I cannot begin to describe how much it sucks to spend better than an hour on a post, only to have it "vanish" because I didn't check the godammed "always stay logged in" box. My fault, of course. But that doesn't take away from the fact that something cool might have been said that is now completely lost, thanks to some fucking timer!
ooops, as they say "my bad" on the mispelled title.
A common mistake, Noolie, often blamed on a 'typo'. I wasn't being critical, btw; I see it a lot, and tend to point it out when I do.
Is the song actually Sofa#2 just played backwards? Or is it just backward lyrics for Sofa #2 on an awkwardly arranged (forward/normal) song?
It's not Sofa2 played backwards, tho' it contains such, but an entirely different song. The song is indeed "forward/normal" and I wouldn't say that it's "awkwardly arranged" - tho' i know why you did.
(Cancel, here, about 5 or 6 lengthy paragraphs on how the song was created and why it sounds/feels 'awkward', thanks to the wretched timer. I don't wish to relive that particular analysis right now; maybe someday, when I'm a little less pissed-off.)
Either way, what is the meaning of the lyrics and the backwards purpose? I am sure FZ didn't run a song backwards just for the purpose of this chat room.
If I remember that far back, I think I said, "Holy Shit, Noolie, that is one Son of a Monster question."
It's pretty much accepted that Frank wrote the song as an "answer" to the religious fanatics running around in the 70's & 80's (probably still are) complaining of "backwards masking" ("messages from Satan" imbedded in Rock & Roll Lyrics, hidden from censors by being backwards). I have a soundfile of one such asshole, "revealing the hidden (backwards) satanic messages" in 'Stairwy to Heaven'; it's almost too much to believe!)
I think Frank conceived/wrote Ya Hozna to give those assholes something to think about. In Ya Hozna, you didn't have to strain too much to hear what was being said - because the backwards messages were - to the person taking the time to listen for backwards messages - indeed forward.
(Yeah with me so far, Noolie?)
what is the meaning of the lyrics
That's the HUGE part of this question. If I really knew what Frank meant in ANY of his lyrics, I could put Ben Watson and his ilk out of business (esteemed present company excepted. I'd colaborate with Chris, he's far more grounded in reality than many that I've read).
But, I do have an opinion.
(I knew you'd be surprised.)
I think Frank stuck the "Lonely Little Girl" reference in - almost dead center of the piece - as a way to say, "You're still here? Shouldn't you get a life?", which is what he says in that song, IMO. The Moon lyrics appear, I believe, because of their potential sexual nature. The words are from some tape that Frank made at the same time as the Valley Girl sessions for a reported aerobics/excercise album that would feature Moon (Watson says that this is where "Aerobics in Bondage" came from and he may well be right - did I just say that?). The words she emphasizes: "Reach, Squat, Pull, Push, Blow" can all be perceived in a sexual way. These lyrics appear at the end (when played backwards) of the song, as if Frank is saying, "You didn't get the Sofa reference, maybe this will satisfy your quest for titilation".
This leaves us with "what is the 'meaning' of the lyrics" to Sofa2 and THAT, my friend, is a tough one. Popular opinion says the song is about God. I don't hold with that view. I think the song is about the people that 'supposedly' preach the word of God - and what they truly worship, which is their possessions. By equating a chrome dinnette, a sofa, and God (the Heavens, the clouds, the water), FZ points out that there is no aestheticism to these 'preachers'. The truly Godly don't claim to be men of God. The people they attract claim them to be... While the Godly worship aesthetically, the followers worship the worldly - materialism at its hypocritical finest.
(Wait till all those wealthy televangelists get to Heaven and they find out that the "easier for a camel to get thru the eye of a needle, than the rich to enter heaven" bit is a rule, not an option.)
Frank occasionally said that he wasn't anti-spirituality, he was anti-religeon. I think that Sofa2 speaks more about the people who profess to be followers of God, than of God itself.
So, what does Ya Hozna mean, lyrically?
Nothing. Not a damn thing. And that's the real beauty of the song...
These are only my opinions, Noolie, take 'em for what they're worth.