This only just occurred to me. When you write your songs and song lyrics, what are your left-and-right-limits for expressions of emotion, either positive or negative? And further, are your song-writing ambitions limited by that which is the socially-accepted norm of pop radio? And if so, is that even a relevant convention in this life and these times? When I was in the Army, my mates and I spoke in extreme and often outrageous terms, especially when we were joking around, riffing philosophic, or just talking story. "Man oh man. She is gorgeous. I would crawl through five miles of broken glass to hear her fart through a walkie-talkie." "I hate that guy. I wouldn't cross the street to p1$$ on him if he were on fire!" See, those are extreme expressions of emotion. But you rarely see such examples in rock, pop, country, jazz, soul, or mainstream radio-friendly music. There seems to be a tight left and right limit for expressions of emotion. Prince declared that, "I would die for you." (I Would Die 4 U, technically.) You never once thought for a minute though that his Purple Royalness would ever want to lay down and die for her. So you knew it was a lark. A song-writing hook. Robert Palmer. "Doctor doctor, give me the news, I got a bad case of lovin' you". Same thing. A clever lyric, and great hook. But it never crossed that line. That line of impropriety. Rick Derringer. If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Kill You. A great and clever concept, and even the title of an album. But it never took off. He had a cult and minor sensation with it, but not exactly a radio hit. So help me out here. Are there, or were there, song writers who pushed the envelope of weirdness and offensiveness, and yet still made a hit out of it? I'll start it off by naming Ted Nugent, for example. Cat Scratch Fever. Never in a million years would I think that that would go. But there it was. Your thoughts, and offerings?