The parts in quotations are taken from Merril Bainbridge's "Mouth" and William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." I really hope those two titles have never been connected before.

by Rb

The radio, playing on the school bus in 1995:

"When I kiss your mouth, I wanna taste it
Turn me upside down, don't want to waste it..."

I'd sing as loudly as I could,
imitating that playful, sultry voice
I was gonna be a singer, too,
before I was twenty, of course
no one ever makes it after that!

"Would it be my fault if I could turn you on?
Would it be so bad if I could turn you on?"

I never learned all the words
Or even wondered about them,
what the words were saying.
Who ever thinks about that?

"When I kiss your salty lips
you will feel a little crazy
but for me, I'll be famous on TV."

Now, reading the lyrics again
I blush and wonder:
they let little kids listen to that?

An eight year old girl in a cropped halter top
pouts at her reflection:
"I wish I had boobs."

"O brave new world
that has such people in it."

I sigh and turn away.