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Monday, November 09, 2009

Music Monday: Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus

Or should I say, pole dancing in the U.S.A.? We're back from Saturday night's Miley Cyrus concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and I have to confess that Grammy was more right than I was about the content of the performance. Even though Miley never once donned her blonde wig or sang their Hannah Montana favorites, London and Maddie and their 8-year-old girlfriends had a great time, but the grown-ups spent quite a bit of time whispering "Don't tell Grammy" and "what happens in Newark stays in Newark" as Miley changed from one pair of leather boy shorts into the next. As Miley gyrated on the stage in her panties and grabbed at her crotch during the new "sexed up version" of Girls' Night Out, I asked my friend Susan if moms and dads ever took their kids to see Madonna (even as a teenager, I was never a fan), and she reminded me that back in the day, our parents didn't take us to concerts, and certainly not when we were eight years old. My first concert was Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Somerset County College when I was twelve years old... my friend's older brother (the nice one, not the hot one) took a bunch of us, and the venue was about three miles away from home. Next week's Music Monday may take us back with Bob Seger' "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets."

London and Maddie both told me that they enjoyed this concert more than the "Best of Both Worlds" tour two years ago, but I'm sure many of Miley's younger fans were disappointed that she has turned her back on the Hannah Montana alter ego and the songs that brought her fame. As more than one parent has lamented online (here's a link to a well-written review of her Portland, Oregon show), "I wish we'd have known she was going to transition this quickly in this manner BEFORE I bought the tickets months ago." Because the Wonder World tour used paperless ticketing (show up with your photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the seats) at all venues, disappointed parents don't have the option of reselling them....even though the new Miley has developed a following among plenty of teenage boys who didn't have any interest in the Disney show their baby sisters have been watching for the past three years.

Highlights for the kids were Miley riding a motorcycle through the air while singing a cover of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." The hands down favorite for kids and adults in our group was "Party in the U.S.A." where we all got up and were movin' our hips like yeah, just like in this week's Music Monday video below:



I hopped off the plane at LAX
with a dream and my cardigan
welcome to the land of fame excess, (whoa)
am I gonna fit in?

Jumped in the cab,
Here I am for the first time
Look to the right and I see the Hollywood sign
This is all so crazy
Everybody seems so famous

My tummy's turnin' and I'm feelin' kinda homesick
Too much pressure and I'm nervous,
That's when the taxi man turned on the radio
and a Jay Z song was on
and the Jay Z song was on
and the Jay Z song was on

CHORUS:
So I put my hands up
They’re playing my song,
And the butterflies fly away
Noddin’ my head like yeah
Moving my hips like yeah,
And I got my hands up,
They’re playin' my song
I know I'm gonna be ok
Yeah, It's a party in the USA
Yeah, It's a party in the USA

Get to the club in my taxi cab
Everybody's lookin at me now
Like “who's that chick, that's rockin’ kicks?
She gotta be from out of town”

So hard with my girls not around me
It's definitely not a Nashville party
'Cause all I see are stilletos
I guess I never got the memo

My tummy's turnin and I'm feelin' kinda homesick
Too much pressure and I'm nervous
That's when the D.J. dropped my favorite tune
and a Britney song was on
and the Britney song was on
and the Britney song was on

CHORUS:
So I put my hands up
They’re playing my song,
And the butterflies fly away
Noddin’ my head like yeah
Moving my hips like yeah,
And I got my hands up,
They’re playin my song
I know I'm gonna be ok
Yeah, It's a party in the USA
Yeah, It's a party in the USA

Feel like hoppin' on a flight (on a flight)
Back to my hometown tonight (town tonight)
Something stops me everytime (everytime)
The DJ plays my song and I feel alright!

CHORUS:
So I put my hands up
They’re playing my song,
And the butterflies fly away
Noddin’ my head like yeah (Oh, nodding my head)
Moving my hips like yeah, (Ooh Yeah)
And I got my hands up,
They’re playin my song
I know I'm gonna be ok (gonna be okay)
Yeah (huh huh), It's a party in the USA (Yeah)
Yeah, It's a party in the USA

So I put my hands up
They’re playing my song,
And the butterflies fly away (flying away)
Noddin’ my head like yeah (nodding my head like yeah)
Moving my hips like yeah, (moving my hips like yeah)
And I got my hands up,
They’re playin my song
I know I'm gonna be ok (I'm gonna be okay)
Yeah (Yeah), It's a party in the USA
Yeah (hahaha), It's a party in the USA (Party in the USA!)


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5 comments:

Lily Arbee said...

Hi!
Happy Music Monday. Nice selection.

Marites said...

This girl is really unstoppable. Cool song! Happy MM!

illusionaire said...

My GF's fav singer. Though I can't say I am a big fan of hers, this girl is very talented indeed. Happy MM :-)

Ps. You might want to change your youtube video size, as its coming outside your column :-)

Marice said...

great song!

u may view mine if u have time

Online Printing said...

Don't you feel sad seeing Miley grow up so quick? Seems like she's too much in a hurry to grow up... Kinda made us miss Hannah Montana. :(