Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Song Meaning: What Do You Do For Money Honey

ARTIST: AC/DC | ALBUM: Back in Black | RELEASED: 1980
Song Meaning: What Do You Do For Money Honey
Almost all the AC/DC song are about sex, and this is no exception. Their ability to culminate street-life living experiences garnered from over half a decade of touring prior to the release of Black in Black have resulted in songs deeply rooted in the theme of sex. These include "Let Me Put My Love Into You,", "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Shoot to Thrill" and the song I'm about to analyze, "What Do You Do For Money Honey."

The song is about a prostitute, who I'd like to think that AC/DC was familiar with back in the day. Lyrics explores her excessive lifestyle.

Analysis of lyrics:

Like any other good song, first introduces the subject matter. Right off the bat, we know the song is about a prostitute when you hear the first two lines. As the verse progresses, we get to know more about her - a restless, uneasy, and annoying person, which AC/DC sums up as "bitch." That's the best the way to describe such women in academia as well, in case you didn't know :-).