When Lyrics and Riding Don’t Match Up

I’m a music nerd. And I watch BMX videos too. Sometimes though, even if I love a certain section from a certain video, the lyrics just don’t meet up with the riding. The following is not a dig at anyone. I love all of the sections I’m highlighting, I just don’t think the lyrics of the song really meet up with the amazing riding seen in the section. So they’re quaint juxtapositions if you will. Again, the video parts are awesome. The lyrics just don’t match up with the epic-ness of the riding. And that’s funny. I think the following riders would whole-heartedly agree too…



Van rode to the Patti Smith Group’s ‘Because The Night.’ While the riding fits with the music, it’s hard to connect the following ‘Because The Night’ lyrics with the section…

“Take me now baby here as I am
Pull me close, try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed”

“Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when Im in your hands
Take my hand come undercover
They cant hurt you now,
Cant hurt you now, cant hurt you now
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us.”

Hard to imagine Van Homan going nuts when you read the line “Because the night belongs to lust.” Is anyone following me here?



Same thing goes for Rooftop’s section from the Ride video ‘Living In Exile.’ The section is nuts, but the lyrics to the song “I Need a Hero’ by Bonnie Tyler, well, they’re kinda misleading.

“Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream
of what I need”

Confusing, don’t you think?



Dan Bogard rides to The Smiths. Always a risky venture, so respect is due, considering how man-tastic the lyrics to ‘This Charming Man’ are…

“A punctured bicycle
On a hillside desolate
Can nature make a man of me yet ?

And in this charming car
This charming man

Why pamper life’s complexity
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger seat ?

I would go out tonight
But I haven’t got a stitch to wear
This man said “It’s gruesome that someone so handsome should care”

A jumped up pantry boy
Who never knew his place
He said “return the ring”
He knows so much about these things”

I will personally ask Dirty Dan why, in fact, he pampers life’s complexity when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat, next time I see him. And what the hell is a pantry boy anyway?

I could go on and on here, but I really want to go ride tonight instead. But, if you’re spending a rainy day with your friends watching videos, this is a good way to pass the time…

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