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Thread #14130   Message #119685
Posted By: bseed(charleskratz)
01-Oct-99 - 02:47 AM
Thread Name: What is the worst song you ever heard?
Subject: RE: What is the worst song you ever heard?
A couple of notes: By "Starry Starry Night," I suppose you guys meant "Vincent" (a silly, presumptious song in which Don McLean tells Van Gogh that he, of all the people in the world, understands why Vincent cut his ear off and shot himself.

And "Tallahachee"? Try "The Ballad of Billy Joe": the first couple of times I heard it I liked it--it was kind of an interesting picture of a family falling apart, of a girl who has a curious lack of affect, to use a psychological term (no, I don't mean effect). In an earlier thread someone suggested that what the girl and Billy Joe threw off the Tallahachee bridge was their baby. I don't know; that had never occurred to me--it certainly could have motivated his suicide. I'll admit that after a few dozen hearings it began to wear on me.

How about the Everly Brothers song "When"?

When you smile
When you smile at me,
Well I know
Our love will always be.

But I still think the worst song of all time is the Doors "Light My Fire"

Ya know that it would be untrue,
Ya know that I would be a liar,
If I was tuh say to you,
Girl, we just can't go much higher.
Come on, baby, light my fire,
Come on, baby, light my fire,
Come on, baby, light my figh------urr.

The time to hesitate is through,
No time to wallow in the mire,
Try, and we will only lose,
And our love become a funeral pyre,
Come on, baby, light my fire...

Lyrics just don't get any fockin' stupider than that. Talk about forced rhymes, fer Gawd's sake. What the bloody hell does the damned thing mean: "Try, and we will only lose [try what? To wallow in the mire?} and our love [will] become a funeral pyre." Wha-a-a-a-t? And that verse makes more sense than the first one. I'd say that the only thing that song had going for it was Jim Morrison, but Jose Feliciano also had a hit version. To borrow an expression from my friend Patsclaw: