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Old 08-31-2017, 09:11 PM
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Hi Aaron,

Hmm. Sheryl Crow may have borrowed from Can in "Change", 1996: "Hello, it's me, I'm not at home. / If you'd like to reach me, leave me alone." One of her best lines IMO.

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Old 09-07-2017, 07:13 AM
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Listening to The Coasters' "Run Red Run" describe pure speed:

Oh, Red jumped up and he started to move like a P80-Saber Jet.
He zoomed around the corner, and he disappeared
And everybody started to bet.
The race was on, you know the chase was on
And Red he sure could run;
But, let me tell you sport, don't sell that monkey short,
Because he's a traveling son of a gun.


The only thing I know to approach this for a description of speed is Chuck Berry:

Now you can't catch me, baby you can't catch me
'Cause if you get too close, you know I'm gone like a cool breeze


Cheers,
John

Run Red Run The Coasters - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdVMQbZwP-0

Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me (with lyrics) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfD4Eo7cA0Y

Lennon did a fine cover of the Berry number:

John Lennon - You Can't Catch Me - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8g70Pzfcq0


Update: maybe M.C. Hammer's "You Can't Touch This"? Parachute pants, Rick James riff and all.

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Old Yesterday, 09:39 PM
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So much to choose from in Tom Waits.
"colder than a ticket taker's smile"
"...why are the wicked so strong/ how do the angels get to sleep/the devil leaves his porch-light on"
"...shorty found a punk/don't you know there ain't no devil/there's just god when he's drunk"
"...The shadow boys are breaking all the laws
And you're east of East St. Louis <---exquisite!!
And the wind is making speeches
And the rain sounds like a round of applause..."

And on. And on. And on. Love 'I'm.

Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson's "Alexandra Leaving" is next to "To Autumn" for perfection in my book.


Suddenly the night has grown colder
The god of love preparing to depart
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine

It's not a trick, your senses all deceiving
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this

As someone long prepared for this to happen
Go firmly to the window, drink it in
Exquisite music Alexandra laughing
Your first commitments tangible again

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by the honor had your own restored
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Alexandra leaving with her Lord

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this

As someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward's explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen / Sharon Robinson
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Hi Daniel,

I was listening to Captain Beefheart the other day, and realized that Tom Waits is one of the few places you can hear his influence: Swordfishtrombones. And for Leonard Cohen, too, there's a lot to choose from. I like the song "Hallelujah", in which I am not alone. John Cale does a nice cover of it.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (Audio) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k

John Cale - Hallelujah (Lyrics) (best version) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DinEKqtCDkg

On my speed question, I ran into Bo Diddley's "Roadrunner" only yesterday, and thought to post it. It's a contender:

Bo Diddley - Road Runner (1960) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MOR9Bs7Yhw

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John
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