It would be fun to put together a collection of songs that talk about themselves…but I’m too lazy to assemble it (suggestions welcome). One such song would surely have to be The Yachts’ “Suffice to Say” (from 1977), whose lyrics are entirely about itself, its singer’s hopes regarding its effect on its subject…all wrapped up in a nice little bow of irony. That irony is amusingly cued by the fact that the lyric, simple as it is, still manages to describe itself inaccurately. For example: “there’s an instrumental break…right after this”: what follows is the chorus – which we might take as “this” – but what follows after that is a middle eight, with lyrics spoken on top of it.
And of course, the singer had previously informed us he had not, in fact, written a middle eight. Oops.
The Yachts “Suffice to Say” (1977)