Digging too deeply: Song 2

August 2, 2016 at 9:59 am (I Overanalyze Song Lyrics) (, , )

Lately, I’ve been overanalyzing song lyrics to modern pop songs, which is like shooting fish in a barrel with an AK-47, and also the fish are really big and suicidal.

What I’m saying is modern pop songs aren’t all that complicated, lyrically. (Except for when they make references oldies like me don’t understand, you damn kids, get OFF my lawn.)

I swear to God, I'll get the hose and spray you with it SO FAST.

I swear to God, I’ll get the hose!

So today I thought I’d dig into a pop song from the ’90s, which is no longer modern, because I am SO OLD. Today’s pick is Blur’s Song 2, which is called Song 2 because it was the second song on the CD, like, ha! What the hell is a CD anyway, right?

Well, this doesn't seem right, does it?

Well, this doesn’t seem right, does it?

Anyway, here goes:

I got my head checked
By a jumbo jet
It wasn’t easy
But nothing is
No

Things start off a little, shall we say, obscurely, with Damon Albarn talking about what sounds like a therapy session with a large airplane. He declares that said therapy session wasn’t easy, which I can’t imagine it was. I mean, therapy is hard enough without having a jet for a therapist, you know?

"I wish you were a jumbo jet."

“I wish you were a jumbo jet.”

Then it’s on to the chorus:

Woo-hoo
When I feel heavy-metal
And I’m pins and I’m needles
Well, I lie and I’m easy
All the time but I am never sure
Why I need you
Pleased to meet you

All right, I think I’m getting it now. Sometimes Damon Albarn feels “heavy metal,” like maybe he’s a poser in the ’90s Brit-pop scene, and he’s on pins and needles because he’s afraid everyone’s going to find out about his lie! Also, he’s saying he’s easy, which means I need to build me a time machine and hook up with some ’90s-era Damon Albarn.

NO ONE COULD BLAME ME!

NO ONE WOULD BLAME ME!

I got my head down
When I was young
It’s not my problem
It’s not my problem

This … makes even less sense than the first verse. And down doesn’t even rhyme with young! I always thought he was saying he got his head “done” when he was young, in keeping with the therapy theme, but now I don’t know what to think.

Now I don’t know what to think.

Woo-hoo
When I feel heavy-metal
And I’m pins and I’m needles
Well, I lie and I’m easy
All the time but I am never sure
Why I need you
Pleased to meet you

And we’re back to the chorus, wherein it’s clear I have managed to build a time machine, because Damon Albarn is all like, “Hey, nice to meet you!” And I’m like, “Nice to meet you also, ’90s-era Damon Albarn.” And he’s like: “’90s era?” And I’m like: “Nothing to do with disrupting the space-time continuum, that’s for sure!”

"I ... don't believe you."

“I … don’t believe you.”

Anyway, the song ends like this:

Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah
Oh yeah

So, in conclusion, Song 2 makes absolutely no sense, and I don’t really have a time machine.

"It wouldn't matter if you did. I'm too good for you in any era."

“It wouldn’t matter if you did. I’m too good for you in any era.”

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