top-40 in 1957

Bob DeMattia
Sat May 31 11:39:54 EDT 2014

And much more recently (2009), the Zac Brown Band's country hit, where theoriginal lyrics are "Toes in the water, ass in the sand".  Atlantic recordmade a radio edit version of the song where the lyrics become "Toes in the water, toes in the sand".  
Also in the radio edit, later in the song ,the phrase  "roll a big fat one"is blurred out.


> Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 08:01:01 -0400
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> There have been songs that got 'cleaned up' a bit-- WBUR used to run a show
> called Kids America and they'd play Steve Martin's hit "King Tut". Instead
> of the line saying "He's my favorite honky" they re-ran "Did you do the
> monkey?" Meaning, as in do a dance by that name, we'd hope. While the album
> version of Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia" contains "son of a
> bitch", the single and radio version says "son of a gun".
> The 80s song Never Say Never by Romeo Void had a line with the F word:
> "That man could give a F about the grin..." It was replaced on a radio edit
> by a drumbeat. Rap and rock songs had 'clean' versions where swears were
> bleeped out or the swear was "reverse masked". And of course Van Morrison's
> "Brown Eyed Girl" had a line about "makin' love in the green grass" which
> was substituted with "laughin' and a runnin'" again, and when the Stones
> did "Let's Spend the Night Together" on Sullivan show, they were supposed
> to sing "Let's Spend Some Time Together" (supposedly Mick sang something
> like Let's Spend Some Mmm Together)
> On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 2:12 AM, A Joseph Ross <> wrote:
> > On 5/31/2014 1:04 AM, A Joseph Ross wrote:
> >
> >  I think I remember something about a passage from Disney's "Snow White
> >> and the Seven Dwarfs" being banned.  I don't remember noticing the
> >> passage when I saw the movie sometime around 7th grade, but I remember
> >> it from a Little Golden Record, which I still have.  Grumpy sings, "The
> >> minute after I was born, I didn't have a nightie.  So I tied my whiskers
> >> round my legs and used 'em for a dighty."
> >>
> >
> > That should read 2nd grade.
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