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    Re: Songs (and Lyrics) That Have You Scratching Your Head

    Quote Originally Posted by IslandRed View Post
    As for me, CCR's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" is a song I loved as a kid and I still have no idea what he's talking about. Supposedly Fogerty swears it's not about being on drugs, which would have at least explained some of it.
    I heard that on the radio last night and I have to say it's still a mystery.

    Nobody mentioned "Alligator lizards in the air." That has to go down as one of the all time "what were they talking about" lines.
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    Re: Songs (and Lyrics) That Have You Scratching Your Head

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    I heard that on the radio last night and I have to say it's still a mystery.

    Nobody mentioned "Alligator lizards in the air." That has to go down as one of the all time "what were they talking about" lines.
    I think I may have read somewhere that he wrote it for his kid--kind of goofing around with outlandish images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotnoid View Post
    For the record, I believe the lyrics are "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night. "
    I can't believe those are the correct lyrics. I hear "wrapped up like a ******, you know the ruler in the night"
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner View Post
    Anything by Pink Floyd.
    A lot of Pink Floyd's more famous songs ( from Wish you were here - Dark side... - The wall ) were about their original leader developing schizophrenia in early adulthood. Knowing this a lot of the lyrics and imagery make more sense
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean_CaseyRules View Post
    "Yellow-mattered custard, drippin from a cat-dogs eye!?!?"

    That's "dead dog's eye"

    Lennon made sure the lyrics didn't make sense so he could confuse all the people trying to analyze his songs. He got the idea for the oblique lyrics when he received a letter from a student who explained that his English teacher was having the class analyze Beatles songs.

    When Lennon decided to write confusing lyrics, he asked his friend Pete Shotton for a nursery rhyme they used to sing. Shotton gave them this rhyme, which Lennon incorporated into the song:
    "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."

    The idea for the Walrus came from the poem The Walrus and The Carpenter from Alice in Wonderland. In his 1980 Playboy interview, Lennon said: "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, s--t, I picked the wrong guy. I should have said, 'I am the carpenter.' But that wouldn't have been the same, would it?"

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    James Joyce's "The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly"
    Lennon got the line "Goo Goo Ga Joob" from the book Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce.




    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 tee-shirt, stupid bloody tuesday.
    Man, you 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.

    Mister 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, i'm crying.

    Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.
    Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
    Boy, you 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 g'goo goo g'joob.

    Expert textpert choking smokers,
    Don't you thing the joker laughs at you?
    See how they smile like pigs in a sty,
    See how they snied.
    I'm crying.

    Semolina pilchard, climbing up the eiffel tower.
    Elementary penguin singing hari 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 g'goo goo g'joob.
    Goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob g'goo.
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    Re: Songs (and Lyrics) That Have You Scratching Your Head

    The Killers "Somebody Told Me" is catchy as hell but make no sense to me.
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    Re: Songs (and Lyrics) That Have You Scratching Your Head

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    The Killers "Somebody Told Me" is catchy as hell but make no sense to me.
    Breaking my back just to know your name
    Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game
    I'm breaking my back just to know your name
    But heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Anything goes but don't blink you might miss
    Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
    I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
    Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

    Well somebody told me
    You had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year
    It's not confidential
    I've got potential

    Ready? Let's roll onto something new
    Taking its toll and I'm leaving without you

    Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
    I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
    Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
    Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

    Well somebody told me
    You had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year
    It's not confidential
    I've got potential
    A rushin', a rushin' around

    Pace yourself from me
    I said maybe baby please
    But I just don't know now
    When all I wanna do is try

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    Somebody told me
    You had a boyfriend
    Who looked like a girlfriend
    That I had in February of last year
    It's not confidential
    I've got potential
    A rushin', a rushin' around
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    Re: Songs (and Lyrics) That Have You Scratching Your Head

    MacArthur's 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!
    ................

    And what is?...

    muskrat love

    a rainbow in the dark

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    And a couple from one of my all-time favorite band

    Sweet Lucy was a dancer
    But none of us would chance her
    Because she was a Samurai
    She made electric shadows
    Beyond our fingertips
    And none of us could reach that high
    - Knocking At Your Back Door (Deep Purple)

    Mary Long is a hypocrite
    She does all the things that she tells us not to do
    Selling filth from a corner shop
    And knitting patterns to the high street queue
    She paints roses, even makes them smell good
    And then she draws ******* on the khazy wall
    Drowns kittens just to get a thrill
    And writes sermons in the Sunday Chronicle
    How did you lose your virginity, Mary Long ?
    When will you lose your stupidity, Mary Long ?
    Last edited by GAC; 08-09-2008 at 07:49 AM.
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