Monday, November 06, 2006

Repost/Soundbyte - Afternoon Delight

There is a song from the 70's that i love by the Starland Vocal Band called "Afternoon Delight". It won a grammy way back then i believe. Now, this is one of the songs that has my knowledge of its lyrics limited to "ooooh after noon delight. Affffternoon delight". I run around the place obsessed with this song and singing just that part. Even better, the live performance of this song is so cute. This band looks like the Osmonds, all cute and folksy holding tambourines. What a sweet song.

So today, i am listening to the song at work after discovering it in my playlist and shaking my head, feet, fingers and smiling. My colleague at work asks me what i am listening to and i tell him. He doesnt recognise the song so he asks me to sing the chorus. I happily oblige. He immediately begins to laugh out loud. Calls me freaky for listening to such a hot song at work.
I am incensed. That is an innocent song. How dare he? He cannot believe i am soooo naive. Of course i argue and argue so we decide to google it. Here are the lyrics to that song:

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight/Gonna grab some afternoon delight/My motto's always been; when it's right, it's right/Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night/When everything's a little clearer in the light of day/And you know the night is always gonna be there any way/Sky rockets in flight/ Afternoon delight/ Afternoon delight/Thinkin' of you is workin' up my appetite/Looking forward to a little afternoon delight/Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite/And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting/Sky rockets in flight/ Afternoon delight/ Afternoon delight/Started out this morning feeling so polite/I always thought a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite/But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling/A little afternoon delight/Sky rockets in flight/ Afternoon delight/ Afternoon delight/Please be waiting for me baby when I come around/We could make a lot of lovin' be'fore the sun goes down/Sky rockets in flight/ Afternoon delight/ Afternoon delight/

No way. Not my innocent "Afternoon Delight" song. Its a freaky dicky song. These innocent looking people were probably having orgies all the time. How could i have been sooo slow? It was the 70's afterall. All hippies and free love and kumbayas around a fire with the VW camper in the background. What in the world? I feel a little betrayed and my colleague is cackling himself to death. He cannot believe i didnt know this.

I am listening to the song again as i write this and i cannot believe i never actually LISTENED to the words. "I always thought a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite but you've got some bait awaiting and i think i might try nibbling"? What in the world?

Freaky people.

*Let me know if you would like this song*


Patrice said...

Oh my . . . I know that song well, and like you, never paid attention to the lyrics. The song and group that sing it seem so innocent, who would have thought? My tendency to pay more attention to melody than lyrics is so bad that it took a colleague to point out to me the blatantly obvious that the lyrics to "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel are sexual metaphors . . . "You could have a steam train / if you'd just lay down your tracks". I am really out-to-lunch sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Love this song as well..I too was shocked when i found out my afternoon delight was something naughty!