Cheap Trick and The Roots

Clarification for you on the lyrics to Surrender. First off you have to know Rick Nielsen is a very clever songwriter. He puts double and even triple entendres in almost every song- as well as many puns and nods to other bands- i.e.- ELO Kiddies- obvious nod to Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) and Wrong All Along- nod to the Nazz's Not Wrong Long- and those are just in the titles). Rick told me Woke Up With a Monster has 3 meanings- though only 2 could be printed in a family newspaper. Anyway, re: <<Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away Father says, "Your mother's right, she's really up on things" "Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines" Now, I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war But mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years ---- Why are there two mentions of WACS? And, I'm not even sure what they are. And he's saying his mommy isn't one of those "old maids", what's he saying? His mom is hot? She's a milf? What? >> True story: The original lyric was "Now, I had heard the WACS recruited old maids, dykes and whores/but Mommy isn't one of these I've known her all these years" Problem was, when their record label wanted to release this as a single, they said radio stations wouldn't play it because of the word "whore" so Rick had to change it. Anyway, if you look a bit deeper you will find a lot of nice puns and wordplay in most of Rick's lyrics.
— March 11, 2009 10:03 p.m.

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