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Why The Hell Did They Write A Song About That? – Part 2

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Paint It Black-Rolling Stones
“I see a red door and want it painted black.”
Of all the things in the world, this is what they are singing about? 

He’s not even willing to paint it himself…he wants it painted black.
I think he should get off his ass and do it himself.
Even though the whole thing makes no sense.

(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay-Otis Redding
He’s sitting on the dock  proudly boasting that he’s “wasting time.”
You’re wasting our time, buddy.
Get a job.

A Whiter Shade of Pale-Procal Harum
A what??
Must be how a poet describes the color he’d like
when he goes to the paint store.
No one cares.

I Feel Good-James Brown
People write songs when they are sad.
They write them when they are experiencing great happiness.
I Feel Good? Sorry, not song-worthy. Next…

I Saw Her Standing There-Beatles
Talk about a non-event. She’s just standing there. Boring.
And then there’s the lyrics: “Well, she was just 17, You know what I mean.”
Actually, I don’t know what you mean. She’s jailbait?

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?-Rod Stewart
If you have to ask, you’re not. The End.

White Room-Cream
“In the white room with black curtains…”
Question: Can you call it a “white room” if it has black curtains?
I say “NO.”

Watching The Detectives-Elvis Costello
Why would you watch the detectives?
You don’t trust them?
Don’t think they can get the job done?
I say give them a chance.

A Horse With No Name-America
Forget that the horse has no name. I’ll save that for another day.
The man in the song is on a journey in the desert
and these are the words he uses to describe his surroundings:
“There were plants and birds and rocks and things…”
Poetry that touches the soul.

Missed Part 1 of “Why The Hell Did They Write A Song About That?”…


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