Whilst Mrs. Buck and I were driving to work this morning, Nickelback's "Photograph" came on the radio. And I noticed, not for the first time, that certain stations omit this verse when they play it:
Remember the old arcade
Blew every dollar that we ever made
The cops hated us hanging out
They said somebody went and burned it down.
Now while I, like most people, find most radio edits silly (I've always said if it's a word I can hear on television in the 8 PM - 9 PM timeslot, it's a word I should be able to hear on the radio), I can't for the life of me figure out why these lines get edited out on certain stations. It's not like there's profanity there. Is it for what's implied? Are they afraid it's going to promote arson? That some impressionable youth will hear the song and suddenly have a desire to set a building ablaze? When you consider that a few of the band's other songs have rather thinly-veiled references to oral sex, a reference to burning down a building seems mundane in today's "violence is okay, but sex is bad" culture.
*Sigh*...I just can't figure it out. What say you, dear readers?