Recent Posts



Friday, 30 March 2007

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.

Posted on 03/30/2007 12:31 PM by Mary Jackson
30 Mar 2007
Send an emailEsmerelda Weatherwax

Preaching to the Perverted by Pop Will Eat Itself.

Perverted by Language by The Fall.

As these are not my sort of bands I can't hum the tunes (there may not even be tunes) or make any pertinent comment.


30 Mar 2007
Send an emailRobert Bove
And who was most disconcerted when those lovable mop tops failed to show for a performance?

30 Mar 2007
Send an emailgreenmamba
Frank Zappa: "I am the Slime"
I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged

also has destined, vile & pernicious

Your post brought to mind another spoken lyric from Uncle Frank:

Questions, questions, questions, flooding into the mind of the concerned youngperson today.