Ride the wild rabbit!

(Packed with raunch of several varieties, so not suitable for kids or the sexually modest.)

A digression from one of the topics of yesterday’s posting “Moments of rebirth” — the lunar new year yesterday, the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese calendar. Here celebrated  by this homoerotic digital image created by Vadim Temkin:


(#1) My caption: Ride the Wild Rabbit!

Aside from the smiling young hunk, the image taps two springs of raunchiness: rabbits (and their fabled sexual licentiousness — fucking like bunnies, as the idiom has it) and riding (and its similarity to insertive intercourse, to fucking). So it’s all about fucking: metonymically, in the association of rabbits with prolific breeding; and metaphorically, in the resemblance of riding to intercourse.

My caption just packages the rabbit raunchiness and the riding raunchiness together in the phrase ride the rabbit, adding the wild for a whiff of unchecked abandon, the whole thing then evoking wild pony rides, as celebrated in popular song.

My first pony-ride association was to Olivia Newton-John’s  “Pony Ride” (1976), which is, however, about being a free spirit, with only wisps of sexual content. But: the all-time champion of solid pony-ride raunch in my experience was certainly Cheap Trick’s “Ride the Pony” (1994), to which I will devote the bulk of this posting.

First, though, I note a fresh discovery. From Wikipedia:

“Pony” is a song by American singer Ginuwine, released as the debut single from his first album, Ginuwine…The Bachelor (1996)

… Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, “This sex jam, played out through horse-riding metaphors, is an even-metered gallop through lovely backing vocals and machine-generated music.

The beat goes on.

Background. Rabbit raunchiness and riding raunchiness.

The rabbit in the Chinese zodiac is notable for being gentle, clever, and swift. Meanwhile, as prolific breeders, rabbits are also (in many cultures) symbols of fertility, rebirth, and, yes, rampant sexuality.

Then there’s riding. From NOAD:

verb ride: … 5 vulgar slang have sex with.

— which is to say, fuck. But with much greater specificity than this brief entry suggests. GDoS has the sexual verb ride (and its nouning) from the 15th century on — primarily of a man (most recent cite, from 2009, Irish writer Patrick McCabe’s Holy City: I rode your mother, C.J. Slipped her a length of pipe, as the boys used to say.); sometimes of a woman, very often with the woman on top; and, inevitably, sometimes for insertive anal intercourse.

Cheap Trick.”Ride the Pony” is from the 1994 album Woke Up With a Monster:


(#2) Cover art; the title song’s title suggests a sexual partner’s turning out to be a monster and (no doubt deliberately) suggests a man waking up with a monster hard-on, but in fact the song seems to be about a marriage on the rocks

“Ride the Pony” is, however, raunch gold. There’s a two-line intro:

Come to me, I’m your boogie man
Come to me, let me take your hand

And a two-line chorus (elaborated on in various ways):

Ride the pony, satisfy your funk
Ride the pony, satisfy your funk

And three verses, which get progressively more explicit:

Smile, you waited for some floor
Come to me, understand
Baby, don’t you want some more
I’ve got what you need, what you’re dyin’ for

Dance with me, I’m the rhythm king
Dance with me, and shake that thing
Babe, I feel like I could die
‘Cause I’ve never been so high, higher than the sky

Move a little closer
What’s holding that thing together
Let me scoot between your thighs
Got a pistol in my pocket
Just waiting for you, hey

All the rest of it is addressed by a man to a woman he’s seducing, so the chorus presumably is too — in which case, the woman is going to be sexually satisfied by riding the man’s penis (and having him ejaculate within her). Well, yeah, it’s really about his almighty dick.

2 Responses to “Ride the wild rabbit!”

  1. Stewart Kramer Says:

    The ambiguity of an offer like “Want to ride me?” is curious, at least in male/male sex. The metaphor of riding a penis (bottoming, by sitting on it), or riding an ass (topping, by mounting it) seems to refer only to the positioning. Gravity dictates that the rider is physically on top, without the usual abstraction used for “top” and “bottom” in gay sexual contexts.

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Yes, I long ago noted the awkwardness of using “top” and “bottom” for the roles in man-on-man anal intercourse, in a world that includes the popular (and very satisfying) Cowboy position and its relatives. Whenever possible, I prefer reference to “insertive” and “receptive” roles in the act.

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