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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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.
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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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"
    Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by GoReds
    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

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    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 Rs 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 gtis 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.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    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
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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!

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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
    Sounds like the typical art school student bull session.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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!!

    Pay attention to the open sky

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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

    Pay attention to the open sky

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    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
    So 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...
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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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 prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsland
    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 its just me.

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

    GL

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    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?
    Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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
    Suck it up cupcake.


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