Lyrical Genius (Vol. 3)

This morning Nicole Scherzinger was the guest on one of the radio stations I listen to – can’t remember which one. She was there to promote her new single “Right There” and to get a couple plugs in for her Burberry rain coat and I believe her shoes were Fendi (?). Who cares, Nicole; it’s radio we can’t see your outfit. Anyway, they played her new song. I usually hate any songs by her, and this is not really an exception. It’s catchy and all but what this trend for completely over-sexed lyrics all the sudden?

I get it, sex sells. And I am not saying not to write sexually explicit lyrics especially for dance songs. But there is a point when you cross the line from sexy innuendo to just crude. I’m sorry, but I don’t find this to be particularly alluring:

“like the way that you talk dirty
Don’t wash your mouth out I like it dirty
You like to please yeah I like that yeah yeah yeah yeah me like it
I like the way that you keep me coming
That yeah you so good you had me running
Me like the way that he goin’ down down down down down”

First of all, you can’t rhyme “dirty” with “dirty;” it’s the same word. And “you keep me coming,” “the way he goin’ down.” Gross. This is all a little too specific for me. Where’s the mystery? I’m getting a very clear picture of what is going on.

And if the lyrics weren’t so lewd, I would probably assume that a seven-year old wrote them.

“Come here baby and be my baby
And be my baby oh oh oh
Come here baby put your hands on my body
Hands on my body oh oh oh
Right there keep it right there
I love when you put it right there yeah yeah yeah
oh oh oh yeah yeah yeah oh oh oh
Yeah

Me like the way that you hold my body
Me like the way that you touch my body
Me like the way that you kiss my yeah yeah yeah yeah me like it
Me like the way that he put it on me
Me like the way that he push up on me
Me like the way that he goin’ down down down down down”

How many times can you say “yeah” and “me like” in one song? Apparently like a billion times. Oh well, maybe I’m being too harsh. It is Nicole Scherzinger we’re talking about here…

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