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 Posted:   Jul 13, 2018 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo

Lawdy mama light my fuse-

(btw I love Johnny and Edgar Winter)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2018 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Of course the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY are superb. Here, the last two lines of the intro to "America" creatively reverse the expression, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it" to rhyme "Manhattan" and "that in."

Still, it makes be a bit nutty because you wouldn't smoke a pipe before putting anything in it.


Puerto Rico, My heart's devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe
And put that in!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2018 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Of course the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY are superb. Here, the last two lines of the intro to "America" creatively reverse the expression, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it" to rhyme "Manhattan" and "that in."

Still, it makes be a bit nutty because you wouldn't smoke a pipe before putting anything in it.
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You realize it is a politically incorrect ESL joke, right?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2018 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Of course the lyrics to WEST SIDE STORY are superb. Here, the last two lines of the intro to "America" creatively reverse the expression, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it" to rhyme "Manhattan" and "that in."

Still, it makes be a bit nutty because you wouldn't smoke a pipe before putting anything in it.
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You realize it is a politically incorrect ESL joke, right?


No, I didn't, and I'm amused that I never interpreted the lyric as Anita messing up the expression because of a language issue. So obvious now that you pointed it out. I hereby retract my example of a "nutty" lyric.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2018 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make."

Talk about kitsch.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2018 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Back in the 70s I had seen some old clip on TV in which Steve Allen was just lambasting the idiocy of rock and roll lyrics, particularly singling out “Be Bop A Lula” or some such song and he had me fuming at his smugness even though I admired his intellect.
Not long afterwards I was enjoying some TV tribute to rock and roll when my Dad came in and started watching it with me; why he would watch anything about that, I’ve no clue.
He went on a rave similar to Steve Allen’s, guffawing at how stupid the songs of my generation were and it just pushed me over the edge.
I yelled something to the effect “Yeah, we need some genius lyrics like ‘Hold tight, hold tight, a-hold tight, hold tight fododo-de-yacka saki, want some sea food mama!’”.
We both watched the rest of the show in silence; I assume we must have reached an unspoken agreement that idiotic lyrics were not the sole property of any one particular generation.
That episode helped me to be more constrained about the idiotic lyrics of my kids’ generation when they were coming of age.
Still, some lyrics can make me nutty.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2018 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Back in the 70s I had seen some old clip on TV in which Steve Allen was just lambasting the idiocy of rock and roll lyrics, particularly singling out “Be Bop A Lula” or some such song and he had me fuming at his smugness even though I admired his intellect.

Reminds me of this comedic approach to bridging the lyrics generation gap. Rather than defend the lyrics, it ridicules taking them too seriously (Steve Allen's position).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2018 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I'm more bothered by weird enunciation, yahoos during a song which sound more like someone in pain, along with contrary "yeahs" and "no's." But here's a lyric that probably sticks in many a craw:

AFRICA (Toto)
"It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never have"

Never have done. DONE!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2018 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Once upon a time, there was a song called "For All We Know". They got the title right in the lyrics.




Then in 1970, another one came along, and the lyrics turned the title into "For All Winnow".



And it's been making me nutty since.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2018 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Once upon a time, there was a song called "For All We Know". They got the title right in the lyrics.

Then in 1970, another one came along, and the lyrics turned the title into "For All Winnow".

And it's been making me nutty since.




She did have a way of sliding words together, it seems to my ears. At 0:44 “withyeeuuwww.”

On other songs she sang “you” normally, but in “Merry Christmas, Darling” she sings it like “yeeuuwwww”.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2018 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I'm more bothered by weird enunciation, yahoos during a song which sound more like someone in pain, along with contrary "yeahs" and "no's." But here's a lyric that probably sticks in many a craw:

AFRICA (Toto)
"It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never have"

Never have done. DONE!!



Odd to be perplexed by that part of Toto's ubiquitous offering (I even heard it in a silver band performance down by our local river a few weeks ago). I doubt it would bother any British English speakers. You don't need to add "done" because the verb is represented only a few words earlier by the word "do". And it wouldn't scan. You'd have to change it to "the things we've never done".

I do get annoyed by the lyrics of "I Love it When You Call" by popular beat combo The Feeling, which goes " I love it when you call, but you never call at all." So if "you" never call, how can "I" know that "I" love it? That just doesn't make sense. It would work if only they'd bothered to write "I'd love it if you'd call..."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2018 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I do get annoyed by the lyrics of "I Love it When You Call" by popular beat combo The Feeling, which goes " I love it when you call, but you never call at all." So if "you" never call, how can "I" know that "I" love it? That just doesn't make sense. It would work if only they'd bothered to write "I'd love it if you'd call..."

Odd to be perplexed by that. The present tense of the title describes what the narrator enjoys getting, not necessarily what they're getting now. The next line qualifies this by stating they no longer get calls, indicating a history (a relationship now over). Changing the line to "I'd love it if you'd call" changes the meaning altogether, not to mention sounding terrible as a lyric. But it would sound good in a letter from your mum, pip pip cheerio.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2018 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

He has to say "Crocodile rockin'" extremely fast at one point, almost with 32nd notes, and it comes out "coggida rockin'".

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2018 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

This song sounds like it is actually "What Have You Done for Me, Late Lee?"


 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2019 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)



"How can you stop the rain from falling down?"

Uuuuuuhhhh.... Rain can't fall any other way than "down," people.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2020 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

How Sweet It Is to Be ***Uh-Loved*** by You

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2020 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Moonlit   (Member)

In case it wasn't already mentioned, Wham's has to be the winner.....

Wake me up before you go-go
Don't leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
eek

I'd provide the vid but that'd mean I'd have to kill myself. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2021 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Shenandoah

In the song I hear it sung "Sheh-nann-dough. It's pronounced "Sheh-nann-dough-uh".


And if they DO say it the right way, it STILL sounds wrong for that last note.

 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2024 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

PF Webster has written a couple that made me cringe.

I read that some performers won't do "A Time for Love" (J Mandel, 1966) because of lyrics like this:

A time for climbing hills
For leaning out of windowsills
Admiring daffodils above



One doesn't lean out a windowsill, they say. My problem is with the notion of someone looking up to see a daffodil.



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2024 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

As noted above, Africa by Toto is one of THE WORST written songs I've ever heard, mainly for THIS BIT...

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

It's actually painful, AND FUNNY, listening to him try and wrap that sentence around the tune, especially after the struggles of the previous lines.
Shocking!

 
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