Week 36 – Gone To The Dogs

I was inspired to write this song by an article that appeared on the Yahoo! Singapore portal a few days ago. You can read it here.

The piece says Singaporeans are becoming more “liberal” in strange and head-scratching ways, such as walking about stark naked – in public, mind you.

I’m not kidding. The article says: “The trend of indecent exposure has been rising since 2007. Today an average of one case is reported every other day… According to published figures, there were 105 cases in the first six months of 2010, compared with 166 for 2009, 146 in 2008 and 136 in 2007.” That’s quite astounding, I must say.

A famous example took place in 2009, when a couple (a Singaporean woman and her Swedish friend) paraded themselves naked in Holland Village, a popular expat haunt. A few other nudists have followed suit, spotted at various locations such as McDonald’s, and on a public bus.

So, are repressed and straight-laced Singaporeans becoming more liberal and playing “catch up” with other cities, the article asks.

Perhaps.

In the news recently, a 12-year-old girl revealed that she had slept with a string of men. Did I mention she’s 12??

And a few days ago, a cab driver pleaded guilty to using a pen-shaped camera to secretly film up the skirts of his passengers. Seriously… what was he thinking?

Hey, I’m no prude myself, but someone’s gotta ask: Has this town gone to the dogs?

(This song was inspired by real events, and is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary. Nothing more.)

Gone To The Dogs
© Music and Lyrics by Marcel Lee Pereira, 7 Jan 2011

Albert drove a taxicab from dusk till dawn
Waited for a pretty girl to come along
With a hidden cam, a cheeky plan and a mind stuck in the dirt
He got his kicks shooting video clips up their skirts

John and Jill went out to chill one ordinary night
They decided to walk around in the nude oh, they were quite a sight
Hand in hand the two of them strolled into a cafe
It takes all kinds but I guess I find it a little insane

CHORUS
People scratch their heads and ask
Has this town gone to the dogs at last?

Nicole was a 12-year-old who had a taste for men
She liked to see them after school, every now and then
One by one, their had fun, and it felt nice
Now they’re locked up, what rotten luck, they paid the price

CHORUS
People scratch their heads and ask
Has this town gone to the dogs at last?

BRIDGE
This town lost its head, I think it has
Is this just a passing craze, or one big bloody mess

CHORUS
People scratch their heads and ask
Has this town gone to the dogs at last?

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