Saturday, 28 July 2012


The Eagles' "Take It Easy" includes this lyric:
Well, I'm a runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load Got a world of trouble on my mind Lookin' for a lover who won't blow my cover, she's so hard to find Take it easy, take it easy Don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy Come on baby, don't say maybe
It hadn't struck me before: but 'blow my cover'? The chances that the narrator, here, is (let's say) a spy are, I suggest, small. Much more likely is the fact that he is, er, already married. 'Taking it easy' becomes code for 'conducting an extra-marital affair'. Dodgy.

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