Friday, August 10, 2012

Unacceptable Lyrics

You know, when you drive for three days and you're the only adult in the car, you end up with a lot of time to sing, to think, to listen to various radio stations ...

And while I was flipping through I happened upon a pop station's Top Five at Five (or whatever they called it).  One of their songs was Whistle, by the ever-eloquent Flo-Rida.

Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:

can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
let me know
girl i’m gonna show you how to do it
and we start real slow
you just put your lips together
and you come real close
can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
here we go

Really.  I am not joking.  You can imagine where the song goes from there. 

This is the @$(@#^@#^?!!! kids listen to.  This is why when I taught 8th grade math in rural Alabama to "underprivileged" kids (underprivileged being a word I don't necessarily agree with, but we'll use it for now), more than a few of my 12-year-old students had moms who were 25. Yes, you read that right.  12-year-olds with 25-year-old moms, and some of those 12-year-olds were already planning their own little families.

This is the stuff they listen to --  stuff that has nothing to do with love or morals or values or anything other than, well, stereotype-perpetuating trash.  Now, I am all for a catchy song that you can play in a club and dance to.  I'm old and crotchety, perhaps, but not so old that I don't remember my bar-hopping, club-dancing days.  I like club music.  I like songs that get in your head.  I like hop-hop, really... but this is a little more than I can stand.  And look what it reaps!

This is why my kids listen to CDs in the car.

(On a related note, we happened to be watching a movie on the Disney Channel the other day and at the commercial breaks they do little music videos.  This particular one had two girls lamenting that they had nothing to wear, going through a magical closet, and singing a song about what to wear "up in da club," dressing like Madonna in her Like A Virgin video. That was the last time we will ever watch the Disney Channel, thankyouverymuch.)

Anyway.  Such are the things you have time to contemplate when you drive across our great country. 




  1. I just assumed they were in gym class and he was sharing his whistle. Was I wrong?

    1. I tried to think of a witty reply, I promise I did. :)