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

 

Yes, it's about time she updated her avatar, as it comes out as a red cross. I believe your guess as to the reasons for her absence are correct. Either that, or she's busy studying. Yes, that'll be it.

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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!!

 

Camouflage was by Stan Ridgway, from the musical desert that was 1986.

 

Nothing wrong with a bit of eggman, walrus or, indeed, Goo Goo Barabajagal. Goo Goo G'Joob and Ah Bowakowa are OK as well. Sorry if my spelling is off the mark.

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So strictly speaking, Harriet's right.
We knew you would know the correct answer. Don't let your PC ever break down again, David or else we'll be lost. :cry:
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).
I love Camouflage but I also loved the Walrus. On the other hand, I am old enough to be your mum so I should have her taste in music. :D
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I really hate repetition in a song. That stupid America song by Razorlight drives me insane. Not only do they repeat the lyrics twice or three times over, it's also a really inane and inappropriate song. They could at least try and write something meaningful.

 

My favourite band, as I've already said on this site, is Bell X1. I know they're not that well known in Britain, but they supported Keane on tour a few years back. Their second album, Music in Mouth, went platinum here, which is a big thing, considering the Irish music market is relatively small. I think Flock, album number three, may even have done the same.

 

They're essentially a rock band, but what's great about them is that they experient with music and their lyrics are very clever, with great references to Irish culture. Some of them used to be in a band called Juniper with Damien Rice (he of O and 9 fame) and his success has overshadowed them a little, but they're far better at what they do than he is.

 

Here are the lyrics to Rocky Took a Lover, about a conversation between a homeless couple, from Flock, written by Paul Noonan, Brian Crosby, Dave Geraghty and Dominic Phillips of Bell X1, just to show you how good they are:

 

Rocky Took a Lover

 

He said 'I wanna shine in the eye of Orion

But I drove my soul through the Black Hole!'

She said 'What a wonderful way to wake me

But you weren't so nice last night

You're such an a*****e when you're drunk'

He said 'At least I'm OK in the mornings'

 

He said 'The three wise men came a long way

Following that pin hole in the sky

Yeah that one right there'

She said 'I don't believe in any old Jesus

If there was a God, then why is my a**e

The perfect height of kicking?'

 

He said 'I'll shine for you, I'll burn for you

Yeah I'll shine for you, that's what I'll do'

 

He said 'They're like headlights

In the rear view mirror

They're closer that they seem

And from this gutter we're still staring at the stars'

She said 'Would ya go 'way and s***e

Last night all you did was curse those stars

You said they sang to you of hope'

 

He said 'The sun gives life, and it takes it away

But like all the greats, it'll burn out someday'

She said 'I don't mind, I don't want to get bored

I don't want to end up beached on this shore

I want to be that star'

 

And then I'll shine for you. Then I'll burn for you.

Then I can shine for you. That's what I'll do

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This would be my entry for good lyrics:

 

Are you a man of peace a man of Holy War?

Too many sides to you don't know which any more?

So many full of life, but also filled with pain,

Dont know just how many will live to Breath again?

 

A life that's made to breath

Destruction or defense

A mind that's vain corruption

Bad or good intent

A wolf in a sheep's clothing

Or saintly or sinner

Or someone that would believe

A holy war winner

 

They fire off many shots

And many parting blows

Their actions beyond a reasoning

Only god would know

And as he lies in heaven

Or it could be in hell

I feel he's somewhere here

Or looking from below

But I don't know, I don't know

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

More pain and misery in the history of mankind

Sometimes it seems more like the blind leading the blind

It brings upon us more of famine death and war

You know religion has a lot to answer for

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand

They find it's ashes that are scattered across the land

And as their spirits seem to whistle on the wind

A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

 

And all because of it you'd think that we would learn

But still the body count the city fires burn

Somewhere there's someone dying in a foreign land

Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man

Tell me why, tell me why

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

For the greater good of God [x8]

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

For the greater good of God [x8]

 

He gave his life for us he fell upon the cross

To die for all of those who never mourn his loss

It wasn't meant for us to fell the pain again

Tell me why, tell me why

 

 

I find the song very thought provoking

 

(song by Iron Maiden)

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The best invention ever... the shuffle button on my ipod. It unearthed these lyrics that are good, funny and just plain rubbish.

 

I called you so many times today,

But I guess it's all true what your girlfriends say,

You don't ever want to see me again,

And your brother's gonna kill me and he's six feet ten,

I guess you'd call it cowardice,

But I'm not prepared to go on like this...

 

Can't Stand Losing You - The Police

The most upbeat song with a suicidal theme I've ever heard.

It also has two lines that sum up any relationship break-up:

 

I see you sent my letters back,

My LP records and they're all scratched...

 

Like I said Good, funny and just plain rubbish. (I'm guessing Sting has a well thumbed rhyming dictionary.) :)

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I always wanted to know what Meat Loaf wouldn't do even though he would do anything for somebody. ;)

 

I assume your winking smiley indicates you already know but, in case not, I will provide an answer. Meat Loaf has always expressed puzzlement that people ask this question, and says that the answer is in the lyrics. So let's look at the exchange between Boy and Girl at the end of the song:-

 

[Girl:] Will you raise me up, will you help me down?

Will you get me right out of this Godforsaken town?

Will you make it all a little less cold?

 

[boy:] I can do that! I can do that!

 

[Girl:] Will you hold me sacred? Will you hold me tight?

Can you colorize my life, I'm so sick of black and white?

Can you make it all a little less old?

 

[boy:] I can do that! Oh oh, now I can do that!

 

[Girl:] Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands?

Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?

Can you give me something I can take home?

 

[boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

 

[Girl:] Will you cater to every fantasy I got?

Will ya hose me down with holy water, if I get too hot?

Will you take me places I've never known?

 

[boy:] I can do that! Oh oh now, I can do that!

 

[Girl:] After a while you'll forget everything

It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night's fling

And you'll see that it's time to move on

 

[boy:] I won't do that! No I won't do that!

 

[Girl:] I know the territory, I've been around

It'll all turn to dust and we'll all fall down

And sooner or later, you'll be screwing around

 

[boy:] I won't do that! No I won't do that!

 

Anything for love, oh I would do anything for love

I would do anything for love, but I won't do that, no I won't do that

 

So there you have it. The "that" that Meat Loaf swears he won't do is to move on and screw around.

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Two of my favourite lyrics

 

Windmills of your Mind

 

Round,

Like a circle in a spiral

Like a wheel within a wheel,

Never ending on beginning,

On an ever-spinning reel

Like a snowball down a mountain,

Or a carnival balloon

Like a carousel that's turning

Running rings around the moon

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping

Past the minutes on its face

And the world is like an apple

Spinning silently in space

Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind!

 

Like a tunnel that you follow

To a tunnel of its own

Down a hollow to a cavern

Where the sun has never shone

Like a door that keeps revolving

In a half-forgotten dream

Like the ripples from a pebble

Someone tosses in a stream.

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping

Past the minutes on its face

And the world is like an apple

Spinning silently in space

Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind!

 

Keys that jingle in your pocket

Words that jangle in your head

Why did summer go so quickly?

Was it something that I said?

Lovers walk along a shore

And leave their footprints in the sand

Was the sound of distant drumming

Just the fingers of your hand?

Pictures hanging in a hallway

or the fragment of a song,

half-remembered names and faces

but to whom do they belong?

When you knew that it was over

Were you suddenly aware

That the autumn leaves were turning

To the color of her hair?

 

Like a circle in a spiral

Like a wheel within a wheel

Never ending or beginning

On an ever-spinning reel

As the images unwind

Like the circles that you find

In the windmills of your mind

 

Music by Michel Legrand

Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman

 

This is such a complete lyric but I especially like the line

 

That the autumn leaves were turning

to the colour of her hair.

 

 

The Boxer by Paul Simon

 

 

I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told.

I have squandered my resistance,

For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.

All lies and jest.

Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

 

When I left my home and my family I was no more than a boy,

In the company of strangers,

In the quiet of the railway station, runnin' scared.

Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters,

Where the ragged people go.

Lookin' for the places, only they would know.

 

Lie-la-lie ...

 

Asking only workman's wages I come lookin' for a job,

But I get no offers,

Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue.

I do declare there were times when I was so lonesome,

I took some comfort there.

La, la, la, la, la, la, la.

 

 

(Instrumental break)

 

Li la li ...

 

And I’m laying out my winter clothes, and wishing I was gone, goin’ home

Where the new york city winters aren’t bleedin’ me, leadin’ me goin' home.

 

In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade,

And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down,

Or cut him 'til he cried out in his anger and his shame,

"I am leaving, I am leaving."

But the fighter still remains.

 

Lie-la-lie ...

 

Again I like the whole of this but especially the 'whores on Seventh Avenue' bit which is supposed to be about music publishers (or so I've heard - perhaps someone knows different?)

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I assume your winking smiley indicates you already know but, in case not, I will provide an answer. Meat Loaf has always expressed puzzlement that people ask this question, and says that the answer is in the lyrics. ... The "that" that Meat Loaf swears he won't do is to move on and screw around.
I don't know why I come across this so late but thank you very much, MFJ, for this wonderful explanation. :D
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I just saw this thread, too, and I have to agree with Tay that "The Boxer" has fabulous lyrics, sung beautifully. I especially like the image of the boxer in the clearing. I always wondered if Simon meant for "boxer" and "fighter" to have different meanings, so that the boxer--the one who follows all the rules in a structured environment--leaves, but the fighter--the one who just fights however he can--remains. Or is that reading too much into it?

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