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.
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?
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.
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits
- The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits
- VH1 Selections from 1 Hit Wonders
- The Women of R&B
*original title of Midnight Train to Georgia. Really.