Posted by: Rob | August 7, 2008

Song Lyric Thursday – August 7 2008

I had never heard of “The Pursuit of Happiness” until an August one summer many years ago in Calgary [ed. it was 1991].  Some promoter was trying to put together an “all-Canadian” show at Canada Olympic Park.  The stage was to be at the bottom of the ski hill, with the audience sitting on the grass up the ski hill slope.

The headliner for the show was to be Bryan Adams.  Other acts were to include Blue Rodeo and The Pursuit of Happiness and others that I don’t recall.  Either ticket sales were not going well or the promoter ran into trouble (or both), but days before the event date the news was that the show was to be cancelled.

Then Bryan Adams stepped in (stepped up).  He wanted the concert to go ahead and was willing to perform for free to make it happen.  I don’t know who became the behind the scenes organizer (and that must have been a helluva job), but band after band dropped out as “not interested” in doing a free gig.

I don’t know if we had seriously considered going to the show or not initially, but when it was announced that the tickets would be free (all you had to do was present yourself at Ticketmaster and ask for free tickets), we decided that we had little to lose and “What the hell”, we could take the girls to a free concert.  We all liked Bryan Adams anyway and who wouldn’t miss a chance to see him live?  Especially at this price?  So I got us four tickets.

The final line up for the concert was just three acts:

  1. Paul ___________(?) (I had never heard of this guy and I don’t remember his name either.  He was a long haired – and big haired – over the hill rocker.)
  2. The Pursuit of Happiness (I’d never heard of them either, really.)
  3. Bryan Adams

The concert/show was great…at first.  Then it slowly became a place unsuitable for two young and impressionable girl children.  Dope smoking and heavy drinking tend to bring out the less desireable attributes of a lot of people.  Once everyone was standing up, we had to hold the girls so they could see.  I think they took turns sitting up on my shoulders.

What beautiful August afternoon in the foothills is complete without an evening thundershower?  Yeah, none.  And a beaut of a thunderstorm rolled in just after dark.  We were all thoroughly soaked by the time we got back to our car.  I heard later that at least one person was hit by lightning while the crowds stumbled their way off the hill and back to their transportation.

But, back to the music.  As I mentioned, I’d never heard of The Pursuit of Happiness (TPOH).  The band is essentially Moe Berg’s and he is a pretty talented singer/songwriter/musician.  Many of his songs have satire as their basis as he lampoons the social facets of our culture.  That concert show gave me the impetus to pick up a cassette copy of their album “One Sided Story”.  I was initially interested in the tracks “Two Girls in One” and “New Language” but found that all of the songs on the album are pretty good.

Plus, at the show I developed one of my few celebrity crushes.  She was one of the back up singers and I don’t even know her name, but watching her up on stage from the grassy slope caused me to indulge in one or two impure thoughts daydreams.

For today’s song lyric thursday, I’m posting the lyrics to an earlier (than “One Sided Story”) release that I find kind of amusing.  Mostly because it’s so true.  Any one going from the rebellious teens into the wonderful world of self reliant adulthood can, I’m sure, relate.

I’m an Adult Now

Song and Lyric by: Moe Berg

Well, I don’t hate my parents
I don’t get drunk just to spite them
I got my own reasons to drink now
I think I’ll call my dad up and invite him!
I can sleep in till noon any time I want
Though there’s not many days that I do
Gotta get up and take on that world
When you’re an adult, it’s no cliche, it’s the truth

‘Cause I’m an adult now
I’m an adult now
I’ve got the problems of an adult
On my head and on my shoulders
I’m an adult now

I can’t even look at young girls anymore
People will think I’m some kind of pervert
Adult sex is either boring or dirty
Young people, they can get away with murder
I don’t write songs about girls anymore
I have to write songs about women
No more boy meets girl, boy loses girl
More like man tries to figure out what the Hell went wrong

‘Cause I’m an adult now
I’m an adult now
I got the problems of an adult now
On my head and my libido
I’m an adult now, I’m adult now

I can’t take any more illicit drugs
I can’t afford any artificial joy
I’d sure look like a fool dead in a ditch somewhere
With a mind full of chemicals
Like some cheese-eating high school boy

I’m an adult now
I’m an adult now
I’ve got the problems of an adult
On my head and on my shoulders
I’m an adult now

Sometimes my head hurts and sometimes my stomach hurts
And I guess it won’t be long
‘Til I’m sitting in a room with a bunch
Of people whose necks and backs are aching
Whose sight and hearing’s failing
Who just can’t seem to get it up
Speaking of hearing, I can’t take too much loud music
I mean I like to play it, but I sure don’t like the racket
Noise, but I can’t hear anything
Just guitars screaming, screaming, screaming
Some guy screaming in a leather jacket

I’m an adult now
I’m an adult now
I’ve got the problems of an adult
On my head and on my shoudlers
I’m an adult now
I’m an adult now
I’ve got the problems of an adult
On my head and my libido
I’m an adult now

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  1. Back up girl singer fantasies?

  2. I always heard this as “I’m on the dole, now”; then it was still confusing, ’cause I think of the word as AD-ult, not a-DULT, but what do I know?

    Then I’m reminded of a show, no doubt Canadian, about the recording industry, wherein a character complains about his song being used to promote aDULT diapers. His agent was all: “Well, it’s getting air time, isn’t it?”.

    Thanks for the laughs.

  3. And yet, some never do grow up. Sadly.

  4. […] today I’m presenting my weekly Song Lyric Thursday.  Regular readers might recall my Song Lyric Thursday about The Pursuit of Happiness and how Blue Rodeo opted out of the free show that Bryan Adams decided to put on in Canada Olympic […]

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