Wake up Maggie, I think I've got something to say to you. It's late September and I really should be back at school...
I can't get Rod Stewart's voice singing those lyrics out of my head and it has happened this time every year for as long as I can remember. I got curious about the meaning behind the song the other day, wondering if Maggie May was a real person. Turns out the song was about a woman Rod was, umm..."seeing" when he was sixteen. But her real name wasn't Maggie May.
I have no idea why I am sharing that useless bit of trivia with y'all but there it is, just in case you ever wondered.
But since we're on the subject now, another song I always wondered about is Sister Christian by Night Ranger. It has forever been one of those songs I belt out in the car but really have no clue what I'm really singing or what on earth the song is even about. I always thought it said, "You Motorhead! What's your price for Christ?" and the only thing I could figure was that it was about a nun who dreamed of being a mechanic or that someone was hitting the pipe or dropping acid when they wrote it. Or all of the above.
I was wrong on all counts. Thank God.
The reason I now know this is because a few weeks back I was watching Bachelor Pad. (Go ahead and judge me if you want but in my defense there was nothing else on. Really.) And the remaining three couples, none of whom had any singing experience, had to perform the song in front of a live audience and the members of Night Ranger themselves, who then judged them on their performances.
Why? I have no clue but it got me curious about those insane mystery lyrics once more so Charlie googled it for me and found it was actually written by the drummer, about his little sister, Christy. Sort of a sweet story really...
He had gone home to visit his family to realize that his little sister wasn't really so little anymore and he was worried about her getting into trouble or doing something she'd regret when she and her friends went out cruising at night in an attempt to pick up boys...Apparently they called this motoring/motorin'. And here I'd been belting out MOTORHEAD all these years.
Anyway, he was inspired to write this song that he went back and sang for the other band members and they really liked it but they couldn't figure out what the h*ll he was singing about either. They thought he was saying... Sister Christian.
And so it was... is...Sister Christian.
And now you (too) know the rest of the story...