Loveable songs where the lyrics make no sense

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  1. DrBGood

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    I see Jon Anderson's voice more as an instrument in the whole of the band. Lyrics were like pedals for a guitar.

    But if you dig, you find something. Like in I've Seen All Good People, from the Yes album. It's a chess game.

    I've seen all good people turn their heads each day
    So satisfied I'm on my way
    I've seen all good people turn their heads each day
    So satisfied I'm on my way

    Take a straight and stronger course
    To the corner of your life
    Make the white queen run so fast
    She hasn't got time to make you a wife

    'Cause it's time, it's time in time with your time
    And its news is captured
    For the queen to use!
    Move me on to any black square
    Use me anytime you want
    Just remember that the goal
    Is for us all to capture all we want (Move me on to any black square)

    Don't surround yourself with yourself
    Move on back two squares
    Send an instant karma to me
    Initial it with loving care (Don't surround yourself)

    'Cause it's time, it's time in time with your time
    And its news is captured
    For the queen to use!
     
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  2. telemnemonics

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    I can only understand, things I can fit in my hand.
     
  3. Recce

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    That is what I heard and being in a very drunken/high state it came out In a Gada Da Vida.
     
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    I met a pretty young girl from Kentucky who's push up bra made her look very nice and ended up at the alter and got married.
     
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    Great thread. All these years I have struggled with an inability to write lyrics. Now I know it does not matter! Just blurp out any old nonsense and it will be just fine! (Maybe even better). It's only rock & roll.
     
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    Um, that actually makes perfect sense to me.
     
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  7. studio1087

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    That's one of the less weird Yes tunes. They were in a van driving around the mountains near Loch Ness in Scotland and they were late to meet some girls. They couldn't find the girls because they were very lost and very high. Jon Anderson wrote the song on a Martin 000-18 in the back of the van while they drove around (looking for the girls).


    In and around the lake
    Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
    One mile over we'll be there and we'll see you
    Ten true summers we'll be there and laughing too
    Twenty four before my love you'll see I'll be there with you


    See? It all makes perfect sense! Baked dudes in a van driving around a mountain lost and looking for pretty girls! What red blooded guy hasn't done that??!!?? :cool:
     
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    Incense and Peppermints
    Strawberry Alarm Clock


    Good sense, innocence, cripplin' mankind
    Dead kings, many things I can't define
    Occasions, persuasions clutter your mind
    Incense and peppermints, the color of time

    Who cares what games we choose?
    Little to win but nothin' to lose

    Incense and peppermints, meaningless nouns
    Turn on, tune in, turn your eyes around

    Look at yourself, look at yourself, yeah, yeah
    Look at yourself, look at yourself, yeah, yeah, yeah!

    etc.
     
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    I recall reading where Paul was asked to decipher the symbolism in Beatles songs. He replied that alot was meaningless. He started with melodies and sang nonsense lyrics as placeholders. And in some instances, the placeholder lyric--be it a line or phrase--just stayed because he couldn't come up with anything he liked better.
     
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    Scrambled Eggs
     
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    Yes indeed. Same folks who thought Steve Miller's The Joker was talking about "puppets in love".
     
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    That's great!
     
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    I've never heard that interpretation of that song, did you come up with that or is it a paraphrase of someone else?

    Yes, it's about the South. Neil wrote it and gave it to Ronnie Van Zandt after they settled their differences over the Alabama/Southern Man/Sweet Home Alabama thing. Skynyrd was going to record it, but abandoned the idea after the plane crash.
     
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    I used to wonder if Sondgarden lyrics were somewhat put together with an intention to make words match the way they sound and that they contain certain letters that accentuate the music behind, on purpose. But English is not my mother tongue, so I'm not always able to distinguish between poetic metaphers and lines that make sense.
     
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    Oh, and what did hen Dricks mean by "kissing this guy"? :rolleyes:
     
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    LMAO!

    So true!

    Still love Yes but those lyrics....so weird...
     
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    I had that problem with Rilke, and almost consider translating poetry or lyrics to be an act of futility. Also I got no education to grease the process.

    Had I been institutionally manured in my youth I'd be better prepared!

    Eastern writing in Western translation is even worse, since translators are often from only one culture, and have trouble grasping the cultural significance of language usage abandoned in another culture half a century earlier.

    The translation of the 6th C BC I Ching into German then from the German into English is pretty remarkable, but still requires an understanding of symbolic ancient Chinese familial relationships, the symbolic meaning of acts like "cross the river", or use of livestock etc etc.
     
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  18. JuneauMike

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    "institutionally manured" ha! Good one.

    A lot of important religious works suffer from that same translation challenge. Get enough interpretations floating around and the next thing you know, "blessed are the cheese makers."

    Without a strong command of (1) the language, and (2) the prevailing slang (3) and lingo, and (4) historical context, and (5) deep understanding of the cultural norms and traditions, you pretty much become a victim of bad lip reading.
     
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  19. JuneauMike

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    Well he did say excuse me, first. ;)
     
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  20. ponce

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    Wrong post.
     
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