Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Disgusting Swingers Lyric of the Day 73: Afternoon Delight by The Starland Vocal Band

"Rubbing sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite...I always thought a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite, but you got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling a little afternoon delight. Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight." - The Starland Vocal Band, Afternoon Delight

Every metaphor in Afternoon Delight sounds disgusting, but it's hard to figure out why. Confusing things even more is the fact that Starland Vocal Band was made up of two married couples who seem to be the perviest group the 70's ever launched.

"Rubbing sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite" seems like it should be foul, but why? I mean, a penis equals stick, obviously, but is he calling her vagina a rock? If so, his ladyfriend should seek out industrial strength moisturizer immediately.

The fish one is even weirder. Is he saying that his girlfriend is the fish? Because it kind of seems like he's about to make some sick kind of fish smell joke. But then he says, "You got some bait a waitin'." "Bait" as in worms? Like your sex partner has a worm you want to nibble on a la a penis? So, you want to try sucking a dick? But then, why are you nibbling on a dick?

Am I reading too deeply into a song where sex is compared to a skyrocket in flight? Probably. Am I happy that metaphors about sex have pretty much disappeared in current music to a point where you just blatantly talk about sex acts? Probably not.

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