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Incorrect Information in Songs

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Paul in Colorado, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    "In the jungle the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight."

    While lions, unlike other cats are NOT nocturnal hunters as they depend on sight to hunt, they live on the plains rather then the jungle. The singer' is still in danger of, say a jaguar, since they ARE nocturnal hunters and live in the jungle. I think he was just trying to reassure whoever he was singing to, but the lion is not asleep in the jungle and not a threat. I can't comment on how peaceful the village is.

    What do you have?
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  2. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    It's an AFRICAN folk song, not an urban city USA song.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2017
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  3. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2010
    Central Minnesota
    A Boy Named Sue I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist

  4. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2012
    Oklahoma, USA
    Bruce's infamous "69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor."
    (There are no factory fuel injection heads for the Chevy Big Block.)
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  5. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 12, 2003
    Glamorous NoHo
    U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

    "Early morning, April 4th/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky"

    MLK was assassinated in the early evening (6:01 p.m.).

  6. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Afflicted

    May 3, 2016
    In the South
    I knew the bloke who sang the male vocal on Tight Fit's version, he wasn't the pretty boy who appeared in the video. He said, not name dropping :)

    Carry on.

  7. bluesky1963

    bluesky1963 Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2011
    Glendale, AZ
    Don't be too sure....

    Hicks's oddly feminine first name may have inspired the song, "A Boy Named Sue", which Johnny Cash first performed in 1969.[1][9] The song's author, Shel Silverstein, attended a judicial conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee— at which Hicks was a speaker— and apparently got the idea for the song title after hearing Hicks introduced. While Cash said he was unaware that Silverstein had any one person in mind when he wrote the song, he did send Hicks two records and two autographed pictures with the inscription, "To Sue, how do you do?"[1]


  8. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    In the RS story, they mention "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." I think they're talking about the riverboat The Robert E. Lee, not the man as the article implies.

  9. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    "The walrus was Paul"
    -The Beatles, "Glass Onion"
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  10. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    ...evidenced by the fact the line is:

    "there goes the Robert E. Lee"

  11. Kingpin

    Kingpin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a Bathroom on the Right."

    I looked, but never found it.

  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Stairway to heaven? Where to begin with that song?
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  13. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    That Hot Rod Lincoln originally would have had a flathead V12 rather than the "eight cylinders and uses them all" in the later version.

    Also, "The guys ribbed me for being behind"...I know folks were smaller back then but more than one guy and it'd be pretty tight in a Model A...unless you count the rumble seat which would be the equivalent of riding "bitsh" on the back of a bike...:)
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  14. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    What? You don't have a bustle in your hedge row? Definitely missing out.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2017
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  15. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".....always thought it was an allegory. (?)

  16. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas
    Probably best to begin with by not looking for any facts there. That song is a mess.

  17. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    The Night Chicago Died:

    "The Night Chicago Died" is about a shoot-out between the Chicago Police and gangsters tied to Al Capone. It was inspired by the real-life Saint Valentine's Day Massacre,[2] although that involved Capone's men killing seven of Bugs Moran's gang members and had nothing to do with the police.

    The song's events supposedly take place "on the East Side of Chicago". Chicago has three commonly referred-to regions: the North Side, the West Side and the South Side. There is no East Side, as Lake Michigan is immediately east of Downtown Chicago. While there is an area of Chicago known as "East Side", it is a neighborhood on the Far South Side on the Illinois/Indiana state line. East Side is also several miles away from where Capone lived on Prairie Avenue in Chicago. Furthermore, in the 1920s, East Side was known for being a quiet, residential, and predominantly Eastern European neighborhood—a sharp contrast from the site of the bloodbath described in the song.

    Songwriters Peter Callender and Mitch Murray said in interviews (most notably on Beat Club shortly after the song's smash success) that they had never been to the Windy City before that time, and that their knowledge of the city and that period of its history had been based on gangster films. (Callender defended his interpretation of Chicago's geography by saying, "There's an East Side of everywhere!")

    As reported by

    " England there were at least a few young men that didn’t have all the facts straight, and in the 1970s their pop group from Nottingham turned their romantic misunderstanding of American history into a historically dubious yet gloriously catchy hit record. Though it was never intended for the American market, Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died” crossed the Atlantic and became a #1 hit on the U.S. pop charts..."[2]

    Paper Lace did send the song to Mayor Richard J. Daley, who was not impressed with the song and greatly disliked it.[3] A member of Daley's staff is quoted as saying that Paper Lace should “jump in the Chicago River, placing your heads under water three times and surfacing twice. Pray tell us, are you nuts?”[4]
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  18. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Uh, songs & poems tend to use a lot of metaphors, metafives and metasixes in an attempt to explain the unexplainable. :lol:
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  19. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Sometimes, the information given in songs is ambiguous.
    'Tonight, there's going to be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town'
    At a guess, taking a wild stab in the dark, I'd plump for the jail, based on the information given.

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