Thursday, November 12, 2009

Diabetes: You Keep Me Hangin' On

So for those of you who follow me on Twitter, last week, Kelly (also here), George (also here) and a few others have been toying with the idea of a band called the "Insulin Whores".

I joked that I had absolutely no musical talent, which is a lie, the reality is that that in high school, I played the lead role in my high school musical "Bye Bye Birdie", and yes, I was a choir boy for many of my earlier years, so I've always had a bad-ass affinity for music. Anyway, the Insulin Whores are a musical bunch and we're now toying with the idea of forming a band of some sort (whether it's a rock band, or something else is still a work in progress). But since Kelly has already covered the topic of diabetes themed music (catch her post on that topic). Anyway, yesterday, I mentioned the topic of a Glee-esque video. I like Kelly's song list, but not sure we need to be so completely fixated on sugar. I'd like to mix things up a bit and pursue some deeper-meaning songs.

This week, my selection is a classic by The Supremes called "You Keep Me Hangin' On". I think the lyrics speak directly to my type 1 diabetes and the lure of a cure, but have a look at this clip from the TV show Glee and let me know if it means anything to you relative to diabetes. We may need to rework the lyrics on some songs, but there are some that fit naturally with diabetes. Have a look:

You Keep Me Hangin' On
By The Supremes

Set me free, why don't cha babe
Get out my life, why don't cha babe
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on
You don't really need me
But you keep me hangin' on

Why do you keep a coming around
Playing with my heart?
Why don't you get out of my life
And let me make a new start?
Let me get over you
The way you've gotten over me

Set me free, why don't cha babe
Let me be, why don't cha babe
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on
Now you don't really want me
You just keep me hangin' on

You say although we broke up
You still wanna be just friends
But how can we still be friends
When seeing you only breaks my heart again
And there ain't nothing I can do about it

Woo, set me free, why don't cha babe
Woo, get out my life, why don't cha babe
Set me free, why don't cha babe
Get out my life, why don't cha babe

You claim you still care for me
But your heart and soul needs to be free
Now that you've got your freedom
You wanna still hold on to me
You don't want me for yourself
So let me find somebody else Hey!

Why don't you be a man about it
And set me free
Now you don't care a thing about me
You're just using me
Go on, get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hangin' on...


Bernard said...

Scott, a great song in less than 2 minutes! And those lyrics really do fit the fun of living with the big D.

I didn't think we were going to be singing and dancing! I'd be interested in being a backing singer.

k2 said...

It's a perfecto choice!

We could also work "Roller Coaster of Love" and call it "Roller Coaster of Blood" regarding blood sugars.
Big shout out to Hannah @ Dorkabetic on that call!

How bout "Wishing and Hoping" by the late great Dusty Springfield.

"Doctor Doctor' by the Thompson Twins

"Love Is A Battle Field"- a.k.a "Diabetes is a Battlefield" Of course we'd do the 80's choreography because that's key!

"Defying Gravity"- because it's awesome~

k2 said...

And thanks for the shout out Scott! Your such an Insulin Whore!

Crystal said...

GArate Idea!! Love it!

Unknown said...

I always think "Sugar Sugar" or "Sugar We're Goin' Down" or "Pour Some Sugar on Me" would obviously be the best songs to re-work for diabetes. ;)

Oh god, I have so many songs stuck in my head right now!

George said...

Lookout world. The iWhores are coming!!!


Minnesota Nice said...

OK, this is more of a contemplative song, but I always think of the db when I hear the first line of Joni Mitchell's "
Car on The Hill"

"I've been sittin' up waiting for my sugar to show....."

(For the young-uns, to show sugar meant that your were spilling it in your urine.)