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Interpretive Dunce - Joy to the World by Three Dog Night

S90118[1]Run for your robot overlords, it's time for the Interpretive Dunce! We're here to help you understand what song lyrics really mean. With the aid of the mighty Selectorbot 5000 your suggestions are turned into actual analysis! Sort of. Kinda. This week, we have Joy to the World by Three Dog Night. Let's go watch the video:


Jeremiah was a bullfrog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him a-drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine
Singin'...

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

In the bible, the prophet Jeremiah was sort of a Jedi. No, really, if you read the bible God spoke to him and sounded like Yoda when he did. “Attack you they will, overcome you they can’t." Which means, quite obviously, that Jeremiah was a muppet. Who was the most famous muppet? Kermit the frog. Jeremiah, you see, was a bullfrog. It wasn't easy being green and a prophet charged with having to be beaten and imprisoned and knowing that Judah, where this went down, would be destroyed by God.

So Jeremiah liked his drink. Wouldn't you? I mean all of that on your head, and someone's hand up your ass (remember, muppet) - of course you would like your wine.

If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I'd do
I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the war
Make sweet love to you
Sing it now...

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

But this is interesting. So the singer, who first sets himself up close to the Saints, now claims that if he ran the world he would just level the joint and take you to bed. It's questionable and stalkerish and a little scary considering his earlier position.

So this friend to the prophets, this man who shares wine with saints, would like to stalk you and will happily destroy anything to get there. I... guys? I think it's Vince Clortho, the Keymaster! Worse he thinks you're the Gatekeeper! Run! Before Zool gets here!

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
A straight shootin' son-of-a-gun
I said a straight shootin' son-of-a-gun

Oh. Wait never mind. Tell the Ghostbusters to stay home. False alarm, everyone! He's just a stoner. Whew.

This has been the Interpretive Dunce! You know how we do this of course: You suggest a song in the comments and I will randomly pick one and interpret it for you. You chose what we'll be talking about next week. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Just remember this only works when you join in the fun. Come back next week and I'll continue to help you get to the bottom of what these folks actually mean with their lyrics. There is no Dana.

You can read previous editions of the Interpretive Dunce here.

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Adam P. Knave writes books and comics and thinks way too much about music.







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Comments

mommaruthsays

I knew I loved this song. All along it's been talking about my two favorite things:

1) getting stoned
2) Kermit the Frog

SCORE!

Adam P. Knave

HAhaha I first heard this song, for real, in an episode of Moonlighting.

jezzella

Loved it, and I vote for My Sharona

Jessi

Vonderful, as usual. Islands in the Stream




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