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Offline SirJohn

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Lyrics
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:42:17 am »
One of the aspects of music I've noticed is that in many cases people pay little attention to the lyrics. Sometimes it's hard to make them out, especially if the music is overpowering. Sometimes they're actually hilarious if you try to just speak them aloud because they sound stupid. Sometimes they're awfully dreary and repetitive, even if you like the song, or pretty trite. So much of modern music is about romance, failed or otherwise, and there's not a lot original there. The Beach boys threw this for a loop with God Only Knows by starting a love sing with 'If you should ever leave me' but that's a rare thing.

I heard this one and was intrigued enough to look it up. It's a song from before I was born but the lyrics were really interesting. It's from a song called Nature Boy - which is a weird name for a song.

There was a boy
A very strange, enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day
One magic day he passed my way
While we spoke of many things
Fools and Kings
This he said to me:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"

Springsteen is one of the better lyricists, if not one of the better singers. He's one of the best at creating songs that aren't just about romance, but about society around us. Like in My Hometown

In '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come
To my hometown

Or My City in Ruins

Now the sweet bells of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves
The boarded up windows
The empty streets
While my brother's down on his knees
My city of ruins

But he can do the relationship angst as well as the best, I think. As in Thunder Road

There were ghosts in the eyes
Of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road
In the skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets

They scream your name at night in the street
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
And in the lonely cool before dawn
You hear their engines roaring on
When you get to the porch they're gone
On the wind

So Mary climb in
It's a town full of losers
And I'm pulling out of here to win

"When liberals insist that only fascists will defend borders then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals won't do." David Frum

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Offline Bubbermiley

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 02:45:38 pm »
At words poetic, I'm so pathetic
That I always have found it best,
Instead of getting 'em off my chest,
To let 'em rest
unexpressed.
"The upper class keeps all of the money and pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes and does all of the work. The poor are there...just to scare the **** out of the middle class." George Carlin

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 05:13:31 pm »
Springsteen is 'ok'.  Lou Reed said that.

For lyrics I like Joni, Lennon, well... a lot of 60s and 70s folks.


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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 06:46:22 pm »
You back the cause,
get out of school
You get a job,
the job gets you
And somehow everyday you end up serving somebody else

If that ain't panic that you're feeling,
well you damn well better start
You can drive it into that head of yours
with that hammer in your heart

Well it's alright, take the world and make it yours again.
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 07:21:26 pm »
I can't think of a Joni song I don't like.

Then there's Leonard Cohen

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.

And of course a little John Prine

Have you ever noticed
When you're feeling really good
There's always a pigeon
That'll come **** on your hood
Or you're feeling your freedom
And the world's off your back
Some cowboy from Texas
Starts his own war in Iraq


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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 07:36:06 pm »
I can't think of a Joni song I don't like.

Listen to her Mingus album. I bet you find one there.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 08:00:38 pm »
Listen to her Mingus album. I bet you find one there.

I have that album in vynil but haven't listened to it in quite a while, but yeah I do recall thinking the shift to jazz wasn't my favorite.

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 08:03:00 pm »
Steve Goodman, the best train song ever written

Nighttime on the city of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we'll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea
But all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again
The passengers will please refrain
This train has got the disappearing railroad blues


Rush, The angst of the suburban teen.

In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out
Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth


Janis Ian, the angst of the unpopular teen

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth
And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 08:07:15 pm »
Janice Ian's lesbian anthem... look at you !

And Arlo Guthrie's song (he recorded it) is amazing to sing with a crowd of people.

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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 08:11:26 pm »
Steve Goodman, the best train song ever written

Nighttime on the city of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we'll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea
But all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again
The passengers will please refrain
This train has got the disappearing railroad blues


Rush, The angst of the suburban teen.

In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out
Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth


Janis Ian, the angst of the unpopular teen

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth
And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone

Maybe check who wrote City of New Orleans"\

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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 08:12:54 pm »
"When liberals insist that only fascists will defend borders then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals won't do." David Frum

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 08:27:07 pm »
Anybody here a fan of Kinky Friedman? If not, he is roughly the same vintage and a good friend of Willy Nelson, and as his name might indicate he is Jewish. One of his lines I will never for get is "They don't make Jews like Jesus anymore"
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Re: Lyrics
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2018, 09:58:26 pm »
I have that album in vynil but haven't listened to it in quite a while, but yeah I do recall thinking the shift to jazz wasn't my favorite.
I like Joni Mitchell and I love Mingus but that album is unlistenable.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2018, 10:37:19 pm »
I like Joni Mitchell and I love Mingus but that album is unlistenable.

I still have my old Pioneer stereo and Cirwin Vega speakers. I'll drag that Mingus album out and re visit. I'll let you know how that goes.