How Could I Have Been So Wrong?

Lots of whiskey tonight. Lots of whiskey. Which inevitably results in corresponding levels of AC/DC, who have been my favorite band since I first heard them at the Hot Lips Skating Rink back in 1977. Which in turn brings to mind a lot of sweaty backwards skating sessions with Wanda McGilligan and her unparalleled ability to…

Oh, the point. Right. Anyhow, I just fired up my bootleg import of AC/DC’s seminal ’75 classic, T.N.T., and I didn’t even make it halfway through “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll),” when it struck me — I’ve been misinterpreting that song for more than 30 years.

See, it was always my understanding that it served as a dire warning: if you want to make it to the top, you have to buckle down, work hard, and do what’s expected of you. Don’t rebel, otherwise you’ll spend your life in a Dante-esque inferno of menial labor, abject poverty and venereal disease. But now I realize they were just singing about how difficult it is for a rock ‘n’ roll band to succeed. I’m sure that you can imagine my embarrassment.

Still, all’s well that ends well. After all, I might not be the disgustingly wealthy man I am today if I hadn’t misunderstood the intent behind Bon Scott’s lyrics. And with that, it’s time for more whiskey. Good night.

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