Do you ever listen to songs you used to love when you were growing up and realize that you couldn't believe a) your parents let you listen to it, and b) that you had no clue what they were really saying?
Case in point, the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
In case you don't know this song, it's basically about a woman who is debating sex with a dude and wants to know that he'll still be into her the next day ("Is this a lasting treasure or a moment's pleasure?").
Thank gosh the message was toned down (and a good reminder: don't make inappropriate sexual choices with men who may not actually love you tomorrow).
But, it got me thinking: I'm terrified for how songs will shape my future children. (Let's all forget for two seconds that I love Sisqo and Ginuwine, and I turned out okay. At least thus far.)
More evidence: Justin Timberlake. Since I went to his concert, I've been on a kick lately where all his upbeat songs are on my running playlist. I'm a fan, of course, but I kind of miss blonde-tipped-denim-wearin' Justin.
The first line of this song (TKO) is "Baby, everyday you're training to get the dog, that's why your body's crazy." Really, that's why I liked it--it was great motivation while running. But the background guy (Timbaland, of course) says, pretty much the whole time, "She kill me with that coochie-coo."
Ugh. I can't even handle it. And I'm slightly worried about my blog's search terms.
Now I can't stop listening to every song and thinking about what's really being said. Izzy's Fancy ("And my flow retarded, they speak it, depart it."). Jason DeRulo's Wiggle ("You know what to do with that big fat butt."). Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass ("My mama she told me don't worry about your size, she says boys like a little more booty to hold at night." --although I appreciate the good body image idea). And that's just what I could think of in the last few minutes.
Are there any songs whose lyrics made you think twice?