Angel is a centerfold

There’s a song I hear the high school band play at nearly every sporting event I go to. It has a great melody riff that must be blast to play: Na na na na-na-na, na-na-na na-na na-na-na.

I recognize the tune from my youth: Angel is a Centerfold by the J. Geils band.

Here are the lyrics.

Does she walk? Does she talk?
Does she come complete?
My homeroom homeroom angel
Always pulled me from my seat

She was pure like snowflakes
No one could ever stain
The memory of my angel
Could never cause me pain

Years go by I’m lookin’ through a girly magazine
And there’s my homeroom angel on the pages in-between

CHORUS:
My blood runs cold
My memory has just been sold
My angel is the centerfold
Angel is the centerfold
(Repeat)

Slipped me notes under the desk
While I was thinkin’ about her dress
I was shy I turned away
Before she caught my eye

I was shakin’ in my shoes
Whenever she flashed those baby-blues
Something had a hold on me
When angel passed close by

Those soft and fuzzy sweaters
Too magical to touch
Too see her in that negligee
Is really just too much

CHORUS

It’s okay I understand
This ain’t no never-never land
I hope that when this issue’s gone
I’ll see you when your clothes are on

Take you car, Yes we will
We’ll take your car and drive it
We’ll take it to a motel room
And take ’em off in private

A part of me has just been ripped
The pages from my mind are stripped
Oh no, I can’t deny it
Oh yea, I guess I gotta buy it!

First time I heard a band play it, I was shocked. Even more inappropriate than Tequila, another high school band favorite.

I wonder how many people know the song. I mentioned this fact to my publisher, Kevin, and his wife, and they weren’t aware of what it was.

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4 thoughts on “Angel is a centerfold

  1. I got no problem with the band playing Tequila, but I’m surprised that in this community you, Senor Lefty Freedom Fighter for the oppressed, are the one who notices the high school band blaying a song about a girl getting naked in front of 10,ooo,ooo pervs. But you sere the one who noticed that the words to “Skyrockets In Flight” and “Relaxe, Don’t Do It” were a bit on the lurid side, even though the tunes were catchy.Glad to know someone’s paying attention.Gotta run. My centerfold just walked in.

  2. I got no problem with the band playing Tequila, but I’m surprised that in this community you, Senor Lefty Freedom Fighter for the oppressed, are the one who notices the high school band blaying a song about a girl getting naked in front of 10,ooo,ooo pervs. But you sere the one who noticed that the words to “Skyrockets In Flight” and “Relaxe, Don’t Do It” were a bit on the lurid side, even though the tunes were catchy.Glad to know someone’s paying attention.Gotta run. My centerfold just walked in.

  3. Brett, I agree. As the one responsible for the recorded music at some high schoool basketball events I get uncomfortable playing Sweet Home Alabama…great tune; however, “In Alabama we love the governor Oooh oooh oooh we all did what we could do” I don’t think so. I feel a little weird when I play ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ at the game, remember listening to it after I got my driver’s license.Lundgren

  4. Brett, I agree. As the one responsible for the recorded music at some high schoool basketball events I get uncomfortable playing Sweet Home Alabama…great tune; however, “In Alabama we love the governor Oooh oooh oooh we all did what we could do” I don’t think so. I feel a little weird when I play ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ at the game, remember listening to it after I got my driver’s license.Lundgren

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