When I was in my early twenties, my best friend told me the word “gullible” wasn’t in the dictionary. I believed him. I had no reason not too. He was my best friend. I trusted him. Aaaaand that gives you a little taste of my level of naiveté, particularly in my twenties.
Listening to music as a teen and twenty-something I was rather oblivious to the lyrics of music. Unless the song or musician was overtly carnal, like Prince, Madonna or even George Michael, I didn’t have a clue the song was about *whispers* s-e-x. So as part of the “Dealer’s Choice” for Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday, I’m sharing a list of songs that until my thirties, I didn’t know were about…*whispers* “doin’ it.”
Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band) – I always thought this was about the ice cream man, as a kid (which I wrote about HERE). I never paid attention to the words until I was a lot older. Then when I figured them out I just couldn’t believe that someone would write a song way back in the seventies about “doin’ it.” In this funny rendition by the cast of Anchorman 2 there’s no ice cream man, but there is Easy Cheese.
Poker Face (Lady Gaga) – Now that I’ve watched the video (which I’m not posting) I know it’s a song about more than a good poker player.
Come on, Eileen (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) – This is one of those songs I couldn’t understand any of the words to. I just knew I was rather uncomfortable with the lead singer’s formidable armpit hair. When I was in my late twenties I heard some unsavory explanations of the song title. What I read today on various sites was not so bad. According to these sites, the guy in the song has been friends with Eileen for a long time and now wants to be more than friends – bow-chick-a-bow-bow. Not as bad as my understanding before today – I’m not even going down that road.
Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams) – I just thought this was about Bryan Adams back in the summer of ’69. I always thought he seemed kind of young, like 10, to be playing a six-string in ’69 and whining about Jim quitting the band and Jody getting married. According to Wikipedia, the most reliable source of information on the internet, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (co-writers) have given different meanings for the song. Jim has been noted as saying the song is a reference to a year, while Bryan was recorded as saying it’s about making love in the summertime and ’69 is not referring to a year. I’ve read other places that Bryan said that tongue-in-cheek, so, I guess for now, we’re still not sure.
My Ding-a-ling (Chuck Berry) – Seriously. Until recently, I assumed this was about Hostess cupcakes or some other brownie-like afternoon delight – like Ding Dongs. Chuck Berry sure liked him some Hostess Ding-a-Lings. No.