Double Entendres in Music

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Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines

I know you're already thinking oh I know exactly where this is going, cause quite a few bloggers and meme creators have shared their opinions. But guess what I like the song.  I know, I know, I can hear the cries for my feminist card. But wait, let me explain.

First off the video is horrible. I hate it, and the unrated version makes me feel like I should go shower. Here it is for you to decide.



This video has me mad in all sorts of ways, but I will say it is the way the music industry works, which in reality means this is what WE expect from them.

via google image search
This image is one of a few that takes lines of the song and what her rapist told her. I get it. I completely do as I am a rape survivor and one of the lyrics matches what I was told, "You're a good girl." But wait I still like the song, why cause if I were to take everything and break it down into single lines I would probably find at least one line in any work that would offend me, or someone else.

I also know that something can mean one thing to someone and a completely different thing to someone else. Case in point, countless Pagan symbols meaning love, life, peace are misrepresented to mean hurtful things, death, hexes. Wearing a pentacle I have been asked by someone that requested me in a store I worked at constantly till she noticed it on my neck, she asked me if I knew what it meant, I said yes I did, did she? But that's another story.

Let's take a look at the lyrics of the song, you know without the naked women and full clothed men.
"Blurred Lines"
(Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams)

[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
[Pharell:] 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
[Pharell:] 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
[Pharell:] 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 passing 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
(Pharell: 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
(Pharell: 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

You want to know what I think the meaning of this song is, and trust me I may be completely wrong, we would have to ask the songwriter what they meant the song to be, but to me it's talking about the Blurred Lines of what women are suppose to be. We are at once suppose to be a whore and a virgin. We are constantly given a blurred line of what to be, how to act. If you are a virgin after a certain age you are a prude, if you aren't before a certain age you are a whore.

That is blurred lines to me.

To me it is talking about the blurred lines that women live in, in this rape culture that we live in. If a woman says no, men are told it means yes. Unless it's about sex then no means no, unless they don't say it loud enough, the right way, if they don't fight then it's not a real no, its a playful no. It talks about how the "good girl" isn't plastic, she's not a toy to be played with. That someone has tried to domesticate her, but she's an animal. That is it, we are to act polite, but be a slut. That is blurred lines to me. It all goes back to rape culture. That we blame the victim, that we say they need to act, dress, present themselves in a certain way, otherwise they are asking for it.

But what it really is that disturbs me is that we as a whole, we buy into it, we pay for it, then we get outraged that it is in the media, on the tv, the radio, magazines.

We buy for it, then get mad at it. 

Oops there's another double entendre for you.

2 comments

  1. An interesting interpretation! You could well be right. And you're certainly right that we women often actively collaborate in our own oppression. We need to have the courage to stop that.

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    1. It's just want I hear in the song, the video is horrible though, but again we buy it, we expect it.

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