The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > Cafe Society

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #101  
Old 02-05-2017, 01:52 PM
Irishman Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edwardina View Post
As for "Possum Kingdom," I thought that song was about a vampire. Not that different from a serial killer, I suppose, they're both gonna kill ya. But at least with the vampire you (may) have eternal "life" to look forward to afterward.
The vampire explanation makes more sense. Thanks.



Sent from my SM-N900T using Tapatalk
__________________
I said what?
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #102  
Old 02-05-2017, 01:55 PM
Irishman Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Quote:
Originally Posted by Made in Macau View Post
Don't know this song, but river, stream...seaweed?

MiM
He also says he watched from the sea and did nothing to stop it.

(Sorry for the multipost - using tapatalk and can't figure out multiquoting on this version.)
__________________
I said what?
Reply With Quote
  #103  
Old 02-05-2017, 03:31 PM
jaycat jaycat is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Excellent View Post
Yah, the Stones really enjoy their misogyny - fine singers, but I suspect they go there for the shock value. "Time Is On My Side" is pretty bad, too.
Only they didn't write that one. Irma Thomas recorded it before the Stones did, and for years she wouldn't perform it, as she was upset that they had stolen 'her song.'

Child of the Moon is a great tune!
Reply With Quote
  #104  
Old 02-05-2017, 05:05 PM
buddha_david buddha_david is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Can't think of any examples of disliking a song because the lyrics turn out to be disturbing and/or offensive, as seems to be the theme of this thread.

However, there have been many songs which I had to re-evaluate because the lyrics just plain sucked, once I listened to them. Yes is a common offender.
Reply With Quote
  #105  
Old 02-05-2017, 05:24 PM
aceplace57 aceplace57 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Catchy country tune. Very happy and energetic. Love the fiddles.

Then I read the lyrics and thought about them. It's actually a early feminist statement lecturing a wealthy 1950's guy. (It was recorded in the mid 1950's and then Ronstadt did it early 70's) That's OK. He probably needed chewing out

But the strong message really clashes with the cheerful melody. I've never enjoyed the song again.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/linda...enneedles.html

Last edited by aceplace57; 02-05-2017 at 05:29 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #106  
Old 02-05-2017, 08:26 PM
Graymalkin Graymalkin is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Quote:
Originally Posted by No umlaut for U View Post
Brown Sugar. Ugh. And ditto on Under my Thumb.
Lyrics are indeed troublesome for the 2010s, but those two songs are about as good as rock'n roll gets.
Lotsa thin skins in this club.
Reply With Quote
  #107  
Old 02-06-2017, 12:54 PM
Irishman Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Yeah. Not wanting to sing about rape makes us "thin-skinned". I

Sent from my SM-N900T using Tapatalk
__________________
I said what?
Reply With Quote
  #108  
Old 02-08-2017, 06:27 PM
OsageOrange OsageOrange is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
I once read a comic strip that pointed that out, in the voice of a man telling his son about the song playing at the end of "The Killing Fields." The boy replied that still, it was a better choice than "Happiness Is A Warm Gun."
Reply With Quote
  #109  
Old 02-08-2017, 06:32 PM
OsageOrange OsageOrange is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
"Imagine" as Communism...

I once read a comic strip that made that claim, in the voice of a man talking to his son about how that song was played at the end of "The Killing Fields." The boy replied that still, it was a better choice than "Happiness Is a Warm Gun."
Reply With Quote
  #110  
Old 02-08-2017, 10:42 PM
jtur88 jtur88 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
"Always" by Atlantic Starr. Love that arrangement, but really -- "Let's go make a family"? Come on.
Reply With Quote
  #111  
Old 02-09-2017, 05:50 AM
Darren Garrison Darren Garrison is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
I think it is funny how many right-wingers play Born in the USA as a patriotic song.
Reply With Quote
  #112  
Old 02-09-2017, 04:48 PM
BaldDudePeekskill BaldDudePeekskill is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigT View Post
I don't dislike the song, but I stopped wanting to sing it for church when I looked up the lyrics for Hallelujah by Cohen.
As a music director for an Episcopal church, I've had to draw the line at this song, despite my love of it. We're pretty liberal, but not that liberal
Reply With Quote
  #113  
Old 02-10-2017, 10:05 AM
Dingbang Dingbang is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
"What's the Matter Here?" by 10,000 maniacs. It's a pretty bright, catchy song but after a few listenings I thought about the lyrics and it was ruined for me. It's about hearing a child being abused by his mother and not doing anything to stop it.

We live on Morgan Street;
just ten feet between and his mother, I never see her,
but her screams and cussing, I hear them every day.
Threats like: "If you don't mind I will beat on your behind,"
"Slap you, slap you silly."
made me say, "O, what's the matter here?"
I'm tired of the excuses everybody uses, he's your kid, do as you see fit,
but get this through that I don't approve of what you did to you own flesh and blood.

"If you don't sit on this chair straight
I'll take this belt from around my waist and don't think that I won't use it!"


That last line is sung with a sudden surge of enthusiasm, the kind that makes you nod your head vigorously and get lost in the song. Except.... that's terrible.

I know they meant it as a plea to pay attention to child abuse, but I couldn't enjoy the beauty of the song once I realized what had me happily bopping around the house.
Reply With Quote
  #114  
Old 02-10-2017, 10:52 AM
Darren Garrison Darren Garrison is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by BaldDudePeekskill View Post
As a music director for an Episcopal church, I've had to draw the line at this song, despite my love of it. We're pretty liberal, but not that liberal
Oh, you could do worse.
Reply With Quote
  #115  
Old 02-10-2017, 11:44 AM
CelticKnot CelticKnot is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2016
Do you think John Lennon ever imagined no copyright protections?
Reply With Quote
  #116  
Old 02-10-2017, 01:58 PM
CelticKnot CelticKnot is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2016
lyrics ruin a great song

"More than Words" by Extreme
Lovely song, gorgeous harmonies. But the lyrics are saying that "I love you" isn't enough and you have to show it. Seems to me that you got a guy telling a girl "if you loved me you would prove it by sleeping with me." Blechh.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC.