Friday, July 20, 2007

A Cautionary Tale

I am so careful! Well, let me rephrase that. I try to be so careful. I always make sure that I don’t watch questionable television in front of the kids. And let me tell you, that’s getting more and more difficult these days. Some shows I can get away with because they are over the head of a 5-year-old, but some shows I have had to give up completely. Like Nip/Tuck. I mean come on. There’s really just no way on that one.

I am even careful with music. I’m still hoping most of that will remain over their heads for awhile. I mean I didn’t realize what Cyndi Lauper’s She Bop meant until I was in my 20’s. I certainly didn’t understand anything at age 5 that was a double innuendo.

But now, with all the explicit lyrics, it’s so hard to avoid everything. Hell, the last time I bought a Pink CD, I even bought the version with the bad words bleeped out so I could listen to it in the car.

Today, I was listening to my Lifehouse CD. I love that CD. The only problem is there is one song in the middle of the CD that contains explicit lyrics. (I love that song, too, which is annoying.) Anyway, I always skip over that one song when the kids are in the car (which is 99% of the time).

Today, I forgot. I mean, I completely spaced out. Not only did I leave the CD playing, but I started singing along. Dude! What the hell is wrong with me?

But that is not the worst of it. The worst of it is that Eli started singing along too. Yeah, the song is catchy. Unfortunately, when he started singing, reality hit me, and I just about started hyperventilating. I immediately turned off the music, much to Eli’s chagrin. “Mama!! I liked that song!!”

This weekend, I am going shopping for a bubble to keep him in.

And as for the song? Well, here it is. See if you can understand my distress.

Update to comments: Dude! Seriously? You can't understand that the first lyrics of the song say "When you f*ck me in the morning."?!


Travis said...

I couldn't understand the lyrics, so I guess I'm safe.

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to remain aware of what your kids are hearing.

Travis said...

Oh - when I said I couldn't understand the lyrics, I meant that I couldn't distinguish what the singer was saying.

Donna said...

I looked up the lyrics. It's about suicide, I take it. Hey, when I call my 21-year-old grandson who is staying with us right now on his cell, I hear this:

"Go home and get stoned
Cause the sex is so much better when you're mad at me
You wear me out (We could end up making love instead of misery)".

Not exactly grandma-appropriate. Grandson just chuckles and shakes his head when I mention it.

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

Oh yeah, I have caught myself forgetting to skip past a song in the car and even singing along, that's how I catch myself...singing along and all the sudden it's like OOPS!!

Comedy + said...

I'm with Travis on this one. Who can understand the words? Okay, I'm old and that probably explains it.

Mom not Mum said...

I've downloaded the "wrong" versions of songs on to my ipod as well and didn't realize until it came on in the car. Ooops. Lucky for me all Ihad to do was uncheck it during my last episode and crisis averted - for the moment.

crazy working mom said...

Yup, I've got bad songs on my ipod too. I love Lifehouse. I've never heard this song, though. My little one sings along with everything, so I'd have to be careful with her listening to this one for sure!!!

Qtpies7 said...

My husband and I, both over 35, just found out what "Tin roof rusted" means in the song Love Shack, lol. Now my kids know because we'd been singing it and then had to look it up.
(drat that Karaoke night! I've had that song stuck in my head since Friday!)