Deceptive songs?

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    Dec 05, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    Have you ever come across a song that you've heard a thousand times and suddenly realize that the lyrics are in stark contrast to the feel of the song?

    This happened to me with Cindy Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun after hearing the beautiful cover done by Greg Laswell. The lyrics are actually rather somber at times, but you wouldn't know it from hearing the bubblegum version of the song.


    So my question for you all is has this ever happened to you before? You realize the true meaning of a song after multiple listens?



    Here are the two songs back to back-



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    Dec 05, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Rand saidHave you ever come across a song that you've heard a thousand times and suddenly realize that the lyrics are in stark contrast to the feel of the song?


    Yes, though not a contemporary pop song. As St. Patrick's Day approached one year I got out my late grandmother's Irish song book, to play on the piano. I don't think anyone had touched it since the day she died when I was 10.

    I turned to "The Wearing of the Green" and noticed the lyrics. They were all about English oppression of the Irish, very grim and not at all what you would expect of the tune, which is almost always played as a fast, happy jig, popular for marching in St. Patrick's Day parades.

    Which gave me an idea for a radio drama. I had to produce one in college as part of my broadcasting major the next semester, and the script I subsequently wrote was about the struggles of Irish immigrants coming to New York.

    And at the opening of the program, I had "The Wearing of Green" played live in the studio very slowly on a solo recorder, while a female vocalist sang those mournful lyrics, so you could understand each word. And it made the perfect lead-in (so I hoped) for a story about the Irish leaving their homeland. The program was taped and later broadcast in the NYC area.
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    Dec 05, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
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    Dec 05, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    When I was younger, I used to go to mass every sunday. One of the songs we'd sing was "Sons of God". It goes...

    Sons of God hear his holy word
    gather 'round the table of the lord
    eat his body drink his blood
    and we'll sing a song of love
    hallayloo hallayloo hallayloo oo yah

    It took me too long to realize that I was practicing vampirism and cannabilism. When I did realize it, I quit going to mass.
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    Dec 06, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    The Michael Jackson song "Ben" comes to mind:

    Ben, the two of us need look no more
    We both found what we were looking for
    With a friend to call my own
    I'll never be alone
    And you, my friend, will see
    You've got a friend in me


    It was a long time before I realized this was the theme from the movie "Ben" (the sequel to "Willard") and he was singing to a RAT !!!!!!
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    Dec 06, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    Hey, wow, thanks for the gay topic in the gay forum, first of all. Second, I don't think the meaning of the lyrics in that "Girls just wanna have fun" song changed. It's because lyrics are so subjective, who can really determine what they actually mean. The tone of the music is a lttle more concrete. It changed.

    Take this song by FlyLeaf, the lyrics are debatable, but the tone in both versions I posted are the same: somber and brooding eventhough one is acoustic and the other is full on metal.

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