Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tin Roof, Rusted

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
20 comments

I've always wondered what the heck that lead singer from the B-52's meant when she sang, or rather, shouted: "Tin roof, rusted!" at the break near the end of "Love Shack." Does it REALLY mean this?

This (photo above) was the roof of the building we slept in on Mt. Kitanglad, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. More about that adventure later. Today I am pondering these imponderable things and watching the snow come down. And what unwelcome snow it is.

20 comments:

On April 7, 2009 at 10:14 AM littleorangeguy said...

I love love love Love Shack but I had no idea! Makes sense thought when you think that the line right before it is "You're WHAT?!"

Lovely photo. As for the snow, this too shall pass.

On April 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM Jayrod said...

I heard Tin Roof Rusted was an old southern saying for being pregnant. Makes sense in the context of this song.

On April 7, 2009 at 2:44 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

My first thought was that it had to do with being pregnant ("I fell off the roof" means you're um, cycling, so a "tin roof, rusted" might mean you're...not any more. Uh oh.

And yeah, Little Orange Guy--the incredulity in "You're WHAT??" fits perfectly with that definition.

The Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=I+fell+off+the+roof

has the 4-1-1, fo shizzle.

I always learn something here. Go Jayrod.

On April 7, 2009 at 2:46 PM Bill of the Birds said...

I guess I just don't get what a rusty tin roof has to do with being preggers....

On April 7, 2009 at 2:59 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Dude. It's code. The whole point is it has nothing to do with it, so you can say it in mixed company and nobody will know what you're talking about. "I'd love to go swimming with you, but Granny fell off the roof and broke her arm."

On April 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM Cindie U. said...

I always assumed that her tin roof got rusted in the love shack...cuz it's "a little ole place where we can get together..."

one of my fave songs...

On April 7, 2009 at 8:37 PM Grant McCreary said...

I had no idea that's what was said! And if I had, I still wouldn't have known what it meant.
And to think that I lived in Athens for the better part of a decade...

On April 8, 2009 at 5:49 AM Mary said...

Honesty, I am!

On April 8, 2009 at 5:49 AM Mary said...

I did not know that. I love that song and still sing it to pieces. Why did I not inquire about Tin Roof Rusted for twenty years? La dee da.

Great post! I am so glad to finally see the light.

On April 8, 2009 at 8:21 AM Julie Zickefoose said...

I think everyone should try to work it into a conversation today, now that we all know what it means.

Like, "How are you?"
and you reply,
"Tin roof, rusted."

On April 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM Bill of the Birds said...

OK, now I am wondering how "tin roof rusted" is connected to the phrase "rusty nail."

On April 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM Heather said...

Wow, I'm getting quite an education here. BOTB, you just took it over the top with your "rusty nail" comment, but I wonder if you aren't on to something....

On April 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM Mary said...

How are you?

Tin roof rusted. It was that rusty nail...dang it.

Word verif: snowsy

On April 8, 2009 at 9:42 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

I'm with you, Mare. One too many rusty nails will rust yer roof.

My verification word is DOLEPOP.

On June 8, 2009 at 2:29 AM liquid Roof said...

rusty nails..... lolz you are right.

On July 20, 2010 at 2:38 AM Anonymous said...

Fred looked at her during one of the takes and said, "You're what?" and Cindy blurted out, "Tin roof, rusted!" referring to the tin roof of the cabin (in Athens, Georgia) where the video shot. It doesn't mean anything but they decided to keep it in the final edit for the video.

- dudel

On July 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM Anonymous said...

haha, as if the video recording and the song recording were done at once... a bit naive about the process annono

On April 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM fields07 said...

I was under the impression - perhaps mistakenly - that the "Tin Roof...Rusted!" line meant that the girl was having her period. The "Tin Roof" being a Kotex pad and the "rust" being...well, you figue it out.

On June 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM Anonymous said...
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On September 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM Anonymous said...

Tin roof rusted... means the "condom broke, sprung a leak and the girls in trouble" It's like wayyyyy old talk from the 1950's


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