Here’s a new Beyoncé video entitled “Move Your Body,” a reworked version of her song “Get Me Bodied” released as part of Michelle Obama’s ongoing campaign against childhood obesity:
The video’s super upbeat and obviously the cause is great, but the whole time I was listening to the song, I really had a hard time accepting that the lyrics are literally about moving your body — which is fine, obviously, and that’s what they should be about, but I’m just so conditioned to expect pop music to have fun pseudo-sexual choruses like “Move Your Body” then when you pay attention to the lyrics, it’s very clearly about f***ing. With this song, the more you pay attention to it, the more you realize that the lyrics are completely benign and literal, which is great for kids, it’s just really really jarring for a pop song post, like, 1930. Or whatever year “Over There” was the only song in the country.
This expands the list of songs that actually aren’t about sex to…this song and “Centerfield” by John Fogerty. Which I’m still not entirely unsure isn’t about a crazy Kama Sutra position.