Obvious, mundane lyrics

Why do singers have to come up with cliches and obvious lines in songs?Tell us the most irritating to you.

(I like Jethro Tull)It was a new day yesterday, but it’s an old day now

Fleetwood Mac: Don’t stop dreaming about…etc…yesterday’s gone…(so?where did it go?)

McCartney: Someone’s knocking…let them in…Is there a plot to this story?I’m so eager to find out if someone else knocks, and they have to let them in too!

“I am Kid Rock.”

No shit, Sherlock, thanks for the update.

Thank you, sunbear, for letting me get that off my chest. I feel much better now.

Livin’ on Tums, Vitamin E and Rogaine

My boyfriend and I were talking about clichéd lines not to long ago, when Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” started playing. It actually seemed not to be a song, but a collection of obvious, mundane phrases:
For example:

“Haven’t we met?
You’re some kind of beautiful stranger
You could be good for me”

“If I’m smart then I’ll run away
But I’m not so I guess I’ll stay”

“I looked into your eyes
And my world came tumbling down”

“You’re the devil in disguise”

“To know you is to love you”

“I’ve paid for you with tears
And swallowed all my pride”

Not that I think these lyrics are any exception to most of Madonna’s songs. Lyrical, poetic genius she’s not.

“My cat’s breath smells like cat food.” --Ralph Wiggum, hero and icon

Of course the best BAD songs create these cliches!

How about the grammatically-challenged lyrics?

“In this ever-changing world in which we live in…”

Paul McCartney, “Live and Let Die”

“My hovercraft is full of eels.”

Any song that rhymes “knife” with “life.”

Anything by Air Supply.

Yer pal,

Or any song that tries to rhyme ‘Texas’ with ‘What the facts is’. sigh

“I like Florida; everything is in the eighties. The temperatures, the ages, and the IQs.”
– George Carlin

“I’m afraid of a ghost
it’s the sight that I fear most,
I’d rather have a piece of toast,
watch the evening news.”


This is meant to represent a slice of LIFE???


Anything by Mike and the Mechanics. Especially ‘Looking Back’ which has every single line not only a dazzling cliché, but also somewhat unrelated to each successive line.

And that dumb but catchy Lemon Tree song, whoever sung that.

Now this bugs me, that I can’t think of the artist, this is top 40 stuff…Joe Walsh?

Steve Miller Band. (Take the Money And Run)

I still think “Abra-abra-cadabra. I wanna reach out and grab ya.” is FAR worse. The entire song is the epitome of mundane.

Ah, now it’s coming back…the famous Pompatus of Love thing:
: “My Dearest Darling, come closer to Maurice so I can whisper / sweet words of epismetology in your ear and speak to you of / the pompitous of love.”
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“I’m a genie in a bottle, you gotta rub me the right way.”

OMG! I think I just found the perfect pick up line!

“My heart will go on…”

…and on,…and on…and freakin’ ON

Now surely somebody should have come up with…< drumroll >…

**Achy Breaky Heart</b.

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

Oh, wait…got one more for ya…

“I got a little change in my pocket,
goin’ jinga-linga-liiiiing…”
Georgia Satelites. Ah, the eighties.

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

Call it communism, call it free…

And another grammatically challenged song…

How does it feel like…?
–Chemical Brothers(?)

My former roommate and I figured out that the only way that line makes sense is if you stick the “like” in between two commas.

In addition to the “knife/life” rhyme…I have a disdain for groups that can’t come up with a better rhyme than “fire/desire.” Come on! Cop out! The group most guilty of this I can think of is U2. They used to use it about every third song.

The stupid song that we refer to as the “lack thereof” song. This song just screams of "I wanna sound pretentious"ness. Not to mention horrid lyric writing.

“Cluemobile? You’ve got a pickup…”
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“Only time will tell if we stand the test of time…”

Van Halen

The Paul McCartney lyric may be correct. I haven’t actually read the lyrics myself (so correct me if I’m wrong), but I always thought it sounded like:
“…but if this ever changing world in which we’re living…”
It fits better, grammatically, with what follows.

The Talking Heads’ “Speaking in Tongues” album is practically nonsensical, lyric-wise. It’s almost as if Byrne pulled random phrases and words out of the air to write these songs.

“My hovercraft is full of eels.”

Nonesense songs I can put up with. I am the Walrus and REM come to mind.

If anybody is up to it, I’d like to know the number of times “believe” is sung in Cher’s song.