The words don’t mean anything at all

I had a revelation the other day.

There’s a fun song called ‘Higher’ by Star Pilots – it’s an entry from this year’s Melodifestivalen (the Swedish national competition to select their entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest). It’s not a bad song at all I enjoy bopping along to it when it pops up on my mp3 player.

But for the first time the other day, I actually listened to the lyrics of the song. And I was shocked. They mean absolutely nothing.

They are simply a random collection of English language phrases put together and repeated by this Swedish group. Knowing a bit about Swedish pop music, I do know it was pretty common to have nonsensical English language lyrics in the late 60s/70s. But I thought we’d moved on from then. Kids get taught English from Grade 3 in Sweden so they’re generally pretty good at by the time they become adults.

But the lyrics for ‘Higher’ are just a load of poopycock. It’s like the writer got out a ‘common English phrases’ book and randomly pointed his finger at certain pages. I’ve reprinted the full lyrics below.

The whole thing reminds of me of that classic ‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ which sounds quite deep – until you realise that’s about all that’s said in the song and that it means absolutely nothing. More poopycock!

‘Cause tonight I’m gonna take you higher-oh
Can you feel the heat is on?
Yeah tonight I’m gonna take you higher
‘Til the end of time

Take a chance on the edge of life
Keep trading passion for glory
You’re coming on like a hurricane
With no surrender in sight

Play the game moving straight ahead
It will cut you like a knife
I will give you the sky
Baby its now or never

‘Cause tonight I’m gonna take you higher-oh
Can you feel the heat is on?
Yeah tonight I’m gonna take you higher
‘Til the end of time

Running free like a ball of dust
I’m living day by day
Just take my hand, run away with me
We can dance the night away

Somewhere out on the borderline
We’ll try to make ends meet
I will give you the sky
Baby it’s now or never

‘Cause tonight I’m gonna take you higher-oh
Can you feel the heat is on?
Yeah tonight I’m gonna take you higher
‘Til the end of time

Oh yeah

Runaway with me, it’s now or never
Runaway, we’ll do it together
I would give you the sky
Baby its now or never

‘Cause tonight I’m gonna take you higher-oh
Can you feel the heat is on?
Yeah tonight I’m gonna take you higher
‘Til the end of time
‘Cause tonight I’m gonna take you higher-oh
Can you feel the heat is on?
Yeah tonight I’m gonna take you higher
‘Til the end of time

(‘Til the end of time)
‘Til the end of time

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