I was listening to one of my comedy podcasts as I drove to work this morning – I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, if you must know.
In this particular episode, Tim Brooke-Taylor was tasked with singing part of Greased Lightning – from the 1978 film Grease – without any musical accompaniment.
In typical TB-T fashion, he adopted a shrill voice and launched himself into it.
And then, he sang these lines:
“With a four-speed on the floor, they’ll be waiting at the door
You know that ain’t no shit, we’ll be getting lots of tit
in Greased Lightning…“
I’m sorry Tim, did you just say ‘shit’ and ‘tit’?
I assumed at first that he’d said it for comedic value, but that didn’t seem right and so when I got to work, I Googled the lyrics.
OMG! Those are the actual lyrics! This song is nearly forty years old; I’ve heard it a zillion times; I’ve danced to it at many a party and yet I’d never heard those filthy lyrics.
But, it goes on:
“With new boosters, plates and shocks
I can get off my rocks
You know that I ain’t braggin’, she’s a real pussy wagon
‘Pussy Wagon’? Really?
But there’s more:
“You are supreme
The chicks’ll cream
For Greased Lightning“
Whoa! John Travolta is now singing about ladies getting so excited, that they are making a mess in their underwear! Jeez!!
Quite how they managed to sneak those lyrics past the American censors – whom I thought were pretty strict back in the seventies – on a film rated at PG-13, I just don’t know.
But, based on that, I’m off to check the lyrics on some of the other songs that featured in the film.
There’s bound to be a line somewhere in Hopelessly Devoted, where Olivia Newton John sings about taking it up the council gritter.