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Guns n’ Fuckin’ Roses

It was a time when Mtv and radio dominated the music industry.  1988 I believe; sixth grade.  I don’t remember if it was Christmas or my birthday, but that year I got my first boombox with a CD player.  I was also given my first CD, Guns n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction.  Until I actually had the disk I had only heard the hits Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o’ Mine, and Paradise City so I imagine I was a little confused as to why the CD had a Parental Advisory label on it.  Pretty sure mom didn’t have a clue what constituted the “explicit lyrics” declaration on that label but she likely had not listened to “It’s So Easy”.

As I sat in my room listening to the songs that would define my youth more that any other band ever would, I remember hearing the song and reading the lyrics in the liner and quickly turning it off for fear of it being overheard and taken away.  It was probably the first time I’d been exposed to such vulgarities in music, though in retrospect was very mild compared to some of the things I was introduced to later.

I see your sister in her Sunday dress
She’s out to please
She pouts her best
She’s out to take
No need to try
She’s ready to make

It’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me baby
It’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me

Cars are crashin’ every night
I drink n’ drive everything’s in sight
I make the fire
But I miss the firefight
I hit the bull’s eye every night

It’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me baby
Yeah it’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me

So easy
But nothin’ seems to please me
It all fits so right
When I fade into the night
See me hit you
You fall down

I see standin’ there
You think you’re so cool
Why don’t you just
Fuck off

Ya get nothin’ for nothin’
If that’s what ya do
Turn around bitch I got a use for you
Besides you ain’t got nothin’ better to do
And I’m bored

It’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me baby
It’s so easy, easy
When everybody’s tryin’ to please me

So easy
But nothin’ seems to please me
It all fits so right
When I fade into the night
So come with me
Don’t ask me where ’cause I don’t know
I’ll try ta please you
I ain’t got no money but it goes to show

It’s so easy
So fucking easy
It’s so easy
So damn easy
It’s so easy
So fucking easy
It’s so easy

At 12 years old, this was a bit of a culture shock and this song was just the first of many songs laden with obscenities and sexually explicit content.  Aside from the lyrics I was also caught off guard by the centerfold image that I would later learn was originally the album cover but was moved to the liner notes for obvious reasons.

 

 

Needless to say, I added this image to list of things I “never want my parents to see” and taped the centerfold closed.  It remained that way for years.  Life went on.  Music changed drastically, but GnR was never really matched or challenged in my world of music.  To this day they still have a steady place on my playlist.  Now if I can just manage to get to a concert before they breakup again for another 25 years.

 

For now, enjoy It’s So Easy, by Guns n’ Fuckin’ Roses.

 

 

-hooligeek