Lessons Learned: Lyric Innuendo

I love listening to lyrics in a song. When I’m stuck with my writing or I need to build some creative energy, I like to plug in my tunes and analyze the lyrics while feeling the music the song portrays. I have my favorite songs from a variety of bands or solo artists. I listen to hard rock, classic rock, blues, country, swing, disco, and pop rap to name a few of the variety of music out there.

Lyrics are the heart of the song, and I love finding ones with innuendo. Real clever lyrics have an outer journey and an inner journey tied together. For example, a song titled “Black Sky” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils relates the outer journey as the ominous strength of a storm forming across the ridge. The inner journey is about him coming home with his woman waiting for him and there will be hell to be paid, also the black sky forming. The lyrics are very clever, yet simple.

I also like lyrics to songs that have indirect innuendo. For example, the lyrics to Aerosmith’s song “Sweet Emotion” don’t blatantly say that the missy is pregnant. It’s stated, “can’t catch me cause the rabbit done died. Well yes it did.” That song is full of innuendos or play on words. Back then, artists had to be creative in order to pass the censorship of getting their songs on the air. By being creative and changing words, the artists were able to appease the stations and get their point across to the adult audience. For the younger generation, they would hear the catchy tune but haven’t a clue to what they were truly singing about.

Next time you’re listening to tunes, really listen to the lyrics and see how clever the words play to the story of the song. I’d love to hear what you find.


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