I have not listened to the radio and have been living under the rock of indie songs this half year. So, it is not surprising that I have not heard the song ‘Despacito‘. I know about it because there are so many covers popping up on Youtube and Instagram. But, it never interests me enough to click on those videos.
Until today. Today, it was interesting enough for me to have a listen to this song because it got banned in Malaysia due to its obscene lyrics.
To my surprise, it’s in Spanish (duh!). Maybe because I’m hungry, I kept hearing the word ‘burrito’ in the song. I even heard the word ‘Malaysia’! I turned on the subtitles and yes, there’s a word that sounds like Malaysia in there. It’s ‘malicia’. Spanish for bad, evil or something like that. Pretty sharp ears I got here, considering this is the first time I’m listening to it. Lol!
I guess nobody really knew what they have been listening and singing along to because they don’t understand the language. But the thing is, does anybody ever really understand the lyrics of the songs they listen to?
I would say easily 90% of the songs on the radio are about sex, drugs, gangsterism, LGBT etc.
So why not ban those songs too? There are tonnes of other obscene songs played on the radio with no issues at all.
This is just a few racy songs I can remember off the top of my head that I’m sure are still playing on the radio.
Sweat by Innercircle – My first sex song (or the first song I realised was about sex).
Shape of You by Ed Sheeran – Sex with girl met at the bar and her body.
Whistle by Flo Rida – Oral sex.
Cool For The Summer by Demi Lavato – Same sex fling.
3 by Britney Spears – Group sex.
Glad You Came by The Wanted – Orgasms
Pillow Talk by Zayn Malik – Sex
All The Things She Said by Tatu – Lesbianism
Smack That by Akon – Sex (I cringed so hard when I heard one of my primary students sang it. I couldn’t even explain to him why he shouldn’t be singing it. I just said it was a bad song. He said his dad listens to it all the time in the car)
Parents, please be careful of the songs you expose your kids to. There’s nothing normal about a 7-year-old singing about smacking a woman’s bottom.
These are just some of it. Next time while you are listening to music, try figuring out what the songs are about. You may just be surprised.
Just to prove how much people don’t know or care about song lyrics, there’s this song I always hear people play at weddings; the song ‘Saving All My Love For You’ by Whitney Houston.
This song is about this woman having an affair with a married man and how she will always love him even though her friends ask her to leave him and she knows he’ll never leave his family for her.
What a great love song for a wedding ya!
Don’t believe me? Have a listen to it. This time, pay close attention to the lyrics.