I’m sure you probably have noticed the propensity of songwriters to have taken certain liberties in their lyrics……
like when Marty Balin snuck this little gem into the Jefferson Starship’s “Miracles”:
” I had a taste of the real world
(Didn’t waste a drop of it)
When I went down on you, girl. “
This lyric, had it been noticed by the record company ahead of it’s release, would have surely been modified–
( of course, I was a mere child,
….. and a wonderfully handsome and well behaved one at that )
Most people today think it was a wide open society at the height of a sexual revolution,
But the truth is, this was still a very tight-assed era —
Ed Sullivan almost wet himself when Jim Morrison used the original lyric from “Light My Fire” — “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” on his TV show……
The band agreed to change it for the program, to:
“Girl, we couldn’t get much better” — ( I know, insipid, right?)
but Jim being Jim, well….
…….when he was told he’d never, ever, ever get to be on the Ed Sullivan show again, Jim replied that “Hey man, we just DID the Ed Sullivan Show“.
It did cause quite a stir, and most of the mainstream media wasn’t amused.
— yeah, not really the same thing there, is it?
Mick sang it the way they wanted it, although he was rolling his eyes the entire time…
Maybe that explains why the guy is still around, I dunno.
After numerous complaints, the FBI spent a good deal of money and special agent man-hours in the 1960’s investigating whether the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” contained any illegal, immoral, or perfidious messages in the otherwise unintelligible lyrics of that song.
And Chuck Berry’s “My Ding A Ling” was banned by over 90% of U.S. rock and roll radio stations of the day, not because Berry was black, but because the song seemed to be about masturbation… ( which of course, it was).
So most people would have reacted negatively to an obvious cunnilingus reference in a popular song, even some of those who thought of themselves as hip.
It is buried deep — you really got to listen for it, but once you hear it, you always will.
And I figure, no harm, no foul — if it did any good opening people’s minds up to something as groovy and erotic as oral, well, I’m in, man.
( It always surprises me how many people STILL are shocked by it.
So I got no problem with putting stuff into a song —- or hiding it somewhere the censors won’t notice it.
Take the song “Pearl Necklace” by ZZ Top:
….. the part about her being a “kinky girl” wanting the “… kinda jewelry she’s talkin’ bout really don’t cost that much”
Now, I’m not gonna hit this too hard,
………… but Billy Gibbons isn’t talking about giving his girlfriend jewelry.
Not being into this particular kink myself,
…… and because I’m way too classy a guy to explain this concept,
(without losing half my readers …),
will leave it to the Urban Dictionary—
Just click the link above, and you’ll be transported to a world of revelation and wonder.
I had no idea there were so varieties, lemme just say that.
I mighta shocked you already, so I’ll back off a bit here with this next one.
Remember Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Gimme Back My Bullets“?
It ain’t about loading shot guns.
Actually, it was an attempt on the part of Gary Rossington to complain about the nature of the music business — a ‘bullet’ was an element of the Billboard Top 100 hits, which indicated that a song was rising in the charts — and was likely to continue.
If they took your bullet, it meant that the song was no longer ‘rising’ in popularity, and it’s time as a ‘hit song’ was now very limited.
You can also do the double entendre thing in reverse.
The Who’s “Squeeze Box” for instance….
” Mama’s got a squeeze box , she wears on her chest,
when Daddy comes home, he never gets no rest ”
Sounds dirty, right?
Hey, man — it can be dirty if I want it to be.
The Door’s cover of Howlin Wolf’s “Back Door Man” —
“Hey all you people tryin’ to sleep
I’m out to make it with my midnight dream
Because I’m a back door man
The men don’t know
But the little girls understand ”
and Eric Burdon and the Animals’ “Spill The Wine” :
” I stood high upon a mountain top,
naked to the world
In front of every kind of girl
There was long ones, tall ones, short ones
Brown ones, black ones, round ones, big ones, crazy ones
Out of the middle, came a lady
She whispered in my ear something crazy, she said
Spill the wine and take that pearl “
Cum on…. do I really have to explain these ?