Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 457 (The Misinterpretation of Classic Texts Version)

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it appropriate to go on a 30-minute rant about the lyrics to Vanilla Ice’s pseudo-remake of “Play That Funky Music.” The song is roughly 22 years old and continues to infuriate me. In fact, a breakdown of the lyrical missteps in this song are a blog topic all their own.*

One line that is particularly (and unintentionally) hilarious is a quip that is such a poor misuse of a Biblical analogy, delivered with such smug bravado, it kind of cannot be believed. Hint: it’s on this quiz, along with nine other Biblical references (or at least references to Biblical characters) contained within pop music. Some are a decent use of analogy, some are thrown in to rhyme, and others are simply bizarre.

*Speaking of which, I bought a nice Moleskine this past weekend for jotting down ideas for this blog. And oh, do I have a bunch of ideas. Now I just need time to write them.

Friday Lyric Quiz #457 [scroll down for answers to last week’s quiz]

1. “Moses went walking with the staff of wood, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” (early 90s)

2. “They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple, man, I ain’t going for that ” (mid-90s)

3. “I just speak in future tense, Judas kiss me if offensed” (early 2010s)

4. “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I take a look at my life and realize there’s none left” (mid-90s)

5. “I’m like Samson — Samson to Delilah. There’s no denyin’, you can try to hang” (early 90s)

6. “Havew you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?” (early 90s)

7. “I’m a colt in your stable, I’m what Cain was to Abel” (early 90s)

8. “A time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh, a time to weep ” (mid-60s)

9.  “Well I heard there was a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord” (mid-90s)

10. “Like Noah, I get twos of you and you get pretty” (early 2000s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #456

1. “So then I took my turn, oh, what a thing to have done” (early 2000s)
Yellow, Coldplay

2. “Now that I got me some Seagrams gin, everybody’s got their cup but they ain’t chipped in” (mid-90s)
Gin and Juice, Snoop Dogg

3. “But if you only have love for your own race, then you only leave space to discriminate” (early 2000s)
Where’s the Love, Black Eyed Peas

4. “Where they play the right music, getting in the swing, you come to look for a king” (mid-70s)
Dancing Queen, ABBA

5. “Come on darlin’, hear me darlin’, ’cause you’re a waste of time for me” (early 90s)
Release Me, Wilson Phillips

6. “Live right now, just be yourself. It doesn’t matter if that’s good enough for someone else” (early 2000s)
The Middle, Jimmy Eat World

7. “Boy, I’m achin’, make it right, my temperature is super high” (early 2010s)
Turn Me On, David Guetta (f Nicki Minaj)

8. “Take a good look at me, just your typical prototype” (mid-90s)
Just a Girl, No Doubt

9.  “All of the nights you came to me, when some silly girl had set you free” (early 90s)
Save the Best for Last, Vanessa Williams

10. “And yes of course we does, we running this town just like a club” (early 2010s)
We R Who We R, Ke$ha


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