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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
    And Elton John's Levon... Who is Alvin Tostig?
    Levon's dad.
    Makes all the routine posts.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
    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

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Nd2
    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.
    "Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    I'll never be your pizza burning - Beast of Burden - Stones
    Padded Bra - Panama - Van Halen

    Pay attention to the open sky

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    'Scuze me while I kiss this guy - Hendrix, "Purple Haze"
    "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

    "She's got a stick in her eye" (Ticket To Ride by the Beatles)
    "...You just have a wider lens than one game."
    --Former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, on why he didn't fly Josh Hamilton to Colorado for one game.

    "...its money well-spent. Don't screw around with your freedom."
    --Roy Tucker, on why you need to lawyer up when you find yourself swimming with sharks.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    I didn't know misheard lyrics had a name...

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

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyDuran
    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...
    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".

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    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
    "...You just have a wider lens than one game."
    --Former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, on why he didn't fly Josh Hamilton to Colorado for one game.

    "...its money well-spent. Don't screw around with your freedom."
    --Roy Tucker, on why you need to lawyer up when you find yourself swimming with sharks.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Nd2
    Don't forget Cadillac Ranch.
    Real place... one of my Film Profs was involved in the creation of it.


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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    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.
    "...You just have a wider lens than one game."
    --Former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, on why he didn't fly Josh Hamilton to Colorado for one game.

    "...its money well-spent. Don't screw around with your freedom."
    --Roy Tucker, on why you need to lawyer up when you find yourself swimming with sharks.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,
    blowin' through the jazz bond in my mind.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Stanley Marsh III owns the Cadillac ranch. eccentric doesn't nearly come close to describing him.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    "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.
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids


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