Thursday, January 30, 2014

Live & Learn Thursday :: Lessons in Lyrics

It's that time again. It is Thursday and we all know what that means. Another Live & Learn Thursday link-up. This week I'm sharing how I am no longer making a fool out of myself.

Life As Always
So, let me start with, I really like music. I love finding new music and revisiting classics that take me back. One thing that make or break a song are the lyrics. I mean, come on! Have you really listened to the lyrics to Katy Perry's Dark Horse. The song is catchy, I will give it that, but seriously. I think they spent about ten minutes writing that song.
She eat your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer
Shawty's heart was on steroids
'Cause her love was so strong
She can be my Sleeping Beauty
I'm gon' put her in a coma

She got me like a roller coaster
Turn the bedroom into a fair

But lil' mama so dope
I messed around and got addicted

Um, she'll do what to my heart? Does he like that she is similar being on drugs? Is she interested in being in a coma? I didn't have the impression that was something which is appealing to most. See, I can't just enjoy the song for the beat alone, I have to understand and enjoy the lyrics. So every time I hear this song, I just laugh and laugh at the ridiculousness of the lyrics. I mean, really - the Jeffrey Dahmer one gets me every time!

But this isn't what has been making me act like a fool lately. No, it was Hayley Williams' Stay the Night that has been causing me trouble. I like the song, but couldn't understand what the heck she was talking about. I have spent a lot of time pondering the lyrics and one day, while riding in the car with our friends Mark and Andi, I decided to voice my frustration over this particular song. It went a little something like this...

Me: "Oh man, not this song! I can't figure out what the heck she is singing about. I just don't get it and frankly it is starting to ruin it for me."

Andi: "Um, what are you talking about?"

Me: "What do you mean, what am I talking about? The lyrics go, are you gonna stay the night, doesn't mean without the lights... what on earth does that mean? Is she offering to keep a nightlight on for the guy - trying to act like she's cool with his fear of the dark? Is she trying to say that she won't move forward in their relationship without Jesus Christ playing a bigger role? Does staying the night need to have a lumination qualifier on it? Doesn't mean without the lights, what is that all about?"

Andi: "Um, Jess, the lyrics are doesn't mean we are bound for life."

Silence for a minute or two.

Me: "Oh, well thank goodness. That makes much more sense. I feel like an idiot."

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I have misheard the lyrics to songs and I am sure it won't be the last time! So don't be surprised if you are ridding in the car with me and you hear me belt out grew up on Mexican Rugby or doesn't mean with out the lights; I just like my lyrics better!

Be sure to stop by the link up and see what other lessons are being shared today!



  1. HAHA.. you would get a long great with my Fiance. PS-- download the app Shazam. Not only does it tell you what the song is called and who it's by (it's free too), but it gives you the lyrics! BAM!

  2. Haha this is funny - I don't know the songs but appreciate the humour all the same! I do enjoy misheard lyrics!!

  3. You and I are 100% in the exact same boat when it comes to this. Stew makes fun of me constantly when he hears me singing along to songs incorrectly. But I mean really people, would it kill you to enunciate?!?