History HaveAGayOldTime / Music

24th Feb '18 2:50:23 AM jormis29
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* Some younger tropers assume that the song "The Lady is a Tramp" is an example of this, because the "tramp" once only meant "hobo", not "promiscuous woman". But the slang meaning was already very well-known when the song was written in 1937, and the song deliberately uses that meaning - the singer is [[SarcasmMode comparing herself to a prostitute]] because she doesn't follow every little arcane rule of contemporary New York society etiquette. It's very much "I don't use the right fork; guess that makes me a dumb slut, huh?" with a touch of plausible deniability - the writers could claim they meant "hobo" if any MoralGuardians were upset. Incidentally, although it's often thought of as a Frank Sinatra song, it was originally sung in the musical ''Babes in Arms'' by the female character in question. Sinatra changed the lyrics and, possibly deliberately, the meaning.

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* Some younger tropers assume that the song "The Lady is a Tramp" is an example of this, because the "tramp" once only meant "hobo", not "promiscuous woman". But the slang meaning was already very well-known when the song was written in 1937, and the song deliberately uses that meaning - the singer is [[SarcasmMode comparing herself to a prostitute]] because she doesn't follow every little arcane rule of contemporary New York society etiquette. It's very much "I don't use the right fork; guess that makes me a dumb slut, huh?" with a touch of plausible deniability - the writers could claim they meant "hobo" if any MoralGuardians were upset. Incidentally, although it's often thought of as a Frank Sinatra song, it was originally sung in the musical ''Babes in Arms'' ''Theatre/BabesInArms'' by the female character in question. Sinatra changed the lyrics and, possibly deliberately, the meaning.
16th Feb '18 10:35:11 PM nombretomado
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* The song "To Know Him/Her Is To Love Him/Her" by Creator/PhilSpector includes the casual line "I'll make love to her/him", then obviously having the older meaning.

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* The song "To Know Him/Her Is To Love Him/Her" by Creator/PhilSpector Music/PhilSpector includes the casual line "I'll make love to her/him", then obviously having the older meaning.
16th Feb '18 2:53:04 PM snichols1973
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** Andy Williams' "May Each Day", which was sung at the end of his shows, contained the line "May each day in the year be a good one, / May each dawn find you happy and gay" in the older sense of lively and joyous, as he was wishing the audience joyful memories for each day and moment of the year.



** "It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year" extols "gay happy meetings when friends come to call." Many cover versions change "gay" to "great".

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** Andy Williams' "It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year" extols "gay happy meetings when friends come to call." Many cover versions change "gay" to "great".



* Music/JohnDenver's 1972 song "Rocky Mountain High" is about how how happy Denver felt after moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In 1985, the song was censored by the FCC for promoting drug use, forcing Denver to have to testify before Congress that he was talking about a different "high."

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* Music/JohnDenver's 1972 song "Rocky Mountain High" is about how how happy Denver felt after moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In 1985, the song was censored by the FCC for promoting drug use, forcing Denver to have to testify before Congress that he was talking about a different "high."
"high". Ever since the voters of Colorado approved marijuana for medicinal, industrial and recreational usage (in 2000, 2012, and 2014), the song's title has taken on a different meaning to weed consumers.
19th Jan '18 3:43:03 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The term ''rock'n roll'', itself, is [[GetTheeToANunnery an inversion]]. Originally, in the early 20th century, it was a slang used by black people for sex. By the time the term was coined for the musical style, its meaning was greatly toned down to refer to sock hops and other such parties.
* Inverted in "What's New, Pussycat". Music/TomJones is ''not'' talking about felines or even a whole woman in the song.
* Inverted with the song "Baby, Lemme Bang Your Box". "Box" does ''not'' refer to a piano as the song claims.



* An amusing inversion by a modern songwriter: Derek Webb's song "Freddie, Please" contains the line "Freddie, can't you see, brother, you're the one who's queer?" Most people in 2009 would take "queer" to mean "homosexual", but Webb intentionally uses it to mean "abnormal". [[spoiler: The song is about Fred Phelps, a notoriously homophobic pastor.]]
* Inversion: Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers' "I'm Straight", about the advantages of not doing drugs.
19th Jan '18 3:41:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Music/JohnDenver's 1972 song "Rocky Mountain High" is about how how happy Denver felt after moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In 1985, the song was censored by the FCC for promoting drug use, forcing Denver to have to testify before Congress that he was talking about a different "high."
14th Jan '18 2:27:42 PM nombretomado
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcmAdS8vkDA Glitter and Be Gay]]" from LeonardBernstein's ''Candide''.

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcmAdS8vkDA Glitter and Be Gay]]" from LeonardBernstein's Music/LeonardBernstein's ''Candide''.
6th Jan '18 11:13:55 AM HighCrate
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* An indirect example could be the classic jazz/folk tune "I'm Just Wild About Harry" (a Broadway tune that was memorably covered by the [[DeaderThanDisco groundbreaking but largely forgotten]] jazz musician [[Film/TheJazzSinger Al Jolson]]). At the time, the song was just seen as a comically-exaggerated but sentimental gesture of friendship. Today, the following lyrics would suggest something a little more... sensual (at least when sung by a male, though Creator/JudyGarland recorded her own version):

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* An indirect example could be the classic jazz/folk tune "I'm Just Wild About Harry" (a Broadway tune that was memorably covered by the [[DeaderThanDisco groundbreaking but largely forgotten]] forgotten jazz musician [[Film/TheJazzSinger Al Jolson]]). At the time, the song was just seen as a comically-exaggerated but sentimental gesture of friendship. Today, the following lyrics would suggest something a little more... sensual (at least when sung by a male, though Creator/JudyGarland recorded her own version):
16th Dec '17 7:12:25 AM Aquila89
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* In Music/EricBogle's "Silly Slang Song", the singer complains about how once innocent terms like "gay", "fairy", "fruit" or "queen" changed meanings.
10th Dec '17 11:23:49 AM nombretomado
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* "Kentucky Gambler" by Music/MerleHaggard (written by DollyParton): "Into the gay casino in Nevada's town of Reno."

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* "Kentucky Gambler" by Music/MerleHaggard (written by DollyParton): Music/DollyParton): "Into the gay casino in Nevada's town of Reno."
28th Nov '17 6:18:47 PM nombretomado
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-->[[LondonTown Up to mighty London came]]

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-->[[LondonTown -->[[UsefulNotes/{{London}} Up to mighty London came]]
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