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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    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.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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)
    Let's make some noise!

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    "They say it's your Birthday,
    It's my birthday too Yeah"


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

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    "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"
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    "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
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    Stone cold, man or machine
    Stone cold, the end of our dream"
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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Blimpie
    "I've got electric boobs..." (Benny and the Jets by Elton John)
    That could be Dolly Parton's theme song.
    Will trade this space for a #1 starter.

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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..."

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    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

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    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...

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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean_CaseyRules
    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)
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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC
    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
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    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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    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 'the Walrus was Paul' 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.
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    Re: Song Lyrics That Don't Make Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    LOL i thought that was hilarious when the guy actually was saying his side, LOL, thats great man, thanks
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