Where does tin roof, rusted come from?
Tin roof rusted is one of the most famous lyrics from new wave rock band the B52’s 1989 song “Love Shack,” but it apparently came about by accident. While recording the vocals, the track stopped, but singer Cindy Wilson continued singing, which gave the band the idea to have a break in the song where Wilson says tin roof rusted: “You’re what? / Tin roof / Rusted!”
Rumor then spread that the lyric to meant “being pregnant,” but that was not the intent of the band. In a 2018 interview with Michigan’s mlive.com, Wilson set the record straight, saying that the lyric “was just part of a description of the vision in my head of what the love shack looked like,” adding that she’d been inspired by an old shack outside of their hometown, Athens, Georgia.
Wilson, however, wasn’t opposed to people deciding for themselves what her lyrics meant, saying in regards to tin roof rusted, “it’s amazing what people have come up with in the past about it. I kind of like that. Let the people participate in the meaning. I’m fine with that.”
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Who uses tin roof, rusted?
Due to the popularity of The B-52’s Love Shack and the speculation surrounding the lyric, fans of the song often use tin roof, rusted on social media or in product names (e.g., Tin Roof Brewing Company’s Rusted IPA) simply as a reference to the track.
Love shack, baby love shack!" https://t.co/28UqZQ2HQM
— P.U.L.S.E (@PulseMagazin) November 14, 2018
TIN ROOF RUSTED! pic.twitter.com/8fNqu9wPrx
— Rusted Revolver (@Rusted0Revolver) November 16, 2018
Occasionally, a select few use the phrase to refer to pregnancy, though also usually in knowing allusion to the popular gloss of the lyric.
I'm a renaissance man musically… my tin roof is rusted but that doesn't stop me from wakin up feelin so horny every time I close my eyes… 😉
— HOT BOYZ 12th Man (@tdotstarr) November 16, 2018
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