It happened quite often, we just didn’t quite catch the words to a beloved song (until Google came along and made lyrics available to everyone). One song that I listened to over a tinny radio in the family station wagon was Crocodile Rock. I still love that song “Badada rocking the song is stomping when your feet just can’t keep still. I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will.” Now those are not the real lyrics, but then who knew he had an old gold Chevy?
Sometimes we sing the wrong words on purpose. Kudos to everyone who ever sang: “Four hundred children and a crop in the field!” We knew the right words, but it was a song too pathetic to have ever been sung—let alone on our rock stations—my apologies to Kenny Rogers.
Sometimes it wasn’t the lyrics that tripped us up, it was the meaning of the song. Some of those oldies could tangle up your mind trying to dissect; songs like Don McLean’s American Pie, Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle, or Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4. But don’t stretch too far when trying to analyze In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. Despite the various rumors and urban legends, this song is actually about… nothing. “This is one song out of all the songs that I’ve ever written… that I really don’t know what it’s about” says Phil.
Maybe it’s the years that have taught me to throw away the inhibitions, stop worrying about what’s cool, and to just sing at the top of my voice: “Don’t go round tonight. It’s bound to take your life. There’s a bathroom on the right.”