Sunday, January 19, 2014

pretending brass in my pocket

Lisleman’s musical time traveling has taken me back to the late 70’s.

The Pretenders have brass in their pockets. Brass in a pocket has me thinking brass knuckles.  Today given the magic connectivity of trivial answers the internet provides, I know the expression is British slang for having money.

The Pretenders released “Brass in Pocket” in late 1979.

Chrissie Hynde in her 60's

As I listened to the lyrics (this song’s lyrics are hard to understand and full of slang) I found myself thinking it could be the theme song for social media and even blogging. Once again the wealth of trivia on the internet made it a simple task of not only uncovering the lyrics but also their slang meaning.

Intention, I feel inventive
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice
'Cause I'm gonna make you see
There's nobody else here
No one like me
I'm special (Special)
So special (Special)
I gotta have some of your attention
Give it to me

Another Pretenders favorite is “Back on the Chain Gang”. There is one line from that song I wish I could work into a post.
“... The phone, the TV and the news of the world got in the house like a pigeon from hell, ooh oh ooh oh…”
I don’t care much for pigeons.


Secret Agent Woman said...

My baby sister is terrified of pigeons. She calls them "winged vermin."

Scarlet Blue said...

I don't care much for The News of the World! Thankfully ceased publication now.

lisleman said...

Hey, yet another moment of learning from blogging. I thought the lyrics were just referring to news in a general sense. So there was a newspaper called "The News of the World"? I love learning via blogging. thanks

Oh now don't tell me there is actually a pigeon from hell too.

Scarlet Blue said...

Sadly not!!

miruspeg said...

I'm a huge Pretenders fan and being Australian with an English background I love talking/listening to slang!
Thanks for the 70's music time travel post Bill.
Peggy xxxx

lisleman said...

I find slang very interesting. Often it makes no sense but becomes common. thanks

Cheryl P. said...

I don't care much for pigeons either but especially any that come from hell.

I never understood anything about the song "Brass in Pocket". Even the title makes no sense to me. BUT Chrissie is looking awesome in her 60s.

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