Friday, September 26, 2014

I was listening to a 1979 Jimmy Buffett song, FINS, a couple days ago.

Interesting lyrics. They touch on a topic these days considered "sexual harassment".
It was intended to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the "boys-will-be-boys/men-will-be-men" phenomenon in which males always seem to be sexually obsessed and predatorily lustful toward women as a rule of thumb.

Not that it's void of empathetic elements by any means.  The focal character of the song is a single woman who moves out of state to be on her own, but everywhere she goes she's outnumbered by men with ulterior motives, intent upon satisfying their hedonistically narcissistic lustful desires, and who obviously don't exactly have her best interests in mind.  She winds up moving from place to place to try to get away from guys intent upon trying to use her.

However, it's not a "crusader" type of anthem by any means.  It's done in a very loose-knit tongue-in-cheek manner, and the lyrics are facetious:  "The sharks that swim on the land"; "Can't you feel them circling you honey?"; "You got 'fins' to the left, 'fins' to the right, and you're the only girl in sight".

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