are today’s pop song lyrics getting more redundantly repetitive?

DOES YOUR BABY DO THE HANKY PANKY? The ques­tion asked on Quora was “Are Pop lyrics getting more and more repet­i­tive?” In­stead of a well-reasoned, thoughtful an­swer, I posted this in­stead (and my com­plete an­swer is be­tween the two lines):

 

TommyJames HankyPanky Roulette 45 600

This is the Roulette Records ver­sion of Hanky Panky that was the #1 hit on Bill­board and Cash Box and sold mil­lions of copies in 1966. The label cor­rectly iden­ti­fies Jeff Barry and Ellie Green­wich as the song­writers.

 


 

My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.

My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.

I saw her walking on down the line,
you know I saw her for the very first time,
a pretty little girl standing all alone.
Hey, pretty baby, can I take you home?
I never saw her, never ever saw her.

My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.

I saw her walking on down the line,
you know I saw her for the very first time,
a pretty little girl standing all alone.
Hey, pretty baby, can I take you home?
I never saw her, never ever saw her.

My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.

My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.
My baby does the hanky panky.

Do you mean more repet­i­tive than that?

Song: “Hanky Panky”
Writers: Jeff Barry and Ellie Green­wich (1963)
Artist: Tommy James & the Shon­dells
Re­leased: The Shon­dells’ record was re­leased on it­ty­bitty Snap Records in 1964 and ig­nored by every­body out­side of the band’s family and friends. In 1966, it caught on in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­vania, and was picked up by Roulette Records and reached #1 on the Bill­board Hot 100 and the Cash Box Top 100.

 


 

TommyJames Shondells HankyPanky Snap original 600

This is the orig­inal Snap Records ver­sion of Hanky Panky that sold thou­sands of copies be­fore being picked up by Roulette in 1966. The label in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fies Tommy Jackson as the song­writer.

Tommy James’s Hanky Panky re­peats ‘My baby does the hanky panky’ twenty-three times. Click To Tweet

TommyJames HankyPanky GoldRecord c 1000

FEATURED IMAGE: Tommy James and the Shon­dells are pre­sented with a gold record for Hanky Panky by Roulette Records owner Morris Levy. This is not an of­fi­cial RIAA Gold Record Award but an in-house award. Note the formal sur­round­ings in which Levy and Roulette had this af­fair con­ducted.

 

 

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how many times is the word sugar in these lyrics? http://www.metrolyrics.com/sugartime-lyrics-the-mcguire-sisters.html

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