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Loveable songs where the lyrics make no sense

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by scout2112, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. bl28

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    Mondegreen.
     
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    That was, in fact , it's inspiration, I believe...
     
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    I'm surprised some of the Beatles psychedelic stuff hasn't been mentioned. Walrus, Come Together etc....

    The earlier mention of Neil Young made me think of his song Ohio and the second phrase:-

    "Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down -
    shoulda been done long ago..."

    What the....??
     
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    Pretty obscure, yet maybe fits in with his body of work that connects to social commentary and outrage.
    He might have felt he encouraged youth to rise up, but didn't warn of what uprisings may lead to.

    The scenarios sound vaguely like the could be "The South", with the river taking Emmy Lou, being gone hunting in the mountains, the mail coming up the river in a territory with few paved roads or post offices.

    The powder and the finger are his idea of guns and the willingness to use them against each other.

    At the end he seems to express regret over possibly starting a civil war.

    Just taking a shot at it!
     
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    Loveable song w/ nonsensical lyrics: Dead's Ripple. Tens of thousands of people know the words by heart.
     
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    Ahh, missed your post before commenting on powderfinger, makes sense.
    I guess I characterized the characters as more than just their illegal business, framing it in a bigger picture that Neil might have had in his heart.

    Frank Mills was originally from Hair, if it's the song I think you mean.
    "Resembles George Harrison of the Beatles"?
     
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    Here's a disturbing explanation (or theory) on I Am The Walrus.

    I've heard other stories about it too. I know it is intended to be meaningless and confusing, but as usual with John Lennon, there is a lot of meaning it it. The Semolina Plitcher is a reference to a disgusting food kids used to eat and also to the crooked cop in London who was harassing rock stars. Elementary Penguin is a reference to Allan Ginsburg. The eggman is reference to another rock star friend of his who once described a former girlfriend and apparently an act she used to perform on him (I'll just leave that there).

    So it was supposed to be a middle finger to his old school that was dismissive of his talents as a boy but had gone on to treat his lyrics like meaningful poetry now that he was famous. But there's stuff there hiding in the thickets.

    Fun thread, thanks.
     
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    Might have been urging college kids to take up arms after the Kent State shootings.

    Hence later the turning of heart on the idea of killing for justice.

    As for the Beatles, aren't they one of the banned topics here?
     
  9. JuneauMike

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    Yeah. I always placed that song on the Bayou, myself. It does have that deep south feel to it. Totally missed the reference to the mountains. Good catch.
     
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    I read where Lennon asked little Sean what was in a kids drawing, and Sean answered: "That's Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds".
     
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    Doug Ingle's story is that those were the actual lyrics, but he was drunk when he was singing them to Ron Bushy who was writing them down.
     
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    Can we all just agree that Lennon was a habitual liar and whether Sean said that or not, its likely the first thing that popped into his juvenile, mean-spirited brain was "Ah, this will be funny; LSD trip as a children's story. Ha, ha."

    He was a complicated dude, like all of us.
     
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    Number 12.

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    Agreed, and I really, really like James Brown. Ultimately the arrangements were deconstructed until everyone was playing and singing rhythm. If it's deconstructed to the point where the vocals are rhythm, the lyrics are just rhythm and don't need to to make sense.
     
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    Robert Johnson's Hot Tamales. I suspect it's not about a produce peddler. But that's just a guess on my part.
     
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    I always thought Nirvana's lyrics made 0 sense.
     
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    Anything by Jimi Hendrix pretty much, it's all psychedelic.
     
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    Momma's little boy John R Cash achieved a certain subtlety with this little ditty.

    “I’ve been flushed from the bathroom of your heart.”
     
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    Yeah, but they weren't "loveable." Great band, but not much of a soft-cuddly side to their songs.
     
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    What's not to understand?
     
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