Dumb talking heads

I’m curious about this. I was at a barbecue on Melbourne Cup today. We were sitting outside in the sunshine, had finished lunch and were sitting back talking, drinking and listening to music. A song came on, Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads. One of my mates immediately commented “the girls hate this song.”

I hadn’t time to be properly surprised at this when a woman next up to me piped up affirming that very point. Then her sister sitting next to her agreed.

I was astounded. As far as I’m concerned it’s  a great song by a great group. From what I can gather though, it seems that for many – and seemingly many women – this song induces a bleak existential angst. The lyrics, which at some point pronounce “this is not my life” are taken to be depressingly negative. I’ve never encountered that response before, and every bloke I know loves the song. Is this a real thing?

In hindsight I’m surprised I didn’t delve further. I was in lively conversational form and this piqued my curiosity. Perhaps I feared getting into an argument?

Driving home I thought about it. The whole conversation displeased me. I liked the women, but this reaction seemed ridiculous, even dumb, and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I don’t find the song lyrics depressing. They’re provocative perhaps, but not in the simplistic way that some obviously see them. If anything I think they pose a worthwhile query. Perhaps that is the issue. It’s a question that makes some uncomfortable with the answer?

Me, I’d rather face the uncomfortable questions than avoid them for being too close to home. Still, I can’t believe this is an issue. Que?

Gorillas in the street

More favourite song lyrics. This one is from Joe Jackson, from his great song Is She Really Going Out With Him?:

“Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street…”

I know the feeling.