Sometimes, the first time I hear a song, I get one message. But then I listen more to the lyrics and find a totally new take on the theme. Sometimes my interpretation is contradictory to what I think the artist intends. I don’t get into analyzing lyrics really hard, but these are a few songs that have just struck me because of the story they tell.
Signs by Tesla – This was originally done by The Five Man Electrical Band, but Tesla’s version is the one I’m most familiar. I totally get a kick out of this song. It comes from the era of free love and hippiedom, and initially has a great message, but then there’s something that makes me go, hey, wait a second.
Here is what I mean. (Lyrics provided by AZ Lyrics)
So I put my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you’ll do
So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that, huh, me working for you”
Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs
F-ing up the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign
All well and good, huh. I totally get what they’re saying.
And the sign says “Anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight”
So I jumped the fence and I yelled at the house
Hey! What gives you the right!
To put up a fence and keep me out, or to keep Mother Nature in
If God was here, he’d tell it to your face, man, you’re some kind of sinner
Right on, man. What gives you the right to bar me from your property?
So according to this song, anybody should be allowed to access my privately owned property whether I like it or not.
Like… my home.
Without my permission.
And that means anyone. Not just peace-loving hippies.
Um, yeah. Not so sure about this anymore.
And then there are the songs that seem so romantic.
(Escape) The Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes – At face value, this song is about a couple who rekindles their love by finding each other ‘once again’ in the newspaper personal ads.
Ahhh. Love is so wonderful. But wait… Underneath this mushy story is one thing I can’t get past. This song is about two people who were trying to cheat on their other halves. The man and woman. They just ended up finding each other rather than some other person. But they both fully intended to look for something new and fun through another source.
That does not exactly scream healthy relationship.
So can you think of any songs that initially sound good, but when you start to analyze the lyrics, you find a different meaning?
Or is this just me?