I recently stumbled onto some DJs on XM 20 on 20 doing a segment on ‘lyrics that bug you.’ They were cracking about Sade’s line from their classic 1984 pop-jazz hit “Smooth Operator” from the album Diamond Life. The comment went something like this.
DJ1: “Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago” always bothered me.
DJ2: Yeah, I don’t know what coast she was talking about!
Indeed, even as an 8-year old, these lyrics bothered me. Never mind that the song is not actually about a telephone operator as I innocently assumed at the time, but about a jet-setting lothario.
So what song lyrics bother you?
Check out Sade Adu in this super-stylish, super-80’s film-noir ish adaptation of the song.