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Loveable songs where the lyrics make no sense

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

  1. ponce

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    Yes, something is always lost in translation, more or less. A translation from other language, a cultural circle or from a different era. Rilke is certainly one of those modernist and kind of deconstructive hermetics who also want to confuse the reader a bit. I'm more proficient in German than English but I also lack academic understanding of the modern art to enjoy his works.
     
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    Was the reference to Eric Burdon?
     
  3. JuneauMike

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    You know, I don't recall the name of the artist. It wasn't someone I recognized. Sorry

    Is he with The Animals? Hmm. Could be.
     
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    One of the first 45s I bought. Another good one was the B side Birdman of Alcatrash with the line "He flies overneath the bridge."
     
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    "blessed are the cheese makers" because of the old hymn What a Friend We Have in Cheeses.
     
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    Yes he was the singer with the Animals. Known for combining raw eggs with, uh... certain acts. A zany guy.
     
  7. JuneauMike

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    http://mentalfloss.com/article/30523/who-was-walrus-analyzing-strangest-beatles-song

    Eric Burden! You are correct. (This jibes with the story I heard.) I also forgot about the sitting in an English garden thing (he'd hang out waiting for a ride to the studio) and the police sirens (which he heard while sitting in an English garden waiting for the van), which supposedly was the bedrock of the song. There's a lot going on in this song for it to be just a throw away. These guys are so amazing.
     
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  8. JuneauMike

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    Yeah, its just what I drew from it. Like I said, I really haven't heard the Neil Young version, just the Cowboy Junkies cover. It seems like its all there in the lyric. If not moonshine, then something else that would draw the G-men to his shack.
     
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    I've never heard the Cowboy Junkies cover, so I don't know if they might've changed something. I always took it to be something that had to do with the Civil War, but then I'm from the South and we tend to think like that. ;)

    Anyway, here's Neil and Crazy Horse's version:

     
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    How 'bout them there padded push up jock straps?
     
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    I put on another thread somewhere, I actually sat and listened to stairway to heaven for the first time in years. I was super impressed: magnificent dynamics, great sense of yearning, very cool orchestration. awesome time travel to 1972. but the lyrics don't make a darn lick of sense.
     
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    What's a Steely Dan song about?
    About 4 minutes long.
     
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    I don’t have a problem with what Powderfinger’s lyrics mean... I think a couple of the others have got this pretty spot-on... what I don’t get is how he sings the last verse when he was shot dead in the verse before...!:rolleyes:
     
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    Well it couldn't be the Civil War because the boat was a mile away and making a big wake. Then within a line or two, it's on them. That's a motorboat, right? Also it has a big red beacon. Sounds like a police boat, and not the mail boat that they would usually expect.


     
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    That's what I mean about the song. What era? Where? A white boat with a big, red beacon and a gun? Doesn't sound like revenuers to me. The more I listen to the lyrics, the more questions I have.
     
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    First person limited omniscient point of view.

    If you like the movie American Beauty, that's another example.
     
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    Maybe he's leaving it up to the listener to fill in the rest. Sometimes songwriters do that. Paul Simon has always said that he had no idea what was seen down by the schoolyard.

     
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    My mother loved that little ditty, and sang it aloud often. Brings back a lot of happy memories.
    It's explained like this:

    Mares (female horse) eat oats, and
    Does (female deer) eat oats, and
    Little lambs eat ivy.
    A kid (baby goat) will eat ivy too,
    Wouldn't you?

    Quite the play on words.
     
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    yes, my grandmothwer used to sing this silly song, I never suspected it actually meant anything.

    she also used to sing "if I knew you were coming i'd have baked a cake".
     
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    I don't believe I'da asked that if I was youse Jethro! :eek::D
     
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