How do you take a song about irrational, fatal desire, and change its lead
from a 32-year-old male to a 13-year-old girl?
That was the task Devo faced when they handed off "Girl U Want" to
the all-kid band they'd assembled for Disney's
Though Disney's web site
shows Nicole Stoehr singing a neutered
version of "Girl U Want," the album has her singing "Boy U Want," a
song where nearly every lyric has been changed.
I wondered if it might empower a generation of girls,
with an animated male floating through the video as the object of
But in the
song's lyrics, it's still the woman who's driving the man
You've got him thinking that he's out of his mind.
But then, look how strongly the song's writers (and re-writers) had felt
its original message. (Below is my original post about the song...)
This kind of feeling isn't easy to find.
Sunday night, somewhere in England, a mysterious post-industrial figure
types into Google U.K.
song meaning girl u want devo
Since I'm now the #2 match, I felt compelled to find the answer...
"It's about the essence of desire," says co-author Gerald Casale.
"...aching desire. She sings from somewhere you can't see,
like the famous myth of the sirens that used to lure the sailors to their
deaths by singing to
them in the night.
"They'd go try to find these girls that didn't really exist, and the boat
would crash on the rocks and they'd die."
Thanks to YouTube, we can watch Devo
song (live in 1982) as well as many others!
See also: altered lyrics for Jerkin' Back and Forth and Through