Don’t ask me how or why, but Matt and I got into an indepth discussion via IM today about sassafras, and Aerosmith’s usage of the word. The one that everyone knows is from Love in an Elevator (and does anyone else find it odd that Steven Tyler wants you to kiss his deciduous tree?), but I’m positive I’ve heard him use the words “sexy ass” in an uncut or live version. Maybe trees are more radio friendly than sexy asses, who knows.
I was insistent that this wasn’t Mr. Tyler’s only usage of the seemingly non-sensical word, and Matt challenged me to find another example. Please find the following lyrics from one of their older songs, Last Child :
“Take me back to a south Tallahassee
Down cross the bridge to my sweet sassafrassy”