Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Crosstown Traffic

Crosstown Traffic - Jimi said,
"I'm not the only soul who's accused of hit and run
Tire tracks all across your back
I can see you had your fun"

Jimi made this statement over 40 years ago. At that time, there is little doubt he was speaking of sexual congress and the relative experience his partner has compared with his own. Jimi often (nearly always!) used sexual metaphors and innuendos to state his position (no pun intended). This song is an excellent example of this. "Hit and run," of course, symbolizes one-night stands. Jimi's position in this matter is clear: He feels he is often disparaged for that which might easily be overlooked—or, even, accepted as natural—done by others. He is naming himself as a victim of those who condemn promiscuity.

The "tire tracks" are the emotional "scars" left by previous sexual encounters.

The underlying theme of "Crosstown Traffic" is that one cannot shift nor eschew the culpability for an act by simply pointing to another's commission of the same act. We must each stand or fall on our own. Additionally, it is not credible to excuse improper behavior by pointing to worse behavior in another.