Billy Joel got into an argument with a younger man about what the worst era to be young in was. The younger man told Joel that at least he got to grow up in the 50s when “nothing happened.” Flabbergasted, Joel began listing the events of the 50s, which later became “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by the Spin Doctors was about Chris Barron’s stepmother. When he was a kid, she told him that he would grow up to be a janitor and would play his songs for the rats. The Spin Doctors’ debut album sold 5 million copies with this song as the lead single.
The original lyrics in Little Richard’s song “Tutti Frutti” were changed from “Tutti Frutti, Loose Booty” to “Tutti Frutti, aw rooty” because the term “Loose booty” was considered too scandalous.
“Ring Of Fire” popularized by Johnny Cash was actually written by June Carter about her falling in love with Johnny Cash while he was still married to his first wife.
After making an emergency landing in China in 2001, the crew of a US Spy Plane were asked by their Chinese captors to recite the lyrics to “Hotel California” to prove their nationality.
The lyrics of the no. 1 singles on the Billboard charts over the past 10 years average at a third-grade reading level.
Mozart, ever the comedian, wrote a piece of music in 1782 for six voices called “lick me in the ass” (“Leck mich im Arsch”) or more colloquially “kiss my ass”. For the more technically minded musicians amongst you, it is K. 231 (K. 382c). He also wrote a piece called “Lick my ass until it is nice and clean” (K.233/382d). Despite the risk of shocking you all, here are the lyrics to the second song.
Lick my ass nicely,
lick it nice and clean,
nice and clean, lick my ass.
That’s a greasy desire,
like the licking of roast meat, my daily activity.
Three will lick more than two,
come on, just try it,
and lick, lick, lick.
Everybody lick his own ass himself.