Philosophy References in Pop Music

Checking out Poison Season by Destroyer this past weekend I came across the following lyric in “Sun in the Sky“:

Tender is the night
That sweeps us up in its folly
I left my keys on the kite
And my violin on the trolley

Violin and trolley? That’s no coincidence. I looked up the band and it turns out frontman Dan Bejar was a philosophy major before he dropped out of college. Folks, I think we have the first reference to Judith Jarvis Thomson in popular music, or maybe her and Philippa Foot.

Other sly philosophy references in pop/rock music?

Judith Jarvis Joan Jett Thomson

( J.J.J.J.T. )


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