Uneasy Listening – Issue 12.1

Madonna's latest album received a fair but of criticism

They’ve said it – written it on a previously blank piece of paper, so we can assume they meant it – Now, what can we glean from these pearls of wisdom?

Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We’ll just pass him there
why should we even care?
(first verse) Has he lost his mind
Can he see or is he blind?

This piece of literary genius is a part of a monumentally crass song of seven lamentably idiotic verses. Thank Christ I’ve not listened to it! As for the lyrics here, well where do we begin?
The dumb either or of the two most obvious states of being and non-being is asked for no real reason other than to rhyme with head. The head wherein thoughts are most likely found, or in this case not! We are more inclined to ask the very question of the lyricist here; has he any thoughts within his head? Probably not if this is the written manifestation of so-called thought.
Then there’s the nondescript and deictically dubious ‘there’ where we will pass him, pass by him and ignore him, I suppose. If only the publishers had done the same for this song.
Again a contrivance of rhyme for its own sake as we are asked about our logical indifference to the character and his possible lack of brain waves and consequent thoughts.
This verse follows on from the dismally uninteresting question posed in the above line from the first verse; once again the idiotic clichéd one or the other ‘inquiry’ with nothing like subtlety clouding the issue. Also we have the stunningly unimaginative rhyme that clearly indicates a lack of mind in the writing. Truly an astonishing piece of dross.

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