September 16, 2010

Lyric Analysis: Bust A Move

After having an awesome time dancing with loads of friends at the DragonCon to "Bust A Move" by Young MC, the lyrics actually hit me for the first time. Consider this:




Your Best Friend Harry
Has a brother Larry
In five days from now, he's going to marry.
He's hoping you can make it there if you can
'Cause in the ceremony you'll be the best man

This is a telling story about Larry, actually. First off, he obviously has no real friends of his own, and there must be some bad blood between him and Harry, if he skips over his own brother and chooses the protagonist as the Best Man. I can imagine there would be some fallout after the ceremony, since Harry would find out about it, and would be understandably upset at the slight.

Then there is the last-minute nature of the wedding. Why is Larry dropping this invitation of honor on the protagonist with only five days of notice? Is it a "Shotgun" affair? Is a Green Card involved? Or was there a last-minute change of plans? Perhaps the best friend Harry WAS the Best Man until he and Larry had some argument or falling-out? Is Larry's offer of the position to the protagonist a simple revenge tactic to get back at Harry?

What was once a bit of dancefloor hip-hop has now become an epic of near-Shakespearian proportions. This is just how my brain works sometimes.

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