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 Posted:   Mar 3, 2017 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I'm sure we've had similar threads and so I'm probably repeating myself (nothing new there ...)

An otherwise lovely melody and song is virtually ruined, for me, by its title, oft-repeated in the lyric

I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren & Al Dubin from Dames (1934)). What? No heart, mind, hands, ...? I'm not a songwriter but surely it wouldn't have spoiled the song for Mr. Dubin to have written his lyric as I Have Eyes Only for You. Of course the title/lyric, perhaps, was meant to read I Only, Have Eyes for You suggesting that the objection of the vocalist's attention has no other follower ...

And then there's the crazily-titled Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II from The New Moon (1928)). For someone renown for his precise lyrics, Mr. Hammerstein II should have known there are no other sunrises ...

Or, what about Mack David's lyric to Bronislau Kaper's main title theme for The Way West (1967): On the 16th April, 1843, the sun rose in the east and headed west .... That certainly was a unique day! At least Mr. David got the date the right-way round (rather than April 16th smile)

And, though several JB007 songs are mentioned above surely we have to include Live and Let (Paul & Linda McCartney,1973) ... in the world in which we live in .... I know there's a view that the phrase is actually ... in the world in which we're livin' ... but several cover versions demonstrate otherwise.

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2017 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)



I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren & Al Dubin from Dames (1934)). What? No heart, mind, hands, ...? I'm not a songwriter but surely it wouldn't have spoiled the song for Mr. Dubin to have written his lyric as I Have Eyes Only for You. Of course the title/lyric, perhaps, was meant to read I Only, Have Eyes for You suggesting that the objection of the vocalist's attention has no other follower ...


I shall quibble needlessly with you big grin and point out that I think there it was a common phrase back then to say that if a woman (or man) is interested in you romantically, she/he "only has eyes for you."



And, though several JB007 songs are mentioned above surely we have to include Live and Let (Paul & Linda McCartney,1973) ... in the world in which we live in .... I know there's a view that the phrase is actually ... in the world in which we're livin' ... but several cover versions demonstrate otherwise.

Mitch


Yeah, this one always made me roll my eyes.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2017 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)



I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren & Al Dubin from Dames (1934)). What? No heart, mind, hands, ...? I'm not a songwriter but surely it wouldn't have spoiled the song for Mr. Dubin to have written his lyric as I Have Eyes Only for You. Of course the title/lyric, perhaps, was meant to read I Only, Have Eyes for You suggesting that the objection of the vocalist's attention has no other follower ...

I shall quibble needlessly with you big grin and point out that I think there it was a common phrase back then to say that if a woman (or man) is interested in you romantically, she/he "only has eyes for you."


Good point ... language - and its use - changes over time. When I hear that line I associate the word Only only (smile) with the word Eyes rather than, as I'm sure it's intended, the word You



And, though several JB007 songs are mentioned above surely we have to include Live and Let * (Paul & Linda McCartney,1973) ... in the world in which we live in .... I know there's a view that the phrase is actually ... in the world in which we're livin' ... but several cover versions demonstrate otherwise.

Mitch

Yeah, this one always made me roll my eyes.


Edit: * hopefully no-one has been confused by my silly omission of the word Die

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2017 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Now that MOONLIGHT (2017) (finally) won Best Picture, I keep hearing this song:



And once again, the lyricist hammers multiple syllables into fewer notes and we get (at :58)

"Such a fine and natcha sight...."

(eye-roll!)

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2017 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)



Or, what about Mack David's lyric to Bronislau Kaper's main title theme for The Way West (1967): On the 16th April, 1843, the sun rose in the east and headed west .... That certainly was a unique day! At least Mr. David got the date the right-way round (rather than April 16th smile)

Mitch


This one confuses me, Mitch.

Are you concerned about the "sun rising" as opposed to the "earth rotating"? 'Cause out here in California, the sun rises over yonder where I'd expect to travel to get to NYC (east) and heads towards and lands on the side of the sky where it meets the ocean (west).

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2017 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)



Or, what about Mack David's lyric to Bronislau Kaper's main title theme for The Way West (1967): On the 16th April, 1843, the sun rose in the east and headed west .... That certainly was a unique day! At least Mr. David got the date the right-way round (rather than April 16th smile)

Mitch


This one confuses me, Mitch.

Are you concerned about the "sun rising" as opposed to the "earth rotating"? 'Cause out here in California, the sun rises over yonder where I'd expect to travel to get to NYC (east) and heads towards and lands on the side of the sky where it meets the ocean (west).


No ... just my typical sarcasm: I was making the point that the sun does that every day ... what's so special about 16th April 1843? Sorry, David, I should have put smile after That certainly was a unique day!

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2017 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

I generally like "Alice Blue Gown." But listen at the :40 mark to hear "and at every shop winDOW". Ugh.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2017 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

"...Night fever, night fe-vuuuuh!"

Yick.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2017 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

"For always,
For ever
Be yondere and on to eternity......"

Oh, brother.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2017 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

There's a song by a group of girls collectively known as Little Mix that goes:

"Just a toucha your love is enough to knock me offa my feet"

It's very catchy but for some reason it gets RIGHT on my threpnies.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2017 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

"...Night fever, night fe-vuuuuh!"

Yick.



Whoa, now! Not enough you start a Nerd War:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?pageID=1&forumID=7&threadID=119373&archive=0

Now you're gonna start a Disco (music) war?!?!

wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2017 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

Ariana Grande

"I been here all night....

...I been here all day....

...and boooyyy you got me walkin' side to side"


How long did it take to write those lyrics?

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

"All your love is gone
So sing a lonely song
Of a deep blue dream
Seven horses seem to be on the mark"

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2017 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Tommy Roe's "Dizzy"

I'm so dizzy my head is spinning
Like a whirlpool, it never ends
And it's you, girl, making it spin
You're making me dizzy

I wonder if he's talking about the dancing of this 1960's mini skirt chick.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2018 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

"I know I need a small vacation..."

Wichita Lineman, by Jimmy Webb

A small vacation?? When did vacations start having square footage dimensions?

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Don'cha remember ya told me ya loved me bay-beh?

Ya said yud be comin' back this way again, may-beh.

Bay-beh, bay-beh, bay-beh, bay-beh, oh baaaaay-beeeeh!

How long does it take to write that many "baby"'s in a lyric?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2018 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Johnny Mathis sings the main title turkey for some forgotten film that one of the labels released a few years back, and the lyrics use the noun "hungriness."

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Johnny Mathis sings the main title turkey for some forgotten film that one of the labels released a few years back, and the lyrics use the noun "hungriness."


Yes, but to be fair, Nina Simone & David Bowie sing it as written too.
big grin

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2018 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

Okay, the fade out of the original American Woman (the way the lyrics are uh, sung):

"I gotta GO-oo, BYE-bye. You know I gotta LEA-eavvve."

Wow.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2018 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Ariana Grande

"I been here all night....

...I been here all day....

...and boooyyy you got me walkin' side to side"


How long did it take to write those lyrics?



Heh - we had a conversation chez nous about what the boy could have done that made it difficult to walk normally. The long winter evenings fly by...

 
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