Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tin Roof, Rusted


I've always wondered what the heck that lead singer from the B-52's meant when she sang, or rather, shouted: "Tin roof, rusted!" at the break near the end of "Love Shack." Does it REALLY mean this?

This (photo above) was the roof of the building we slept in on Mt. Kitanglad, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. More about that adventure later. Today I am pondering these imponderable things and watching the snow come down. And what unwelcome snow it is.

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14 Comments:

At 10:14 AM, Blogger littleorangeguy said...

I love love love Love Shack but I had no idea! Makes sense thought when you think that the line right before it is "You're WHAT?!"

Lovely photo. As for the snow, this too shall pass.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Jayrod said...

I heard Tin Roof Rusted was an old southern saying for being pregnant. Makes sense in the context of this song.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

My first thought was that it had to do with being pregnant ("I fell off the roof" means you're um, cycling, so a "tin roof, rusted" might mean you're...not any more. Uh oh.

And yeah, Little Orange Guy--the incredulity in "You're WHAT??" fits perfectly with that definition.

The Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=I+fell+off+the+roof

has the 4-1-1, fo shizzle.

I always learn something here. Go Jayrod.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Bill of the Birds said...

I guess I just don't get what a rusty tin roof has to do with being preggers....

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

Dude. It's code. The whole point is it has nothing to do with it, so you can say it in mixed company and nobody will know what you're talking about. "I'd love to go swimming with you, but Granny fell off the roof and broke her arm."

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Cindie U. said...

I always assumed that her tin roof got rusted in the love shack...cuz it's "a little ole place where we can get together..."

one of my fave songs...

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Grant McCreary said...

I had no idea that's what was said! And if I had, I still wouldn't have known what it meant.
And to think that I lived in Athens for the better part of a decade...

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I did not know that. I love that song and still sing it to pieces. Why did I not inquire about Tin Roof Rusted for twenty years? La dee da.

Great post! I am so glad to finally see the light.

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Honesty, I am!

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

I think everyone should try to work it into a conversation today, now that we all know what it means.

Like, "How are you?"
and you reply,
"Tin roof, rusted."

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Bill of the Birds said...

OK, now I am wondering how "tin roof rusted" is connected to the phrase "rusty nail."

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Wow, I'm getting quite an education here. BOTB, you just took it over the top with your "rusty nail" comment, but I wonder if you aren't on to something....

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Mary said...

How are you?

Tin roof rusted. It was that rusty nail...dang it.

Word verif: snowsy

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

I'm with you, Mare. One too many rusty nails will rust yer roof.

My verification word is DOLEPOP.

 

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