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March 2018



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Interpreting lyrics

I was just discussing Billy Squier's "The Stroke". Most people know the refrain
Stroke me, Stroke me
Give me the business all night long.
Stroke me, Stroke me. Stroke!
Stroke me, Stroke me
You're so together boy.
Stroke me, Stroke me
Say you're a winner but man you're just a sinner now.
Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!

Which sounds like it really could be about masterbation. But to me verses like:
Now everbody, Have you heard? If you're in the game, Then The Stroke's the word.
Don't take no rhythm, Dont take no style. Gotta thirst for killin' Grab your vial, yea
Put your right hand out, Give a firm handshake. Talk to me, About that one big break.

Make it sound more like a song about the the music business and how musicians can't trust anyone.

I would compare it to Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar"
"Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. you’re gonna go far, fly high, You’re never gonna die, you’re gonna make it if you try; they’re gonna love you. Well I’ve always had a deep respect, and I mean that most sincerely. The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. oh by the way, Which one’s pink? And did we tell you the name of the game, boy, we call it riding the Gravy train.

We’re just knocked out. we heard about the sell out. you gotta get an Album out, You owe it to the people. we’re so happy we can hardly count. Everybody else is just green, have you seen the chart? It’s a helluva start, it could be made into a monster if we all pull together As a team. And did we tell you the name of the game, boy, we call it riding the Gravy train."

But that is just me.


Have you seen the video for that?! Hes got spandex pants on with the gnarliest moose knuckles (male camel toe) I have ever seen. Maybe it was a different Squire video. Im not sure. It was definitely him though. Him and his two little friends.

You know....

I never thought of it that way, but it makes sense.