Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lyrics Spotlight - Streets of Philadelphia

"The night has fallen, I'm lyin' awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
or will we leave each other alone like this
On the streets of Philadelphia"
--"Streets of Philadelphia", Greatest Hits

"Streets of Philadelphia" is one of the more controversial Springsteen songs, as Bruce tackles the issue of the AIDS epidemic, without ever mentioning the disease in question.  Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as the song starts negative and goes further downhill by the end.  Fortunately, the same is not true when it comes to the disease in the real world, as scientists have recently cured a baby with HIV.  However, the secret behind the cure seems to be, frighteningly enough, bees.

That's right.  Bees.

Come on scienece, really?  Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not a scientist.  I attempt to read these articles, then my head hurts, then I close the window and move onto to posting about what I think I understood.  But, I think we can all agree that bees are still a menace to society.  I'd feel comfortable sharing a bottle of water with someone who had HIV, but if a bee comes anywhere within 15 feet of me I would freak out and flail my body to avoid its horrible sting.  Now you are saying bees might save thousands of lives?  I'm sorry, but this sounds like pro-bee propaganda.  Can we really trust these sticky flying monsters, especially after what they've done to Macaulay Culkin and Nicholas Cage?

Sure, curing a baby with HIV is an absolutely outstanding medical breakthrough that only an idiot would find fault in.  However, can't we find a better way to do it, preferably sans bees?