A Pet Peeve About Songs On the Radio

by Alosh Bennett (Flickr.com)

by Alosh Bennett (Flickr.com)

Here’s something that drives me CRAZY! It has to do with songs on the radio, and I know someone will be able to explain FCC regulations to me, but that’s not what I’m going for here. Read on, and you’ll see. . .

I currently LOVE the Meghan Trainor song, “All About That Bass.” If you’ve never listened to the words, here are some to just give you a hint of why this is such a positive, important song!

I see the magazines, working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain’t real
Come on now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty, just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys like a little more booty to hold at night
You know I won’t be no stick figure, silicone Barbie doll,
So, if that’s what’s you’re into
Then go ahead and move along

I know you think you’re fat,
But I’m here to tell you,

Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.

So, Meghan chooses to use a four-letter word in this song and does talk about her big booty. BUT. . .the song is catchy and what women, men, teens, and children need to hear. We are all fine the way we are. NOW, here’s my pet peeve.

When this song is played on the radio, “shit” is bleeped out. And I’m not exactly protesting that cuss words need to be heard on the radio. But the next song that could be played on the same radio station, with the same audience, with nothing bleeped out could be something like this song by Snoop Dogg & David Guetta, titled “Sweat.”

Can you get me up like I’m late for my first class, so I can give it to you rough like a first draft.

(BTW, Snoop is not really talking about going to English Comp 101.)

Or Robin Thicke with his catchy tune, I’ll admit, “Blurred Lines,”

Ok, now he was close
Tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal
Baby, it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
You don’t need no papers
That man is not your maker
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a


You know you want it (1000 times)

Now I have nothing against Robin or Snoop or David.  I’m all for free speech, and if you want to write a song about “doing it”, be my guest. THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS Meghan’s song is bleeped with the word shit, and yet, as long as you don’t say the four-letter F word, you can pretty much describe that act anyway you want. Kids are singing along with it, and they have no idea what they’re singing about. Heck, I have no idea what I’m singing either half the time.

SO, what do I expect? I don’t support censorship. I do think parental ratings are good, and I think cleaning up the lyrics for the radio and only selling “the really bad ones” on i-tunes are all a good and responsible thing. There is no easy answer. That’s why this is a pet peeve.

I mean the big problems in our world are not that kids cuss or adults either. The BIG, WORLD problems usually have to do with respect for each other and how we often lack that, as well as a lack of understanding for anyone different than ourselves. And our radio guidelines seem to currently be right in line with that. As for me, I’m going to play the songs that make us feel good about ourselves and the world at top volume. If there’s a cuss word or two in there, I can deal with it.

This opinion is completely my own. I’m just BEING MYSELF. :)

Margo Dill (427x640)Margo L. Dill is a children’s author and speaker. You can find out more about her and her books at http://margodill.com.



  • Don’t authors struggle with whether or not characters will use certain words to define character? Sure ! Enjoyed your perspective, Margo.

    • Yes, that’s true too, Claire! Should your character say the 4 letter word or not?

      • That is the constant dilemma. Particularly for a villain who would use a string of four letter words.

  • I agree with you. One thing I find interesting is when I sing along now to songs we listened to as kids, except now I know what they mean and I think, I loved that song but I wouldn’t want my kid singing it now! Like Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, or Cocaine, or Play That Funky Music White Boy… I even took that record for show and tell in first grade!! Yikes!

    • That cracks me up, Amie. :) I remember in first grade some of my classmates loved KISS and for show and tell, they brought the record and we listened to it. I have no idea what some of the lyrics were, but I wonder what my teacher was thinking.

  • Photography Megan + Alex 13 June 2012 Anniversary,Couples Last year I photographed Megan and Alex’s wndideg. This year they brought me along for a one year anniversary session! Megan and Alex

So, what do you think?