23
Jul
09

Don’t break your glass

ELO

I’ve been wanting to write a post about music (I like classic rock and 80’s, which makes me decidedly not cutting edge for the blogosphere) for a long time, and my friend Aaron’s post about idioms reminded me of one actually interesting thing to write.

Which is: classic rock songs have great idioms that are no longer in use. For example, there are references to “breaking glass” in many songs. For example Electric Light Orchestra, in “Don’t Bring Me Down” warns the listener of “breaking your glass.” and Head East in “Never Been Any Reason” asks “did you break any glass?” I really don’t have a clue what this means, but given the time period, a drug reference is a good guess. Also, it might just mean going wild or abandoning inhibitions. We have “you can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs [glasses?]”

Led Zeppelin in “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” talks about a “monkey on my back” and there is an Aerosmith song titled by the same name. A couple of Lynyrd Skynyrd songs also make reference to a piggybacking cercopithecoid. Again, not sure what this is? Is this just a bugaboo or a haunting memory, or even a chore? Is it an old girlfriend?

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