An oldie. I was reminded of this post when my 16-year-old great niece told me how shocked she was to learn that The Banana Song she loved so much was probably full of sexual innuendo.
Melanie Safka recorded “I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Roller Skates” back in 1971. As a teenager I loved the song and sang it often. This past week something triggered memories of the tune and it got stuck in my head. I found myself singing it all the time. What a fun, happy song!
Or is it? An acquaintance of roughly my age heard me singing it and commented, “I always liked that song, but my mom wouldn’t let me sing it.”
“Really?” I asked, intrigued. “Why?”
“Well, she thought it was too sexual.”
Ok. This came as a complete surprise to yours truly. What could possibly be sexual about a young girl celebrating her love of roller skating? I turned to Wikipedia, the defacto source of information for everything in the universe.
According to Wikipedia, “Many listeners detect sexual innuendo in the lyrics, with the key in its…
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