Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Satanic Lyrics

I was listening to some Joni Mitchell, as I am wont to do-- specifically "This Flight Tonight"-- and was perhaps paying more attention than usual to the lyrics. Hidden deep in the last verse is this:

"Up go the flaps, down go the wheels
I hope you got your heat turned on baby"

(Italics mine.) How terribly disappointing. I may have to re-think my whole Joni Mitchell fandom. I may have to re-think my whole Canadian fandom. Of course, this song was written after she had already moved to the U.S.-- specifically, southern California-- which might explain why she had, evidently, become feeble of mind and constitution and required the heat to be turned on.

Or is hoping that her "baby" has "turned on" his (her?) "heat" here not supposed to be taken literally?

4 Comments:

Blogger The MSILF said...

Surely you are not against heating airplanes? That's what it sounds like to me, no?

10/14/09, 11:38 AM  
Blogger brushfiremedia said...

Agreed. Average temps at 35K are around -55. C. Much colder than the average temps of a Manitoba winter.

10/14/09, 3:43 PM  
Blogger Turboglacier said...

No no-- the lyric is not about heat in an airplane. She is addressing someone on the ground (someone she is meeting? Or left behind? Unclear.) She is hoping that person got his heat turned on, got his automobile fixed, and that it's going to be better when they meet again (baby).

10/14/09, 3:47 PM  
Blogger brushfiremedia said...

Hmm. All I know is that its now 58 in my house and I'm pretty sure my wife is not going to be amused when she gets home tomorrow night!

10/14/09, 11:32 PM  

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