To Thine Own Self Be true

ImageToday the video of Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus surfaced from the MTV awards. To some, this was one of the most disappointing and trashy performances in a long time, but to others this was hardly anything to get excited about. After all, sex sells in our western society and it has been this way for decades. Not to mention there are and have been twerk videos all over you tube for years. Millions viewed and loved the motion picture Dirty Dancing. And countless people across the country dance in clubs every weekend the very same way that Robin and Miley did. So what’s the big deal!?

Maybe the big deal is once upon a time a song and dance represented an art form where an artist could inspire and evoke images of an idea, dream, or feeling, and in some cases even sensuality through subtle suggestions or poetic wording.  There seemed a great deal of respect for the individual listener and society as a whole. Individual erotic displays of desire were most often kept private or restricted to adult only audiences.

Clearly things have changed over the years. Explicit lyrics are no longer censored as a result of free speech and artistic expression litigation. Vulgar, explicit, and sexually suggestive lyrics are common place these days even on radio stations. And it is so very interesting how people decide what they will and will not listen to, and what they will and won’t do.

People assigned value judgments based on their personal belief systems but: Are their decisions always consistent with what they claim to believe?

Following are the lyrics from Blurred Lines:

Everybody get up, WOO!
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

Robin Thicke Verse 1:
If you can’t hear what I’m trying to say
If you can’t read from the same page
Maybe I’m going deaf
Maybe I’m going blind
Maybe I’m out of my mind

Robin Thicke Bridge:
Ok, now he was close
Tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal
Baby, it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
You don’t need no papers
That man is not your maker
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a

Robin Thicke Hook:
Good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

Robin Thicke Verse 2:
What do they make dreams for
When you got them jeans on
What do we need steam for
You the hottest bitch in this place
I feel so lucky, you wanna hug me
What rhymes with hug me
Hey!

Bridge

Hook

T.I. Verse 3:
Hustle Gang Homie
One thing I ask of you
Lemme be the one you back that ass up to
From Malibu to Paris boo
Had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you
So, hit me up when you pass through
I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on ’em even when you dress casual
I mean, it’s almost unbearable
In a hundred years not dare would I
Pull a Pharcyde, let you pass me by
Nothin’ like your last guy, he too square for you
He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that
So I’m just watching and waitin’
For you to salute the true big pimpin’
Not many women can refuse this pimping
I’m a nice guy, but don’t get confused, this pimpin’

Robin Thicke Breakdown:
Shake your rump
Get down, get up-a
Do it like it hurt, like it hurt
What you don’t like work
Hey!

Robin Thicke Verse 4:
Baby, can you breathe
I got this from Jamaica
It always works for me
Dakota to Decatur
No more pretending
Cause now you’re winning
Here’s our beginning
I always wanted a

Robin Thicke Hook

Pharrell & Robin Thicke Bridge:
Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Hey, Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey, Hey

Pharrell & Robin Thicke Outro:
Everybody get up, WOO!
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

It does not take much to figure out what the song is referring to. Many people will say that they just like the music and the rhythm of the song and they don’t listen to the words. Yet others make it very plan they love the music and the message as well.  Can you really listen to the music in a song without actually supporting the spirit of the song itself? It seems that Miley was being true to the spirit of the song with the help of Robin who just happens to be a married man. Yet his marital status apparently did not faze him while Miley twerked it out on him. You see he is one of the many individuals who can get on stage and play a role to entertain for money, and then get off of the stage and go back to his “real” life with his wife and family apparently without “Blurred Lines” between the two. Ummm yeah, apparently…

These two just might be more honest with themselves then many who might be complaining about this song. It seems so many people complain about the lyrics of a song like this yet these same individuals may have inconsistencies in their own lives… Perhaps their church does not condone gambling or consumption of alcohol yet these folks indulge. Maybe some of these same folks speak out against the inhuman treatment of animals yet they treat the very people that they live with as less than human. There are hundreds of examples of people who claim to be or think one way yet they behave in another.

We all may have areas of inconsistencies in our lives. Would it not be better to simply look within with the goal of self-improvement than to look without with a judging eye?

To Thine own self be true.

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About Gratitude Consulting by G

Lifelong Volunteer and Community Servant Musician Actor DJ Social Activist Former Federal LEO (Retired). USA.
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4 Responses to To Thine Own Self Be true

  1. Rae says:

    SOOOOOOOOO gooood Dad. I agree agree agree. Thanks for showing me how to truly embrace, appreciate and respect the art of music!

  2. Jenn says:

    I’ve been guilty of listening to a song and never hearing the lyrics, then later I hear it again and I’m immediately ashamed. I hope that I can encourage a household where music is more than a ‘beat’ and that the message it sings will bring Glory and not shame.

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