Date: 09/08/2020
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Perverted

As far as I know, the only song containing the word "perverted" is the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Here is the verse:

I don't know how you were diverted
You were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
No one alerted you

I've no idea what this is about. Pop lyrics rarely mean anything. "Diverted" like Jane Austen? "Inverted" like Radclyffe Hall?  But this is a far better rhyme than you find in many songs. Think "Back in the USSR/Don't know how lucky you are", "Shake and cough/Nabokov" and "Keyboard/Oh Lord". I would be interested to know which "-erted" word they thought of first, and which were brought in just for the rhyme. I think "alerted" is the runt of the litter. Someone being diverted, perverted and inverted doesn't need alerting, as they are probably enjoying every minute of it.

I can't, off the top of my head, think of any other songs with "diverted", "inverted" or "alerted" in them. And I can't think of any poems with any of these words in. Perhaps "perverted" doesn't come into any poem, although the others surely must.