Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

Two Songs that Confound Me, or Midnight Plane to Houston*

I think it’s fairly safe to say that librarians often get caught up in the details. I personally get a little carried away by airport carpets, proper grammar, and imagined inconsistencies in song lyrics. So without further ado, here are the two songs that I find most confusing, distressing, and confounding.

The Song: Bust a Move, by Young MC

Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry

In five days from now he’s gonna marry

He’s hoping you can make it there if you can

Cause in the ceremony you’ll be the best man

My Problem: Okay, so Larry is getting married. Why doesn’t he want his brother to be the best man? Is Larry “your” friend as well, or is he asking “you” to be the best man to spite his brother Harry?

And who the heck asks someone to be their best man a mere five days before the wedding? Isn’t that cutting it a little close, especially if there’s a tux rental involved? What exactly is going on with this family?

The Song: Midnight Train to Georgia, by Gladys Knight and The Pips (written by Jim Weatherly)

L.A. proved too much for the man so he’s leavin’ the life he’s come to know.

He said he’s goin’ back to find the world he left behind not so long ago.

He’s leavin’ on that midnight train to Georgia and he’s goin’ back to a simpler place and time.

And I’ll be with him on that midnight train to Georgia.

I’d rather live in his world than live without him in mine.

My Problem: Oh, there’s so much wrong here. The man only just moved to L.A. and he can’t handle it. Not even trying. What a quitter. And doesn’t it sound like he’s sneaking out, too? What’s wrong with the 2:00 PM train? Was it overbooked?

But here’s the part that I’ve always wondered about – did he even ask this woman to come with him? Doesn’t it sound like she just invited herself? Maybe he wanted to take the midnight train so he could get away without seeing her. Well, sorry dude. Your plan is blown.


*original title of Midnight Train to Georgia. Really.

– Amy


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