Sunday, August 09, 2009

I'm Not As Good As I Once Was

I looked it up. The song "As Good As I Once Was" is by Toby Keith. I didn't know that.

I was at the pool yesterday and this song came over the speakers, as clear as a bell. I could sit there and hear the whole thing. Which at first sounded cute, but then as it went on, it seemed endless and trite. I probably don't need to say I don't need the MP3!

The basic point -- and this is a shocking song in the Cialis age -- is that he's getting older and he's simply not as good as he once was. But if push comes to shove, his pride will take over and he'll have to see if he can do it again.

The chorus as a line that I couldn't quite understand, even though I heard it the five or six times it's said, where he says, "But I'm as good once as I ever was." I thought it didn't make sense. But now that I see it in print I can tell what he's getting at. He's great once, then he'll go to sleep. I don't know.

Is it entirely sexual. Or is he talking about sports? Drinking people under the table. It has to be sex.

But is this the kind of song we need? People's failing abilities, aging, losing what they have and lamenting it -- then rising up in pride and giving it one last shove? Will we revisit the subject with a follow up hit ever 10 years?

I don't know how old Toby is, but let's say he's between 40-50. So when he's 60, "I Don't Know That I Can Do It Without A Week's Notice." When he's 70, "I'm Still Able To Imagine What It's Like." At 80, "Nurse, Do You Date Older Guys?" At 90, "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off."

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