May 14, 2010 in Features

The Slice: Let’s put some lyrics on the line

By The Spokesman-Review
 

As part of The Slice’s ongoing effort to prepare readers for summer, I’m devoting today’s column to deciphering a seasonal tribal anthem.

It’s the song “I Got a Line on You,” by the ancient rock group Spirit.

Let’s get started.

Let me take you baby, down to the river bed

Got to tell you somethin’, go right to your head

Cause I got a line on you, babe

I got a line on you

This speaks of a young man’s yearning to connect with a young lady and share his visions and dreams.

Gotta put your arms around me

With every bit of your love

If you know what to do, I’ll make love to you

Cause you got the right line to make it through these times

I got a line on you, babe

I got a line on you, babe

I got a line on you, babe

This is about sharing bodily fluids.

I got a line on you

I got a line on you, babe

You know my winter’s almost over

My summer, she’s comin’ on strong

This is about the young man’s fervent hope that, now that school is almost out, a certain female person will ignore everything her parents ever told her.

I can love you, love you, love you

Love you all year long

I got a line on you, babe

I got a line on you

I got a line on you, babe

I got a line on you

I got a line on you, babe

Here we have the gentleman’s feverish reaffirmation of his esteem for the young lady and a declaration of his intention to make this proposed romance a lasting one.

In summation, “I Got a Line on You” is a clarion call for parents of daughters of a certain age to lock them in their rooms until September. Either that, or make sure that any young men seeking their attention know that the parents, in a phrase, got a line on them.

Today’s Slice question: How many parkways in the world lead to a sewage plant?

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