Saturday, January 14, 2012

A couple of life's most pressing mysteries solved!

Steve Perry answers the South Detroit question
Well, now we know!!! 
Line from a well-known song: "Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit".
The reaction from anyone born and raised anywhere in Michigan:  "There is no  #%&@  place called South Detroit, IT DOESN'T EXIST"
Michiganders tend to get quite upset over this!!  (I've never really given it that much thought but I've heard it so many times from friends.) 
So, it's just poetic license; it's just what happened to sound right and fit the number of syllables he needed. 
The article also addressed another question that I'd never thought of: why a band with no connection to Detroit or even Michigan wrote a song about it.  He had the first thoughts of the song during a sleepless night in 1980 in his downtown Detroit hotel room at 2 a.m.  Which brings me to another line that I have always wondered about.  Steve Perry explains what "streetlight people" are!!  I always thought the line was: streetlights - comma - people - comma - whatever whatever, I was never quite sure of all the words.  Well, it's one thing - streetlight people.  As he was looking out of his hotel window at 2 a.m., he could see people come into the beam of the streetlight and the term, streetlight people, came to him.  Ok, that does make sense with the other lines about shadows searching in the night and hiding in the night. 

So, there you have it!!  One less mystery to have to worry about!! 
I will leave you with this thought:  don't ever stop believing!!  (sorry)

Runner Nerd
will never stop believing

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