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Old 07-30-2017, 07:34 PM
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Also, to get back to you, William, about your comments on Madame George— I mostly agree, and the lyrics of early Genesis are surely slept on. Songs like Ripples, Selling England by the Pound and Carpet Crawlers are about poetic jewels. Holla.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:31 PM
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I am wondering why no one has mentioned classics by Lennon and McCartney such as Eleanor Rigby and A Day in the Life:

[Refrain]
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

[Verse 1]
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice
In the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

[Chorus]
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

[Verse 2]
Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working
Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
What does he care?

[Chorus]
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

[Refrain]
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

[Verse 3]
Eleanor Rigby died in the church
And was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt
From his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

[Chorus]
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people!)
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people!)
Where do they all belong?

********************

[Verse 1: John Lennon]
I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
But nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords
I saw a film today, oh, boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on

{alarm clock rings}

[Verse 2: Paul McCartney]
Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

[Verse 3: John Lennon]
I read the news today, oh boy
4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:58 PM
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For what it's worth, Lennon also wrote the short volumes A Spaniard in the Works and In His Own Write, which are little jewels.
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:55 AM
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The first 2 minutes of “Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles. Doesn’t hurt that the music is so awesome.

You can spend all your time making money
You can spend all your love making time



“Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult is an amazing example of 1 + 1 = 5. Put the lyrics and music together and it works in a magical way. Is there a term for that? The whole song sends me.

Here’s the studio version.

Here’s a live version, poorer audio quality, but Buck Dharma’s guitar work starting about 4:30 is insane.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:04 AM
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Hi Michael,

I have a few favorite Eagles lyrics, such as "Lyin' Eyes": She's heading for the cheating side of town. They're mostly Don Henley's work.
Freud talks about two urges, Eros and Thanatos, and "Don't Fear the Reaper" is for my money the best Thanatos song in the canon. There's Lou Reed, and there's Joy Division, but it's the purest statement of desire for death I know.
I've been listening to Billy Bragg, and his wonderful lines are legion:

Between Marx and marzipan in the dictionary
There was Mary...


I'd love to have written that.
Cheers,
John

Update: plus - cowbell!!
More Cowbell - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Cowbell

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Old 08-27-2017, 07:16 AM
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Hey John,

ITA on The Eagles. I’m a huge fan. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…

Glad to know you also like "The Reaper". It’s entrancing to me.

If you have some time, post or PM me some other Youtube faves. We seem to have similar taste, and I love love love discovering good music I don’t know!

TTFN,

M
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:22 AM
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Here's my latest find:

Jackson C. Frank - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_C._Frank

Jackson C. Frank : Blues Run The Game - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgY4GnLGsLQ

If you look at his bio on wikipedia, you'll see he knew whereof he sang. Simon & Garfunkel produced and covered this song.

Cheers,
john
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:20 AM
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Hey John,

ITA on The Eagles. I’m a huge fan. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy…


TTFN,

M
That song was co-written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey. JB started it but was having trouble finishing it, and Frey really liked the unfinished version and wanted to record it, so he eventually convinced JB to let him finish it. I'm not sure who wrote the great line you single out. JB apparently wrote the melody and at least the first line, "I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona," and Frey wrote "It's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me,"but it's unclear from what I've read who wrote which lines of the remaining lyrics.

I came to know the song from the JB version, but the Eagles recorded it first and had the bigger hit with it.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:44 AM
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Thanks Rogerbob for that Eagles history – I didn’t know that. They’re great storytellers with superb musical talent. A band of genius, IMO…

John, that’s a heartbreaking song from a man whose story is heartbreaking. From the comments:

Ok let me sum this up: this guy had serious injury as a child when a furnace exploded and killed all of his classmates, most of his songs were stolen by other artists who rose to fame instead of him and his publisher supressing his songs. After his marriage failed and his child died of cystic fibroses all while his mother was suffering a heart disease, he ended up homeless and lost an eye due to a shot from an air rifle. He went nuts and was in various psychiatric institutions where he was treated for alleged paranoid schizophrenia. He finally died from pneumonia and cardiac arrest in 1999 at the age of 56.

Oh, my.

The Canadian singer / actress Louise Pitre sings a song called “Y’a Rien a Voir” that’s on a playlist a friend made for me. I’ve looked for the lyrics everywhere but haven’t found them, and I’m too lazy to sit down and try to transcribe them. It’s another example of music fusing with lyrics to make a miracle. You can catch a little bit of it in a clip at this site. I haven’t been able to find it on the intertubes. If anyone else can, I'd be grateful...

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Old 08-27-2017, 11:21 AM
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Hi Michael,

Yup, that's Jackson Frank. As you say, a heartbreaking song.
I ought to know Quebecois music better, since I do teach French. I have a very small amount, and not Louise Pitre, sadly. I have some great French African and Caribbean music.

Cheers,
John
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