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Lyr Req: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Silverstein)

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Subject: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Shel Silverstein)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 04:26 PM

Hi everybody - I'm looking for some info on a song written by Shel Silverstein (maybe co-written with Bob Gibson), called "Life Ain't Like the Movies". It's a parody spoofing classical movies (in particular, iirc, 'Psycho' and 'Casablanca'). Can't find any information about the song on Google; had been trying but came up empty-handed. Can't find lyrics, recordings, nothing. Hit me up if you've got any deets or if you've heard of this song before. Really appreciate it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Silverstein)
From: GerryM
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 04:58 PM

You're not thinking of "More Like the Movies", recorded by Dr Hook, https://youtu.be/cnviamrQOck?si=DMPDg9OJSYfS5nOV, are you?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Silverstein)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 05:09 PM

No. Pretty sure it was written by Shel Silverstein and mentions Norman Bates and the pianist in Casablanca. I thought Bob Gibson made a recording of it but seems I was wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Silverstein)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 05:22 PM

Cannot find anything about the song except a Chicago Tribune article saying that Gibson and Camp did the song at their 1990 reunion concert.


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Subject: ADD: More Like the Movies (Silverstein)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Apr 24 - 05:44 PM

Well, here's "More Like the Movies," written by Shel Silverstein and recorded by Dr. Hook.

MORE LIKE THE MOVIES
(Shel Silverstein)

I guess the dance is over now
So you just curtsey and I'll bow
And ask the band to play us Auld Lang Syne

Then I'll just take what's left of me
Right back to where it used to be
And you'll go sail your magic carpet, far across the sky

I wish I could have made it
More like the movies for you
Some pretty Technicolor way it's never been
I'm sorry when I kissed you
You only heard me whisper
You never got to hear those violins
Did you girl?
No, you never got to hear those violins, no

The castles that you built so high
Were just too steep for me to climb
And I guess these dirty streets of mine
Were just too rough for you

I wish I could've helped you see
Just one of your sweet childhood dreams
But though I tried, I could not make not one of them come true

And I wish I could have made it
More like the movies for you
Some pretty Technicolor way it's never been
I'm sorry when I kissed you
You only heard me whisper
You never got to hear those violins
Did you girl?
No, you never got to hear those violins

Oh, I'm sorry when I kissed you
You only heard me whisper
You never got to hear those violins
No, you never got to hear those violins

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Shel Silverstein


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Subject: Lyr ADD: Life Ain't Like the Movies (Silverstein)
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 19 May 24 - 04:33 AM

LIFE AIN'T LIKE THE MOVIES
(Shel Silverstein)

I went down to the Bates Motel
To give myself a little bit of rest.
While I was in the shower, some crazy little faggot
Came in in his mama's dress.
He had a little gray wig, screaming
With a butcher knife over his head.
So I kicked him in the nuts, and as he puked out his guts,
I looked at him and I said,

Hey, life ain't like the movies.
It ain't what you might expect.
Sometimes you get the realistic shit
Instead of the desired dramatic effect.
So before you buy your ticket
And settle down in the second row,
You better know, life ain't like the movies.

I was riding through the magical forest
On my princely milk-white steed.
When I saw a pretty princess lying on a slab
With a lot of little dwarves around her feet.
They said she'd been bewitched, but if you give her a kiss,
You could save her from a magical trance.
So as I bent down to kiss her, she opened one eye
And said, "That'll be twenty bucks in advance!"

She was singing, life ain't like the movies.
It ain't what you might expect.
Sometimes you get the realistic shit
Instead of the desired Disney effect.
So before you buy your ticket
And settle down in the second row,
You better know, life ain't like the movies.

So I went to Casablanca,
Bought myself a bar named Rick's.
One night I found my old black piano player
Singing one of my songs to one of my chicks.
I said, "You played it for her, now play it for me, Sam,
I just gotta hear it once more."
He said, "Fuck you, you honky motherfucker!"
He grabbed her and he split out the door.

They were singing, life ain't like the movies.
It ain't what you might expect.
Sometimes you get the realistic shit
Instead of the desired Disney effect.
So before you buy your ticket
And settle down in the second row,
You better know, life ain't like the movies.


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