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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 01:46 pm:   

I am very gullible and always have been. My latest blog entry is about this topic:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com

Features photos of me looking gullible and (as a counterbalance) monumental...

Are any of you gullible too? Or is it just me?
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 02:09 pm:   

Rhys, can I have that 20 back that I lent you last month?
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 02:14 pm:   

Um... Weber, you're supposed to say how gullible you are. I already know that I am.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 02:17 pm:   

Mishearing lyrics as absurd phrases is not so much gullible as kind of fey.

Billy Bragg said his favourite misheard Bragg lyric was: 'With the money from her accident, she bought herself a mobile phone' (the actual ending is 'home').

I have a tendency to mishear lyrics and get nonsense versions locked in my head, as if they belonged to an unknown language. Linked to the tendency to hear 'nonsense' lyrics as real words in an unknown language. It's a minor-level glitch in my cognitive functioning, but it accounts for my quite obsessive love of song lyrics. Every song lyric is on the edge of a mysterious non-language.

Except for Pink Floyd, of course, who can never be anything except a grammar school boy's English homework.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.157.25.52
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 02:31 pm:   

I am so gullible I manage to convince myself I can write fiction well.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 02:37 pm:   

How can you fault Pink Floyd's lyrics?

"I know a mouse
and he hasn't got a house.
I don't know why I call him Gerald.
he's getting rather old but he's a good mouse.
You're the kind of girl who fits in with my world."
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.231.16
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:00 pm:   

And I thought non-native speakers were the only ones who hear odd words when listening to English bands. One of my own favourites:

"I got a big fat mama lying all over me
And I look as though this tendency
To live a life of luxury
Shades me from this sully big baloon."
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
Username: Jonathan

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.143.178.131
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:00 pm:   

Ali was convinced for a while that it was "Everywhere you go, you take a piece of meat with you." And I was of the opinion that the lyrics to Under The Boardwalk were actually "I met an Aardvark."
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:03 pm:   

The lyrics I quoted are the genuine article... not a mishearing
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.231.16
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:08 pm:   

Conversely, my mother used to think that each couplet of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ended with "Turn the wagon, Shade of Pale", Shade of Pale being a girl's name.

Kidding aside, I have long suspected that the best lyrics start out as gibberish sung to existing music.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:18 pm:   

"Everywhere you go, you take a piece of meat with you."

That's just genius.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:28 pm:   

From Limp Bizkit's MI2 theme song -

I know why you wanna hate me,
I know why you wanna hate me,
Coz hey, you know I wanna sleep with steve gateley
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:30 pm:   

the titanic theme -

You know that the hot dog goes on

Seal (kiss from a rose)

I've been kissed on the nose by a plaice
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 03:54 pm:   

I was thinking of Roger Waters' lyrics, Weber, not Syd Barrett's. You're right that the latter wrote some great songs. As opposed to songs that drape themselves in sheets with GREAT LYRICS written on in black marker pen.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.55
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 04:05 pm:   

Dark side of the moon has some of my favourite song lyrics on - as does The Wall. And his tribute to Syd in Shine on you Crazy diamond is brilliant IMO as well.

But horses for courses as they say.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 04:23 pm:   

"Everywhere you go, you take a piece of meat with you."

That's just genius.


Not in my world, Zed.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 04:27 pm:   

Joel, stop knocking Roger Waters... the guy produced 'The Wall', easily the best marriage of music & lyrics & narrative & emotion ever recorded!! [although Fairport Convention's 'Babbacombe Lee' runs it close]

Pete Townshend can only gaze up at Roger Waters in awe.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.5.0.198
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 04:46 pm:   

"Everywhere you go, you take a piece of meat with you."

Tee-hee. Next up, Britney Spears - "You wanna piece of meat...."
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.231.16
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 05:10 pm:   

Townshend is a great lyricist in his own right. You gotta love Quadrophenia, even if you aren't a sixties mod. He wrote some of the greatest tunes as well. My money is on "Baba O'Reilly", but there are countless other examples.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 05:15 pm:   

Quadrophenia...what a great film that is.
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.231.16
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 06:06 pm:   

Yeah, I too liked the film. But it all started with the album.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 06:41 pm:   

Rhys, I apologise for inadvertently causing the thread to lurch off topic. We did it because it's unlucky to get as far as 13 postings without a change of subject.
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Gcw (Gcw)
Username: Gcw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.158.238.131
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 07:35 pm:   

"I have to be careful not to preach, I can't pretend that I can't teach, and yet I lived your future out, I pounded stages like a clown."

-The Punk & The Godfather.

Brilliant.

gcw
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.231.16
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 08:27 pm:   

"I clean my room and my shoes. But my mother found a box of blues, and there doesn't seem much hope they'll let me stay."

Not to mention the immortal line:

"Out of my brain on the train"
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.17.252.126
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:26 pm:   

I love The Who and Pete Townshend's songwriting but I also think Roger Waters work with Pink Floyd is the very pinnacle of rock-opera narrative songwriting. Easy to disparage from afar for trying to intellectualise what is at heart a primal medium (rock) but when listened to the sheer emotion and musical virtuosity gets me every time. Same goes for 'Tommy' & 'Quadrophenia' & 'Berlin' & 'Songs For Drella' & 'Joe's Garage' & 'Thing Fish' & 'Babbacombe Lee' & too few other albums imho...

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