not talking about lyrics people misheard. There's the classic misheard line from the Jimi Hendrix song, Purple Haze, "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." I love the song, "Africa," by Toto. That is "Yacht Rock" at its finest. I thought the line, "I bless the rains down in Africa," was "I felt the rains down in Africa." Minor mistake. Then there was the child who thought the church hymn sang about "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear." Most of these are hilarious.
Those are misheard by the listener. I think the most egregious offenses are those that are dumb, but they wrote them anyway.
There's "I Am…I Said" by Neil Diamond. It has this classic line:
"I am"... I said…To no one there… And no one heard at all…Not even the chair.
Now that is some deep existential stuff going on right there.
My intellectual exploration into the inanities of certain song lyrics all started when "Horse With No Name" by America came on during my drive into Adrian Sunday afternoon. Ha