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Old 01-10-2019, 08:33 PM
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The Best Is Yet To Come

Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum

Plums don't grow IN trees; they grow ON trees. So it should be "OFF of the tree of life I just picked me a plum."

Also:

Come Fly With Me (verse 2)

Come fly with me, we'll float down to Peru
In llama-land there's a one-man band


Not really a problem with the lyrics so much as with everybody's pronunciation of "llama."

If they want to pronounce it "lama," then the lyrics should be

Come fly with me, will float down to Tibet
In lama-land there's a one-man band
With a tune you won't forget
Come fly with me, we'll take my private jet.


(both the song and business jets were introduced in 1957)
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:38 PM
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Kill himself, as the music had died and life wasn't worth living anymore. "This'll be the day that I die".
Heh. When I sing that one at Karaoke, I end the song with

And good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye,
"Singin' that'll be the day-ay-ay -- that I die."
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:48 AM
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"I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight"


Bonnie, Bonnie.......
I get it - you probably went out with some real scuzzie douches and want to move up a bit in the chain. I get it, but - whoa, wait...wait a second here.........what, lo and behold!.......what's this?:

...these amazing verses I was unaware of (having been subliminally muzak-indoctrinated only by the aforemetioned chorus) that seem to further illuminate a sort of Frazetta-fantasy inspired palette of Nicksian Bonnie-ness:

"Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

<doorhinged>

"Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I could swear there is someone, somewhere
Watching me
Through the wind, and the chill, and the rain
And the storm, and the flood
I can feel his approach like a fire in my blood"
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Sure, G'NR is quite the sitting duck, but COME, ON...

"Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home (oh won't you please take me home)"

Right - definitely don't wanna go where the girls are....ugly

I mean - it's called "Paradise City", not "Dog City", amirite?

I can only imagine back in the day, young girls hearing that and rolling their eyes, especially at their dumb male counterparts getting brainwashed by it.
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King Missile - "Jesus Was Way Cool"

"He walked on the water
And swam on the land"

"But then some people got jealous of how cool he was
So they killed him"

Duuuuuuuuuude.


Bringing up a band like King Missile could open the floodgates. Most of the rest of the lyrics though are reasonable or hypothetical things Jesus could have done.

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Apparently the singer of Land Down Under thinks Australians speak another language.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:08 PM
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INXS - "Never Tear Us Apart"

"We could live
For a thousand years
But if I hurt you
I'd make wine from your tears."

You'd make wine from someone's tears? What the hell's wrong with you?
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:11 PM
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A ‘69 Chevy with a 396 small block would be highly unlikely. Sure, you could bore and stroke a small block to whatever size you could afford, but how many owners do you think did so, and to that particular displacement?
It only takes one, Springsteen's character in the song.

I remember this being brought up in a review of the album when it came out, ca 1978. The point being made in that review was that Springsteen's California/Western/prairie characters were more completely from his imagination than his NJ/NY characters.

The real answer is pretty clearly that he just liked the way the lyric sounded as '69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads...', better than the original '32 Ford she's a 383...', (which would check out, 'stroker' kit for the small block on that car=383 cu in). There's supposedly audio of that still around.
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Apparently the singer of Land Down Under thinks Australians speak another language.
No. The question was asked of a man in Brussels.

"Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, "do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich"
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I'm listening to the Black Crowes' Amorica, Nonfiction comes up and I'm reminded of this thread. What always gave me an uneasy incest vibe were the following lines:

And if we had a child I'd like a son,
Not a daughter
'Cause she'd be just like you
You know that would not do

Maybe I'm overthinking it, but what else could Chris Robinson have meant than "I would lust for her like I do for you, so that would not do"?
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"All I want to do, is to, to be hap-py."

aw Geeooooorrrrrrgge. Such an objective is really all around swell.
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Sure, G'NR is quite the sitting duck, but COME, ON...

"Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Take me home (oh won't you please take me home)"

Right - definitely don't wanna go where the girls are....ugly

I mean - it's called "Paradise City", not "Dog City", amirite?

I can only imagine back in the day, young girls hearing that and rolling their eyes, especially at their dumb male counterparts getting brainwashed by it.
Take me down to the Paradise Metro
where the grass is fake 'cause the girls are retro.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:36 AM
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Eleanor Rigby by some guitar group:

Waits at the window, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door.

So she's so lonely, apparently she murdered someone just to have their face. And she wears it! That's straight up Ed Gein territory.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:17 AM
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That refers to make-up. She's all gussied up, wearing make-up as she stands at the window waiting for nobody who is going to show up.

I love that line.
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"Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
...

"Think of what you're saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright.
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night."


Paul - I think you're getting just a little passive-aggressive, here, with the my-way-or-the-highway thing.
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Take me down to the Paradise Metro

where the grass is fake 'cause the girls are retro.
I'm gonna start singing this version!
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That refers to make-up. She's all gussied up, wearing make-up as she stands at the window waiting for nobody who is going to show up.

I love that line.
Huh, I always thought the jar was full of some kind of narcotic 'house wife happy pills'.
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On another note, I think that freely admitting that you shot the sheriff is not the greatest defense strategy. And if you didn't shoot the deputy, who are you saying did it? A second shooter on the grassy knoll?
I've thought about this, and have come to the conclusion that the sheriff shot the deputy. The sheriff was corrupt and trying to plant evidence. The deputy was an honest cop who threatened to expose him, so the sheriff killed him ... and then tried to pin it on our hero, who then shot the sheriff.
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No. The question was asked of a man in Brussels.

"Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, "do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich"
In case it isn't well known, the point of the song is the singer keeps going farther and farther away from Australia, but wherever he goes, there's another person from Oz already there.

"Do you come from the land down under?" (me, too!)

Not entirely unlike John Jacob Jingelheimer Smith.

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In case it isn't well known, the point of the song is the singer keeps going farther and farther away from Australia, but wherever he goes, there's another person from Oz already there.

"Do you come from the land down under?" (me, too!)

Not entirely unlike John Jacob Jingelheimer Smith.
Re: The song John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith, his name isn't anybody's name!.

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I've thought about this, and have come to the conclusion that the sheriff shot the deputy. The sheriff was corrupt and trying to plant evidence. The deputy was an honest cop who threatened to expose him, so the sheriff killed him ... and then tried to pin it on our hero, who then shot the sheriff.
I never thought about the possibility that the sheriff shot the deputy...nice theory! I always thought it was simpler, that the sheriff somehow wronged the singer to the point where he attacked and killed him, and the deputy was also there, but he did not shoot the deputy even though he could have, which is supposed to show that it wasn't a robbery or pleasure murder.

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“An assassin that’s second to none: The Man With The Golden Gun.”

I saw the film; spoiler alert: he went up against James Bond and came in second. According to the lyrics, “no hitman can match him”. According to Bond, “bang”.
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Eleanor Rigby by some guitar group:

Waits at the window, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door.

So she's so lonely, apparently she murdered someone just to have their face. And she wears it! That's straight up Ed Gein territory.
Doodles Weaver: "That's funny. Most people wear their faces on their head."
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Elton John I guess that's why they call it the blues

Certainly does a good job on "reasons why being with your honey is superior to not being with your honey"

Pretty light on for actual reasons why "the blues" is called "the blues"
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“An assassin that’s second to none: The Man With The Golden Gun.”

I saw the film; spoiler alert: he went up against James Bond and came in second. According to the lyrics, “no hitman can match him”. According to Bond, “bang”.
Well you see, Scaramanga had that song written. Aside from being a superior hitman, he also had a superior ego.

You should know you've gone too far when you write your own theme music. He probably had action music playing in his "game room", too.
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Speaking of which: You’re So Vain. No, not the ‘thinking the song is about you’ part; the part about how you’re where you should be all the time.

[beat]

And when you’re not, you’re with someone we’ll now discuss...
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I realise, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship, you were a seminal band at the forefront of an influential music scene in a progressive city during a socio-politically tumultuous time and whatnot, but you couldn't have picked a more hideously pulseless, anodyne, watered down, pre-packaged-into-sterile-synthy-production attempt to represent such a place in the late 60's rock pantheon with "We Built This City".
This song should have been called "We Pooed, Vilely, On This City. (Sorry)".
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Forgot to add some Huey Lewis gripes.

"It's hip to be square" - jeesh, the irony - what an edgy mindblower, that one.



"You been thinkin, and I've been drinkin,
You'd say anything to avoid a fight."

Is that because she's cowering away from you, you wife-beating, deadbeat drunk?



In "Power of Love", sounds like he's persuading someone about the simple and powerful pleasures of love, but in the bridge, he blurts out:

"They say that all in love is fair,
Yeah, but you don't care."

That second line sounds a little...tetchy? I thought this number had a sort of motivational tone going on, and then that sulky turd had to get dropped in there?
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Speaking of which: You’re So Vain. No, not the ‘thinking the song is about you’ part; the part about how you’re where you should be all the time.

[beat]

And when you’re not, you’re with someone we’ll now discuss...
She's singing about a psychopath. Those people can always justify their actions, and never understand why other people don't buy it.

"some underworld spy..." Yeah, but I didn't know he was a spy. And I was trying to figure out what he was doing and stop it.

"the wife of a close friend..." Yeah, but she came on to me. I couldn't resist. And I barely know her husband, and he is one bad person.
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Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if i ever get back

Was it Steven Wright or Denis Leary who said, "The fuck kinda attitude is that?"
Dennis Miller did the same line, except it was

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"Jimmy crack corn. But I don't care."

What the hell kind of attitude is that?
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Dennis Miller did the same line, except it was
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"Jimmy crack corn. But I don't care."

What the hell kind of attitude is that?

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Cecil did it better:

https://www.straightdope.com/columns...he-crack-corn/
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And you read your Emily Dickinson
And I my Robert Frost....


Ooooh, got a coupla real intelleck-shulls, here.

And we speak of things that matter,
In words that must be said...


...with a mighty high opinion of themselves.

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This might be a surprise pick, but Pink Floyd's Into the flesh has lyrics in it approved by Nazi Germany.


Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get them up against the wall
There's one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me
Get him up against the wall
That one looks Jewish!
And that one's a coon!
Who let all of this riff-raff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint!
And another with spots!
If I had my way
I'd have all of you shot!
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Some more Nuge I forgot

"The stakes are high and so am I.
It's in the air to-ni-i-ight."

Oh - so were a pot smoker, then. Right.


With Amboy Dukes -

"Come along if you care
Come along if you dare
Take a ride to the land inside of your mind."

Well, I see you have "dare" in there, which you're a spokesman for, so, bully on ya, I'spose .
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This might be a surprise pick, but Pink Floyd's Into the flesh has lyrics in it approved by Nazi Germany.
That is exactly what they were trying to portray.


An oldie but a goodie (?)The Warrior by Patti Smythe:


You talk, talk, talk to me
Your eyes touch me physically


Eww, sounds slimy. Hey, didn't she feed on your eyes in a previous verse?!
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Dennis Miller did the same line, except it was


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"Jimmy crack corn. But I don't care."

What the hell kind of attitude is that?

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There are innocuous folk songs
But we regard them with scorn
The folks who sing 'em have no social conscience
Why, they don't even care if Jimmy Crack Corn
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That is exactly what they were trying to portray.
The film makes it even more clear. It's a fascist rally, and they beat up a bunch of "those" people.

I do have trouble with the sequence on side 4, that it isn't clear that you're not supposed to be cheering along going "HAMMER HAMMER"! Pink is not supposed to be a good guy at this point, but it kind of gets lost in all the excitement of the song. Bigotry and violence are an easy path to fall into. It's so exciting! And the twin hammer logo is admittedly pretty cool.

But side 4 is Pink's decent into madness, and subsequent self-judgement, and possible recovery (is this where...we came in?). It's not supposed to be a model for behaviour.

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Almost all of Jim Morrison's shit, though Riders on the Storm is the perfect storm of stupid rhymes attempting to be deep poetry. Drugs may have helped make great art, but drugs don't only make great art. That crap is exhibit A.
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Don't get me wrong, I really like Sly and the Family Stone's Dance to the Music, and you have to make the lyrics fit the melody.

But every time I hear the bass player sing, "I'm gonna add some bottom, so there's a dancer that just won't hide," I cringe a little. I'm sure you mean you don't want anybody to hide from dancing. But the way you're saying it, only one dancer isn't hiding.
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INXS - "Never Tear Us Apart"

"We could live
For a thousand years
But if I hurt you
I'd make wine from your tears."

You'd make wine from someone's tears? What the hell's wrong with you?
From the same song:

I was standing
You were there


Wow, that paints quite a picture.
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Dealing with death of a close one can take on many different forms of healing and therapy.
But Yoko: starting off this wierdness with gun shots and then screaming is probably goofy as all fucking fuck.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:36 AM
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Another Tom Paxton one:

Since the first amphibian crawled out of the slime,
We've been struggling in an unrelenting climb.
We were hardly up and walking before money started talking,
And it said that failure is an awful crime.

/come on, Tom! The better line would have been " We had barely started walking before money started talking."
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CSNY, you goddamned hippy fascists!!!!!!

"A new day, a new way."
(later)
"Rejoice, rejoice, you have no choice."


Right then - hup hup hup hup come on everybody let's go! No lagging! Flowers in our hair? Got enough patchouli on? Right amount of insouciant whimsy going on? Ok! Let's go! hup hup hup hup!
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Heh. When I sing that one at Karaoke, I end the song with

And good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye,
"Singin' that'll be the day-ay-ay -- that I die."
The levee was a bar. That had given up or lost it's liquor licence.

And the good old boys were singing Buddy Holly's song -- That'll be the day -- because it was "the day the music died": Feb 2, 1959


You just got to be a bit more literal...
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From George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You":

But it's gonna take money
A whole lot of spending money
It's gonna take plenty of money
To do it right, child


He seems to make quite a fuss about this (the refrain's repeated three times).
Not sure if he's going after a golddigger or what, but it does sound kinda...solicit-y, or something.
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Is everybody really Kung Fu fighting?
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:41 PM
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Is everybody really Kung Fu fighting?

If so, how fast were the kicks? Like, did they even break the sound barrier?

(WAR! Huh! Yeah! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Various things. Granted, sometimes it’s a bad idea; but, strictly speaking, it sure seems to have its uses.)
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:57 AM
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While it is more about pronunciation, The Pixies - Allison Allison is pronounced al·​li·​son and I keep expecting al·​li·​sion, which is a nautical term for running into a stationary object or boat vs a collision which is reserved for when two boats are moving.


Allision
al·​li·​sion | \ əˈlizhən, aˈ-\
: the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary —distinguished from collision
Funny enough all of the lyrics make sense if you do swap out the "son" for "sion"

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From distant star to this here bar
The me, the you, where are we now?
Hurray the blues of everyone
Allision

Keeps a smile around a while
He took no fright and jettisoned
We'll go tonight to hear him tell
"Oh well, Allision"

And when the planet hit the sun
I saw the face of Allision
Allision, Allision, Allision, Allision

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