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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sometimes I wonder...

What is the meaning behind the lyrics of the Manfred Man song "Blinded By The Light"?

I mean, even when you understand the word is "deuce," it doesn't make much sense.

Am I to understand that, in the seventies, all of you adults who weren't my parents were on drugs?

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13 Comments:

At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 10:29:00 AM, OpenID dneylon said...

like in 'little deuce coupe'

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Pappy said...

What can I say? The man liked his coke.

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:36:00 AM, OpenID williamthecoroner said...

It refers to the 1932 Ford model B, the deuce coupe, which was considered the ideal hot rod, to strip and put a powerful engine in. Hence, "revved up like a deuce." Of course, I thought it referred to Mussolini when I first heard it, so who am I to complain?

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:29:00 PM, Blogger knitalot3 said...

Oh, I always thought the word was something else. It still doesn't make much sense to me. ;-P

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:37:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Oh, trust me-- I get the meaning of "revved up like a deuce" as being "all fired up."

But what the hell is the song about?

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Sabra said...

It's probably not about anything. That's what used to irritate me in high school English...we were always looking for the deeper meaning behind something, when maybe there wasn't any. It's pop music, I think that nearly precludes deep meaning. I mean, what's the meaning behind "Achey Breaky Heart"?

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 3:46:00 PM, Blogger LabRat said...

This is the same generation of musicians that gave us "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".

I grew up to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but at least I was on no level EXPECTING the lyrics to make any sort of sense whatsoever. They were just there to give a rhythm to caterwaul to.

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 4:08:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Fixit said...

Dude, it was written by Bruce Springsteen, first released on one of his albums in '73. Mann cut it and re-released in '77.

Check out the Wiki.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinded_by_the_Light

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 5:23:00 PM, Blogger Roberta X said...

It's about A) the music business and B) wanking. (But I repeat myself).

...Just like a lot of other music from the same era...

It for sure ain't no "Rock On." Nor is it even close to this when it comes to being self-referntial. But you know what they say. Even if they was wrong....

 
At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 5:49:00 PM, Anonymous PawPaw said...

I understood the deuce to be a '32 Ford coupe, hotrodded.

The rest of it didn't make much sense though.

 
At Friday, August 15, 2008 5:52:00 PM, Blogger Assrot said...

I think music is to be enjoyed for what it is and taken at face value. I've never seen the point in trying to analyze the lyrics or figure out what the person or band is trying to say.

Some things are just meant to be enjoyed and nothing more.

My first child was born in the early 70s. I can tell you that most folks that were 30ish give or take a few years were still into the Peace, Love and Drugs scene from the 60s.

Thankfully I was not one of them. I think that thanks to that my kids did not become part of that scene either.

I have always loved what I consider to be the only 3 kinds of music (Rock, Country, Classical). The rest is garbage in my book with one exception. I like the old soul music before they came out with rap and hip-hop and such shit.

I can say that I have known more than a few musicians in my day and many were heavy into drug use so I don't expect any of their songs to make sense and I certainly don't look for any message in them. If they sound good, I listen. If they don't sound good, I don't listen and I give the crap away if I made the mistake of buying it before I listened to it.

Joe

 
At Friday, August 15, 2008 6:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not all of us were on drugs some of us drank ourselves insensible, same result though.

 
At Monday, August 18, 2008 3:41:00 AM, Blogger John B said...

well I was just an unruly boozer. Irritating always tripping over top of the 'shroomies every dam time I wanted to get a drink on...

 

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