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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:44 pm

kilted1 wrote:
Texas Outlaw wrote:
Well, the honky tonks in Texas were my natural second home.
Where you tip your hat to the ladies and the rose of San Antone.

I grew up on music that we called Western swing.
It don't matter who's in Austin. Bob Wills is still the king!

There is a GREAT Western Swing band, used to be out of Ft Worth, called Cowboys and Indians, they'd have anywhere between 5-15 people in the band, depending who could get away from work for the gig. IF they ever have a gig down your way, they are a MUST SEE act! If you've seen them (my last time was at the now closed "Velvet Elvis" in Dallas) then you'll know what I'm talking about. I didn't know what Western (or Texas) Swing was when I first saw them, and man, they completely won me over to the genre.

Without question Bob Wills is still the KING! cheers

We have a member here who has played Austin many times, probably played down your way too. he now lives in Batavia, NY but knows a good bit about Western/Texas Swing.
yeah kilted bob will and the texas playboys where great and being name bob wills jr it was played a lot when i was groing up in my home
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:17 pm

kilted1 wrote:
Texas Outlaw wrote:
Well, the honky tonks in Texas were my natural second home.
Where you tip your hat to the ladies and the rose of San Antone.

I grew up on music that we called Western swing.
It don't matter who's in Austin. Bob Wills is still the king!

There is a GREAT Western Swing band, used to be out of Ft Worth, called Cowboys and Indians, they'd have anywhere between 5-15 people in the band, depending who could get away from work for the gig. IF they ever have a gig down your way, they are a MUST SEE act! If you've seen them (my last time was at the now closed "Velvet Elvis" in Dallas) then you'll know what I'm talking about. I didn't know what Western (or Texas) Swing was when I first saw them, and man, they completely won me over to the genre.

Without question Bob Wills is still the KING! cheers

We have a member here who has played Austin many times, probably played down your way too. he now lives in Batavia, NY but knows a good bit about Western/Texas Swing.

I like the western swing band Asleep At The Wheel. They also mix a little southern rock kind of honky tonk style in with it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:30 pm

Hands-down, my favorite living songwriter is one Declan MacManus, a/k/a Mr. Diana Krall, a/k/a Elvis Costello.

My favorite verse from one of my favorites of his:

The sugarcoated pill is getting bitterer still
You think your country needs you, but you know it never will
So pack up your troubles in a stolen handbag
Don't dilly-dally, boys, rally 'round the flag
Give us our daily bread in individual slices
And something in the daily rag to cancel any crisis

What would you say? What would you do?
Children and animals, two by two
Give me the needle, give me the rope
We're going to melt them down for pills and soap

-"Pills and Soap" (from Punch the Clock)

I could fill up a lot screens with other choice lyrics. At the risk of hubris: EC is one of the top five of the 20th century. As prolific as Porter and as dangerous as Dylan.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:24 pm

My favorite lyrics are found in most of the old time gospel songs like "I'll Fly Away", "I Saw the Light", "Rock of Ages", "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", "Amazing Grace", "Precious Lord Take My Hand", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Old Rugged Cross", etc.

However, there's one song by Bill Staines that reflects metaphorically my thoughts and philosophy about people in general and that song is named "Place in the Choir" I'll include the lyrics here:

A PLACE IN THE CHOIR
Chorus
All God's critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on the telephone wires,
And some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they
got now.

Listen to the bass, it's the one on the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans with a big t'do
And the old cow just goes moo.
The dogs and the cats they take up the middle
While the honeybee hums and the cricket fiddles,
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
And the old coyote howls.
CHORUS

Listen to the top where the little birds sing
On the melodies with the high notes ringing,
The hoot owl hollers over everything
And the jaybird disagrees.
Singin' in the night time, singing in the day,
The little duck quacks, then he's on his way.
The 'possum ain't got much to say
And the porcupine talks to himself.
CHORUS

It's a simple song of living sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly gear,
The grumpy alligator the the hawk above,
The sly racoon and the turtle dove.
CHORUS

By Bill Staines, copyright 1979
On "The Whistle of the Jay"

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:31 pm

That is a great one Jim! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:38 pm

How about another great Canadian songwriter: Leonard Cohen

Everybody Knows lyrics

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Also "Hallelujah" was another beautiful song.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:56 pm

I will defend Michael Buble in the fact that i am sure he doesn't write his own material. He is but a talented singer puppet David Foster wants to turn into the next Tony Bennett. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:27 pm

One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Gordon Lightfoot. The man is a true poet. He is the closest thing this generation (meaning those born in the 50's) has to a true minstrel. He could tell a beautiful story in his songs.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:09 pm

Great thread! Dylan, Neil Young, of course Springsteen... but do not overlook Bruce Cockburn as a seriously talented singer/songwriter...

As for bad lyrics... my dad used to sing me this song:

Barney Google, with the goog-goog-googly eyes!
Barney Google, thought his horse would win the prize
But when the horses ran away
Spark-plug ran the other way
Barney Google, with the goog-goog-googly eyes!

I guess he would sing it to me as an infant/toddler, but would often holler it at the top of his lungs while driving or cooking dinner or whatever when I was a teenager. It is kind of funny, actually... Since it makes no sense, it used to BUG me as a teen!
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:11 am

I actually liked the song "Me and Mrs. Jones", but the Billy Paul version back in the 70's.

One of the most profound songs, to me, is "Jesus Loves me This I Know."

Mention was made of two of my favorite songwriters, Neil Young and Kris Kristoffersson.

Young's "Old Man" is one of my favorites.

Kristofferson's "Why Me Lord" kills me every time I hear it.

I'm fond of Pete Seeger's work, and one of my favorirtes is "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?".

Also, for summing up teen angst, you can't beat Alice Cooper's "Eighteen". That song came out, oddly enough, the year I turned 18.

Least favorite lyrics (or song)...how about "The Thong Song" (I think that's the name of it).

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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:25 am

Scottish Broadside Chorus -:

Hey, Johnnie Cope -- Are you wankin' yet ?
Or are you sleepin' (I would wit)
Make haste and get up, for the drums do beat
Oh, Fie Cope ! Rise in the mornin' !

From 1745. Cope was the English General.


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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:01 pm

Yak wrote:
Scottish Broadside Chorus -:

Hey, Johnnie cope -- Are you wankin' yet ?
Or are you sleepin' (I would wit)
Make haste and get up, for the drums do beat
Oh, Fie Cope ! Rise in the mornin' !

From 1745. Cope was the English General.

There have been many a version done of this, and I love them. True spirit of rebellion in most of them ... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:46 pm

kilted1 wrote:
Yak wrote:
Scottish Broadside Chorus -:

Hey, Johnnie cope -- Are you wankin' yet ?
Or are you sleepin' (I would wit)
Make haste and get up, for the drums do beat
Oh, Fie Cope ! Rise in the mornin' !

From 1745. Cope was the English General.

There have been many a version done of this, and I love them. True spirit of rebellion in most of them ... cheers

Here here! I love all the Scots & Irish songs of rebellion. I especially like Sinead O'Connor's version (with the Chieftans) of The Foggy Dew!
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:49 pm

Check out the arrangement Beethoven wrote (no shit) for tenor and piano trio.

He did a whole pile of them.

What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:42 am

Here's a good one from The Who:

Baba O'Riley
I'm here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living.

I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
I don't need to be forgiven.
yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah

Don't cry
Don't raise your eye
It's only teenage wasteland

Sally, take my hand
We'll travel south cross land
Put out the fire
And don't look past my shoulder.

The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let's get together
Before we get much older.

Teenage wasteland
It's only teenage wasteland.
Teenage wasteland
Oh, yeah
Teenage wasteland
They're all wasted!
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:47 pm

EJinVA wrote:
Here's a good one from The Who:

Baba O'Riley
I'm here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living.

I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
I don't need to be forgiven.
yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah

Don't cry
Don't raise your eye
It's only teenage wasteland

Sally, take my hand
We'll travel south cross land
Put out the fire
And don't look past my shoulder.

The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let's get together
Before we get much older.

Teenage wasteland
It's only teenage wasteland.
Teenage wasteland
Oh, yeah
Teenage wasteland
They're all wasted!

Centurian 803 mentioned Sinead O'Connor and The Chieftains version of Foggy Dew (excellent) EJ have you heard The Chieftains and Roger Daltrey doing 'Behind Blue Eyes'?

http://www.spike.com/video/behind-blue-eyes/2791394
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:08 pm

I almost forgot this gem:

Writer(s): johnny mercer/harold arlen

Its quarter to three,
Theres no one in the place cept you and me
So set em up joe
I got a little story I think you oughtta know

Were drinking my friend
To the end of a brief episode
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

I know the routine
Put another nickel in that there machine
Im feeling so bad
Wont you make the music easy and sad

I could tell you a lot
But you gotta to be true to your code
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

Youd never know it
But buddy Im a kind of poet
And Ive got a lot of things I wanna say
And if Im gloomy, please listen to me
Till its all, all talked away

Well, thats how it goes
And joe I know youre gettin anxious to close
So thanks for the cheer
I hope you didnt mind
My bending your ear

But this torch that I found
Its gotta be drowned
Or it soon might explode
So make it one for my baby
And one more for the road

No matter who its performed by it just takes me away to a smooth place.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:04 am

Eagles
Desperado

Desperado, why dont you come to your senses?
You been out ridin fences for so long now
Oh, youre a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin you
Can hurt you somehow

Don you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
Shell beat you if shes able
You know the queen of heats is always your best bet

Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you cant get

Desperado, oh, you aint gettin no youger
Your pain and your hunger, theyre drivin you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, thats just some people talkin
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Dont your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky wont snow and the sun wont shine
Its hard to tell the night time from the day
Youre loosin all your highs and lows
Aint it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why dont you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin, but theres a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before its too late
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:35 am

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Lead Vocal: Paul McCartney

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Yeah, why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
People won't be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:35 am

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
Lead Vocal: Paul McCartney

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Yeah, why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
People won't be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?

Why don't we do it in the road?
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:20 am

How bout this one from the master songsmith Bob Dylan:

Come gather round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
Youll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin
Then you better start swimmin
Or youll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance wont come again
And dont speak too soon
For the wheels still in spin
And theres no tellin who
That its namin.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Dont stand in the doorway
Dont block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
Theres a battle outside
And it is ragin.
Itll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And dont criticize
What you cant understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin.
Please get out of the new one
If you cant lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:29 am

Another favorite from R.E.M.:

It's The End Of The World As We Know It
(And I Feel Fine)
Thatís great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane- Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn - world serves its own needs, donít misserve your own needs. Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height, down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for hire and a combat site. Left her, wasnít coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population, common group, but itíll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves it's own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right - right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
Six oíclock - TV hour. Donít get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning, blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle, light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh, this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
The other night I tripped a nice continental drift divide. Mountains sit in a line. Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs. Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You symbiotic, patriotic, slam, but neck, right? Right.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it.
Itís the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine...fine...
(Itís time I had some time alone)
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:24 pm

Ahh Bob Dylan,

Have you seen "The Watchmen" EJinVA? the opening credits are to the entire song and it works perfectly to set up the turmoil in the film.

I think it was made mention of in Anchorman as well but with far less meaning. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:17 am

SmokeyTweed wrote:
Ahh Bob Dylan,
Have you seen "The Watchmen" EJinVA? the opening credits are to the entire song and it works perfectly to set up the turmoil in the film.

Haven't seen it yet, waiting on the DVD to come out.

Here at work on breaks one of my coworkers plays guitar & another harmonica. A couple days ago they played The Times They Are-A Changin which prompted me to post it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Best and Worst Song Lyrics.   Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:49 am

I've been listening to Lynard Skynard the last few days, this is one of their best:
Simple Man
(gary rossington - ronnie vanzant)

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time... dont live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and youll find love,
And dont forget son,
There is someone up above.

(chorus)
And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man.
Wont you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich mans gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

(chorus)

Boy, dont you worry... youll find yourself.
Follow you heart and nothing else.
And you can do this if you try.
All I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

(chorus)
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