Boiled Frogs

  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This song refers to the scientific concept of "boiling frogs." When frogs were placed in boiling water, they immediately jumped out. However, when the frogs were placed in lukewarm water while the water heated to boiling, the frogs never jumped out. This song is a metaphor for a man working on a job and becoming so acclimated he didn't notice his life had flashed before his eyes. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Benjamin - Davenport, IA
  • Lead singer George Pettit explained to MuchMusic: "It's an analogy. I wrote it inspired by my father who worked at a job where he designed refrigerator parts for 26 years. He was coming up to his pension the last three years and I guess when people are coming up to their pension they really put the screws to them. They're up for review all the time, trying to get them to quit so that they forfeit their pension. It really makes it a stressful last three years. The song is kind of about that, about there being no loyalty in the workplace.
    And my mother went to this conference talking to different generations in the workplace and they referred to her generation as 'boiled frogs.' The analogy is that if you take a frog and put it in boiling water, it will jump right out immediately, but if you put it in cold water and then you slowly turn the heat up, they'll just eventually fall asleep and die. Same way with people in the workplace. If it's too hectic when they first get there, they'll just quit and get another job, but if you slowly up the workload, lower the pay, they're more likely to sit there and just boil."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Booker T. JonesSongwriter Interviews

The Stax legend on how he cooked up "Green Onions," the first time he and Otis Redding saw hippies, and if he'll ever play a digital organ.

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.

Graduation SongsFact or Fiction

Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?