Friday, January 15, 2010

Lyric of the Day: Thug Edition

The following lyrics are courtesy of the band Train from their current song, Hey Soul Sister:

The way you can cut a rug
Watching you is the only drug I need
So gangster, I’m so thug
You’re the only one I’m dreaming of

So gangster, I’m so thug? You’re a staple on adult contemporary radio; you’re not thug! You’re lead singer is Patrick Monahan from Erie. I could be wrong, but I don’t think of Erie as thug territory. I get it; perhaps this line is inspired by the episode of CSI: New York where Monahan "plays a former homeless drug addict who becomes involved in a murderous scheme." (Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.) Maybe that’s why you think you’re thug.

Regardless the chorus of the song disproves the thug identity. “Hey, Soul Sister. Ain’t that Mister Mister on the radio.” You remember the thuggish band Mr. Mister, don’t you? They had such thuggish hits as Broken Wings, now featured on an E-trade (I think) commercial with two talking babies, and Kyrie with the word eleison in the chorus.

"Kýrie, eléison, down the road that I must travel
Kýrie, eléison, through the darkness of the night"

No wonder I never understood what Mr. Mister said during that song. It's not a word in the English language!


Completely unrelated to this not-so-serious rant, I encourage you to visit That's Church who is working to help two Pittsburghers in Haiti and the orphanage that they run. It's incredible the amount of support that they have received so far, but it's not over as help is still needed for them and the country.

More information about this is also in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


carissajade said...

HAHAHA I have always wondered what those lyrics were... This post just cracked me up!!

lacochran said...

Greek for "Lord have mercy." As they say on TV: the more you know...

Brendon said...

Now Broken Wings is stuck in my head. Thanks.

It's amazing how much Ginny gets done through her blog; between Make Room for Kids and helping spread the word about the Haiti situation, Pittsburgh has benefited greatly for NEED firing her.

Sean said...

Carissa - Were you wondering about the Mr. Mister lyrics or the Train lyrics? If it's Mr. Mister, lacochran is here to help!

Lacochran - Thank you! Although I don't understand how that makes sense in the lyrics. Is Kyrie Greek for something too?

Hand of Godard - Ginny really does amazing things with her blog. With the exception of raising some money through growing a mustashe, I'm good for helping people get song lyrics stuck in your head!

Israel said...

Yea it definitely made me smile when I heard those lyrics haha...however I saw the overall cleverness of the lyrics, growing up hearing 80s music and keeping up with some newer music as well, for example, aside from the obvious Mister Mister, and Madonna like a virgin references, other lines like "you're one of my kind" come from Inxs' Mediate, "one track mind" (Robert Palmer's addicted to love, I think), "dont want to miss a single thing" (could argue it comes from Aerosmith), "so gangsta" from filthy rich...I thought it was so cool to come up with a song that had bits and pieces. Have a good one and thanks for the blog!