Katy Perry’s song 'Peacock' is actually NOT about pretty birds, to my kid's surprise

The sexual innuendo on today’s radio is out of control. Flo Rida wants someone listening to his song to blow his whistle. Katy Perry really hopes you’ll show her your peacock, cock, cock. Pink think you should Blow Me (One Last Kiss).

I know that this isn’t a new trend, but it seems to be a bit more, well, overt in recent years. Or maybe it’s just that I became a parent. After 10 hours in the car on the way home from Thanksgiving, I was foolishly flipping through radio stations when I found Katy Perry’s homage to the beautiful, uh, birds. By the time I realized what it was and changed the station, it was too late. My kid was belting it out in the back seat.

“I want to see your peacock, cock, cock! Your peacock!”

I asked her if she knew what it meant. She’s 10, and there are times when I’m not sure what she knows.  She answered, “Peacocks.” I then bluntly explained that “cock” was another word for “penis.”

She stopped singing.

I am grateful for small mercies, including that we missed this verse (lyrics courtesy of azlyrics.com, which spells “biatch” and “whatchu” with expert phonetic interpretation):

Are you brave enough to let me see you peacock?
Don’t be a chicken boy, stop acting like a biatch
I’m a peace out if you don’t give me the pay off
Come on baby let me see
Whatchu hidin’ underneath
Are you brave enough to let me see you peacock?
Whatchu waiting for, it’s time for you to show it off
Don’t be a shy kinda guy I’ll bet it’s beautiful
Come on baby let me see
Whatchu hidin’ underneath

As usual, though, my kid got me in the end.  After she stopped singing, she looked sheepish and uncomfortable, which I didn’t think was necessarily a bad thing, but I thought I’d toss her a complement and like a raving idiot with no forethought whatsoever, I said, “I know you didn’t know what you were singing, but your singing did sound nice.”

She responded, “Thanks!  I have better DICtion!”

See my conflicted feelings about Katy Perry here: Beautiful ‘Firework’: Autistic tween duets with Katy Perry on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars


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