The other day I was driving to work and this catchy little song came on the radio. Do-do-do do-do-do–well, those weren’t all the lyrics, but it was cute and bouncy. Quintisessential pop. I didn’t catch many of the words. The chorus talked about some kind of life and the words “good bye” were frequent. After it was over, the dj announced the name of the song and the band.
Now this was not a new song…I’d heard it many times before, but was never interested enough to investigate. But since I became an iPod owner a few years ago, I often track down songs I like. That’s the beauty of an iPod…you buy one song at a time for 99 cents. (As an aside…you can tell how old someone is by thier music collection…I went from albums to 8 tracks to cassettes to CDs to digital. All those Elton John and Jimmy Buffett albums that went to college with me are now in the basement.)
So I went to iTunes and downloaded the song. I played it a couple of times and still couldn’t catch many of the lyrics. I googled the song and found the lyrics. My catchy, bouncy, happy little song is all about drug use, sex and death. The name is of the song is Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind and you can read the lyrics for yourself here: http://www.musicfanclubs.org/3eb/3eblyrics/lyrics_semi.htm.
Here’s the delimma–can I cheerfully sing along to this song about crystal meth? I really like the tune. And it’s not like I haven’t sung along to my fair share of songs about pot or beer or partying…but they’re hardcore rock and roll for the most part–not disguised as anything else. I mean no one would ever mistake ZZ Top or even the Rolling Stones as choir boys.
I’m going to keep the song. And I’ll probably sing along. Nobody ever said it was a true song.
What would you do?