This isn’t the first time DeRogatis has made this claim. In a June 19, 2008 article regarding Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, he says, “…some of the greatest hits in pop history have paid subtly veiled homage to oral sex, ‘Please Please Me,’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ and the B-52s’ ‘Roam’ among them.”*
Upon reading this for the first time, I loudly exclaimed, “Anal-oral sexual contact in a catchy pop song? I don’t freakin’ believe it!” The elderly woman sitting next to me at the bus stop made a strangled gurgling sound and fainted. In my excitement, I performed anilingus on her while she was unconscious.
I then raced home and, after brushing my teeth, I looked up the lyrics to the song and watched the video on YouTube. I was astonished by how little anilingus is present in the song. There is so little, in fact, that it doesn’t even appear to be present at all.
Unsatisfied by my own interpretation, I turned to the Internet to see whether DeRogatis is full of crap or not. So, here are the lyrics and the results of my further research:
I hear a wind
In my ear
I think this means that the narrator hears a wind in her ear. Perhaps, though, this is a “wind” that is coming from the anus she is about to put her mouth on.
Boy mercury shootin’ through every degree
Oh girl dancin’ down those dirty and dusty trails
Take it hip to hip rocket [rock it?] through the wilderness
Around the world the trip begins with a kiss
Is it “Boy mercury” or “Boy, mercury”? “Boy mercury” could be the male ejaculate. It could also be blood, though, or maybe “love.” I don’t know how any of these substances could “shoot through every degree, though.” It makes more sense to me to read this as, “Boy, mercury shootin’ through every degree.” I imagine this more probably refers to a thermometer.
“…dancin’ down those dirty dusty trails.” As of this writing, 220 Urban Dictionary users have assessed the following definition of “dance”: “foreplay in a crowded, public place.” Of those assessors, 148 have given this definition a thumbs-up. Now, if you’re engaging in foreplay in a public place “down those dirty, dusty trails,” I have to admit, I don’t know what you’re doing. Is the anus a “dirty, dusty trail”? Maybe. This seems like a long shot to me, though.
“Take it hip to hip.” This calls to my mind, “Take it easy.” I think I understand the “it” in “Take it easy” to be “life.” So, “Take life easy.” And, if someone “takes it hard,” I think “it” refers to some situation or news the person has received.
So, I’m inclined to hear “Take it hip to hip” in a similar way: “Take life hip to hip.” What does that mean, though? Take life by dancing with someone? The “wilderness” could easily be the “unknown.” So, the line could possibly translate as, “Dance with someone when you venture into the unknown.” Or, perhaps, “Take someone with you when you venture into the unknown.”
However, as About.com’s Robert Fontenot points out, “rock ‘n’ roll” can be a euphemism for sex. But, double-however, if this line is a sexual reference, it can’t possibly refer to oral sex of any kind unless “hip” is slang for both the mouth and the genitals.
“Around the world” is a bit interesting. In her book An American Obsession, Jennifer Terry writes,
As a way of disguising their literal meaning, many used metaphors of travel which had the effect of figuring the body as a terrain to journey. For example, taking a trip around the world meant to lick a person over every surface of their body before performing oral sex on their genitals.
Sex-Lexis.com lists a similar explanation for “go around the world”: “To kiss and lick the entire body of a partner prior to fellatio or cunnilingus.”
So, what have I learned after the first verse? Well, it seems to me at this point that what may be a countless number of words have been used or can be used euphemistically. Consider, for instance, that I just typed the word “used.” Collectively, Google reports about 15,000 results for the phrase “used her/him/me/them for sex.” I’m not surprised then that I get a certain picture in my mind when I hear someone say, “He just used me.”
We can, of course, continue on this route through the rest of the song, but the exercise might be excessively masturbatory. The clearest route, in my opinion, would be to take the song at face value. Otherwise, we run the risk of simply over-analyzing Scrotie McBoogerballs.