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My husband just landed himself a gig as the front man of a pretty good cover band. The set list of the guys before he came along consisted of Talking Heads, Neil Young, The Beatles, Queen, and Van Halen.  Good choices, eh? Oh yes! I just picked the best ones, though. The rest of the songs however ranged from okay to just stupid. I think you can do a good cover and maybe even make an existing dumb song better if the band members are talented enough, which I’ve heard they are. So really, I am not dissing the band…because as of last weekend, my husband has been a part of it :)

Anyway, one of the more irritating songs that was on the list was “Got You Where I Want You” by the Flys. Besides being painful aurally (ugh, that sexy voice…NOT.), I’d like to take the first workday of the week (Monday, fyi) to take apart the smart lyrics in the song. The lyrics are in a different color.

Hey what’s the point of this
Oh hey, what’s your favorite song
Maybe we could hum along

Yeah, what IS the point of this song? My favorite song, at least for today, is this gem right here. That’s why I’m featuring it, OBVIOUSLY.

Well I think you’re smart
You sweet thing
Tell me your name
I’m dying here

He thinks this girl is smart. He already has given her this cheesy pet name, too. All THIS before knowing her actual name? I hope we can all agree that “I think you’re smart” is just a pick-up line catered to girls who are beautiful but are insecure about their intelligence. Girls with low self-esteem (Arrested Development reference)?

Ooh got you where I want you
Ooh got you where I want you
yeah

Where YOU want her? Hmm, alone and helpless in a dark alley?

Hey, maybe just a smile
Oh hey, did you know that I can’t dance
Could we talk for a while

Revealing your “safe” flaws? How cute.

Suffer suffer
You don’t get no rougher
Rub it up baby girl
Torture me like no other

Gross.

Suffer suffer
You don’t get no rougher
When you rock me baby
Put your thing on me lover

Might I ask what “thing” is he referring to? I think sexuality expressed in lyrics is fine. There are some that are well done.  The Bible even has buttloads of these references between lovers in the book Song of Songs. My husband and I used to make tons of mixes for each other back when we were dating (and some still on special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays). The Flys are just not clever enough to have some well-written lyrics. And oh, did I mention that this song is just a bit SEXIST?

True, there are worse songs out there–much worse as far as quality and of course, content. This song though, along with the songs I’m going to hopefully be featuring every Monday are subtle at their stupidity. So… stay tuned fellas for next week’s (Stupid) Music Monday!


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