Song about a white girl dating a black man
I heard that phrase somewhere and I thought that could be a kind of funny song about gorgeous girls going out with monsters. In another interview, Jackson recalled another incident where the lyrics to the song were misinterpreted.
He explained that he was accused of racism by a black man because of the song's opening lyric "Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street", which the man had thought was about black men dating white women.
The song was immediately popular with the band; Jackson recalled in his autobiography, "Everyone liked it.
It was catchy, they said, and had the makings of a hit.
Jackson claimed that he had first heard it on a song by the Damned, who had gotten it from the Shangri-Las' song, "Leader of the Pack".
From there, he came up with the basis for lyrics for "a funny little song about watching couples and wondering what the girls could possibly see in the guys". It was a great surprise to me when some people interpreted it as being angry.
Jackson later wrote, "People still occasionally tell me that this song is the best thing I've ever done.Lyrically, the song contains a "string of priceless quips" about "boy/girl laws of attraction"; the opening lyric, "Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street", has been highlighted by Huey.Huey also praises Jackson for "capturing mood and meaning through minor detail" in lyrics like "From my window I'm staring while my coffee goes cold / Look over there (where?The track was one of the first Jackson recorded with his new backing band, a band he would perform with for his first three albums.
Written as a humorous commentary on women dating unattractive men, the song contains a prominent bass line and a chorus praised by critics as memorable.A live a cappella version released in 1988 was a top five single in the Netherlands.