#SLS ~ Banned By BBC

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Random stuff space. I wish I could be like Sven, my Bearded Dragon. He has been brumating for over a month. It’s like hibernation for reptiles. I want to sleep until the weather and other conditions are exactly to my liking. Silly lizard must think he’s in Australia, brumating in summer. He does it every year… must be in his DNA or something. Yes, I’m still mostly away, still lurking, still showing up on Sundays only. I did sneak in a Parrots video recently (last week?) and I’m trying to get stuff sorted, but Stuff is resistant to sorting. I’ll keep at it.

The topic for this week – Songs where somebody is having sex, or talking, or hinting about having it

I immediately had a song playing in my head when I read this prompt. It’s even by an artist I’ve seen… eventually. The concert was originally scheduled for July 28, 1989. It was canceled when we were already inside the venue. It was rescheduled for the following night July 29, 1989… and canceled again. This was back in the day of tearing tickets, so when we went back to the venue on August 1, 1989, we only had a quarter of a ticket left… and hope.

I found this old news report

There was a show… FINALLY. Luckily my mother had no problem watching Daughter, who was an infant at the time.

What is the song? Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) written and performed by Rod Stewart. It’s from his 1976 album A Night On The Town.

According to Songfacts, the phrase “sex rock” entered the lexicon in 1975, thanks to an article in Time magazine about the rise of songs like this one that are clearly about a seduction. With the genre defined, various groups started protesting it, including Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity). This song was a target and used as an example of one that was loosening the morals of young people.

Yep! And as my title suggests, the lascivious lyrics got the song banned by the BBC, which objected to the line, “Spread your wings and let me come inside.” The ban was later lifted due to public demand; the song became a UK hit, and later, a US #1.

The blond woman in the video is Britt Ekland, Rod’s girlfriend at the time.

Stay away from my window
Stay away from my back door too
Disconnect the telephone line
Relax baby and draw that blind

Kick off your shoes and sit right down
Loosen off that pretty French gown
Let me pour you a good long drink
Ooh, baby, don’t you hesitate ’cause

Tonight’s the night
It’s gonna be alright
‘Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

C’mon, angel, my hearts on fire
Don’t deny your man’s desire
You’d be a fool to stop this tide
Spread your wings and let me come inside ’cause

Tonight’s the night
It’s gonna be alright
‘Cause I love you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

Don’t say a word my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild
The secret is about to unfold
Upstairs before the night’s too old

Tonight’s the night
It’s gonna be alright
‘Cause I love you woman
Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

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Thanks for stopping by. What song would you choose for this prompt? Are you a fan of Rod Stewart? Would you keep trying after two show cancelations or just get a refund?

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HUGS!

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