One of the many things I love about P-Funk mastermind George Clinton is his way with a song title. Though he's no Sufjan Stevens, he can get pretty wordy, which increases the chances of hitting a doublespeak candidate.
Here are three then, one each from the first three Funkadelic albums (my favorite part of the entire P-Funk discography, where the psychedelic/Hendrix influence was still pretty strong):
Funkadelic: I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing
"I Got a Thing" starts us off with a fairly typical hippie sentiment: We're all different, but let's all just get along.
Funkadelic: Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow
"Free Your Mind" seems like it should be a plea to just let loose and have fun, but the music takes on a sinister feel, which makes you think twice about surrendering to the groove.
Funkadelic: You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
"You and Your Folks" is basically a rewrite of "I Got a Thing", but it's a much better song. It also tempers the idealism with a bit of reality: "The rich got a big piece of this and that/The poor got a big piece of roaches and rats".
Of course, dissecting Funkadelic lyrics misses the point somewhat, so step away from your computer and shake that thang!
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