Putting my English degree to good use!

I've spent an inordinate amount of time pondering the lyrics of Fergie's "London Bridge". More specifically, the chorus of the song is what has captured my attention. I understand that "London Bridge" is clearly a colloquialism for something sexual, but I am perplexed as to what. At first I thought that perhaps Fergie was using London Bridge as a metaphor for her underwear. In this case, the lyrics suggest that every time Fergie finds herself in a state of sexual excitement she feels an inexplicable desire to tragically end the lives of approximately 3,000 people (which is what occurred in 1212 due to the earliest of the fires of London). To be fair, Fergie could equally be referencing one of the other disasters that befell the bridge, such as the Tornado of 1901 or a fire in 1136, which did not have quite as much of a catastrophic impact on human life.
However, upon examining both the single's album cover, as well as its video, one might notice that the featured bridge is not in fact London Bridge at all, but rather Tower Bridge. This could indicate that the lyrics to the song actually mistakenly reference Tower Bridge, meaning the properties of Fergie's "London Bridge" should be compared to those of Tower Bridge in order to properly convey the meaning behind the lyrics. It is important to mention at this point in time that Tower Bridge is actually a Bascule bridge. Taking this information into account, the song lyrics would actually indicate that Fergie finds herself in a perpetual state of arousal and it is only when she is in the presence of the subject of her song that she is able to return to a less - umm - exuberant state of being. This could suggest that, in the song, Fergie is actually attempting to examine the propensity a particular individual has to negatively effect her day/evening.
Taking the rest of the song lyrics into account, it seems plausible that Fergie may actually be expressing her discontent with the paparazzi over their intrusive impact on her day-to-day life and ability to enjoy public outings.
If you think about it, "London Bridge" actually has the potential to be a very deep song. But, in all reality, it is probably still about panties.


Accidentally Me said...

Hmm...interesting analysis...I hadn't thought about it that deeply:-)

I am just surprised that she didn't feel the need to spell "L-O-N-D-O-N" out while she sang. That is usually her pattern.

Winston said...

I'm so happy you're still blogging! I've been reading for a couple years now you always make me laugh. I don't know how you do it but you do. I used to comment and have used a variety of blogger names including Dunzo but I believe I stumbled upon you when I was in S. Korea and that is when I created Winston.

Anyways, it's good that that guy k.roustele who used to comment on every single one of your posts has stopped. That guy was a stalker Megan!

Keep up the hilarious work and taking pictures, and baking cakes, and scraping paint off staircases, and making jell-o shots, and asking questions of song lyrics, and telling your mom and sister to shove it. LOL
The list goes on and on!

You really are my favorite. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


Jenn said...

See, what *I* thought is that it was cockney rhyming slang... London Bridge = britches = panties. :)

Anonymous said...

wow thats really interesting but its prolly still about panties but also the way shes saying london, london, london it sounds like lundy, lundy, lundy but its basicly her saying that when some guy comes around he makes her want to take her panties off...