MAKE IT STOP

We’ve all got one. I’m convinced. One song. That one song that comes on the radio without warning and the next thing you know your whimpering as you bang against the on/off knob to make it go away. MAKE IT STOP. What’s even worse is when the song comes on when you’re someplace where you have no control to MAKE IT STOP; such as, the dentist’s office. The poor dental hygienist just thought I had a gag reflex. I did.

The one that does it for me is by Phil Collins. One More Night. The music score simply enhances the awfulness of the lyrics. I’m convinced that Phil ripped off the music score from a funeral procession of druid monks. It goes on for…forever. That song must be fifteen minutes long. Here is a sample of the lyrics: one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night… one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night…one more night—ARGHH! ENOUGH! ALREADY!

Seriously, there are other words to the lyrics. There must be. I just can’t hear them. The song puts me into a hypnotic voodoo trance. If I’m driving, and allow the song to continue, I start to hear: one more night…one more night…one more night…drive through tree…drive through tree…make it stop…make it stop…make it stop…make it stop…drive through tree…make it STOP!

If you don’t believe me, the following are the actual lyrics at the ending of the song:

“Give me just one more night, give me just one more night Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever Give me just one more night, give me just one more night Oh one more night, ’cause I can’t wait forever

Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh”

I read on Wikipedia that Collins was playing around with his drum machine when he started saying the chorus of the song. He later recalled that “The rest of the song was written very quickly.”

(no kidding…probably took him all night)

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