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Political scientist and all around smart guy Carl Scott explains how "Time of the Season" expresses either deep ambivalence about, or a warning against, the sexual revolution.
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Carl,

Very good analysis of the lyrics. Maybe the implications of the words in songs sail over the heads of most audiences, but, as you show, it's worth it to draw out those implications, especially given how repetitive, and therefore insinuating pop music is (repetitive not only in the simplistic structure of songs themselves, but how often they are or have been played on the radio).

In more of a Plato's Republic vein, I'd like to see you discuss the musical elements of this and other songs in your songbook -- major v. minor key, chords and chordal changes, the direction of the melody, rhythm, dynamics -- and how they add meaning to the words. For example, does the gorgeousness of the chorus (in both harmony and melody) redeem the monotonous creepy come-on in the second verse? Or is the beauty of the chorus undone by the animals-in-heat content of the lyrics?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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