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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian30 Nov 2018 3:29 p.m. PST

Lyrics are troubling by today's standards….


Winston Smith30 Nov 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

Once again the heckler's veto triumphs.
Not surprised in the least.

But that song has caused problems in the past.
ALLEGEDLY, one Sayyid Qutb was an exchange student in Greeley Colorado. He was invited to a Church dance by friendly citizens. It was cold outside…
Qutb was supposedly horrified to see American yoots, male and female together, DANCING! TOUCHING! While that scandalous tune played on the Victrola.
He returned home to Egypt, joined up with the Muslim Brotherhood and became virulently anti-West. The rest is history. Or pseudo-history…
Supposedly. It's too good a story to not be true. grin
But I heard it on Mark Steyn, who tells some jolly stories.

Saginaw02 Dec 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

Old Wolfman03 Dec 2018 6:52 a.m. PST

Heard about that. A pair of music critics from USA Today complained about it last year.

brave face03 Dec 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

"human stupidy"?

WeeSparky03 Dec 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

It's even creepy when the man gets harassed. YouTube link

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2018 8:27 p.m. PST

Oh good grief…

(Wait, that's been banned too…)

The irony of certain political leanings suddenly in favor of censorship is gobsmacking.

It's a song. He persuades, she consents. Even the line about "what's in this drink" is clearly a reference to the level of alcohol, not to a nefarious drug. In the end, it's quite clear that she stays by her own free will. If we're gonna hold all music up to this sort of thinking, we'll wind up throwing out 80 percent of the world's musical cultural heritage.

14Bore07 Dec 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

Song written in late 1940's, used in move very early 50's.
The drink reference in the lyrics to me can only be alcohol which the woman is implying she notices, so appears to be willing.

Old Wolfman21 Dec 2018 6:46 a.m. PST

And comic Paula Poundstone had a few funny things to say about it on a recent "Wait,Wait,Don't Tell Me",near the end of the show.

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