All I Wanna Do Is Right This Blog


The radio was on at work the other day. Not my choice, but it was on. The station was old top 40 hits I assume, or whatever genre Sheryl Crow is. Her hit single, All I Wanna Do, is a catchy song, which made it a great pick for Lyric Breakdown.

Hit it!
This ain’t no disco
It ain’t no country club either
This is LA!

First off, I am going to admit I really like that she talks to the audience about what she’s going to sing. An essence of a rapper warming you up to a good beat. I see an appearance with Dr. Dre in a musical collage in her future.

But it is not long before she fucks up. Just like every other artist who’s lyrics have been dissected.  She says this ain’t no disco, and it ain’t no country club, but a quick online search will show that there are quite a few of both in Los Angeles, CA.

The metro area has 13,131,431 people, so obviously there is going to be a lot of disco’s, and country clubs, so those are absolutely part of the super-sized sandwich that is LA.


“All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die,”
Says the man next to me out of nowhere
It’s apropos 
Of nothing
He says his name’s William but I’m sure,
He’s Bill or Billy or Mac or Buddy
And he’s plain ugly to me
And I wonder if he’s ever had a day of fun in his whole
life

Apropos is being both relevant and opportune. Figured you may have never heard the word before – I had to look it up myself.

Let that not distract us, however, from the fact that Sheryl is completely dissing a stranger in this song, whom she can’t remember their name; only citing that he was “plain ugly to me” and “I wonder if he’s ever had a day of fun in his whole life,”

That’s a sad thing to think about after only one sentence being uttered by the man. I’m sure William Bill-Billy-Mac-Buddy is wonderful little Irishman.


We are drinking beer at noon on Tuesday
In a bar that faces a giant car wash
The good people of the world are washing their cars
On their lunch break, hosing, and scrubbing
As best they can in skirts in suits

They drive their shiny Datsuns and Buicks
Back to the phone company, the record store too
Well, they’re nothing like Billy and me, cause

Now she is buddy-buddy with Billy? You just slagged the man for being worthless in your eyes, but he’s in the same grouping as you cause you’re both no washing your cars.

I do not think there is any song that I have heard of go in such detail about people washing cars. Not even in Car Wash by Rose Royce, and that was all about working at a car wash.

Another thing that interests me is that these people are washing their own car, instead of paying some kid at least to do it. Especially since wearing a suit is ill-advised while in the procurement of glistening a car. At least he’s going home in a Datsun.


All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

The moment you have been waiting for – the Chorus. There’s no way you aren’t currently humming these lines in the back of your head whilst reading the lines that I have typed before you. This shit wins gold records.

We all want to have fun, you don’t have to remind us of that. The real question is though… did she end up having fun that day/night? Did the sun come up over Santa Monica Boulevard?


I like a good beer buzz early in the morning
And Billy likes to peel the labels
From his bottles of Bud
He shreds them on the bar
Then he lights every match in an oversized pack
Letting each one burn down to his thick fingers
before blowing and cursing them out
And he’s watching the bottles of Bud as they spin on
the floor

And a happy couple enters the bar
Dangerously close to one another
The bartender looks up from his want ads

I guess since you don’t know the patron’s name in the second section of lines, it is nice that you decided to call him Billy the rest of the way through. Though I think it would’ve been nice for him earlier if you skipped a decent percentage of your song letting him know that you don’t know him. Even though you spent the rest of you day out with him. Billy has some slick moves with the ladies.

I wonder what it is because all he does is apparently act like a pyro and peel labels off of his beer due to boredom. He must have really nice features. Good for you, Billy.

Finally, before boring us with more details about her gentleman of the evening, she adds the much important facts that a couple came in – very close to each other (duh they’re a happy couple as stated) – and that the bartender hates his job.

Wow! I am just realizing this song I love has very little substance.


All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

So we have now heard more about her night. It still seems apparent that Sheryl has not found her fun yet, and is still not asking people for fun, even though she has concluded that are more like her within in her midst. There isn’t much time left.


Otherwise, the bar is ours,
The day and the night and the car wash too
The matches and the Buds and the clean and dirty
cars
The sun and the moon but

They have claimed squatters rights over multiple properties in the greater Los Angeles area, and it looks like a rebel attitude has shifted the night into broken laws and a potential story to make a song about (Spoiler Alert).


All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

It does feel as if she finally found fun in the end, though it is a little vague. Do not want to jump to conclusions. As if there were some sort of mat created for jumping to conclusions to help with making decisions like this.

Conclusion: Sheryl made friends with a stranger, stared at a car wash, and potentially stole millions of dollars worth of property in an evening before the sun came up over Santa Monica Boulevard. Good for you Sheryl.

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