Misunderstood, on purpose!

Old songs and new meanings

There’s something blowin’ in the wind. Something wonderous. Something sad. Something that makes you feel funny. No, it’s not that lovely perfume Shamirpet sends drifting across each evening. Something subtler. No? Nothing yet? You’re not gonna find it sniffing around mess food trying to find something less than three days old, man; it’s nostalgia! The 2012 batch have been saying their goodbyes, the 2011 batch is about to step out, and the leftover dinosaurs of the 2010 batch are watching their meteorite come closer and closer as it prepares to politely show them the door to extinction. They’re all playing senti songs, remembering them days gone buy, lamenting at the state of the junior batches, and reminiscing about those good old days when ragging used to be the stuff of legends.

And there are some songs which invoke instant memories. Whether it’s the song your friendly next‐ door 9P used to play as he would so rudely wake you up at 4pm from your alcohol‐induced slumber, or that one song your wingie would put on repeat at a hundred decibels as he would “concentrate” on solving that m***********g integral, these songs instantly take you down memory lane as you relive all those insults you would impotently shout at the offending ass.

Without further ado, we present a few that will definitely send you down memory lane. Of course, their real meanings might completely change the way you view those precious, lovely moments into something more…

Complicated ‐ Avril Lavigne (2002)

The mediocre mind thinks that this song is about the facade that people put on to make a good impression. But the mediocre mind has too high an IQ to dream up the idea behind it. It seems as if Avril decided to listen in on the conversation a typical BITSian would have after every EEE exam and add music to it.

Me: “Tell me,why do you have to go and make things so complicated?”

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Ma’am: “Cause life’s like this. Uh huh, uh huh that’s the way it is”

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9P: “Chill out, what you yellin’ for? Lay back, it’s all been done before”

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*insert Aniketh Reddy meme‐practiced all the sums from all the reference books*

And the exam hall invigilator staring at me be like:

“You’re watching your back like you can’t relax

You look like a fool to me”

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Really? An excited dog humping your leg could come up with better subject matter. And speaking of humps…

My humps ‐ Black eyed peas (2005)

I tried to make sense out of these lyrics, I really did.

What you gon’ do with all that junk?

All that junk inside your trunk?

I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,

Get you love drunk off my hump.

My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump.

If we saw a lady with a hump, we’d be running the other way, not getting “love drunk” off her “hump”. Who likes ladies with humps? Camels?

My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out).

We did check it out, and it seems, Dear Black Eyed Peas, that writing such vacuous crap has given you cancer. Just

Fireflies ‐ Owl City (2009)

Ever had that moment when you’re all grown up, and happen to be listening to a boyhood favourite when you suddenly realise it’s not actually about the birds and the bees? And that Mary Jane/Lucy/Mandy do not actually refer to a girl? It’s time you had that moment with Fireflies. Check out the link and see the seventh definition. http://bit.ly/1Dp3AUG.

“’Cause I’d get a thousand hugs

From ten thousand lightning bugs”

So when do you get 1000 hugs from 10000 lightning bugs? When you’re effin’ high, that’s when.

Researchers have found that the temporal actions of your central sulcus are hindered under the influence of senolytic substances. We’re not even going to pretend we understand the science behind that statement. All we know is that in plain English, it means: Planet Earth turns slowly when you’re stoned. The euphoria makes everything seem different and it becomes hard to stay awake. It makes you begin contemplating the more abstract questions in life, like…

Where Them Girls at? ‐ David Guetta (2011)

Ever engineer asks that same question. Once the euphoria of coming to college wears off, disillusionment begins to set in, and a dawning horror manifests itself on every face.

“So lil’ girls in here, where do I begin?

I see only one, I’m bout to go in

Then she said, I’m here with my friends

She got me thinking and that’s when I said

Where dem girls at, girls at?

Where dem girls at, girls at?”

This is one question that will haunt engineering students not just for days, but for decades to come.

Dynamite ‐ Taio Cruz and Ke$ha ‐ Blow (2012)

Blow’s so obvious that CID had to investigate Ke$ha as a potential recruiter for the ISI. But Dynamite makes for a good plot. Background story so far‐

Taio enters the club with his crew and tells the crowd to get out of his way. He’s here with plans and he’s prepared, even if the mission takes all night. He takes the club captive and then…

“Put your hands in the air

Cause I told you once,

Now I told you twice”

Last warning before Taio pops your head off. Better comply and surrender.

“We gon’ light it up,

Like it’s dynamite”

He’s gonna light it up up up and make it burn burn burn.

“I’m gonna take it all, I

I’m gonna be the last one standing”

Money, jewellery, phones, Taio ain’t leaving anything behind. And he’s probably backstabbed (literally) his crew too. Like a boss.

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Let it go ‐ Idina Menzel (2013)

“Let it go, let it go

Can’t hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care

what they’re going to say

Let the storm rage on.”

Does this song remind you of the glorious sounds emanating from somewhere around you as you brush, bleary‐eyed in the morning? If the sounds don’t jolt you awake, then the accompanying smell certainly will. Sounds (smells) like someone had an extra‐large helping of mess food last night.

Talk dirty ‐ Jason Derulo(2014)

Y’all ever heard a song by those gangsta homies that ain’t about molly, moolah or Maseratis? Do you have a wingie who happens to be one of those wannabe fake‐ass thugs, and keeps playin’ songs like Rack City and Who do you love? on repeat?

Most of these songs are full of shitty lyrics. We mean, seriously. We’ve lost count how many times we’ve been asked to put my hands up in the air like I don’t care. Yet they manage to make it to the top in US charts. God bless America indeed.

But Jason Derulo is different. Take ‘Talk Dirty’ for example. Well, We can’t post the lyrics here as that would limit the target audience of this article. But the song is actually about International Love, i.e. Jason’s been to countries and cities he can’t even pronounce and is infatuated by a girl from Argentina who doesn’t speak his language.

“You know the words to my songs. No habla ingles”.

She doesn’t speak English yet she makes an effort to learn his crappy lyrics. We wipe crocodile tears from our eyes at such true love. Words are not necessary when souls connect.

“Our conversations ain’t long / But you know what is.”

They do better things with their mouths. Also that girl makes it hard…for him to leave the foreign city.

“I know what that girl them wants, london to taiwan.”

What a beautiful love song. :’)

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If you’ve managed to come through this far, then you deserve a treat! We managed to scrounge up one small song‐snippet we thought might convey our feelings towards y’all, seniors.

“So take the photographs and still frames in your mind

Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time

For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while…

I hope you had the time of your life”

Can you guess the song though?  Good Riddance ‐ Green Day!

-Avi Jain

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