Discovering Blurred Lines and Booty Calls

Everyone has sung the wrong lyrics to songs, but I shouted the lyrics to a particular hit all summer at clubs in New Orleans, two weddings and fund-raiser not knowing why I got such strange looks. First of all, I thought Blurred Lines was called For a Good Time. I haven’t loved a song for dancing this much since INXS’s What You Need and you know I love to dance.

I knew controversy surrounded the video since Robin Thicke’s wife divorced him after it was released. I had heard there were topless dancers, but I lost my boobs last year and I love and appreciate real ones since mine are now 100% fake. I thought, Big deal.

A DJ played the song during an outdoor festival last weekend and I sang along as usual. Then I turned to my husband, Danny and said, “I have got to learn the lyrics to this song.” I tried to keep from dancing, but it was tough. After the song played in my head Sunday, I sat down on Monday and checked out the unedited video.

Here’s the unrated version I found offensive. WARNING: Naked boob alert for those of you at work. You may want to watch the tamer version at the bottom of the article.

Oh. My. God. Okay. So I used to draw naked people all the time in college and I appreciate women and men’s bodies, but coupled (bad word choice?) with the offensive lyrics, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself). It was all about gratuitous sex and booty calling. Hey babe. You want to get lucky? It’s bartime.

“I know you want it.” So I knew that part of the song and I get that they’re naked and strutting across the stage like they want it, but what about the singers? They’re in the background staring, ogling, and fully clothed like they’re in a strip joint. My mind begged the question, what’s the message of the song? Hot girls get laid?

Did you notice how the models looked directly into the camera? It reminded me of this painting equally popular and controversial. Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass raised eyebrows and the ire of the community when it was unveiled in 1863. We’ve come a long way baby, or have we?

t_Manet - Luncheon on The Grass 1863

Then I burst out laughing. I took a screen shot of the clothed video where it is missing the “ick.”

blurred lines

Really? In a conversation in the comments at Aussa Lorens‘ blog, I said, “Anyone who makes a video with the words, ‘Robin Thicke has a big dick,’ in the background probably has one that is below average.”

My lyrics had a lot of la, la, la’s in it, but this parody and comeback by a couple of Australian girls was in your face and brought a smile.

Will I dance and sing along now that I know the words? I’ll dance, but will stick to my own la, la, la’s.

“Blurred Lines”
(feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams)

Courtesy of A-Z Lyrics
[Intro: Pharrell]
Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

[Verse 1: Robin Thicke]
If you can’t hear what I’m trying to say
If you can’t read from the same page
Maybe I’m going deaf,
Maybe I’m going blind
Maybe I’m out of my mind
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no papers
Hey, hey, hey
That man is not your maker

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up

[Verse 2: Robin Thicke]
What do they make dreams for
When you got them jeans on
What do we need steam for
You the hottest bitch in this place
I feel so lucky
Hey, hey, hey
You wanna hug me
Hey, hey, hey
What rhymes with hug me?
Hey, hey, hey

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no papers
Hey, hey, hey
That man is not your maker
Hey, hey, hey

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I hate them lines
I know you want it
I hate them lines
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

[Verse 3: T.I.]
One thing I ask of you
Let me be the one you back that ass to
Go, from Malibu, to Paris, boo
Yeah, I had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you
So hit me up when you pass through
I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it’s almost unbearable
In a hundred years not dare, would I
Pull a Pharside let you pass me by
Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that
So I just watch and wait for you to salute
But you didn’t pick
Not many women can refuse this pimpin’
I’m a nice guy, but don’t get it if you get with me

[Bridge: Robin Thicke]
Shake the vibe, get down, get up
Do it like it hurt, like it hurt
What you don’t like work?

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica
It always works for me, Dakota to Decatur, uh huh
No more pretending
Hey, hey, hey
Cause now you winning
Hey, hey, hey
Here’s our beginning

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
I always wanted a good girl
(Pharrell: Everybody get up)
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
(Pharrell: Everybody get up)
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

[Outro: Pharrell]
Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

Here’s the tamer version.

Will you continue to dance to this song?

73 thoughts on “Discovering Blurred Lines and Booty Calls

  1. As you say, a long way?
    Alternate comment: There’s social commentary art – and then there’s the art of making money.
    In abstract art, scholars always insist the viewer must know and understand the artist’s purpose before determining whether the art is successful or not (in achieving it)
    More should read the lyrics.
    Meanwhile, la, la, la (dancing optional)
    (Giggles – do love you “Warnings for those in the office”)
    Dance on through the day!

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    • Thanks Phil for the comment!
      I wonder how much they made on this song? Tons considering how much play time it gets. I bet the percentage of people who don’t know what it’s about is pretty darn high.
      I had no idea that the lyrics especially the rap was so nasty. I can where some call it “The Rape Song.” I loved the Aussie Girl’s comeback.
      I will dance!

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      • I had no idea, either, about the lyrics. All I heard was the hype that surrounded this song. Art?? I think not. There wasn’t much talent involved, little effort, and even less clothing, which just emphasizes what people here have said. It’s about attention, not a true artistic effort.

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        • I think the melody was brilliant and catchy like no other, but the lyrics were outrageously degrading. I’m not uptight at all and it crossed all kinds of lines with me.
          I wonder what his dad, Allen thinks….

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  2. I agree with you that anyone who has to tell everyone how big their manhood is probably has to overcompensate for something. (By the way, if you look through my blog you’ll notice I never talk about my manhood. I’m just saying.. *cough cough*) 😉

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  3. I don’t know what shocks anyone anymore when lyrics like these are played on radio stations everywhere and young kids are lip-syncing this Top 40 tune. But I’m with you. I really don’t understand why women don’t have more problems with songs like this. It strikes me as insulting. Thanks for piping up, Susie!

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  4. Meow? Oh man. Sex does sell though. My husband just left for work, shaking his head that I’m watching boobs before breakfast. La la La la

    The comeback video by the Australian girls is great. Would it be as good without ankle busting high heels? Future business for podiatrists.

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    • I didn’t know that she was Meowing!!! I couldn’t figure out what she said. Somehow that makes it even worse….
      Sex does sell.
      I love the Aussie comeback too. Good point about the high heels. They may have bunions in their future… 🙂

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  5. Sooooooooooo…..it’s such a sad commentary on our society that people like Robin Thicke get rich with this kind of “talent”.
    I imagine after his recent publicity, Kim Kardashian will divorce Kanye and hunt down Robin as her next husband…after all, what has Kanye done for her lately? Oh yes, I forgot…demanded that people in wheelchairs stand or he wouldn’t perform…how boring…

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  6. I love the parody! Remember that song In the Air tonight by Phil Collins? I used to think that was a love song until I stopped to intentionally listen to the lyrics! Robin Thick is a dick. I’m not impressed.
    Diana xo

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    • The Aussie girls are great! Now I have to look up Phil’s lyrics. 🙂 The rap at the end really spells out their aggressive almost rape message and really ruined the song for me. Both videos sexualize women at a whole new level!

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  7. Hey Susie, no I didn’t know all the lyrics and probably didn’t need to. The tune is catchy and words ‘know you want it’ seem subliminal. I also had not watched the video but since I follow your blog … you led me down a path I hadn’t been on! 😉

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  8. I admit it. I’m one of those terrible girls that finds the song so entertaining…. Usually I’m all for lyrics, but in this case….I guess I lean toward the tit for tat thing. As long as men are cool with women treating them as casual objects to objectify, then I’m okay with the reverse. (As for T.I.’s line about “tearing that ass in two”….again, I’m okay with it if he’s willing to go first. He can even help me shop for the part to wear in my strap on…Hehehe!

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    • Thanks for weighing in, Kitt!
      It made me cringe. My daughter, Courtney said some of her girlfriends call it the Rape Song. Not good. I don’t see the men as objectified in the video at all. To me, they seem like the aggressive, creepy guys who hang out in bars and undress every woman who walks by or who try to pick them up and take them home. I would imagine a lot of men find the lyrics just as offensive.

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      • Oh, in the video? No…they’re not being objectified at all. My only thought was that if they’re going to objectify women, they need to be prepared for reciprocity. As for the rape song… I guess I didn’t really take the lyrics to be where the power of choice had been taken away, just that the parties involved were inebriated enough to make bad decisions. In no way would I condone taking someone against their will.

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  9. Growing up watching American Bandstand, I LOVE songs with a good beat that you can really dance to, but I was like you when I learned the lyrics + saw the video. I’m NOT a Puritan, but it was just too gratuitous. Robin might benefit (and still be married) if he learned that less is more.

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  10. That parody is awesome! I had never seen it. I still love the music and how danceable the song is but I try not to listen to the lyrics or repeat them! 🙂 I too have a hard time controlling my body when it wants to dance!

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    • I know. She dumped him as soon as the video was released. He released a “come back to me,” song shortly after, but I heard she hadn’t seen him since filing for divorce. What a loser.
      Did you learn the lyrics, yet or will you have to watch it a few more times? 🙂

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  11. The parody is great.
    Let’s face it, the music is catchy and very dance worthy. Once you start humming it or lalalaing it is hard to stop. Unfortunately,the lyrics are offensive, sexist and crass. Just the one line, “You know you want it”, was enough to offend me. How many times have you heard a version of that line uttered by a rapist in their defence. It’s too bad there isn’t a version with no lyrics that we could dance to without any guilt.

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    • Exactly. And the women are so objectified. Why else would they be strutting around naked? To show off their intelligence or incredible dance moves?
      Apparently, Thicke ripped off a Marvin Gaye riff and put his own words to it. He’s being sued by the estate. 🙂

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  12. Um sorry, I’m not a fan of Robin Thicke. Although I enjoyed watching his father on T.V. back in the day. It’s too bad really. The beat is great, but the words and the meaning they convey? Me no like. Kind of degrading. 😦

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    • Very degrading. It reminds me of fern bars and meat markets back in the 80’s with sleazy guys leaning against the walls and undressing women.
      Some DJ should take it and remix it. I should talk to my son about that. Thicke ripped off the music from Marvin Gaye.

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  13. Love those Aussie girls, Susie! I’m glad you posted their piece ‘cuz I’ll just think of that whenever I hear the song. You’ re right on that it’s a great party piece and so much fun to dance to … how can we not? But those lyrics need to be trashed immediately. I always sensed they were bad but couldn’t understand what they are saying anyway. Reading them here … not nice … and so not necessary. They made a great dance song and spoiled it for a lot of us with tasteless, disrespectful lyrics. Idiots! Thanks for “outing” them and just keep la-la-la-ing!

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    • I should memorize the Aussie lyrics!
      They are tasteless and so aggressive. I wondered why so many people looked at me funny when I said I loved this song. They probably knew what they were singing! Ugh!!!
      You know me. I’ll keep on dancing and la-la-la-ing!
      Thanks for stopping by Patricia!

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  14. I’ve never been one for actually listening to lyrics much which is why I can never sing along to songs successfully. So when someone points out that lyrics are bad or good or funny or whatever, it’s always a surprise to me! It is funny though when we get the lyrics wrong to songs isn’t it – even though I don’t listen to lyrics, I generally catch on to at the least the first line of the chorus, or what I think it is anyway. You know the song “Beggin you” I thought it was “Maggie Moon” and kept singing “Maggie, Maggie Moo-oo-oooon”. I’ll watch your clips later because I’m on a computer where the sound doesn’t work right now!

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    • What did you think? This takes music videos to whole new LOW level. At first, I didn’t know why the girls were topless and it really didn’t bother me since I’d heard about it, but as I followed along with the lyrics, I realized it was all about guys wanting sex. My daughter’s friends call it the Rape Song.
      Patricia Sands left a comment which gave me an idea to memorize the Aussie girls lyrics instead!
      Thanks for stopping by the Wild Ride!

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  15. What I find most fascinating about this Robin Thicke song is that it was co-written by Pharrell, the same guy that does that ANNOYING song ‘Happy’. Yet he never gets any grief for that from entertainment media, only Robin Thicke does. They treat Pharrell like he’s a choirboy….lol Great post Susie!

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  16. Great post, Susie! Those girls did a great job of retaliating in the second video. I hadn’t heard the original lyrics either. Yuck!

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    • You know, for as much crap as Robin Thicke took for this song, Happy Man Pharrel is in it and ogling right along with them, in fact he’s the one who “air” butt slaps a girl during the words, “I want to tear your ass in two.” What?

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  17. I hated it. The melody was catchy, but as soon as you add the words into the mix it just was… weird. I know thats not very eloquent and I’m hardly a prude, but as you put it it left a bad taste in my mouth. I actually don’t think she left him because of the song, but I think if someone comes out with a song like this its pretty indicative of their personality and beliefs.

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  18. Ugh. The whole thing from lyrics to video to the backlash involving Thicke’s wife makes me angry. What is the point of doing something like that? The song is a catchy tune — why put disgusting lyrics to it, why make a gross video? The idea our kids are listening to this song, probably singing to it (albeit with the wrong words), worries me. This is the kind of dangerous advertising that gets our kids in to a hell of a lot of trouble. And un-savvy adults, too, no doubt.

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    • I am a HUGE Weird Al fan! He’s a cheesehead like me which explains everything!
      Did you see my blog party? It’s still raging this morning with lots of new bloggers to meet! Drop in, leave a link and click on a few!!!

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