My mother's idol, Neil Diamond, admitted he wrote "Sweet Caroline" about Caroline Kennedy, who was all of 10 at the time. Somewhat creepy. (This also means that when I was about 10, I had to listen to four encores of a song about a Kennedy. Blggh.)
Sting was recently voted one of the worst lyricists in history, even though whoever writes Rhianna's songs can get away with "The world has took its part". I could get on board if Sting was nominated the most overrated songwriter, but worst? C'mon. There's anything wrong with trying to rhyme to "cough" and "Nabokov". But what I do find creepy is that all those Police songs that sound romantic and poppy are actually just, well, kinda sick. I think "Every Breath You Take" could be included on K-Tel's Songs to Stalk By collection, and "Don't Stand So Close to Me" becomes icky when you discover (as I recently did) that Sting used to be a schoolteacher. Blggh.
Petscop: Overview of Video 5
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