Song Selection Matters



Here is a snippet of the lyrics of the AC/DC song, “Shook Me All Night Long“:

She was a fast machine
She kept her motor clean
She was the best damn woman I had ever seen
She had the sightless eyes
Telling me no lies
Knockin’ me out with those American thighs
Taking more than her share
Had me fighting for air
She told me to come but I was already there
‘Cause the walls start shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you

Shook me all night long
Yeah you shook me all night long

I’m thinking of having a party and I would like to invite your underage niece or daughter to come dance in a bikini for my friends and family to these lyrics. Sounds crazy right? I would like for you to come along and cheer her on. After all, you don’t want to be uncool and not be supportive. As a matter of fact, I would like for you to put this thing together and keep this in mind, “SEX SALES”. I don’t have anything to sell, but this act needs to be an attention grabber.

If I asked you this, you would probably slap my face or report me to the police. If I told you there was a 16-year-old girl dancing on a stage to this song in a bikini with a room full of 40-50 year old men you would report them to child welfare.

However, we now live in a world devoid of common sense. A world where you are minding your own business at a high school talent show and out pops a young lady performing a stripperesque routine to the lyrics above with batons in an outfit just shy of being a bikini. She is making facial expressions you would not want your daughter or niece to make in a room full of family and friends. Her family and friends did not seem to mind and were in fact heartily cheering her on. Her dear momma had choreographed.

Granddads and gentleman in the audience bowed their heads in an act of respect or perhaps reverence to the working of the baton. I had never attended this event before and I looked at the lady next to me with a shocked expression on my face to which she replied, “Oh, this is mild, at least she has on clothes this year.” While I know she was being sarcastic, I decided this was my cue to exit in case we all were busted for being part of some sort of child sex auction.

Needless to say, gone is the time a father runs from the audience, to cover his baby’s “sightless eyes” (boobs) and protect her dignity. Instead he sits with pride, side-by-side with his wife, and claps as other men ogle the sightless eyes and how fast the tassels shake without becoming tangled.

I love a good AC/DC song as much as the next person, but I had enough common sense to wait until I was in college, away from the prying eyes of my momma, daddy, teachers, family, and friends before even presenting the appearance I could do anything all night long.

So…if you would like it to appear that you too have an ounce of common sense, please look at the song selection and make sure it is both age and event appropriate. While you may not be personally bothered by your partially naked daughter dancing and baton twirling to “She told me to come but I was already there” on the stage of the local high school, the rest of us are.


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