When you spend a lot of time discussing and reading about social issues, entertainment is no longer viewed through the same lens. Sometimes overhearing the most seemingly benign pop song will irritate me, and I’m off on a rant…
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, I shook you up
And turned you around
Turned you into someone new
Now five years later on you’ve got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you
But don’t forget it’s me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back down too.
She has ended their romantic relationship, and now he’s threatening her career and economic security? Sounds like a really Nice Guy™.
Centerfold – J. Geils Band
My blood runs cold
My memory has just been sold
My angel is the centerfold
Angel is the centerfold
Sorry if her career as a model tarnishes your precious memories of her purity and innocence, buddy.
Vogue – Madonna
Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Deitrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you
Thanks, Madonna, I didn’t know that all fashionable people were white. (Does Rita Hayworth count?)
Sara Smile – Hall & Oates
Oh, won’t you smile awhile for me, Sara
Oh, won’t you smile awhile, Sara
Maybe Sara has had a long day. Maybe she’s in a serious mood. Maybe she’s tired. Maybe she just doesn’t want to smile! Maybe her life doesn’t revolve around what face you’d like her to have. STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE.
Help – The Beatles
Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ’round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me?
This is like an ode to codependency. Sounds like an unhealthy relationship. Why is he begging his significant other for help when he should be looking for help himself? Why is it their responsibility? Sounds like he needs a phone directory and not a partner.
What pop song lyrics irritate you?