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Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple

frogprince 08 Oct 08 - 03:56 PM
TheSnail 08 Oct 08 - 04:37 PM
Marion 08 Oct 08 - 04:49 PM
Roger in Baltimore 08 Oct 08 - 05:54 PM
oldhippie 08 Oct 08 - 06:27 PM
GUEST,Burl Ives 08 Oct 08 - 06:35 PM
oldhippie 08 Oct 08 - 07:36 PM
john f weldon 08 Oct 08 - 08:28 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 08 Oct 08 - 08:30 PM
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frogprince 09 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: frogprince
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 03:56 PM

This will be another one of those somewhat vague rquests. I think it's by a contemporary writer, and it's been around for a few years, but I've lost track of the specifics. The song repeatedly refers to each spouse by name, giving a characteristic of one and an "incompatible" characteristic of the other. It finally concludes that, whatever everyone else thinks, "John and Marsha" (whatever the names really are) just don't care.
I have a few words to say at a wedding in a few days, and I want to throw a little of this in for fun, if anyone can figure out what the heck I'm referring to.
                               Dean


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: TheSnail
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 04:37 PM

This one? Let's Call The Whole Thing Off


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: Marion
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 04:49 PM

I don't think this is the one you're looking for, but your request reminded me of John's Prine's song "In Spite of Ourselves": look for lyrics halfway down this thread.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALICE AND RALPH (Joel Mabus)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 05:54 PM

I think the song you are looking for is "Ralph and Alice" written by Joel Mabus and performed on his CD "Promised Land". Here are the lyrics:

ALICE AND RALPH
by Joel Mabus

Alice is a woman.................... Ralph is a man
Alice likes to dialogue................Ralph never can
Alice wants them both to do aerobics every night
Ralph wants to go down to the bar and watch the fight
Alice wants to go to Paris and study Art............
Ralph knows all the Three Stooges movies by heart.....
Alice wants a kid, Ralph wants a dog,
Alice does ballet, Ralph likes to clog,
Everybody knows that Alice & Ralph don't fit
Everybody knows that Alice and Ralph are a split-up waitin' to split

CHORUS: Oh, Alice and Ralph, Ralph and Alice
King and Queen in their own little palace.
Ralph and Alice, Alice and Ralph,
Pick your partner and you suit yourself


Alice is a lady...............Ralph is a guy
Alice offers options...............Ralph just tells you WHY
Alice blows off steam by going shopping at the mall
...Ralph puts his fist through the wall.
Alice loves those old movies that make her cry........
Ralph likes the ones where all the Nazis die....
Alice likes to ski, Ralph likes to skate
Alice shows up early, Ralph gets there late
Everybody knows that Alice and Ralph won't work,
Everybody knows that she is a fool and he is just a jerk.


Alice needs her sleep................Ralph has to snore
Alice tries to fascinate....................Ralph tends to bore
Alice defines her worth by accomplishing her goals
Ralph likes to work the remote control
Alice appreciates the finest of cuisine.........
Ralph prefers his weenie cooked with bean.......
Alice wants to talk, Ralph wants to read
Alice wants to stay, Ralph wants to leave
Everybody knows these two should never pair
Everybody knows except Alice and Ralph, & Alice and Ralph don't care.

If this is not what you were looking for, it is still a great song in the same genre. If you have an opportunity to see Joel Mabus live, take it. He is 110% pleasure.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: RUFUS AND BEVERLY (Mark Graham)
From: oldhippie
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 06:27 PM

Then there's (from the DT) this one. BUT, they're not mismatched. Still a fun song.

RUFUS AND BEVERLY
(Mark Graham)

Rufus could play the piano
And he drove an American car.
He worked nine to sundown
In an office downtown
To save us from nuclear war.
Beverly came from Seattle,
Played the mouth harp quite well, so they say.
She used to write songs
In an old-timey style
In hopes she could sell them one day.

Rufus and Bev became sweethearts
And nature would not be denied.
They did the things lovers do under the covers
As happy as clams at high tide.
Then one morning said Rufus to Beverly,
As they lay in the fondest embrace,
"Dear, I have to confess
With some minor distress
There's an issue I fear we must face.

"For this body you see here before you
Was once more like yours than like mine,
And I sought the compliance of medical science
To change to the sex masculine."
Beverly stared back in amazement,
Then said, "Rufus, don't rue what you've done.
For I have surrendered a masculine gender
For this other more feminine one."

So, these lovers went back to their passions,
And their passions were scarcely diffused.
And the knot was soon tied, though deep down inside,
They were ever so slightly confused.


Recorded by Bryan Bowers on "For You," 1982,
and by the Rude Girls on "Mixed Messages," 1990.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: GUEST,Burl Ives
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 06:35 PM

There was a frog lived in a spring, sing twiddle widdle widdle widdle widdle widdle win
He was so hoarse he could not sing, sing   """"""
He took him a sip of fine brandy, sing """"""" wee
And then his singing was fine and free, sing """"""   "
He courted a mouse and her name was Bess, sing """""" wes
He courted and he courted 'til she said 'yes',sing """"" wes
Uncle Rat said 'Frogs ain't nice, sing """"""" weiss
She said they're quite as nice as mice, sing """"" "
Now they were married, folks do tell, sing """""" well
They live at the bottom of the old green well, sing """"" well
Now Mousie wades in water to her chin, sing """""" win
And she often wishes she was a maid again, sing """"" win


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Subject: Lyr Add: DONALD AND LYDIA (John Prine)
From: oldhippie
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 07:36 PM

These two might be considered mismatched, then again.....


Donald and Lydia
©John Prine

Small town, bright lights, Saturday night,
Pinballs and pool halls flashing their lights.
Making change behind the counter in a penny arcade
Sat the fat girl daughter of Virginia and Ray

(Spoken:)
Lydia
Lydia hid her thoughts like a cat
Behind her small eyes sunk deep in her fat.
She read romance magazines up in her room
And felt just like Sunday on Saturday afternoon.

Chorus:
But dreaming just comes natural
Like the first breath from a baby,
Like sunshine feeding daisies,
Like the love hidden deep in your heart.

Bunk beds, shaved heads, Saturday night,
A warehouse of strangers with sixty watt lights.
Staring through the ceiling, just wanting to be
Lay one of too many, a young PFC:

(Spoken:)
Donald
There were spaces between Donald and whatever he said.
Strangers had forced him to live in his head.
He envisioned the details of romantic scenes
After midnight in the stillness of the barracks latrine.

Repeat Chorus:

Hot love, cold love, no love at all.
A portrait of guilt is hung on the wall.
Nothing is wrong, nothing is right.
Donald and Lydia made love that night.

(Spoken:)
Love
The made love in the mountains, they made love in the streams,
They made love in the valleys, they made love in their dreams.
But when they were finished there was nothing to say,
'Cause mostly they made love from ten miles away.

Repeat Chorus:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: john f weldon
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 08:28 PM

???Surely this is the old song about the guy with the corkscrew cock who married the gal with the counterclockwise twist????


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 08:30 PM

I vaguely recall an English song, probably fairly contemporary, in which one partner was (I assume) very tall and the other "was only five foot two."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: cptsnapper
Date: 08 Oct 08 - 10:39 PM

Peter, is that the music hall song " It's A Great Big Shame? "


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: frogprince
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM

Awright, and thanks; Roger got it; I was looking for "Alice and Ralph". I should have known it was by Joel; we've caught him live several times now. Joel is indeed a joy and a wonder, both for multi-instrumental virtouosity and songwriting instincts.
Thanks to all for reminding me of some great fun stuff and introducing me to some other.
      
                        Dean


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 09 Oct 08 - 07:45 PM

Many thanks cptsnapper! A mismatched couple all right, just not the one frogprince was looking for....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 07:16 PM

I always the love the sketch where someone did "Let's call the whole thing off", but pronouncing all the words (eg "tomato", "potato" etc) English style, and then saying (more or less) "I can't see what the problem is"

..........................
By definition all marriages between men and women are mixed marriages between "mismatched couples". That's the point.

That's why I worry about whether "gay marriages" can really work...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 03:56 AM

Here's a version of Ralph and Alice done by the married couple Chick Martson and Ellen Ford, recorded at New Year's Rockport Eve Rockport MA, 12/31/11

http://jukejoint.freehostia.com/Music/RalphAndAlice.mp3


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: breezy
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 06:39 AM

'His and Hers' by Mike Deavin



who'll be gigging at Stort folk later this year


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about 'mismatched' couple
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Jan 12 - 07:02 AM

In Spite Of Ourselves, John Prine.

Dave H


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