Paroles, paroles !

 
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29 January 2020 09:08
 

Your favorite and least favorite song lyrics belong here.

My favorite is Jacques Brel’s haunting “Ne me quitte pas”.

My least favorite is, of course,  “We didn’t start the fire” by Billy fucking Joel

 
 
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29 January 2020 12:09
 

soooo many favs, I don’t linger on the bad ones.

Tangled up and Blue has a bunch of great lines - of course Dylan in general
He’s Gone by the Dead has a lot of great lines, but tons of Dead songs have great lyrics
Rocky Raccoon - tons of great Beatles lyrics
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29 January 2020 14:06
 

Papa oom-mow-mow papa-oom-mow-ma-mow

Can’t figure out if that is my least or most favorite.

If I’m being serious,

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

But honestly, I can’t separate how I think song lyrics are great from the music that goes with them.

Dylan writes some funny rhyming couplets but most of these are not great “poetry”:

The wind it was a-howling, the snow was outrageous. We chopped through the night, and we chopped through the dawn.
When he died, i was hoping that it wasn’t contagious, but I’d made up my mind that I had to go on.

 
 
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29 January 2020 14:49
 
Traces Elk - 29 January 2020 02:06 PM

Papa oom-mow-mow papa-oom-mow-ma-mow

Can’t figure out if that is my least or most favorite.

If I’m being serious,

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

But honestly, I can’t separate how I think song lyrics are great from the music that goes with them.

Dylan writes some funny rhyming couplets but most of these are not great “poetry”:

The wind it was a-howling, the snow was outrageous. We chopped through the night, and we chopped through the dawn.
When he died, i was hoping that it wasn’t contagious, but I’d made up my mind that I had to go on.

I never got past Dylan’s voice to make it to the lyrics.
Everyone whose opinion I value tells me how influential he is, but after three bars of that awfully nasal whine I want to use a sharpened pencil for a Q-tip.

 

 
 
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29 January 2020 15:53
 
Vociferous Fuckweasel - 29 January 2020 02:49 PM
Traces Elk - 29 January 2020 02:06 PM

Papa oom-mow-mow papa-oom-mow-ma-mow

Can’t figure out if that is my least or most favorite.

If I’m being serious,

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

But honestly, I can’t separate how I think song lyrics are great from the music that goes with them.

Dylan writes some funny rhyming couplets but most of these are not great “poetry”:

The wind it was a-howling, the snow was outrageous. We chopped through the night, and we chopped through the dawn.
When he died, i was hoping that it wasn’t contagious, but I’d made up my mind that I had to go on.

I never got past Dylan’s voice to make it to the lyrics.
Everyone whose opinion I value tells me how influential he is, but after three bars of that awfully nasal whine I want to use a sharpened pencil for a Q-tip.

I hear you. Go find a cover of Tangled Up and Blue   smile

 
 
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29 January 2020 16:18
 

These are my favorite song lyrics by far. The band is named Father John Misty, but the singer and songwriter’s name is Josh Tillman.

Pure Comedy
The comedy of Man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers’ hips
And so Nature, she divines this alternative
We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end
Is kind enough to fill us in
And, babies, that’s pretty much how it’s been ever since

Now the miracle of birth leaves a few issues to address
Like, say, that half of us are periodically iron deficient
So somebody’s got to go kill something while I look after the kids
I’d do it myself, but what, are you going to get this thing its milk?
He says as soon as he gets back from the hunt, we can switch
It’s hard not to fall in love with something so helpless
Ladies, I hope we don’t end up regretting this

Comedy, now that’s what I call pure comedy
Just waiting until the part where they start to believe
They’re at the center of everything
And some all powerful being endowed this horror show with meaning

Oh, their religions are the best
They worship themselves yet they’re totally obsessed
With risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks, these unbelievable outfits
And they get terribly upset
When you question their sacred texts
Written by woman-hating epileptics

Their languages just serve to confuse them
Their confusion somehow makes them more sure
They build fortunes poisoning their offspring
And hand out prizes when someone patents the cure
Where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?
What makes these clowns they idolize so remarkable?
These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new gods
So they can go on being godless animals

Oh comedy, their illusions they have no choice but to believe
Their horizons that just forever recede
And how’s this for irony, their idea of being free is a prison of beliefs
That they never ever have to leave

Oh comedy, oh it’s like something that a madman would conceive!
The only thing that seems to make them feel alive is the struggle to survive
But the only thing that they request is something to numb the pain with
Until there’s nothing human left
Just random matter suspended in the dark
I hate to say it, but each other’s all we got

— Father John Misty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GShrkbHq6UQ


On the least favorite side, there’s just something about the schmaltzy refrain about the cake melting in the rain, that just gets me — and not in a good way either. These are not the complete lyrics.

MacArthur Park
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!
Oh, no!

— Jimmy Webb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRwYQgk05DY

 
 
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29 January 2020 17:17
 
icehorse - 29 January 2020 12:09 PM

soooo many favs, I don’t linger on the bad ones.

Tangled up and Blue has a bunch of great lines - of course Dylan in general
He’s Gone by the Dead has a lot of great lines, but tons of Dead songs have great lyrics
Rocky Raccoon - tons of great Beatles lyrics.

It’s Tangled Up in Blue.

 
 
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29 January 2020 17:38
 

(As sung by Dylan on the album)

Ohah, God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son.”
Abe say, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on.”
God say, “No.”  Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but the,
next time you see me comin’ you better run.”
Well, Abe said, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God said, “On out highway 61.”

 
 
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30 January 2020 01:49
 
icehorse - 29 January 2020 03:53 PM

I never got past Dylan’s voice to make it to the lyrics.
Everyone whose opinion I value tells me how influential he is, but after three bars of that awfully nasal whine I want to use a sharpened pencil for a Q-tip.

No problem. It’s not beyond imagining that Dylan is just having us all on. The fact is, many of his melodies are beautiful, which you discover upon hearing others cover his songs, and his lyrics have inspired countless other songwriters, most of whom can sing better than he does. You probably don’t think Leonard Cohen’s voice or John Prine’s voice are particularly mellifluous, either. They’re mainly songwriters. Some people do think that Cohen’s voice fit his moods. Some people think Cohen is a much better poet than Dylan, who mainly creates a lot of bizarre imagery for the listener to sort out however they will.

Much of Dylan’s work involves putting cleverer lyrics to old blues riffs. This can be refreshing, after she catches the Katy one too many times and leaves me a mule to ride. It can be stultifying, too. “I’ll raise me an army, some tough sons of bitches. I’ll recruit my army from the orphanages…” It’s OK, though. The image is cool.

 
 
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30 January 2020 08:28
 

Hard to come up with single cases. Harp Tree Lament is a fave, https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=harp+tree+lament+lyrics and there are lots of fantastic lines on the Incredible String Band album The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (for example “your slowly killing fumes now squeeze the lemon in my head, makes me feel just what it’s like for a sin-drenched Christian to be dead.” from the song Mercy I Cry City; or, from Nightfall, “I’ll give you my eyes, for the colors that rise, as times echos reflect on your water.”) The way that the music and lyrics combine in that album is also fantastic, the music breaks up linear thought so the lyrics evoke great images.

Then there’s the line from one of the songs on Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun: “Man’s only got one finger, he doesn’t need any more, he makes his way one prong down all the way across the floor…”

[ Edited: 30 January 2020 20:41 by burt]