Songs that people request, but the lyric content is just... well...

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  1. getbent

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    So, I got a request to play Danny's Song (which I like)... but, man, that second verse about 'beta chi and never got high' oh man.... I just can't sing it.

    Now, if someone requested 'having my baby' I'd do it in a heartbeat and have a blast and sing with gusto...

    what gives?

    (your analyses, one upsmanship, further examples here)
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I love Danny’s Song. I do it all the time. I don’t think I could stomach “having my baby”. So there’s that.
     
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    I can not ever, under any circumstance imagine myself singing the Anka/Sinatra, uh, nugget “My Way”.
    It’s arrogance in song format.
    I do sing the Stone’s Brown Sugar, but the lyrics kinda stick in my throat.
    It’s fun to play, and I love the intro riff.
    ZZ Top’s Tush is another lyrical debacle.
    I used to sing Skynnyrd’s What’s Your Name (Little Girl), 40 years ago.
    Leering lyrics feel creepy and false at my advanced stage of, uh, seasoning.
    I can’t sell em’, never really could.
    Luckily, no one seems to be bothered by it.
    Or they are just not really listening.
     
  4. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

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    That's when we announce to the audience: "Sorry, we just provide the music, not the lyrics..."
     
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    Stray Cat Blues. I love the riffs and melody, but an old dude singing those lyrics will just short of get you thrown in jail.
     
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    I love it too.. .I just hate that one verse... my solution is to do the anne murray version....

    cmon man, I'd love to hear 'what a lovely way of showing what you'r thinking of me'
     
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    I like Danny's song, too - not crazy about the beta chi stuff either, nor the start of the 3rd verse, "Pisces virgo rising is a very good sign..." ...compared to what? ah, well, it's got 4 verses in all so I just do the first and last and call it good - in my universe, it's always better that a song is too short rather than too long...

    also - can't do it anymore - Mustang Sally - and one reason why:
    "Now you come around signifying (a) woman" what does that mean? anybody? anybody?
     
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    Why does it have to compare to anything? Can’t it just be good on its own merits? Like pizza?
     
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    .. I get that, but I actually am pisces virgo rising, so then it's like bragging...
     
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    Hey man, no need to downplay. Shake it if ya got it.
     
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    My mind pairs Mr. Pickett's phrase "signifying woman" with Willie Dixon's Signifying Monkey, which relates to African American folklore about a monkey who is somewhat of a trickster. Thus the woman is "untrustworthy".

    The Signifying Monkey figure is used a lot in black American music...from Cab Calloway to RL Burnsides "Criminal Inside of Me."

    I would have a hard time singing Whiter Shade of Pale. But the organ melody is so strong one could likely sing the phone book and be alright.
     
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    I started to write out the lyrics to Seventeen by Winger. I deleted them. I can't even write them on a forum, much less sing them in public.
     
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    Yeah, that one’s a little disturbing.
     
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    I don't know what's more disturbing. The lyrics themselves. Or the fact that in the not too distant past, it wasn't considered disturbing.

    Wow. I mean, wow.

    Doesn't help that I have a 17 year old daughter. I don't care what Kip says. She's too young. Period. Back off, man.
     
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    I think the meaning of "signifying" in this context is related to this definition:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signifyin'
     
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    No mention of ZZ Top's "Francine"??? C'mon...she just turned 13, y'all.
     
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    The Garth Brooks song, Pappa Loved Mama, about the execution of a lonely woman, is not entertaining to me:

    Well the picture in the paper showed the scene real well
    Papa's rig was buried in the local motel
    The desk clerk said he saw it all real clear
    He never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears


    I really don't like the sentiment of the Travis Tritt song, "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares).

    Dan Fogelberg's use of the wrong preposition in Leader of the Band bothers me. "I'm a living legacy to the leader of the band." He means that he's a legacy of the leader of the band. The dead person leaves a legacy to those who survive.

    I agree with Getbent about Danny's Song.
     
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    The worst I ever had requested and very creepy (but a very long time ago when I played keyboards in a band doing school dances)

    Doors: You're lost little girl!
     
  20. Whatizitman

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    Sweetheart. I don't care how awesome you think Kip Winger's hair is. You're not going out with him. That's final.
     
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