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January 30, 2008

Expletive lyrics

Heard "London Bridge" by Fergie (pictured) a little while back, and it got me thinking about cuss words.

At first, I only ever heard the radio version of that song, with the "OH SNAP."

Then my girlfriend downloaded the original version on iTunes. Instead of "OH SNAP" it's "OH S---."

I don't like it as much.

Same with "Gold Digger" by Kanye West. The radio version ("But I ain't messin' with a broke, broke") sounds better than the original version. The words even come on different beats.

It kind of bothers me.

What do you think? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:00 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Random stuff


If you are going to change the lyrics, why even play the song?

Sam, I agree with you on Fergie, but disagree with you on Kanye. The broke broke part sounds garbled on the radio.

I think Brewer's Art should be on this list...

...wait, um...

I don't want the Beastie Boys' lyrics messed with during your censorship campaign, NARC.

No I like my Fergie UNCUT.

What's the point of this topic if you can't even write down the words in question?

Censorship in anyway is wrong. We're talking about art, and if the artists are using expletives then that is part of their work. It shouldn't be altered for public consumption, but I guess Fergie and Kanye have to make a buck like everyone else.

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