Memories Of Lolitta

By | March 4, 2008

I was listening to Scott Mills on the radio today talking about how the lyrics of some of the songs from waaaaayyy back were just as rude as the lyrics of songs today. When someone complains about today’s song lyrics being a little risqué or naughty, just think back to songs you heard when you were growing up.

I remember having a hot crush on one of my teachers and loving the song “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by the Police – you know “just like the old man in that book by Nabokov”. I played that over and over, I must have driven my parents crazy but it had meaning for me. That teacher was the focus of my attention for a full year of my schooling. He married the history teacher I believe…she wasn’t a patch on me. Lol

There was also the non pc, “When I Kissed The Teacher” by Abba. It was my dream to do that at the time and I would walk the corridors of school singing it to myself.

Dexy’s midnight runners was a favourite group too. I loved to jump about to their music and love “Come On Eileen” but it wasn’t until today that I found out I had been singing the wrong lyrics to the line “With you in that pretty red dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty”. At the time I thought he was commenting about her being dirty in the sense of mucky. The video had the band dressed in dungarees and looking like they had been to work in a car mechanics garage. So, those words seemed very fitting. 🙂

Songs like “Walk On The Wild Side” by Lou Reed and “Lola” by the Kinks, escaped my attentions. I would sing along to them when they came on at weddings and parties but didn’t really pay attention to the lyrics. Strange how when you are young you can focus on certain things with a total disregard for others if they have no direct interest.

Yet music plays such a major part in our lives, sometimes without us even realising it. We all seem to be able to remember a certain tune being popular around the time of major events in our lives. They are musical markers which remain indelibly etched in our memories. I may not be able to remember certain events but I can usually recall the music playing around that time and work out the date from that. I wish I had been able to use this type of recall process for my examinations. Lol

Whilst taking a trip around the musical world there were some bad ones which came to mind like, “Young Girl Get Out Of My Mind” by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Ok not one I recall from the time but an oldie brought out at anniversaries and weddings. Urrhhh, scary. It conjures up visions of a very old medallion sporting guy chasing after a girl in her late teens.

I think this one gets to me because I recall as a young 20 something having much older guys predate upon me. And I was far too polite to tell them to fuck off, they had no chance. I’m getting visions of Vincent Voyeur now. I have to stop. Lol

Or the verging on the barely legal…”She Was Just Seventeen You Know What I Mean”…NO, exactly what does he mean? I scared!

There were many others and I’m sure you will come up with some suggestions in the comments. 🙂

Tags: Scott Mills, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolitta, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Come On Eileen, gary Puckett, The Union Gap, Lou Reed, Walk On The Wild Side, Lola, The Kinks, The Beetles, Just Seventeen