Random Song: Jet

Somewhere, back in the many days of my misspent youth when burned CDs were as numerous as one-dollar bills in a strip club, I acquired a copy of the Best of Paul McCartney and Wings. No idea where it came from. No idea if I borrowed the CD from someone to burn it, but somehow, someway, I got this CD and honestly, it's a pretty awesome CD. 

First, let's dispense with the obvious one: "Live and Let Die" is excellent, and no, GNR did not do a better version. Knock that shit off right now. But you've also got 'Band On The Run', 'Mull of Kintyre', and 'Maybe I'm Amazed' before you get into songs like 'Listen To What The Man Said'.

And then, there's 'Jet.'

The song itself works. It rocks pretty hard. It soars pretty far. You get the feeling that you're racing through the sky in an actual jet if you want to flog the metaphor a bit. 

But then you actually listen to the lyrics:

Jet, jet, jet

I can almost remember their funny faces

That time you told them you were going to be marrying soon

And Jet, I thought the only lonely place was on the moon

Jet, jet, jet

Was your father as bold as the sergeant major?

Well how come he told you that were hardly old enough yet?

And Jet, I thought the major was a lady suffragette.

What the hell is this song actually about?

Turns out, no one really knows. Apparently, the McCartneys had a Labrador Retriever named Jet. (I also found something that says they had a pony named Jet?) But as for the rest of the song, McCartney has admitted he just makes stuff up so maybe there's no deeper meaning at play here, maybe it's just a song with a nice beat and good sound and the lyrics don't matter at all. 

And if that doesn't fit the definition of a random song perfectly, I don't know what does.


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