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  • Favourite lyrics?

    I suppose there have been threads about fave band names or track titles etc.. before but what about lyrics?
    My top three that come to mind?

    3) "I'm gonna wave my Freak Flag high"

    ~ J. Hendrix (from "If 6 was 9"). Seemed to sum up the feeling of a whole generation in one line.

    2) "Half the nation's gone to war, the other half, is out to score"

    ~ Ken Elliott (from "Rhubarb", off the lp "Reality" by Second Hand). Seemed to sum up both the truth about what was happening at the time regarding Vietnam and the actual lack of interest of many people in society about it, esp the youth.

    1) God is a concept
    By which we measure
    Our pain
    I'll say it again
    God is a concept
    By which we measure
    Our pain

    I don't believe in magic
    I don't believe in I-Ching
    I don't believe in Bible
    I don't believe in tarot
    I don't believe in Hitler
    I don't believe in Jesus
    I don't believe in Kennedy
    I don't believe in Buddha
    I don't believe in mantra
    I don't believe in Gita
    I don't believe in yoga
    I don't believe in kings
    I don't believe in Elvis
    I don't believe in Zimmerman
    I don't believe in Beatles

    I just believe in me
    Yoko and me
    And that's reality

    ~ John Lennon.
    Last edited by jb stanislas; 11-04-2014, 03:35 AM. Reason: Other one appeared to be too negative for some people. This one is slightly lighter.

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    HUMOR!

    I MAKE YA LAUGH

    GO TAKE A BATH

    YOU DON'T KNOW THE HALF


    - Nice N Smooth, Perfect Harmony

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    • #3
      "you fill me with inertia......"

      Bedazzled - every time i hear it I love that line!
      i remember when it was all fields round here....

      http://www.mixcloud.com/groovywoovy/

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      • #4
        "They always kiss my ass
        When I live in the past"

        'The best years of our Lives' Bobby Conn

        'Will you fucking get it together instead of showing off' Mark E Smith to band mates in 'No Xmas for John Quays', 'Totales Turns' version Okay they're not the lyrics but I can't think of the song without them.
        "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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        • #5
          I saw two shooting stars last night
          I wished on them but they were only satellites
          It's wrong to wish on space hardware
          I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care

          (Billy Bragg - A New England)


          I also love the banality of:

          Where does it go from here?
          Is it down to the lake, I fear?
          Ay-ay ay-ay ay ay
          Ay-ay ay-ay ay-ay ay ay

          (Haircut 100 - Love Plus One)

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          • #6
            "Nobody loves me but my mother,
            And she could be jivin' too"
            by B.B. King. I prefer Johnny Holiday's version:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCaOgqQYCuc
            retro-pop-art-confusion

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            • #7
              I still think these are the best lyrics ever - maybe I'm just the same pumped up macho rhythm & blues innovator I was when I was 17.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jb stanislas View Post
                1) Janis Joplin.
                Silly lookin' bitch.
                Ridin' on her broomstick.
                Tryin to get next to some magic.
                Queen of the Blues?
                What the fuck was that?
                Jagged face and dirty drawers
                with diarrhea on her kneecaps.
                Talkin' shit.
                Steppin out limousines.

                You know, she had the Kosmic Blues.
                The Kosmic Blues, The Kosmic Blues, The Kosmic Blues?
                WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT!!?
                Shoulda CUT the bitch.

                ~ Gylan Kain (from "Silly Shit", off his lp "The Blue Guerrilla"). Never before or since has anyone made a personal criticism of one person like that in a single track and besides the absolute pure anger that comes out in the lyrics, nobody has ever made it so openly plain and graphic about wanting to see murderous violence on one person and given Joplin was a famous White woman, it was a true revolutionary lyrics and may be seen as symbolic and interpreted as a call for widespread political or social revolution. Truly unique among any tracks recorded to vinyl and makes "angry" rap artists like 2pac look like real "try-hards" and totally inadequate. Fake.
                Look like nasty puerile woman-hating drivel to me. I don´t know much about Joplin but she didn´t deserve an attack on her physical appearance and a call to "cut the bitch".
                Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eine View Post
                  I still think these are the best lyrics ever - maybe I'm just the same pumped up macho rhythm & blues innovator I was when I was 17.
                  Gee, I never focused on the lyrics of that track before despite hearing it many times. They really are GREAT lyrics. Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by babycart View Post
                    Look like nasty puerile woman-hating drivel to me. I don´t know much about Joplin but she didn´t deserve an attack on her physical appearance and a call to "cut the bitch".
                    Interesting take on it. It is a section of a much longer track where he vents his anger at other people and organisations (FBI, Army etc.. ) so the whole track is not focused on her and might seem different if heard in context. Also, the plight of a young African-American in the late 1960's was depressing and the memory of segregation was still there etc.. so if you looked at it through that lens and tried to empathise, you may think differently. Yes, it;s shocking and controversial but that;s what makes it stand out.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jb stanislas View Post
                      Also, the plight of a young African-American in the late 1960's was depressing and the memory of segregation was still there etc.. so if you looked at it through that lens and tried to empathise, you may think differently.
                      What's that got to do with Janis Joplin?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by IAN View Post
                        What's that got to do with Janis Joplin?
                        Like I said, the whole track is one big venting of anger against White society and he has a right to do that if that;s how he felt, being Black, and the Janis lyrics were a part of it and given that she was White and got famous by singing the Blues, which was invented by African-Americans working on the railroad, there is a link there....by which he used words/poetry to express himself about the situation.
                        That;s just my take on it <shrugs>.
                        I don;t profess to know exactly what motivated Kain to write it or what he was going through at the time and even if I did know, me, being white, would feel relatively unaffected in comparison and so not the right person to ask about it unless you want to get a white perspective on a black life in the ghetto. Wouldn;t get much of an education about it that way, I would guess.

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                        • #13
                          Fair enough but it's the personal aspect coupled with the 'should have cut the bitch' line that makes it nasty & militant & personal. The militant/political aspect of it is disturbing because it suggests he really is supporting personal murder of someone who he can criticque in only an abstract way!

                          Other nasty lyrics like Slug Bait by Throbbing Gristle are *kind of* okey because they are abstract and laced with irony. It's when they are received as unironic that they also become terrible.

                          Bring back censorship = only solution.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sam View Post
                            I also love the banality of:

                            Where does it go from here?
                            Is it down to the lake, I fear?
                            Ay-ay ay-ay ay ay
                            Ay-ay ay-ay ay-ay ay ay

                            (Haircut 100 - Love Plus One)
                            Yes. love that. Also this from Punky's Dilemma by Simon & Garfunkel:

                            I prefer boysenberry
                            More than any ordinary jam.
                            I'm a "Citizens for Boysenberry Jam" fan.

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                            • #15
                              Apologies for the length here, but some genius music hall lyrics about cucumber. It's the chorus that kills it:

                              My old darling said to me,
                              "You must be hungry, Joe!
                              What is it you fancy?" I
                              Said, "Fancy! Don't you know?"

                              [chorus]

                              I went flying in the air
                              With my old college chum.
                              Suddenly he said to me,
                              "We're bound for kingdom come!
                              Is there anything on your mind
                              Before you wear a crown?"
                              I began to shake and said,
                              "Write this confession down:

                              [chorus]

                              To the Lord Mayor's Banquet I
                              Got in one foggy day.
                              When I saw the grub it took
                              My appetite away:
                              "Sparrowgrass" and chaffinches,
                              And pigs-head stuffed with jam!
                              I said to the waiter there,
                              "You don't know who I am!"

                              [chorus]

                              Sev'ral years of married life
                              Have brought me lots of joys.
                              I don't know how many girls,
                              I think it's fourteen boys.
                              When the last one came to town
                              It nearly turned my head.
                              It was marked with a cucumber,
                              And the fust words that it said,

                              [chorus]

                              Chorus:
                              "I like pickled onions,
                              I like piccalilli.
                              Pickled cabbage is alright
                              With a bit of cold meat on Sunday night.
                              I can go termartoes,
                              But what I do prefer,
                              Is a little bit of cu-cum-cu-cum-cu-cum,
                              Little bit of cucumber."
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