It occurred to me during a recent on car trip that I had some follow-ups to my original Song Headcanons post
Jethrien and I were talking about "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz
. She thought the line, "Even if the skies get rough," was a dumb mixed metaphor until I pointed out that the song could be a romance between two sky pirates. Which really works, don't you think?
(This started a longer discussion about which other songs in my mix playlist could be used in "Sky Pirates: The Musical. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
was another one, despite clearly "really" being about sex.)
Though the various band members and the songwriter have given conflicting stories over the years, you'll never convince me that "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
is anything but a comedy song. I mean, come on, he's desperately pining over a girl who he's never met and knows literally nothing about besides seeing her number written on a bathroom wall. That's satire of the standard "pining over an unobtainable girl" song if ever I've heard it.
I'm not sure it's actually in dispute, but ;"Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
isn't actually about a jungle (or even an urban jungle) at all, right? The "jungle" in question is the dude's pubes, and he's proposing totally nasty sex. (I mean, seriously, "Feel my, my, my serpentine"?)
On a related note, I'll argue that ;"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
is, in fact, about the singer's daughter.
Jethrien got me the new Meat Loaf album, and it includes a new mega-song called "Going All The Way Is Just The Start (A Song In 6 Movements)"
. While there are probably other interpretations, I'm putting it under my usual umbrella of every song Jim Steinman has ever written
, that it takes place between two teenagers in the back seat of a parked car. (Seriously, think of any Meat Loaf / Steinman song ever, and tell me that interpretation doesn't work.)
And we came to the realization that "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard
and "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC
are essentially the same song, just the "before" and "after" versions of it.