We were watching the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show earlier this evening and one of the performers was Nelly. I’ve heard the name, but I don’t really know any of his music (fun fact, though: our dog’s name is Nellie – just a coincidence. That was her name when we rescued her).
The song he sang is titled “It’s Hot in Herre” (yes, that is the way “here” is spelled, not really sure why).
A couple of the lines in the song jumped out at me:
It’s gettin’ hot in herre
So take off all your clothes
I guess as many song lyrics go today, that might be considered pretty mild.
But I was thinking to myself, it’s only about 8:00 at night. How many young kids might be watching this?
And then I thought back to music from when I was young, or even before that.
So I decided to check what kind of music was played on New Year’s Eve from way back when, and I came across this clip from Guy Lombardo’s 1957 New Year’s Eve show. The song is called Top Hat, White Tie and Tails:
The contrast, to me, is startling (I am not going to provide a link to the Nelly song, but I am sure it is on YouTube.)
First, there are the different styles of music. I am fine with that; music styles evolve over time. And people have different tastes: rock, jazz, big band, rap, country, etc. No one style is better than the other.
But what really struck me is how different the lyrics are; they are polar opposites of each other.
Back in 1957, they were singing about what types of clothes they were going to be putting on for a night on the town; tonight, Nelly was asking people to take off all their clothes.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with the lyrics from 1957…