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I feel it's time we had a song lyrics thread on this forum. List your favourites: good or bad.

 

I have so many, but won't bombard all at once.

 

Here's three from the great Elvis Costello:

 

"I said 'I'm so happy I could die'.

She said 'Drop dead' and left with another guy."

(Red Shoes)

 

"Everything you say now sounds like it's been ghostwritten."

(New Amsterdam)

 

"I don't know how much more of this I can take

She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake."

(Watching The Detectives)

 

Here's one from Bob:

"I'm thinkin' and a-wonderin', walking down the road

I once loved a woman, a child I am told

I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul

But don't think twice, it's alright."

(Don't Think Twice, It's Alright)

 

As for bad lyrics, where do we start? There can only be one place:

 

"Ra-ra-ra-Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen,

There was a cat that really was gone

Ra-ra-ra-Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine,

It was a shame how he carried on."

 

and

 

"Most people looked at him with terror and with fear

But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear"

(Rasputin - Boney M)

 

And finally for now, not that it's bad, but has there ever been a crueller line from a song than this from Kid Creole and the Coconuts' Annie I'm Not Your Daddy?:

 

"Cos if I was in your blood

Then you wouldn't be so ugly."

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In terms of human relationships, I think that Joan Armatrading has written some of the best lyrics.

 

Her hit from 1976(opening line):

 

'I am not in love, but I am open to persuasion.'

(Love & Affection)

 

And my favourite lyric, describes how to 'choose' between two lovers:

 

The Weakness In Me:

 

'I’m not the sort of person

Who falls

In

And quickly

Out

Of love

But to you I gave my affection

Right from the start

 

I have a lover

Who loves me

How could I break such a heart

Yet still you get my attention

 

Why do you come here

When you know I've got troubles

Enough

Why do you call me

When you know

I can’t answer the phone

Make me lie

When I don’t want to

And make someone else

Some kind of unknowing fool

 

You make me stay

When I should not

Are you so strong

Or is all the weakness in me

Why do you come here

And pretend

To be just passing by

But I mean to see you

And I mean to hold you

Tightly

 

Feeling guilty

Worried

Waking from some tormented sleep

This old love has me bound

But the new one cuts deep

 

If I choose now

I’ll lose out

One of you has to fall

And I need you

And you.'

 

The way she sings the final line just sends shivers down my spine!

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Oh, and one classic mis-heard lyric by the band Free - All right now:

 

What you might hear:

 

'Lets move before they raise the fu**ing rent!'

 

What they meant:

 

'Lets move before they raise the parking rate'

 

Still surprised when I hear it on the radio, as it does so much sound like the former! ;) It still DOESN'T sound like 'parking rate' to me.

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Actually, the Free mis-heard lyric was taken from the misheard lyrics website ( can't remember which one) - so I'm obviously not the only one!

 

Some bizarre lyrics - from Genesis (the group, not the bible!) - Suppers Ready:

 

v. WILLOW FARM

If you go down to Willow Farm,

to look for butterflies, flutterbyes, gutterflies

Open your eyes, it's full of surprise, everyone lies

like the focks on the rocks,

and the musical box.

Oh, there's Mum & Dad, and good and bad,

and everyone's happy to be here.

There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag,

he used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag.

The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an

egg, and the egg was a bird.

Hadn't you heard?

Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese,

and wonderfully clean in the morning.

We've got everything, we're growing everything,

We've got some in

We've got some out

We've got some wild things floating about.

Everyone, we're changing everyone,

you name them all,

We've had them here,

And the real stars are still to appear.

ALL CHANGE!

Feel your body melt;

Mum to mud to mad to dad

Dad diddley office, Dad diddley office,

You're all full of ball.

Dad to dam to dum to mum

Mum diddley washing, Mum diddley washing,

You're all full of ball.

Let me hear you lies, we're living this up to the eyes.

Ooee-ooee-ooee-oowaa

Momma I want you now.

And as you listen to my voice

To look for hidden doors, tidy floors, more applause.

You've been here all the time,

Like it or not, like what you got,

You're under the soil,

Yes, deep in the soil.

So we'll end with a whistle and end with a bang

and all of us fit in our places.

 

 

Very (Peter) Gabrielesk!

Great song - but does anyone know what the hell it all means?

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Good, Funny Or Just Plain Rubbish

 

Well, how about this for "just plain rubbish"

 

Wham

Bam

I am

a man

 

As for good, I have always like the last verse in "Down in a Tubestation at midnight" by The Jam

 

The last thing that I saw

As I lay there on the floor

Was "Jesus Saves" painted by an atheist nutter

And a British Rail poster read "Have an Awayday - a cheap holiday -

Do it today!"

I glanced back on my life

And thought about my wife

'Cause they took the keys - and she'll think it's me

And I'm down in the tube station at midnight

The wine will be flat and the curry's gone cold

I'm down in the tube station at midnight

Don't want to go down in a tube station at midnight

 

OK, so now we are onto funny. Howzabout the classic by Half-man Half Biscuit?

 

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub

 

Time flies by when you’re the driver of train.

Speeding out of Trumpton with a cargo of cocaine.

I get high when I’m the pilot of a plane.

Touching down in Camberwick, I’m stoned out of my brain.

 

Under bridges, over bridges to our destination.

Careful with that spiff Eugene it causes condensation

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As for good, I have always like the last verse in "Down in a Tubestation at midnight" by The Jam

 

The last thing that I saw

As I lay there on the floor

Was "Jesus Saves" painted by an atheist nutter

And a British Rail poster read "Have an Awayday - a cheap holiday -

Do it today!"

I glanced back on my life

And thought about my wife

'Cause they took the keys - and she'll think it's me

And I'm down in the tube station at midnight

The wine will be flat and the curry's gone cold

I'm down in the tube station at midnight

Don't want to go down in a tube station at midnight

 

You say that, RY. But the story is riddled with holes. Who the hell takes a takeaway curry onto the Tube? It's bad enough someone eating crisps or peeling an orange opposite you on the Underground, let alone carrying a takeaway curry. Did he not think of going to an Indian restaurrant or takeaway a little nearer home? Or is only The Red Fort good enough for him?

 

Also, he says, "the wine will be flat". It's a good job - if the wine is fizzy, that means it's oxydized and shouldn't be drunk.

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I love the opening line of Can't Stand Me Now by the Libertines...

 

'An ending fitting for the start, you twist and tore our love apart'

 

and another song by the Libertines called Arbeit Macht Frei...

 

'Her old man, he don't like blacks or queers. Yet he's proud we beat the Nazis. How queer.'

 

It's so true!!!

 

Um.....what else........Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

 

'Time on my hands could be time spent with you'

 

Basically every R.E.M song has lyrics that I love, but my favourite has to be from Losing My Religion

 

'Life is bigger. It's bigger than you, and you are not me.'

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Slade once used a lyric that went, "My friend Jack's got an ache in his back, oh yeah, ahah." Sheer poetry. ;)

 

You could include almost every lyric that Marc Bolan ever wrote, and it's up to you as to which category it goes in. A couple of examples...

 

"Did you ever se a woman coming out of New York City with a frog in her hand?"

 

"Life is the same and it always will be, Easy as picking foxes from a tree."

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Took the words right out of my mouth, about T Rex that is.

 

How about :

 

Ride a White Swan, like the people of the Beltane

 

And of course everyone knows that Beltane is the last of the three spring fertility festivals ....

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In terms of human relationships, I think that Joan Armatrading has written some of the best lyrics.

 

Her hit from 1976(opening line):

 

'I am not in love, but I am open to persuasion.'

(Love & Affection)

 

 

 

Oh how strange is that, I have been singing this song all day long, can't get it out of my head, and I could not for the life of me remember who sang it!!! Question answered!! Thank's very much!!! ;)

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This thread really made me think... see? -> :confused:

I'm a big music fan, and so many songs are so incredibly fantastic where lyrics are concerned. You may now wish to decry me as an emo-sympathiser, but some of the lyrics provoke some interesting images, although a fair few are utter tosh. At the moment, I quite like the verse in Unwritten Law's "Save Me":

 

"I went to heaven, but couldn't get in,

For what I had done.

I said forsake me, he said you're crazy

you had too much fun."

 

For the epitome of peculiar lyrics, for me it has to be The Coral, the song that leaps to mind is "Simon Diamond" - about a chap called Simon Russell, becoming a plant. Of course.

 

This thread is going to cause me sleepless nights, you know, as i run through my favoured songs, and whether the lyrics make any sense, and whether i care. Remember that the first lyricists were poets - the lyric poets. They had that title for a reason! I love a good bit of poetic genius, but the odder songs capture my imagination just as much. Red Hot Chili Peppers for example, their lyrics are bizarre, but strike just the right chord. (Ho ho.)

 

Right - back to some proper work... going through my favourite music, and seeing what lyrics make an impression. :rolleyes:

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Some of my favourite baffling lyrics:

 

Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton

"I'm gonna love me, for the rest of my days

Encourage the babies, every time they say

'Self-preservation is what's really going on today'"

 

(As opposed to saying, 'Ga ga goo goo ga')

 

I Can't Stand The Rain - Eruption

"I know you've got some sweet memories

But like a window you ain't got nothin' to say"

 

I Am I Said - Neil Diamond

"I am I said

To no one there

And no one heard at all

Not even the chair."

 

(What is the word for giving inanimate objects human qualities?)

 

And another from the great I Am..I Said, possibly my favourite rubbish lyrics ever:

"Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein' a king

And then became one?

Well, except for the names and a few other changes

If you talk about me, the story's the same one"

 

(It's the "few other changes" bit I like best.)

 

Going the other way, here is a lyric I love for the right reasons, also involving a chair, by Bacharach and David (well, David):

"A chair is still a chair

Even when there's no one sitting there

But a chair is not a house

And a house is not a home

When there's no one there."

(A House Is Not A Home - Dionne Warwick)

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I Am I Said - Neil Diamond

"I am I said

To no one there

And no one heard at all

Not even the chair."

 

(What is the word for giving inanimate objects human qualities?)

 

 

Personification ;)

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Best - Meet On The Ledge, Fairport Convention :

 

We used to say

There'd come a day

We'd all be making songs

Or finding better words

These ideas never lasted long.

 

The way is up

Along the road

The air is growing thin

Too many friends have died

Blown off this mountain by the wind.

 

Meet on the ledge

We're going to meet on the ledge

When the time is up I'm going to

See all my friends

Meet on the ledge

We're going to meet on the ledge

If you really need it

It all comes round again

 

But now I see

I'm all alone

And that's the only way to be

You'll have your chance again

Then you can do the work for me

 

Meet on the ledge

We're going to meet on the ledge

When the time is up I'm going to

See all my friends

Meet on the ledge

We're going to meet on the ledge

If you really need it

It all comes round again

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You seem fairly into your 'chairs', MD&G. Speaks volumes, that does.

 

I reckon Neil Diamond and Dean Friedman must have shared a talking chair. But Dean was the only one who knew how to get it to speak up.

 

Other noted chairs in pop lyrics:

Elvis' dancing one in 'Jailhouse Rock'

'Lawnchairs' Our Daughter's Wedding

'Songs from the Big Chair' Tears for Fears

'Rocking Chair' Oasis

'The Wishing Chair' 10,000 Maniacs

Anything by Chairmen of the Board

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Guest Ian

Anyone remember what song these lyrics come from:

 

Neon on my naked skin

Passing silhouettes of strange illuminated mannequins

Shall I stay here at the zoo

Or shall I go and change my point of view for other ugly scenes

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Another thread that I didn't discover when I first joined. Thanks, Ian!!!

Well, how about this for "just plain rubbish"

Wham

Bam

I am

a man

Some people might have to mention it in case on-one else notices. ;)
I Am I Said - Neil Diamond

"I am I said

To no one there

And no one heard at all

Not even the chair."

 

And another from the great I Am..I Said, possibly my favourite rubbish lyrics ever:

"Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein' a king

And then became one?

Well, except for the names and a few other changes

If you talk about me, the story's the same one"

 

(It's the "few other changes" bit I like best.)

Can't think what could possibly be wrong with any of Neil Diamond's Songs. ;)

Let's take another one from the "Great Neil":

 

I'm a Believer:

I thought love was only true in fairy tales

Meant for someone else but not for me

Love was out to get me

That's the way it seemed

Disappointment haunted all my dreams

Then I saw her face

Now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

I'm in love

I'm a believer

I couldn't leave her if I tried

I thought love was more or less a giving thing

Seems the more I gave, the less I got

What's the use in trying

All you get is pain

When I needed sunshine, I got rain

Then I saw her face

Now I'm a believer

Not a trace of doubt in my mind

I'm in love

I'm a believer

I couldn't leave her if I tried

(What is the word for giving inanimate objects human qualities?)
Anthropomorphism.
Going the other way, here is a lyric I love for the right reasons, also involving a chair, by Bacharach and David (well, David):

"A chair is still a chair

Even when there's no one sitting there

But a chair is not a house

And a house is not a home

When there's no one there."

(A House Is Not A Home - Dionne Warwick)

That is a great song, I must admit! I just love it.
Anyone remember what song these lyrics come from:

Neon on my naked skin

Passing silhouettes of strange illuminated mannequins

Shall I stay here at the zoo

Or shall I go and change my point of view for other ugly scenes

That would be Big in Japan by Alphaville (They were actually quite big in Germany at the time, their native country.)

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There are very few songs that I can actually remember the lyrics to so I tend to make up my own most of the time :D However one song that always sent shivers down my spine was Camouflage - can't remember who by, but it was about a marine fighting alongside the ghost of a marine (or the other way around).

 

In terms of strange song lyrics I always take the micky out of my Mum when she moaned about the "noise" I listened to, by saying that at least my music wasn't about being an eggman or a walrus!!

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(What is the word for giving inanimate objects human qualities?)
Anthropomorphism.

 

That's just living creatures. Harriet claims 'personification'.

 

(I was MD&G in the early days, by the way.)

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That's just living creatures. Harriet claims 'personification'.

Anthropomorphism is essentially interpreting something that isn't human in human terms. So, for example, claiming your dog loves you because he gives you 'kisses', when actually he's licking your mouth to determine what you've eaten, and, since you're leader of his pack, whether he's likely to get any.

 

Personification is attributing human qualities to non-human things. So, the trees are whispering, the sun's smiling down on us, etc.. So strictly speaking, Harriet's right.

 

(Seems yonks since we've heard from her. I'm assuming she's okay and just off doing exciting teenagery things...?)

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