Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You Light Up My Life Song Analysis

Hey, I'm back and ready for some more ridiculous nonsense. Hope you are too.

Let's start with Debbie Boone's 1970s one-hit wonder, You Light Up My Life.

Ok, I’ve already made a pretty funny post on this song here, but I never did give it a proper song analysis and believe me, it needs it. So, for those of you that secretly sang like choir girl to this song in the70s, just continue your embarrassing denial and laugh along while I rip this one apart.

So many nights I sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You've come along

You know, I’ve heard some unorthodox dating strategies but sitting by ones window waiting for some hot guy to come along and sing seems just a bit unlikely. Do a lot of women do this? No wonder they’re bitter and surmise there are no good men available out there. Nobody is singing in windows. We men didn’t get the memo!

And you have to wonder about a guy that comes around looking for some girl alone in the dark. He’s got to be a creepy peeping Tom or something. Which then has me wondering why poor old Tom got labeled as the peeper in all of this? I’m sure his friends Bubba and Axel were peeping too…

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song


Personally, I think she got a bad deal here. First of all, “You light up my days”? Uhhh…it’s the day time, you don’t need any light. Unless you live in Northern Finland in the winter it’ll be light out. The guy's really not that impressive.

Oh, and then “fill my nights with song”? Great, he keeps you up all night singing. He’s probably singing some obnoxious earworm tune, passes out on you and you stay up the rest of the night thinking he’s singing when instead the hideous song is just going around and around in your mind.

Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turning for home?
Finally, a chance to say hey,
I love You
Never again to be all alone

First of all, do you know what rolling at sea does to the majority of the population? That’s right, sea sickness! I’m trying to fit this song all together but it’s difficult. Maybe her houseboat drifted away and out to sea and the obnoxious peeper is a singing pirate. Then she’s stuck in some kind of giant rodent exercise ball and needs saving. It’s my best guess here…

But let’s not forget that last line, “never again to be all alone”. That’s a bit creepy to me again. I really don’t want my partner hanging around while I’m taking a big dump. Humans just need some privacy or you might as well let your friends go ahead and pick your nose for you!

You light up my life
You give me hope
To carry on
You light up my days
and fill my nights with song

It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'Cause You
You light up my life


Gosh I wish I could use that last bit “it can’t be wrong when it feels so right” in some situations, such as going 120mph in a 55 zone because you’re in the middle of tumbleweeds and nothingness somewhere in rural Nevada or New Mexico and you run into a policeman that feels the law is the law. Besides, somehow I don’t feel that Tiger Woods would have been able to save his celebrity standing by using the line “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right”. But that’s just me.

Oh…ps…speaking of me, none of those people were me in that last post…the gnomes thought it would be funny to have you look anyway…

31 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Welcome back, Kotter, uhho wrong song!

Gottcha, tell the gnomes that I never looked cause we have already seen you and just too many people to look through with or without a magnifying glass. But then again maybe we should see if the gnomes are hiding in there and tricked you. But the gnomes do light up my life and give me hope to never have to find someone. When one has gnomes in their life, what else does one need.

Love the gnomes. But someone stole my gnome and I need to buy another.

God bless.

Tom said...

ah, it is such a soaring song...you can't help feeling a lift from it. Since i heard sung at the end of a church service some 30 years ago or more, i always figured it was sort of a religious/inspirational song...at least you can take it that way...

or not.

Kelley said...

You light up my days and fill my nights with song...

Sounds like a radioactive cat to me.

Collette said...

Maybe she's in love with a jukebox on a cruise ship.(do they have jukeboxes on cruise ships?) That would be so wrong.

Dr. Mac said...

When this song was popular, I worked with a fellow who lived to make people laugh. One morning, he cruised through the office singing his version of this ditty, which featured these lines:

You light up my joint
You give me dope . .

I cannot hear that song without thinking about that moment. How sad is that?

mama-face said...

now I know am old...I wanted to be Debbie Boone when I was in H.S. and I'm sure this was the theme song at some prom. Thanks for the earworm.

And welcome back. I didn't know you were gone cuz I was gone, but nevertheless, welcome back.

Subby said...

Bwahahahahahaaaaa! Sorry, read the link first ;)hee, heeee! And whilst driving thru' the vast wasteland of New Mexico ( and Texas )...I was hard pressed to see any of the constabulary...off to read your Dylan parody, heh, heh...

And watch your mailbox ( wink, wink, nudge, nudge... )

Subby said...

I liked it( the new parody )...even better having Bob sing it along in my demented mind..HA!

The Incredible Woody said...

Personally I'd prefer something other than song to fill my nights.

Roy said...

Geez! Just when I thought I'd finally rid myself of that horrible song, you had to bring it back! Man, they don't even play that on Karaoke nights around here any more; the DJs were tired of having stuff thrown at them.

Roy Scribner said...

Rats, my commenting skill are very rusty. You light up my life? {shudder}

Elizabeth said...

Welcome back! Hope ypu had a good break. I absolutly HATE this song. Who ever thought it would be a good idea? Why did people play it on radios??

VE said...

Mrsupole – The gnomes have messed up everything while I was away. And here I thought they would at least vacuum…

Tom – Well…I’ll give you that she did sing it with gusto…never mind that the lyrics make no sense…

Kelley – Cool…radioactive cats are so hard to find these days…

Collette – I was on a cruise ship last year…they did have a juke box! Then again…they had everything on there…

Dr. mac – Hey…if you check my old post (the one I linked from this one)…that was the same thing I said!

Mama-face – Yeah...I was gone…first non-travel absence in over 3 years…

Subby – It would be just my luck to get caught in the middle of nowhere doing 120mph…

Subby – Ooh, ooh…I’m watching the mail…thanks!

Incredible woody – Ha! I don’t even need to comment further…

Roy – Misery loves company. I have to bring up the truly ridiculous…

Roy – Sort of froze you, did I? Wait until I top THAT song…

Elizabeth – It was the 70s…I rest my case…

ReformingGeek said...

Yes, please close the door to the bathroom, OK? Sheesh!

It's kind of dark in the house. I think I need day.....light.

;-)

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Finally! New posts, I don't have to try and find VE in that picture anymore!

Baino said...

Perhaps she's in Amsterdam and sitting in front of a Red window?

Beth said...

Apparently there’s something inherently romantic about sitting by a window dreaming about men. I didn’t get THAT memo.

Gladys said...

I always got Debbie Boone and Carrie Fisher confused back in the day. I remember hearing that song for the first time and asking why is Princess Leah singing that stupid song?

PS...I heard that song in church.

JenJen said...

Well shit. There goes my dedication, VE. How rude.

gab said...

I never understood a lot of songs, and then one day it hit me they were all doing drugs and I was the only sober one so I didnt understand what everyone else did. lol. Ooooohh I laughed parden me Im still in mourning

Janna said...

OMG... when I was about 8 or 9 years old (back in 1978-79), I took organ lessons and this was one of the songs I played at my recital. Imagine a little kid trying her best to play this on some cheap electric keyboard thing...
My mom said I sounded wonderful, but moms are supposed to say things like that.

sharonheg said...

Hey, it was the 70's...who knows what the songwriters had smoked.

Welcome back to cyberspace!

AngelMay said...

Ha! Good one. I've done this to the song "Impossible" (You should read the lyrics - you will crack up). A lot of the old songs, especially, lend themselves to "analysis" - especially in the more enlightened today. Well..ok...maybe "enlightened" isn't the word -- Maybe uninhibited comes closer. Whatever. I think I've confused myself. Buh-bye. ;o)

monica said...

no romatic vibes at the VE estate I presume.. all facts, and down the basics and all... poor mrs VE...
:o)))

VE said...

Reforminggeek – But it’s so claustrophobic if I close the bathroom door…

Perpetual chocoholic – Yes, I decided to come back…

Baino – That’s a great guess…

Beth – This whole memo process isn’t really working, is it?

Gladys – Because you light up my wookie….you give me a light saber to….nevermind

Jenjen – Ha…I always blow it…

Gab – Yes, when you’re not on drugs or alcohol and everyone else is…it feels like you’re on drugs or alcohol because of the wacky stuff going around you…

Janna – Note to self…resist commenting about “organ lessons”…

Sharonheg – Thanks. She’s lucky she has that “70s” excuse…

Angelmay – It’s true…there are so many songs I could rip apart in this manner…it’s just so fun…

Monica – ha! Why just the other day I changed the bag in the vacuum so the wifey-poo could continue her housework! ;)

CatLadyLarew said...

Welcome back, VE... so nice of you to time your little vacation for when I was in a blogging slump and not keeping up! But to come back to "You Light Up My Life"? Seriously? Where did you vacation and what did they do to you? Love your take on it.... I don't think I'll be spending much time sitting by my window, alone in the dark, waiting for Mr. Right to come along!

Janna said...

"Janna – Note to self…resist commenting about “organ lessons”…"

Yeahhh, I was wondering what you'd say about that. :)

The Silver Fox said...

You wanna talk creepy? How about the old classic, "Turn Around, Look at Me," which begins:

There is someone walking behind you,
Turn around, look at me.
There is someone watching your footsteps
Turn around, look at me...


Don't turn around, sweetheart! Call the police on your cellphone before you're attacked!

VE said...

catladylarew - Actually, I didn't go anywhere, I just got overwhelmed with things I needed to do and I didn't have a stockpile of posts ready to go so I thought I'd take a week off. After almost four years and nearly a thousand posts, it seemed like I'd earned it...

janna - You knew I couldn't resist the urge...

silver fox - Ha! That is a creepy one. Probably in the Stalker Hall of Fame museum...

Jaime said...

i was never a big fan of this song. but i love the dissected version here

VE said...

jaime - I can tear apart any song...