Monday, March 19, 2012

Suburbs of My Discontent

General Public's "Tenderness"
(lyrics by English Beat's David Wakeling)

When General Public's "Tenderness" came on the radio this weekend as I was driving kids to violin, hockey, and a playdate, I had an aural Calgon moment of escape to the 1980's. Now that I'm a grown-up, I can appreciate the depth of the lyrics even more. This made me think of Hamlet so much:

"I don't know where I am but I know I don't like it
I open my mouth and out pops something spiteful
Words are so cheap, but they can turn out expensive
Words like conviction can turn into a sentence"

All he wants is a little tenderness, and he just doesn't know how to get it.

Here's David Wakeling on the lyrics:

"[T]he notion was that you were driving around in there in America searching for the tenderness, whereas, of course, it's in your heart all the time. So it's like you're looking in the outside world for something that can only be discovered in yourself, because love is a verb, not a noun."

See? It's deep stuff.

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