Song of the Moment: “First of May”

I’ve decided to start a new feature on SSTS called “Song of the Moment.” I’ve written before about how I listen to music and how songs are more important to me than albums or artists. The point of this is to provide some commentary on how and why I’m listening to a certain song at the moment, for reasons serious or silly.

This first one is the latter. The song is “First of May” by Jonathan Coulton, which my friend Jenny introduced me to. A couple of years ago in my chorus, we split into groups to sing madrigals, and my group sang “Now Is the Month of Maying,” which is basically a sixteenth-century pop song. At first it just seems like a song about the spring, but as Wikipedia reveals, there are some double entendres going on.

“First of May” is almost like an update of that song, only with fewer double entendres and more, uh, unexpected profanity. Have a listen, but lyrics are NSFW. Be warned: like Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You,” this is a song that has an unfortunate tendency to get stuck in your head at times when singing it out loud would be inappropriate.

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