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Dom Heffner
01-04-2006, 06:42 PM
"She's like the wind, through my tree" - She's Like the Wind, Patrick Swayze.

His tree? what on earth is he talking about?

"I heard her talkin' with her friend when she thought nobody else was around. She said she's got to be somebody's baby. 'Cause when the cars and the signs and the streetlights light up the town." Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne.

Why would the girl who is "somebody's baby," refer to herself as somebody's baby - and in the third person?

And what's that last line thrown in there for? (It doesn't relate to the next line either.)

How about this gem from REM's Leaving New York:

"It's easier to leave than to be left behind
Leaving was never my proud
Leaving New York Never easy"

Leaving was never your proud? Okay then.

Feel free to add to the list. :)

pedro
01-04-2006, 06:46 PM
An ounce of perception,
A pound of obscure.
Process information at half speed.
Pause, rewind, replay,
Warm memory chip,
Random sample, hold the one you need.

Rush (Vital Signs)

alex trevino
01-04-2006, 11:13 PM
Blinded by the light
Wrapped up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light


Huh? What was Manfred Man thinking of?

pedro
01-04-2006, 11:15 PM
Blinded by the light
Wrapped up like a deuce
Another runner in the night
Blinded by the light


Huh? What was Manfred Man thinking of?

Bruce Springsteen wrote it. But I see your point.

Also, I was never sure that Mann was actually saying Deuce.

RFS62
01-04-2006, 11:21 PM
I believe that's "revved up" like a deuce. Talkin' fast cars, I think.

RFS62
01-04-2006, 11:26 PM
My favorite band could write the book on obscure lyrics.

How's this?

A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace,
And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace,
And achieve it all with music that came quickly from afar,
Then taste the fruit of man recorded losing all against the hour.
And assessing points to nowhere, leading ev'ry single one.
A dewdrop can exalt us like the music of the sun,
And take away the plain in which we move,
And choose the course you're running.

"Close to the Edge" - Yes

Cincinnati Chili probably knows the rest of this one by heart.

marcshoe
01-04-2006, 11:29 PM
I believe that's "revved up" like a deuce. Talkin' fast cars, I think.

And Springsteen, I believe, sang "cut loose like a deuce." Apparently Manfred Mann didn't care for internal ryhmes.

dman
01-04-2006, 11:32 PM
Out on the streets, that's where we'll meet
You make the night, I always cross the line
Tightened our belts, abuse ourselves
Get in our way, we'll put you on your shelf
Another day, some other way
We're gonna go, but then we'll see you again
I've had enough, we've had enough
Cold in vain, she said

Excerpt from "Round and Round" by Ratt. Good song, good groove, but cheesy lyrics

marcshoe
01-04-2006, 11:37 PM
REO always made my head hurt with this:

You take it on the run baby
If that's the way you want it baby
Then I don't want you around
I don't believe it
Not for a minute
You're under the gun so you take it on the run

Does he believe it or not? :confused: Am I missing something here?

alex trevino
01-04-2006, 11:40 PM
"We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
Oh we gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher "


Eddy Grant "Electric Avenue"

pedro
01-05-2006, 12:07 AM
This is a fantastic song...


Web in Front - Archers of Loaf

Stuck a pin in your backbone.
Spoke it down from there.
All I ever wanted was to be your spine.
Lost your friction and you slid for a mile.
Overdone, overdrive, overlive, override.

Youíre not the one who let me down,
But thanks for offering.
Itís not a voice and Iím not around.
But thanks for picking it...

Up, on the radio.
Sampled your rust from a faucet, I know.
Iíve got a magnet in my head,
A magnet in my head.
Extra thick, extra long, the way it was wasted.

And thereís a chance that thingsíll get weird.
Yeah, thatís a possibility.
Although I didnít do anything,
No, I didnít do anything.

All I ever wanted,
All I ever wanted,
All I ever wanted was to be your spine.

(repeat)

And a mouth kept shut and a tongue twist tie.
Youíre the web in front, youíre the favorite lie. (? )
Youíre a buck my lip, youíre a lash my lie. (? )
Youíre the web in front of a favorite lie.

Stuck a pin in your backbone.
Spoke it down from there.
All I ever wanted was to be your spine.
Iíve got a magnet in my head, a magnet in my head.
Extra thick, extra long, the way it was wasted... wasted.

Reds Nd2
01-05-2006, 12:30 AM
Apparently Manfred Mann didn't care for internal ryhmes.

He picked the wrong song to rip off then. :laugh:


And Springsteen, I believe, sang "cut loose like a deuce."

Yep. God I hate it when people get the words wrong.

919191
01-05-2006, 02:34 AM
Evelyn, the Modified Dog by Frank Zappa




Evelyn, a modified dog
Viewed the quivering fringe of a special doily
Draped across the piano, with some surprise

In the darkened room
Where the chairs dismayed
And the horrible curtains
Muffled the rain
She could hardly believe her eyes

A curious breeze
A garlic breath
Which sounded like a snore
Somewhere near the Steinway (or even from within)
Had caused the doily fringe to waft & tremble in the gloom

Evelyn, a dog, having undergone
Further modification
Pondered the significance of short-person behavior
In pedal-depressed panchromatic resonance
And other highly ambient domains . . .

Arf she said

GAC
01-05-2006, 09:50 AM
I am he as you are he as you are me
and we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
see how they fly
I'm crying
Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you've been a naughty boy
you let your face grow long

I am the eggman
they are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Mr. city policeman sitting
pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky
See how they run
I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying
Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife
Pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
you let your knickers down

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Sitting in an English garden
waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get a tan
from standing in the English rain

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Expert, texpert choking smokers
don't you think the joker laughs at you
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I'm crying
Semolina pilchard
climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking
Edgar Allan Poe

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo g' goo
goo goo g' joob goo
juba juba juba
juba juba juba
juba juba juba juba
juba juba

GoReds
01-05-2006, 10:23 AM
How is it that Duran Duran just doesn't own this thread?

Sample 1 (New Moon on Monday)
Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny
I said it again
Could I please rephrase it
Maybe I can catch a ride
I couldn't really put it much plainer
But I'll wait till you decide
Send me your warning siren
As if I could ever hide
Last time La Luna

Sample 2 - (Save A Prayer)
Feel the breeze deep on the inside,
Look you down into your well
If you can, you'll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance
(Like all dreamers can't find another way)
You don't have to dream it all, just live a day

Sample 3 - (The Reflex)
So why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time don't lose it
The reflex is an only child he's waiting in the park
The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark

Johnny Footstool
01-05-2006, 10:40 AM
Why would the girl who is "somebody's baby," refer to herself as somebody's baby - and in the third person?

And what's that last line thrown in there for? (It doesn't relate to the next line either.)

She's not saying that she's some guy's girlfriend. She's telling her friends that she feels the need to hook up with a guy -- any guy. 'Cause when the cars and the signs and the streetlights light up the town (i.e. - nighttime), she gets horny.

deltachi8
01-05-2006, 10:52 AM
Pretty much all of "Jump"

Sometimes songwriters write what "feels" right....a friend of mine is a songwriter and back in college he penned a pop-ish song called "Drop Down Wedding Gown"

"She Was the best looking bride around
In her drop down wedding gown"

So I asked him, what exactly is a drop-down wedding gown. He responded: "I have no clue, it rhymed"

Unassisted
01-05-2006, 11:14 AM
How is it that Duran Duran just doesn't own this thread?Because using their stuff is like shooting fish in a barrel? I think it would be a big challenge to find Duran Duran lyrics that are coherent. And yet I still enjoy them. :)

Here's my favorite incoherent fish from the Duran Duran barrel.

Out on the tar plains, the glides are moving
All looking for a new place to drive
You sit beside me so newly charming
Sweating dewdrops glisten freshing your side

Redsland
01-05-2006, 11:52 AM
A/B/C/D/E/F/G
H/I/J/K
LMNOP
Q, R, S
T,U,V
W/X
Y and Z
Now I know my ABCs,
Tell me what you think of me.

------------

Tell me what you think of me?!

Singing the whole freaking alphabet seems like a long way to go for a song that's really about insecurity and self-loathing in our modern, literate society. "Am I correct?" is what the singer truly pleads. "Aren't I oh so perfect in your eyes?" he begs. Well sing THAT instead! Don't confuse the issue with half-hearted "elemeno's" that have nothing to do with your discontent with correctly ordering letters that by their nature are jumbled and rearranged in every word the were intended to create. It's absurd. Were Egyptian kids dutifully forced to learn a song about the "order" of hieroglyphics, and if so was it sung aloud or only through sign language? For that matter, what about the Greeks? Were their children forced to deliver a boustrophedon rendition, and if so, could you hear satanic messages during half the song?

Maybe it’s just me.

:)

westofyou
01-05-2006, 11:55 AM
I believe that's "revved up" like a deuce. Talkin' fast cars, I think.
Yep... Bruce is from our former great car culture, Thunder Road, Racing in the Streets, Backstreets, Johnny 99, and on and on and on..... Cars used to be a very important part of a young mans life... you must remember the joy you felt when you popped the hood and you could actually fix something without a degree in electrical engineering.

I'd write a song about that too.

Sigur Růs lyrics confound me...

Then I read


you won't be able to find lyrics and translations from ( ) because the vocals don't contain lyrics [see question above]. the band had planned to do official translations of Šgśtis byrjun in 2000 with the help of a grammarian but no progress has been made in this matter. you can read lyrics in icelandic with word-for-word english translations of song titles in our lyrics section.

registerthis
01-05-2006, 01:18 PM
An ounce of perception,
A pound of obscure.
Process information at half speed.
Pause, rewind, replay,
Warm memory chip,
Random sample, hold the one you need.

Rush (Vital Signs)

That one also has one of the most ridiculous choruses ever sung in a rock song:

Everybody's got mixed feelings
About the function and the form
Everybody's got to deviate from the norm

Dom Heffner
01-05-2006, 01:24 PM
She's not saying that she's some guy's girlfriend. She's telling her friends that she feels the need to hook up with a guy -- any guy. 'Cause when the cars and the signs and the streetlights light up the town (i.e. - nighttime), she gets horny.


Some 20 odd years later, I understand. Thanks, Johnny!

westofyou
01-05-2006, 01:26 PM
That one also has one of the most ridiculous choruses ever sung in a rock song:

Everybody's got mixed feelings
About the function and the form
Everybody's got to deviate from the normSounds like the typical art school student bull session.

Roy Tucker
01-05-2006, 01:34 PM
I have 2 songs... First is MacArthur Park. What is it about this cake?

Spring was never waiting for us, girl
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
Between the parted pages and were pressed
In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!

I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!

[break]

There will be another song for me
For I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Someone will bring it
I will drink the wine while it is warm
And never let you catch me looking at the sun
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life
You'll still be the one

I will take my life into my hands and I will use it
I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it
I will have the things that I desire
And my passion flow like rivers through the sky
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life
I'll be thinking of you
And wondering why

[extended break]

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!
Oh, no
No, no
Oh no!!

Roy Tucker
01-05-2006, 01:36 PM
And Elton John's Levon... Who is Alvin Tostig?

Levon wears his war wound like a crown
He calls his child Jesus
`Cause he likes the name
And he sends him to the finest school in town

Levon, Levon likes his money
He makes a lot they say
Spend his days counting
In a garage by the motorway

He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day
When the New York Times said God is dead
And the war's begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today

And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon
In tradition with the family plan
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
He shall be Levon

Levon sells cartoon balloons in town
His family business thrives
Jesus blows up balloons all day
Sits on the porch swing watching them fly

And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus
Leaving Levon far behind
Take a balloon and go sailing
While Levon, Levon slowly dies

KittyDuran
01-05-2006, 01:37 PM
Because using their stuff is like shooting fish in a barrel? I think it would be a big challenge to find Duran Duran lyrics that are coherent. And yet I still enjoy them. :)

Here's my favorite incoherent fish from the Duran Duran barrel.

Out on the tar plains, the glides are moving
All looking for a new place to drive
You sit beside me so newly charming
Sweating dewdrops glisten freshing your sideSo true, but a GREAT video...;)


How is it that Duran Duran just doesn't own this thread?
I'll let you in on a little secret... Simon Le Bon mostly talks about sex, women, sex, women, and more sex...:evil:

Johnny Footstool
01-05-2006, 01:55 PM
From "Rocket Man":

"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact, it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them
If you did."

Exceptionally awful. It's not the kind of place to raise your kids because there's no one there to raise them if you decided to raise them there?

gonelong
01-05-2006, 01:59 PM
A/B/C/D/E/F/G
H/I/J/K
LMNOP
Q, R, S
T,U,V
W/X
Y and Z
Now I know my ABCs,
Tell me what you think of me.

------------

Tell me what you think of me?!

Singing the whole freaking alphabet seems like a long way to go for a song that's really about insecurity and self-loathing in our modern, literate society. "Am I correct?" is what the singer truly pleads. "Aren't I oh so perfect in your eyes?" he begs. Well sing THAT instead! Don't confuse the issue with half-hearted "elemeno's" that have nothing to do with your discontent with correctly ordering letters that by their nature are jumbled and rearranged in every word the were intended to create. It's absurd. Were Egyptian kids dutifully forced to learn a song about the "order" of hieroglyphics, and if so was it sung aloud or only through sign language? For that matter, what about the Greeks? Were their children forced to deliver a boustrophedon rendition, and if so, could you hear satanic messages during half the song?

Maybe itís just me.

:)

I always thought it was, "Next time won't you sing with me?".

GL

pedro
01-05-2006, 02:00 PM
From "Rocket Man":

"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact, it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them
If you did."

Exceptionally awful. It's not the kind of place to raise your kids because there's no one there to raise them if you decided to raise them there?

I like it.

While were on the subject of Mars. How about this gem?


Life On Mars
David Bowie

It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

TRF
01-05-2006, 02:02 PM
I love Springsteen but...

Crazy Janey and her mission man were back in the alley tradin' hands
'long came Wild Billy with his friend G-man all duded up for Saturday night
Well Billy slammed on his coaster brakes and said anybody wanna go on up to Greasy Lake
It's about a mile down on the dark side of route eighty-eight
I got a bottle of rose so let's try it
We'll pick up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe and I'll take you all out to where the gypsy angels go
They're built like light
and they dance like spirits in the night (all night) in the night (all night)
Oh, you don't know what they can do to you
Spirits in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
Stand right up now and let it shoot through you

Well now Wild young Billy was a crazy cat and he shook some dust out of his coonskin cap.
He said, "Trust some of this it'll show you where you're at, or at least it'll help you really feel it"
By the time we made it up to Greasy Lake I had my head out the window and Janey's fingers were in the cake
I think I really dug her 'cause I was too loose to fake
I said, "I'm hurt." She said, "Honey let me heal it".
And we danced all night to a soul fairy band
and she kissed me just right like only a lonely angel can
She felt so nice, just as soft as a spirit in the night (all night)
In the night (all night). Janey don't know what she do to you
Like a spirit in the night (all night), in the night (all night)
Stand right up and let her shoot through me.

Now the night was bright and the stars threw light on Billy and Davy
dancin' in the moonlight
They were down near the water in a stone mud fight
Killer Joe gone passed out on the lawn
Well now Hazy Davy got really hurt, he ran into the lake in just his socks and a shirt
Me and Crazy Janey was makin' love in the dirt singin' our birthday songs
Janey said it was time to go
So we closed our eyes and said goodbye to gypsy angel row, felt so right
Together we moved like spirits in the night, all night
Baby don't know what they can do to you
Spirits in the night, all night
Stand right up and let it shoot right through you

Redsland
01-05-2006, 02:02 PM
And Elton John's Levon... Who is Alvin Tostig?
Levon's dad. (http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mlevon.html)

westofyou
01-05-2006, 02:03 PM
And Elton John's Levon... Who is Alvin Tostig?
Alvin Tostig is, Levon's father. To put it another way, Levon is the son that Alvin Tostig had that day.


According to Gus Dudgeon, who produced Madman Across the Water and wrote an essay containing this information to accompany the remastered version, the name "Levon" was inspired by Levon Helm, drummer, lead singer, and founder of The Band, a group from the 60s and 70s. The Band was apparently Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's favorite group in those days. (Taupin is the guy who writes or co-writes a lot of Elton John's songs and who wrote the lyrics for "Levon.")

Tracing the name "Alvin Tostig" is fairly straightforward, but with a bit of a twist. Taupin has said the name was fictitious. But Taupin was from Wessex and there was a historical "Tostig," who was the Earl of Wessex back in the 1040s. So perhaps Taupin pulled the name out of history without realizing it.

Anyway, there's your answer plus a bit more. Not quite as interesting as a pompatus of love, but what is?

http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mlevon.html

Blimpie
01-05-2006, 03:14 PM
Yep. God I hate it when people get the words wrong.Nd2, I'm with you on that one. I could damn near start another thread that consisted entirely of mis-sung lyrics that I have personally heard bellowed from the backseat of my car as a youth:

"I'll weave...grass around your fin-gerrr" (Wrapped around your finger by The Police)

"I supply the fi-ish..." (Eyes without a face by Billy Idol)

"There's...a bathroom on the right..." (Bad moon rising by CCR)

"I'm tryin' to be your poor-little man" (Forever man by Eric Clapton)

"I've got electric boobs..." (Benny and the Jets by Elton John)

"Islands of seals..." (Our lips are sealed by The Go-Go's)

That's just the ones that I can think of right now.

Roy Tucker
01-05-2006, 03:26 PM
I'll never be your pizza burning - Beast of Burden - Stones
Padded Bra - Panama - Van Halen

Johnny Footstool
01-05-2006, 03:41 PM
'Scuze me while I kiss this guy - Hendrix, "Purple Haze"

Reds Nd2
01-05-2006, 04:07 PM
"She's got a stick in her eye" (Ticket To Ride by the Beatles)

Roy Tucker
01-05-2006, 04:20 PM
I didn't know misheard lyrics had a name...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen

GoReds
01-05-2006, 04:33 PM
So true, but a GREAT video...;)

I'll let you in on a little secret... Simon Le Bon mostly talks about sex, women, sex, women, and more sex...:evil:

Is there a male rock singer (other than George Michael and Elton John) that doesn't?

This brings a whole new light to "New Moon on Monday".

Reds Nd2
01-05-2006, 06:16 PM
Yep... Bruce is from our former great car culture, Thunder Road, Racing in the Streets, Backstreets, Johnny 99, and on and on and on.....

Don't forget Cadillac Ranch.

Well, there she sits buddy justa gleaming in the sun
There to greet a working man when his day is done
I'm gonna pack my pa and I'm gonna pack my aunt
I'm gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark, shiny and black
Open up your engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

westofyou
01-05-2006, 06:18 PM
Don't forget Cadillac Ranch.

Real place... one of my Film Profs was involved in the creation of it.

http://www.newgute.com/WildBoysRoadTrip/images/RT%208-04-01%20Cadillac%20Ranch%202-web.jpg

Reds Nd2
01-05-2006, 06:26 PM
Real place... one of my Film Profs was involved in the creation of it.

Cool pic. It's the first time I've seen a picture of it in color.

Falls City Beer
01-05-2006, 06:31 PM
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,
blowin' through the jazz bond in my mind.

TRF
01-05-2006, 06:57 PM
Stanley Marsh III owns the Cadillac ranch. eccentric doesn't nearly come close to describing him.

pedro
01-05-2006, 07:06 PM
The Official Ironmen Rally Song
--------------------------------------
bitter fish in crude oil sea
you don't have to bother me
you just have to join in on this song

crawling people on your knees
don't take this so seriously
You just have to hum it all day long

to dine alone
to build a private zone
or trigger a synapse
and free us from our traps

you won't see me turn my back
with my head against my stack
spitting teeth and breaking open skin

official ironmen you are free
champions officially
but you won't catch me on an open chin

to dine alone
to build a private zone
or trigger a synapse
and free us from our traps

save your knock-out punches for the freaks
happy little babies with red cheeks
you will rock them gently out of sync

confirmations through the wire
spitting gas into the fire
am i also worthy of a drink?

to dine alone
to build a private zone
or trigger a synapse
and free us from our traps

cincinnati chili
01-06-2006, 12:11 AM
"Close to the Edge" - Yes

Cincinnati Chili probably knows the rest of this one by heart.

Not anymore. But I probably did at one point.

I don't think Yes belongs on this thread, because the lyrics probably made sense to Jon Anderson when he was up to his eyeballs in chemical refreshments and some little green guy whispered the words in his ear.

pedro
01-06-2006, 12:43 AM
Not anymore. But I probably did at one point.

I don't think Yes belongs on this thread, because the lyrics probably made sense to Jon Anderson when he was up to his eyeballs in chemical refreshments and some little green guy whispered the words in his ear.


Better known as "Machine Trolls", "Interdimensional Elves" or "Intergalactic Gnomes" out here in the west.

Sean_CaseyRules
01-07-2006, 03:48 AM
Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin

Some of the song makes no sense at all.....well at least to me.........




In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven. (when do birds talk?)


There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving. (i dont get this part, but im probally the only one, lol)

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen. (???)

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind. (thinking about this makes my head hurt)

alex trevino
01-07-2006, 08:09 AM
"They say it's your Birthday,
It's my birthday too Yeah"


OK so it's both people's birthday???

Ravenlord
01-07-2006, 08:39 AM
"More Human Than Human" by White Zombie
"I am the Astro-
Creep a demolition
Style hell american
Freak - I am the
Crawling dead - a
Phantom in a box
Shadow in your
Head say acid
Suicide freedom
Of the blast read
The ____er lies -
Scratch off the -
Broken skin - tear
Into my heart make
Me do it again yeah

More Human Than Human

I am the jigsaw
Man I turn the
World around
With a skeleton hand say -
I am electric head a cannibal core a
Television said
Yeah do not victimize
Read the mother
____er-psychoholic lies -
Into a psychic war I
Tear my soul
Apart and I
Eat it some more

More Human Than Human

I am the ripper
Man a locomotion
Mind love american
Style yeah I am
The nexus one I
Want more life
____er I ain't
Done - yeah

More Human Than Human"

Ravenlord
01-07-2006, 08:44 AM
"True metal people wanna rock not pose
Wearin' jeans and leather, not cracker jack clothes"
--from "Kings of Metal" by Manowar



"Outcast a time of war, when mankind lost control
of life and death, under surveillance

I watch the children pray, while god just turns away
out in the ruins they seek shelter
These streets were once my home, but those
golden days are gone, now I'm fighting to survive

Stone cold, man or machine
Stone cold, the end of our dream"
--from "Stone Cold" by HammerFall

creek14
01-07-2006, 09:33 AM
"I've got electric boobs..." (Benny and the Jets by Elton John)

That could be Dolly Parton's theme song.
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/dolly.parton/scansp/parton/pvdolly3.jpg

chicoruiz
01-07-2006, 11:24 PM
Two gems from Mr. Neil Diamond:

"'I am', I said- to no one there,
And no one heard at all, NOT EVEN THE CHAIR..."

(Dang chair never listens...)

And from "Play Me":

"Song she sang to me, song she BRANG to me..."

marcshoe
01-08-2006, 12:19 AM
As I was going to sleep the other night, the thought that no one had mentioned "I am, I said" flitted through my mind, then went away.

Here's one that came up in a different context on another message board yesterday. Note: It is possible to write weird lyrics without being totally nonsensical. If these lyrics are accurate, Golden Earring did not succeed at doing this.


Help, I'm stepping into the Twilight Zone
The place is a mad-house, feels like being cloned
My beacon's been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go now that I've gone too far

dsmith421
01-08-2006, 04:57 AM
The Official Ironmen Rally Song
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official ironmen you are free
champions officially
but you won't catch me on an open chin


I absolutely love Bob Pollard. But I had hoped this song was a little more profound. I'm sending back my UD diploma...

cincinnati chili
01-08-2006, 10:43 AM
Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin

Some of the song makes no sense at all.....well at least to me.........




In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven. (when do birds talk?)


There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving. (i dont get this part, but im probally the only one, lol)

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen. (???)

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind. (thinking about this makes my head hurt)

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/030425.html

savafan
01-08-2006, 03:17 PM
I am he as you are he as you are me
and we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun
see how they fly
I'm crying
Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you've been a naughty boy
you let your face grow long

I am the eggman
they are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Mr. city policeman sitting
pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky
See how they run
I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying
Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife
Pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
you let your knickers down

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Sitting in an English garden
waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get a tan
from standing in the English rain

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Expert, texpert choking smokers
don't you think the joker laughs at you
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I'm crying
Semolina pilchard
climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking
Edgar Allan Poe

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo g' goo
goo goo g' joob goo
juba juba juba
juba juba juba
juba juba juba juba
juba juba



I often wondered about this one as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_The_Walrus

"I Am the Walrus" is the title of a 1967 song written by John Lennon (though credited to both John Lennon and Paul McCartney) and recorded by The Beatles. John Lennon began the song while he was having an acid trip. The song was released on their Magical Mystery Tour album, and is noted for being unusual both lyrically and musically.

The history of the lyrics begin with three different song ideas that Lennon was working on. The first of which was inspired by hearing a police siren while at his home in Weybridge. Lennon wrote the lines "Mis-ter c-ity police-man" sang to the rhythm of the siren. The second idea was a short rhyme about Lennon sitting in his Weybridge garden. The third idea was a nonsense lyric about sitting on a corn flake. Lennon was unable to finish the ideas as three different songs and instead chose to combine them into one.

Sometime later, Lennon received a letter from a pupil of Quarry Bank Grammar School, which he had attended as a child. The writer mentioned that their English master was making his class analyze Beatles' song lyrics. (John wrote an answer to the letter, dated September 1, 1967, which was auctioned by Christie's of London in 1992).

Lennon, amused that a teacher was putting that much effort into understanding Beatles lyrics, decided to write the most confusing, unusual lyric he could. Lennon's childhood friend Peter Shotton was visiting, and he asked Shotton about a silly playground nursery rhyme that they used to sing when they were kids.

Shotton remembered the words:

"Yellow matter custard, green slop pie,
All mixed together with a dead dog's eye,
Slap it on a butty, ten foot thick,
Then wash it all down with a cup of cold sick".

Lennon borrowed a couple of words from the rhyme, added the three old unfinished ideas and the result was the lyrics to "I Am the Walrus". Upon finishing the lyrics, Lennon remarked to Shotton, "Let the (expletive deleted) work that one out."

The "elementary penguin" singing Hare Krishna that was mentioned in the song was a little dig at Allen Ginsberg who made a habit of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at numerous public events.

An interesting factor to the music is that all the chords used are major chords or seventh chords, and all the 'musical' letters of the alphabet (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) are so used. The song ends with a descending progression of A7, G7, F7, E7, D7, C7, and B7, repeated over and over until the end.
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A walrus

The "walrus" idea is from Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter. In a 1980 Playboy interview, Lennon commented: "It never dawned on me that Lewis Carroll was commenting on the capitalist and social system. I never went into that bit about what he really meant, like people are doing with the Beatles' work. Later, I went back and looked at it and realized that the walrus was the bad guy in the story and the carpenter was the good guy. I thought, Oh, (expletive deleted), I picked the wrong guy. I should have said, 'I am the carpenter.' But that wouldn't have been the same, would it? [Singing] 'I am the carpenter....'"

The song's opening line, "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together" clearly parodies the opening line of the song Marching to Pretoria, by The Weavers: "I'm with you and you're with me and we are all together." This is a remarkably little-noted fact.

The song also contains the unusual exclamation, goo goo g'joob. Various unsatisfactory hypotheses exist regarding the origin and meaning of these syllables, though it has been noted that James Joyce's Finnegans Wake contains the words googoo goosth at the top of page *557, where it appears:

downand she went on her knees to blessersef that were knogging together like milk-juggles as if it was the wrake of the hapspurus or old Kong Gander O'Toole of the Mountains or his googoo goosth she seein, sliving off over the sawdust lobby out ofthe backroom, wan ter, that was everywans in turruns, in his honeymoon trim, holding up his fingerhals, with the clookey in his fisstball. ...

It is not clear that Joyce is the source, or what it means if he were the source. Lennon was a reader and admirer of Joyce's, and this could be all there is to it. [1]

There may also be a connection with the very similar "koo koo ka choo" in Paul Simon's song Mrs. Robinson, written in 1967-1968.

The unusual monologue buried in the mix towards the end of the song is actually a few lines of Shakespeare's King Lear (Act IV, Scene VI), which were added to the song direct from an AM radio receiving the broadcast of the play on the BBC Home Service (or possibly the BBC Third Programme).

The recording of "I Am the Walrus" featured, in addition to the Beatles themselves, violins, cellos, horns, clarinet and a 16-piece choir.

The stereo mix of the record also has an interesting twist: At almost exactly two minutes into the song, the mix changes from regular stereo to "fake stereo", with most of the bass on one channel, and most of the treble on the other. The mix appears to 'wander' sonically in the fadeout, from left to right.

Who was the Walrus?

The 1968 Beatles song "Glass Onion", written by Lennon, and featured on the White Album, refers to earlier Beatles compositions. Mentioning "I am the Walrus", Lennon sings, "Here's another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul."

In the 1980 Playboy interview, John responded to the confusion:

"I threw the line in ó 'the Walrus was Paul' ó just to confuse everybody a bit more. And I thought 'Walrus' has now become me, meaning 'I am the one.' Only it didn't mean that in this song."

Lennon also comments in "The Beatles Anthology" that he wrote the song at a point when the band was beginning to fall apart, and hoped by putting this line in combination with "I told you 'bout the walrus and me man, you know that we're as close as can be man", he could begin to patch things up with the band.

The fact that McCartney was dressed as a walrus on the cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour LP was also stated by Lennon to have inspired the line.

Paul also responded to the lyric in an interview broadcast on a Beatles documentary on WYNY 1981:

"[John] happened to have a line go 'the walrus was Paul' and we had a great giggle to say 'yeah, let's do that,' because everybody's gonna read into it and go crackers cause they all thought that John was the walrus."

On Lennon's 1970 solo album "Plastic Ono Band", the song "God" contains the lines "I was the Walrus, but now I'm John."

On another note, The Eggman in the song is a reference to Eric Burdon, singer for The Animals and friend of John's. The nickname comes from Burdon's fetish of cracking eggs on his female sex partners.

Sean_CaseyRules
01-08-2006, 03:29 PM
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/030425.html

LOL i thought that was hilarious when the guy actually was saying his side, LOL, thats great man, thanks