OK. Some Saturday Night Fun.
Have you ever listened to a song for ages…years sometimes…and suddenly noticed that the lyrics were a little more graphic than you first realised? For some reason, after letting the lyrics wash over you for the first 10 or 20 listens, you suddenly pay attention and go “OMG…what was that?”
Here are our favourite songs like this at KiKi & Tea:
John James writes:
For me, it was 1979’s My Sharona by The Knack. That seemingly never-ending number one record. Possibly the greatest one-hit-wonder of all time. There was something about the black-and-white outfits, the skinny ties, the mop-tops…and THAT GUITAR RIFF! I loved that song! I would air-guitar to the riff and scream out “My Sharona” during the chorus. But for some reason, I never paid much attention to the rest of the lyrics.
I rediscovered the song when I saw the film Reality Bites in 1994. You know the scene in the 7-11 where Janeane Garofalo starts dancing to My Sharona? Well, I bought the soundtrack and really listened to the song for the first time…this is what I heard:
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind.
Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind.
Hang on. What? Did he just sing “always get it up” for the “younger kind”? Eeewwww….creepy! 15 years I had been listening to that song. 15 oblivious years. How did I miss that for so long?
Tamsin Howse writes:
From the age of 5 I was addicted to Grease. I knew every word to every song, every word to the whole movie. I knew Rizzo had a pregnancy scare and had a suspicion there was something not entirely wholesome about Marty. I wasn’t entirely naive and I’d been watching Pretty Woman from about the same age, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what a “99 cent insurance policy” was.
But it wasn’t until I was re-watching Grease around 18 that I realised how much of it was dirtier than I remembered. I’m sure this is an obvious thing to many and I put it down to childhood rose tinted glasses. One song, however, took me by surprise.
Go grease lightning you’re coasting through the heat lap trial
(Grease lightning, go grease lightning)
You are supreme, the chicks’ll cream for grease lightning
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Wait… What? The chicks’ll cream? Cream?! Ew! That’s way more graphic than you usually expect a 5 year old to be singing along with. The really worrying thing, I always knew those were the words. It just never occurred to me what that meant.
What about you? What songs were dirtier than you realised?
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