When I was growing up, music was a huge part of my life.
The first time I kissed a boy “Sunglasses at night” was playing in the background.
The first concert I went to was Shaun Cassidy. I should add I went WITH MY MOM. Let me also say it’s awkward yelling “I love you Shaun–CALL ME!” while your mom is sitting in the chair next to you. I’m not saying I didn’t do it, I’m just saying it was weird.
I made up a dance to “Pop Music” and knew every lyric to every song (still do) to the “Grease” album.
I listened to Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, and The Doobie Brothers. 70′s music was killer. And then the 80′s was even better.
One song I’ve loved for most of my life was a little ditty by a band with a really strange name. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
You know what song I’m talking about, don’t you–”Blinded by the light.”
But what you probably don’t know is that the song was originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. But for some reason The Boss couldn’t make it work. It wasn’t a hit for him. So this band with a strange name changed some of the lyrics and re-recorded it. Suddenly, it became one of the biggest hits of all time. Mostly due to the fact that everyone sang it wrong.
I’ve always sang it like this…”Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.”
I never thought about how the song made absolutely no sense. I just loved singing the word “douche” at the top of my lungs. Even though now I *know* the song doesn’t say “douche” I still sing it like that. Because why would I not.
If you listen to the song, you will swear they are saying douche.
Even Bruce Springsteen joked that it became a hit only after Manfred Mann changed the song to be about a feminine hygiene product.
So see? Douche.
In case any of you are unfamiliar with the song–which how would that even be possible–unless you’re originally not from planet Earth, or you’re 12–in which case WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THIS WEBSITE AND WHERE ARE YOUR PARENTS?–here is a video I found on YouTube. Ignore the fact that there are some misspelled words. You’ll get the gist.
Please tell me you thought it was douche too.