Musical Musings… Another Round Of “This”…

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about songs that have unexplained “that’s” in their lyrics (here and here), or as I called it, obvious ambiguity.  So this time around, I’m focusing on songs that are centered around “this.”

MY GUESS OF WHAT THIS IS: Try out to be Fly Girls on In Living Color.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THIS IS: The jam that’s pumping because I need to get to the peanut butter that’s spreading.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THIS IS: Based on the video alone, I’d say acid trip.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THIS IS: Enough D-cell batteries.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THIS IS: Not a remake of Huey Lewis and The News’ If This Is It.

Musical Musings… Not “That” Again…

I had so much fun the last time I did that, I’m doing it again.

There are more songs that use that in the title than I previously thought of, so I’m here to clear the air on some more songs with obvious ambiguity.

  • Hot Chelle Rae’s (what a stupid band name) I Like It Like That

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: As derivative and populist as possible.

  • Pete Rodriguez’s I Like It Like That

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: The exact opposite of everything Hot Chelle Rae.

  • All 4 One’s I Can Love You Like That

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Boyz II Men

  • Lauren Hill’s (Doo-Wop) That Thing

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Vaginas.  Mouths.  Sometimes butts.  Sometimes feet.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Don’t Do Me Like That

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: A heartbreaker.

  • Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: We always knew what this that meant.

Musical Musings… What Does “That” Mean?

What is "that"?

I have a bit of a pet peeve to share…

Ambiguity has its place in music.  It has its place in many places (how’s that for ambiguous).

Songs like (sorry for these weird examples) Michelle Branch’s Everywhere and Matchbox Twenty’s 3AM seem like they could be about relationships with significant others, when in reality hers is about her grandmother and Rob Thomas’ song is about his mom.

But then you’ve got obvious ambiguity.  And by that, I mean songs that use that.  Here are some songs that go out of their way to make it clear that they don’t want to be clear.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Clothes shopping together.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Change his name, or stop eating so much of his name.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Syphilis.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Anything but Katie Whitethat’s her name.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Some type of feather or shoe?

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: All that.

MY GUESS OF WHAT THAT IS: Slut.