It’s a frequent theme on my blogs that I love it when artists use their platform and power to say something that matters. Maybe everyone thinks they’re saying something that matters, and actually music can be great even when it’s not overtly telling a story, teaching a lesson, or doing something dramatic and overt. When my children were little, we used to listen to classical music and talk about what mood it evoked (“Is this scary or happy?”). Everyone of my age (50, give or take 37 days) who grew up in America probably learned this lesson via “Peter and the Wolf” (or was that only at E. Rivers Elementary in Atlanta?).
ANYWAY, I do love music that’s just about having fun (thanks Kool & the Gang for “Celebrate good times! Come on!”).
But today I draw your attention to a song called “Fatso” by The Story.
Here’s a stab at the lyrics:
This is the last time, this time I will win It took a long time to gain this weight, It will take a long time to lose it again I will have only water for a week, then maybe carrots, and celery, and if I lose then Sunday I'll have brown rice Because someone will adore me when my ribs show clearly and I'm thin even when I sit down Someone will admire my gorgeous arms and legs when I'm only one hundred pounds I bought a doctor's scale on sale today It takes up half the bathroom, and it's really ugly, but I know it's going to help me reach my goal I get so dizzy when I stand up fast, and I don't feel like dancing but I know I'm gonna do it this time, for sure Now I walk past the fatsos eating doughnuts, with cream filling, icing, jimmies, and I am so glad I am not like them Because someone will adore me when my ribs show clearly and I'm thin even when I sit down Someone will admire my gorgeous arms and legs when I'm only one hundred pounds Last night I dreamed I ate a chocolate cake, and when I woke up I was sure it was true so I weighed myself just to make sure and drank a diet coke I want to be skinny (Oh I am so hungry)I find this song hysterically funny. And ridiculously sad. Funny because I have lived it, and it's a joke. And sad because I have lived it, and it's a joke. What's with a lifestyle that can have us needing to obsess like this? The Story captures something important.