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Ascend Charlie
30th Nov 2018, 02:48
In the Good Ole Daze, there was an element of voyeurism and misogyny in a lot of songs, of which the #MeToo brigade might disapprove.

The Doors - Alabama Song:
"Oh, show me the way to the next little girl....
...for if we don't find the next little girl,
I tell you we must die..."

The Doors - Back Door Man:
"The men don't know, but the little girls...understand..."

Multiple singers - Standing on the corner, watching all the girls go by

Tijuana Brass (I think) - Music to watch girls by

Gerry and the Pacemakers - Girl on a swing:
"I stand, out of sight.... and watch...
...I love that girl on a swing..."

Any song by Gary Puckett, they all talk about under-age sex.

Even Neil Sedaka:
"Tonight's the night I've waited for, because you're not a baby anymore, happy birthday sweet sixteen."

Tom Jones - Delilah:
"I felt the knife in my hand, and she laughed no more..."

Kenny Rogers - Ruby, don't take your love to town:
"f I could get my gun I'd put her in the ground..."

There must be a lot more, but I have heard these recently and reminded me of a different era. The suicide songs of the 50s were a hoot, too.

tdracer
30th Nov 2018, 04:38
I don't know - if you listen to the lyrics of many popular rap songs you'll hear stuff about murder and rape - things that are at least as objectionable as anything you've listed. Aside from a few parents nobody seems to care.
I have found it interesting that 40 years ago, you could hear the occasional expletive while listening on the radio (e.g. Pink Floyd "Money" reference to bull$hit). Today, those very same songs have the expletive bleeped :confused:

Then again, rap lyrics don't bother me a bit because I can't stand listening to most of it...

WingNut60
30th Nov 2018, 04:57
I'm glad you called them RAP songs and not RAP music.

Eddie Dean
30th Nov 2018, 04:58
Exactly TDracer, the PC crowd seem to gloss over women raping (C)rap, was going to say musicians, but that isn't correct.
So be it.

Art Smass
30th Nov 2018, 04:59
I'm glad you called them RAP songs and not RAP music.


I'm sure there's a "C" missing somewhere :E

EDIT Beat me to it by a minute Eddie D

WingNut60
30th Nov 2018, 05:08
Even Neil Sedaka:
"Tonight's the night I've waited for, because you're not a baby anymore, happy birthday sweet sixteen."



Sedaka was only 21 when he released that song. He did not write the lyrics.

Nomad2
30th Nov 2018, 05:41
I suppose in these "politically correct" times in which we live, we should expect threads like this one.

scr1
30th Nov 2018, 07:10
You should not listen to Kevin B....dy Wilson then if you think they are bad

sitigeltfel
30th Nov 2018, 07:25
Not sure if he knew any words, but Roman Polanski actually got away with practicing it, and in the most perverted manner.

Hollywood and the liberal left applauded and supported him.

ThorMos
30th Nov 2018, 07:32
...sitting on a park bench...
...eyeing little girls with bad intent...

Dont Hang Up
30th Nov 2018, 07:38
Maurice Chevalier - Thank heaven for little girls :ooh:

I actually suspect Tom Jones' Delilah may still be deemed acceptable. It is clearly a narrative song that falls into the category of melodrama rather than a (perceived by the over-sensitive) generic denigration.

A_Van
30th Nov 2018, 07:51
There is already a good old example of correcting lyrics to make it "more politically correct".

The song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and was used in the Harry Richman 1930 musical film Puttin’ on the Ritz. It was recorded by Harry Richman and Fred Astaire. Over the years, the lyrics have been re-written to keep up with the times and/or to be politically correct as follows:

Original: Spangled gowns upon the bevy of high browns from down the levee, all misfits
Revised: Different types who wear a day coat, pants with stripes and cut away coat, perfect fits

Original: That’s where each and ev’ry Lulu-Belle goes, ev’ry Thursday evening with her swell beaus
Revised: Dressed up like a million dollar trooper, trying hard to look like Gary Cooper

Original: Come with me and we’ll attend the jubilee, and see them spend their last two bits
Revised: Come, let’s mix where Rockerfellers walk with sticks, or umber-ellas in their mitts

The original lyrics referenced well-dressed but poor black Harlemites who would parade up and down Lenox Avenue. When Irving Berlin revised the lyrics, the reference changed to one about affluent whites strutting “up and down Park Avenue“.

Source: https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/putting-on-the-ritz/

Pontius Navigator
30th Nov 2018, 08:18
Sarsted, Where have you got to my lovely

Even banned by the Beeb over 40 years ago

​​​​​​Neil Diamond Crackling Rosie

St Cecilia Take off your knickers

B Fraser
30th Nov 2018, 08:55
The original version of Tutti Frutti by Little Richard was very different. "Got a girl named Sue, she knows just what to do" is the clean version. Little Richard was an infamous player of the pink oboe and the original lyrics were....

Tutti Frutti, good booty
If it don't fit, don't force it
You can grease it, make it easy

and

Tutti Frutti, good booty
If it's tight, it's all right
And if it's greasy, it makes it easy

:ooh:

419
30th Nov 2018, 09:12
Dire Straits, "Money for nothing" would probably have the gay rights brigade fired up

See the little faggot with the earring and the make up
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire

And as for Ram Jam singing about "Black Betty"!

Sallyann1234
30th Nov 2018, 10:18
W. S. Gilbert

The lady who dyes a chemical yellow,
Or stains her grey hair puce,
Or pinches her figger,
Is blacked like a n****r.
With permanent walnut juice.

Is now usually rendered as

The lady who dyes a chemical yellow,
Or stains her grey hair puce,
Or pinches her figger,
Is painted with vigour.
And permanent walnut juice.

Captivep
30th Nov 2018, 10:19
How about "Wives and Lovers"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ7WT02wFOk

419
30th Nov 2018, 10:22
Bruce Springsteen

Hey, little girl, is your daddy home?
Did he go and leave you all alone?
I got a bad desire
Oh-oh-oh, I'm on fire

Tell me now, baby, is he good to you?
And can he do to you the things that I do? Oh, no
I can take you higher
Oh-oh-oh, I'm on fire

annakm
30th Nov 2018, 10:28
Rod Stewart - Tonight’s the Night.

Come on angel my hearts on fire
Don't deny your man's desire
You'd be a fool to stop this tide
Spread your wings and let me come inside

it gets worse...

Don't say a word my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild
The secret is about to unfold
Upstairs before the night's too old


How on Earth it got past the sensors, even then!

A_Van
30th Nov 2018, 10:32
Somebody already compiled the list of songs that would (arguably) not "fly" today:

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Popular-Songs-That-Absolutely-Wouldnt-Fly-Today

Tankertrashnav
30th Nov 2018, 10:43
I actually suspect Tom Jones' Delilah may still be deemed acceptable. It is clearly a narrative song that falls into the category of melodrama rather than a (perceived by the over-sensitive) generic denigration.


Re Delilah, Dont Hang Up, Welsh Labour MP Chris Bryant has called for rugby fans to stop singing it at the Millenium Stadium, where it has become an unofficial anthem. Reason is because it is about murdering a prostitute. "Flower of Scotland" is about slaughtering English soldiers, but I dont see the Nats protesting about that one! In any case the Welsh fans have completely ignored his appeal and continue to sing it lustily at every game

"I know that some people will say, 'Oh, here we go, he's a terrible spoilsport,' said Bryant.

Yup!

ian16th
30th Nov 2018, 11:34
Verse 6 of 'God Save the Queen'

Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring
May he sedition hush
And like a torrent rush
Rebellious Scots to crush
God save the King

Not often sung at Hampden Park!

WingNut60
30th Nov 2018, 12:26
Ray Davies - Sunny Afternoon

.......My girlfriend's run off with my car
And gone back to her ma and pa
Telling tails of drunkenness and cruelty
Now I'm sitting here
Sipping at my ice cold beer
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
.............

TURIN
30th Nov 2018, 12:37
I don't know - if you listen to the lyrics of many popular rap songs you'll hear stuff about murder and rape - things that are at least as objectionable as anything you've listed. Aside from a few parents nobody seems to care.
I have found it interesting that 40 years ago, you could hear the occasional expletive while listening on the radio (e.g. Pink Floyd "Money" reference to bull$hit). Today, those very same songs have the expletive bleeped :confused:

Then again, rap lyrics don't bother me a bit because I can't stand listening to most of it...


If you want to hear songs in their original unedited format have a look here...Primordial Radio (https://primordialradio.com/)

A handful of blokes who got so totally hacked off with the current batch of commercial rock stations they crowd funded their own and are trying to build the brand. With an emphasis on no adverts and music choices by the listeners paramount. Check it out. Beware though, adult content and language. Your mother won't like it.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwTYMIImPAEcfKFQt_njULA

tow1709
30th Nov 2018, 13:12
Always thought Gilbert O'Sullvan's "Clare" or "Clair"(?) from 1972 a bit disturbing.

teeteringhead
30th Nov 2018, 14:31
And the second (?) verse of "The Sun has got his Hat on"

He's been tanning n*****s
Out in Timbuktu
Now he's coming over here
To do the same for you!

Turbine D
30th Nov 2018, 15:04
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/42174147_1950512444986721_8423671112277164032_n.jpg?_nc_cat= 1&oh=a7963c907ff09092f3e9c1064e0ad580&oe=5C179827

Saintsman
30th Nov 2018, 15:09
Re Delilah, Dont Hang Up, Welsh Labour MP Chris Bryant has called for rugby fans to stop singing it at the Millenium Stadium, where it has become an unofficial anthem. Reason is because it is about murdering a prostitute. "Flower of Scotland" is about slaughtering English soldiers, but I dont see the Nats protesting about that one! In any case the Welsh fans have completely ignored his appeal and continue to sing it lustily at every game

"I know that some people will say, 'Oh, here we go, he's a terrible spoilsport,' said Bryant.

Yup!

At least Delilah is relatively tame compared to some of the rugby songs that could be sung!

charliegolf
30th Nov 2018, 15:15
I actually suspect Tom Jones' Delilah may still be deemed acceptable. It is clearly a narrative song that falls into the category of melodrama rather than a (perceived by the over-sensitive) generic denigration.

That didn't stop the fluffies trying to ban it from being sung at Cardiff Arms Park* during international games. They failed- and it got louder!

CG

* The Principality Stadium :yuk:

PS, there was a big gap after the last message on my screen, so I thought this post was number 13!

A_Van
30th Nov 2018, 15:43
A kind of a "reversed" example.

A well-known song from Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin: "Je t'aime.... moi non plus" (1969). It was banned from radio in Spain, Sweden, the UK, Italy, etc. Even in France it was banned before 11 pm and also Vatican made a special (negative) statement (thus making a huge PR to the couple).

It appears that with the current world-wide sabbath of all those LGBTs and likes, the lyrics of this song is quite innocent :-)
.....
Tu va, tu va et tu viens
Entre mes reins
Tu vas et tu viens
Entre mes reins
Et je te rejoins
.....
And though Jane was (softly) simulating orgasm in the end, many current female tennis players shout much more loud :-)

Davidsoffice
30th Nov 2018, 16:49
Peak through the bathroom door.....
See your sister in the raw......

CCS

KelvinD
30th Nov 2018, 17:11
David "Did you ever, did you ever". A great song. Wasn't it all about plumbing?

BehindBlueEyes
30th Nov 2018, 17:34
Lola by The Kinks.

Wouldnt it be offensive nowadays to LGBTs?

Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walk like a woman and talk like a man
Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

old,not bold
30th Nov 2018, 18:26
Sooner or later, in a thread about songs which might today cause exaggerated outrage, the name Jake Thackery must turn up. As it now has.

If you are too young to have heard him before, listen to all his songs. Here's just one;

The Gorilla.

.

Dutystude
30th Nov 2018, 18:32
Try singing this:

”Climb upon my knee Sonny Boy.
Though you’re only three Sonny Boy”

Perfectly innocent 60 years ago on the old 78. Very dark now.

But for dark how about Paint it Black by the Stones.

“I see a red door and I want it painted black.
No colours anymore I want to turn it black
I see the girls go by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes”

gileraguy
30th Nov 2018, 18:54
Kinda wrong now:

" She was just seventeen, you know what I mean, and the way she looked was way beyond compare..."

-Beatles

Even more wrong...

"Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight (as your eyes tonight) (Oh)
Blow out the candles, make your wish come true
For I'll be wishing that you love me, too (that you love me, too)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen (you're my queen)
You're the prettiest, loveliest girl I've ever seen (I've ever seen) (OH!)
Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so (for I love you so)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen (you're my queen)
Oh, you're the prettiest, loveliest girl I've ever seen (I've ever seen) (OH!)"

-Jerry Lee Lewis

BehindBlueEyes
30th Nov 2018, 19:15
Kinda wrong now:

" She was just seventeen, you know what I mean, and the way she looked was way beyond compare..."

-Beatles

Even more wrong...

"Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight (as your eyes tonight) (Oh)
Blow out the candles, make your wish come true
For I'll be wishing that you love me, too (that you love me, too)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen (you're my queen)
You're the prettiest, loveliest girl I've ever seen (I've ever seen) (OH!)
Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so (for I love you so)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen (you're my queen)
Oh, you're the prettiest, loveliest girl I've ever seen (I've ever seen) (OH!)"

-Jerry Lee Lewis

JLL didn’t even wait until they were 16!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1021569/Great-Balls-Scandal-How-Jerry-Lee-Lewis-marriage-13-year-old-wrecked-career.html

Buster15
30th Nov 2018, 19:29
Somebody already compiled the list of songs that would (arguably) not "fly" today:

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Popular-Songs-That-Absolutely-Wouldnt-Fly-Today

Listen to Hurricane by Bob Dylan.
Not only a brilliant song about Ruben Carter the boxer but there is a line - the black folks thought he was just a crazy N word.

Just in case you don't understand, the next line has the rhyming word - trigger....
Fantastic song which makes no apology to race.

Mac the Knife
30th Nov 2018, 20:14
The number of marvelous songs, poems, books and films that could now not be published/read/filmed now is huge.
We're nearly back in the days when Ulysses, Lolita and Lady Chatterley's Lover were banned.

Actually, it's worse, 'cos it only needs one snowflake to raise a snowstorm.

So glad I had the chance to experience the world in the raw, before it was wrapped in cellophane

Mac

Cheerio
30th Nov 2018, 20:19
Or as Mungo Jerry said in the Summertime....

'Have a drink, have a drive,
go out and see what you can find'

CloudHound
30th Nov 2018, 22:00
And from the same lyrics

'If her daddy's rich take her out for a meal
If her daddy's poor just do what you feel'

WingNut60
30th Nov 2018, 23:27
Just about anything by Leonard Cohen

Ogre
30th Nov 2018, 23:37
Pink Floyd, The Wall,

In the flesh -
"Are there any queers in the audience tonight?
Get them up against the wall"

Waiting for the worms -
"Waiting to turn on the showers and fire up the ovens
Waiting for the queers and the coons and the reds and jews"

Yet if you listen to Roger Waters you wouldn't believe he wrote these 40 years ago

YPJT
1st Dec 2018, 02:25
UB-40 looking in your big brown eyes.
Girl I want to make you sweat, sweat till you can't sweat no more, and if you crie out, I'm gonna push it some more.
Girl I wanna make you sweat, sweat till you can't sweat no more, and if you crie out, I'm gonna push it, push it, push it, some more.(a lalalalom 4x)

Or Dr Hook,
She was only 16.......

tdracer
1st Dec 2018, 04:21
Dire Straits, "Money for nothing" would probably have the gay rights brigade fired up
Dire Straits, "Money for nothing" would probably have the gay rights brigade fired upQuote:See the little faggot with the earring and the make up
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire
So do the Brits still serve the dish "faggots and beans"?

cdtaylor_nats
1st Dec 2018, 07:44
Roy Orbison

I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?

TURIN
1st Dec 2018, 09:55
Roy Orbison

I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?


Well it was originally performed by Cyndi Lauper so yeah, I suppose so.

TURIN
1st Dec 2018, 10:04
The number of marvelous songs, poems, books and films that could now not be published/read/filmed now is huge.
We're nearly back in the days when Ulysses, Lolita and Lady Chatterley's Lover were banned.

Actually, it's worse, 'cos it only needs one snowflake to raise a snowstorm.

So glad I had the chance to experience the world in the raw, before it was wrapped in cellophane

Mac

Seriously?
Almost all the songs listed above get regular airplay on national radio, unedited.

Bands are still writing and performing lewd lyrics. Go to any rock gig and you will find them, Whether you can understand them is debatable.
Here's one. Community Property by Steel Panther. Yes they are a parody of 80s Hair Metal bands.
WARNING! Explicit.
A local commercial radio station in Manchester used to play this with so many bleeps it became easier to just listen to the unedited version.

TURIN
1st Dec 2018, 10:07
Pink Floyd, The Wall,

In the flesh -
"Are there any queers in the audience tonight?
Get them up against the wall"

Waiting for the worms -
"Waiting to turn on the showers and fire up the ovens
Waiting for the queers and the coons and the reds and jews"

Yet if you listen to Roger Waters you wouldn't believe he wrote these 40 years ago

Context, dear boy, context. He still performs these songs during his Solo gigs. They are arguably more relevant now than they were then.

Pinky the pilot
1st Dec 2018, 11:03
I note that the OP asked,

"Would these songs be acceptable if written today"
and I note that no-one really appears to directly answer the question, so my comment is;

Almost certainly not!:=:{:ugh:

krismiler
1st Dec 2018, 15:16
My ding-a-ling by Chuck Berry wasn't even acceptable in 1973 let alone 2018. Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was pushing boundaries a bit in 1984 and would probably be banned today.

TV programs from the 1970s show how different attitudes were back then.

cavuman1
1st Dec 2018, 15:44
How about The Kingsmen's Louie, Louie? Not until I visited a misheard lyrics site did I finally untangle the apparent obscenity of the actual verbiage. From Wikipedia:

The Kingsmen's recording was the subject of an FBI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation) investigation about the supposed, but nonexistent, obscenity of the lyrics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen#Examples), an investigation that ended without prosecution.[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Louie#cite_note-TSG-3) Ironically, the recording notably includes the drummer yelling "F*ck!" after dropping his drumstick at the 0:54 mark.

- Ed

treadigraph
1st Dec 2018, 16:32
Relax was banned wasn't it?

Miracles by Jefferson Starship has a line with words something like "when I went down on you".

SpringHeeledJack
1st Dec 2018, 18:43
When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard.........

SpringHeeledJack
1st Dec 2018, 18:50
Pull up to the bumper baby, in your long black limousine ......

scr1
1st Dec 2018, 18:57
Baby its cold outside has been banned by a radio station

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46413209

this is a lot older than the songs we have been talking about

SWBKCB
1st Dec 2018, 20:21
There's a current advert in the UK where a father says to his daughter "this is daddy's favourite song..." - "Ooh La La" by Rod Stewart.

It contains the lyrics
"When you want her lips, you get her cheek
Makes you wonder where you are
If you want some more then she's fast asleep
you're just twinkling with the stars."

Pontius Navigator
1st Dec 2018, 22:26
So do the Brits still serve the dish "faggots and beans"?
Yup.

Also put faggots on a fire. There are probably still fags at school but it is more difficult to get fags if you are under 18.

treadigraph
1st Dec 2018, 23:27
Yup.

Also put faggots on a fire. There are probably still fags at school but it is more difficult to get fags if you are under 18.
I couldn't be fagged to answer the question! 😊

krismiler
2nd Dec 2018, 00:03
Relax was banned wasn't it?

Initially the BBC refused to play it but eventually relented as the commercial radio stations were playing it, as were couple of BBC DJs on late night radio. Eventually the ban was lifted and the song was aired on Christmas day Top of the Pops.

treadigraph
2nd Dec 2018, 00:07
Thanks kris, probably should have been banned simply cos it was utter rubbish! 😂

IFMU
2nd Dec 2018, 03:48
The Knack - My Sharona
Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind
I always get it up, for the touch of the younger kind
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa!
M-m-m-my Sharona

https://youtu.be/BR2JtsVumFA

Eddie Dean
2nd Dec 2018, 07:01
My Sharona. The most puerile disgusting song by a crap band.

Meldrew
2nd Dec 2018, 09:31
Steve Forbert’s song “Schoolgirl”should be renamed “The Paedophile Song”

tdracer
2nd Dec 2018, 09:40
Yup.

Also put faggots on a fire. There are probably still fags at school but it is more difficult to get fags if you are under 18.

OK, I'll bite - what are 'faggots on a fire'?
I have to admit I did a pretty good double-take when I saw "faggots and beans" on a food truck menu while attending the British Grand Prix at Silverstone (1989) - while I know there are several definitions for 'fag' or 'faggot' - none of them would be particularly appetizing... I had to ask the bus driver what they were :rolleyes:
Severe thread drift, but Silverstone had the absolute worst track food of any race track I've ever visited - by a considerable margin :yuk:

BehindBlueEyes
2nd Dec 2018, 09:42
What about the cleanest pop group in the world?

Abba - Does your Mother Know?

You're so hot, teasing me
So you're blue, but I can't take a chance on a chick like you
That's something I couldn't do
There's that look in your eyes
I can read in your face that your feelings are driving you wild
Ah, but girl, you're only a child.

I can see what you want
But you seem pretty young to be searching for that kind of fun
So maybe I'm not the one
Now you're so cute, I like your style
And I know what you mean when you give me a flash of that smile
Smile, but girl, you're only a child

krismiler
2nd Dec 2018, 10:25
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", either the Beatles or Elton John version. Though LSD use isn't as prevalent today as it was in the 1960/70s.

Tankertrashnav
2nd Dec 2018, 11:00
tdracer - in the sense that still confuses you faggots are bundles of thin sticks used as firewood. As regards the edible type, one of the most popular brands is "Brains Faggotts" which is actually named after Mr Brain, the Bristol butcher who owns the company, and not the ingredients!

Discorde
2nd Dec 2018, 12:17
Bill Haley (of Comets fame) remarked that white singers were usually required to sing sanitised versions of black rock'n'roll songs. He pointed out a line in 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' that the censors missed when it was obvious what it referred to:

'I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a sea-food store'

The lyrics in 'Bread and Butter' by the Newbeats are also not without innuendo.

A_Van
2nd Dec 2018, 15:45
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", either the Beatles or Elton John version. Though LSD use isn't as prevalent today as it was in the 1960/70s.

No. You may check with many sources including WiKi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_in_the_Sky_with_Diamonds

Indeed, shortly after the song's release, speculation arose that the first letter of each of the title nouns intentionally spelled "LSD". It was Lennon's son Julian who allegedly inspired the song with a nursery school drawing that he called "Lucy – in the sky with diamonds". Lennon repeatedly denied that he had intended it as a drug song, although he got the inspiration from an LSD trip, insisting that its fantastical imagery was inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland books, a claim that has been confirmed by Paul McCartney.

krismiler
2nd Dec 2018, 16:10
"Well he would say that wouldn't he." As Mandy Rice Davis is misquoted as saying during the trial of Stephen Ward (Profumo scandal).

I can't see either the Beatles or Elton John wanting to affect record sales by admitting to promoting class "A" drug use. The inspiration behind the song is abundantly clear.

treadigraph
2nd Dec 2018, 17:25
The Association's "Along Comes Mary" is supposedly about marijuana...

BAengineer
2nd Dec 2018, 17:37
Not sure about song lyrics, but the Scorpions album cover for their 'Virgin Killers' LP would be banned - in fact I think it currently is..

Pontius Navigator
2nd Dec 2018, 17:38
OK, I'll bite - what are 'faggots on a fire'?

ISometimes called a short faggot, a faggot of sticks equals a bundle of wood sticks or billets that is 3 feet (0.91 m) in length and 2 feet (0.61 m) in circumference. The measurement was standardised in ordinances by 1474. A small short faggot was also called a nicket.

India Four Two
2nd Dec 2018, 19:26
Roll It Over by Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton)

Roll it over, let's take it from behind.
Roll it over, let's take it from behind.
It's only love, God knows it ain't no crime.

Xenophon
2nd Dec 2018, 20:50
Muddy Waters / Yardbirds : " Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" . Pure filth .

barry lloyd
2nd Dec 2018, 21:52
Have the contributors to PPRuNe missed the most controversial of all Beatle lyrics?

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
A four of fish and finger pies
In summer. Meanwhile back
Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout
The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray

WingNut60
2nd Dec 2018, 22:52
And let's not forget Mr Zappa and his "Catholic Girls"

Here's a link - Catholic Girls (https://www.letssingit.com/frank-zappa-lyrics-catholic-girls-nbmstlj)
No point quoting the lyrics when the whole lot would have to be bleeped.

krismiler
3rd Dec 2018, 00:00
Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”

Come out Virginia, don't let 'em wait
You Catholic girls start much too late
Aw but sooner or later it comes down to faith
Oh I might as well be the one…

Now we’ve had paedophilia, illegal drugs and religion. What’s next ?

How about subliminal messages, Queen’s “Another one Bites the Dust” when played backwards is alleged to say “It’s fun to smoke marijuana.”

TURIN
3rd Dec 2018, 00:45
G.L.O.R.I.A Them or the Doors version, but Jim Morrison's take on it is particularly naughty.
Speaking of which, The End has got some dark shenanigans going on too.

rotornut
3rd Dec 2018, 01:10
I'm the Sheik (https://www.definitions.net/definition/Sheik) of Araby,
Your love belongs (https://www.definitions.net/definition/belongs) to me.
At night (https://www.definitions.net/definition/night) when you're asleep (https://www.definitions.net/definition/asleep)
Into your tent I'll creep...

I guess the MeToo people won't like it. It's a very old song.

david1300
3rd Dec 2018, 04:38
And of course there are the variations of the lyrics too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUy83PKjkOI

Lantern10
3rd Dec 2018, 05:22
All this begs the question. Are we going forwards/backwards with all this PC rubbish. Is the world better now or worse?

SpringHeeledJack
3rd Dec 2018, 07:38
I'd say that the vast majority of these song's lyrics (looked through the prism of 2018) are deemed to be abhorrent, but going back only 3 decades everything was different to today, in that people got married in their early 20's, older teenagers were more 'advanced' and the musicians, who were bombarded with mostly besotted young ladies, obliged, even if they had a nagging conscience that it wasn't the best course of action. Add in drug consumption, and any reticence disappeared. They wrote songs, and the lyrics reflected their experiences. I don't think that when they say 'little girl' etc that they're referring to an 8yr old, but to a teenage girl high on infatuation and hormones. I've always felt protective towards young people out of their league, but sadly there are enough others who see them as fair game....

Too much PC, it's getting towards peak ridiculousness.

Mac the Knife
3rd Dec 2018, 07:42
"Are we going forwards/backwards with all this PC rubbish. Is the world better now or worse?"

A lot worse. The un-PC sentiments are still there, just unvoiced.

I prefer my anti-semites, queer-bashers, n1gg#r-haters etc. out there in
plain sight, not hiding away - "..the smiler with the knife" as Chaucer puts it.

Mac