Friday, June 15, 2007

On the Radio (Whoa)

Good lord. I never even knew that this song had lyrics. Since first hearing it in the '70s as a kid, all I'd ever heard was the endlessly irritating "whoa, on the radio/whoa, on the radio/whoa, on the radio"... I still hate the song 'cause it's stupidly repetitive, but at least after seeing the lyrics written down, it does have kind of a "If you like pina coladas" story-thing going on...

Thursday was, like it or not, an "On the Radio" day. For one thing, my soon-to-be-ex-roommate had it obnoxiously cranked up early in the day in our apartment, which made me cringe as I was going about my mundane apartment housekeeping tasks. But then, later that evening as I was on the subway, a young panhandler bopped into the car with her portable speaker, set it down, cranked it up, and proceeded to belt out... "On the Radio." At first I groaned in annoyance ("That godawful song TWICE in one day??"), but then I couldn't help but smiling because she was actually a good singer and it was interesting to see someone really giving it their all for a highly indifferent crowd. I'm still new enough to the city where street performers still give me goosebumps on occasion. I guess in a year or so, I'll just frown at someone who forces me to listen to them in an enclosed subway car, but this time, I was one of the few who actually applauded the "On the Radio" chick as she left the car. Oh, ouch---I guess she would have preferred money to my approbation...


Someone found a letter you wrote me, on the radio
And they told the world just how you felt
It must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat
They never said your name
But I knew just who they meant.

Oh, I was so surprised and shocked, and I wondered too
If by change you heard it for yourself
I never told a soul just how Ive been feeling about you
But they said it really loud
They said it on the air
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh now, now

Dont it kinda strike you sad when you hear our song
Things are not the same since we broke up last june
The only thing that I wanna hear is that you love me still
And that you think youll be comin home real soon
Whoa oh yeah yeah
And it made me feel proud when I heard you say
You couldnt find the words to say it yourself
And now in my heart I know I can say what I really feel
cause they said it really loud
They said it on the air
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio

If you think that love isnt found on the radio
Well tune right in you made find the love you lost
cause now Im sitting here with the man I sent away long ago
It sounded really loud they said it really loud
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio whoa oh oh
On the radio, radio, radio (fade)

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