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Subject: MORE WORST LINES
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 12:37 PM

The original thread having become one slow-loading mammyjammer, here-in a new repository for those lines we love to hate...


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From: Barky
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 09:24 PM

"I wanna feel your foamy inside,
I wanna complicate your life"

Don't remember the name or the guy it's by, but it's ICKY!!

~Barky


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From: Mbo
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 09:47 PM

UGH! That IS weird! Here's a line I DON'T like **ducking flying objects**
And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride,
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause?"
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
And again, and again, and again, and again


--Mbo


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From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 09:58 PM

What in particular don't you like about that verse? I think it pretty well sums up the situation at the time, (as we now know it).

Cheers

bugsy


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From: Mbo
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 10:10 PM

Never mind. Forget I said it. No more arguing. Bye.

--Mbo


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From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Mar 00 - 10:17 PM

I wasn't after an arguement. In fact it's one of the reasons that I don't post as ofton as I could. I was just interested in your thoughts.

Cheers

Bugsy


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From: Barky
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 01:43 AM

Actually, I'll have to agree with Mbo here. I don't like that verse myself. I just read it for the first time, and I find it too depressing. All about people dying again. And again, and again, and again, and again. It's depressing to ask yourself if people know why they die... most of them don't. Just think about it...

~Barky


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From: alison
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 01:46 AM

willie McBride is a good song(although played to death)... the rest of that verse is great... it's just the "again, and again, and again, and again" bit that annoys me....

slainte

alison


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From: alison
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 01:49 AM

read the whole song Barky.. it'll be in the database.... written to show the futility of war.... and it does it very well.....

slainte

alison


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From: alison
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 01:52 AM

Here's one from the musical "Scherezade" to show a really bad rhyme.....

"If Scherazadie, knew how to move her body" (pronounced "baddy")

Yuck.....

right up there with...

"you sheltered me from harm, kept me warm"

slainte

alison


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From: Mbo
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 01:52 AM

It's not that it's too depressing...it's that it seems to invalidate the sacrifice of the dead. And I know people will rip me apart because I still believe in the individual sacrifice of those who fight for us--the old-fashioned glory theory. I've been a Marine Corps brat for 21 years, and I don't turn my back on the veterans who fought or the soldiers who died. Read the lyrics to "Willy McBride's Reply" in the DT. Those words to me mean more to me than this whole song does. There, so I said it.

--Mbo


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From: Bugsy
Date: 19 Mar 00 - 02:02 AM

I agree it's depressing, but in the context of the song, the guy is holding this conversation in his head whilst sitting next to the grave of Willie McBride. These are the final questions in a string, which ask: Did you guys really know why you went to war? Did you REALLY think that THIS war would end ALL wars. and finally the real sad conclusion. It was all in vain, for it's STILL happening, again and again and again.

I must say that I find myself asking the self same questions. My grandfather went missing in action during the battle of the Somme, just before my father was born. After watching my father glued to the television screen every time any footage of WW1 came on in the vain hope of seeing his father, I must say (morbid though they may be) I would be asking these questions too.

I didn't want to get into an arguement with Mbo or anyone else for that matter, but I find that particular song to be very well written and feel it asks right questions.

Cheers

Bugsy


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From: GUEST,chuck
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 09:57 PM

In a lighter vein,

"I like my women a little on the trashy side."


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From: Mbo
Date: 25 Mar 00 - 10:12 PM

NO NO CHUCK! That's a GREAT song! I love it!

You should seen the look on the face of my Dad and Mom
When I showed up at the door with my date for the senior prom
They said "Son, she ain't no kid! She's a cocktail waitress in a Dolly Parton wig!"
I said "I know, Dad, ain't she COOL!?"
That's the kind I dig!
They say opposities attract, well I don't agree
I want a woman just as tacky as me!

VIVI Confederate Railroad! We lived in their hometown just as they made it big. Call it home-town pride!

--Mbo


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From: Rick Fielding
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 12:15 PM

Some lyrics just look plain awful on paper, but if the moment's right, you can hear them sung and be totally moved. A song that has run through my brain for many years is Neil Young's "I am a Child". Pleasant little tune, with perhaps to me, the most juvenile and badly written lyric I've ever encountered...but years ago, watching him sing it was magical.

Rick


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From: Bill D
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 01:33 PM

"...then the reeeeebel soldier died" ..(guess they hadda end it some place...why not 2 verses sooner?)


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From: GUEST,Chuck
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 09:42 PM

Ok, mbo, I'll give you "Trashy side" if you want it. It does have a nice beat, i'll admit. But "rodeo song" is kind of rough. Can't repeat any of the lyrics, but it's on a lot of juke boxes. Obviously, it's not on the radio!


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From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 10:53 AM

How about the Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch":

"You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals, So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel."

Actually, it made me laugh, but I'm glad I don't have to sing it.


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From: Mbo
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 11:09 AM

Bizarre!

--Mbo


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From: Molly Malone
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 01:09 PM

"But there were green alligators, and long neck geese..."

Or many it's the whole song I can't stand there.:)

"Easy and Slow" bothers me, too...but I think it's because of the mental image I got after watching The Piano.


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From: Irish sergeant
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 06:11 PM

Okay Everyone: My worst lyrics? "My little toot-toot"


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From: GUEST,chuck
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 06:40 PM

Yippee-aye-yay,Cow Paddy, she rode into town to find the man who killed her daddy.


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From: Midchuck
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 07:50 PM

From the Chieftains' rendition of "Lily of the West..:

"I stepped up with my rapier,
and my dagger in my hand;
I dragged him from my false true love, and boldly bade him stand...."

How many hands did the protagonist have?

"Here, hold this a minute...."

This is a minor detail, but it's always bothered me for some reason.

Peter.


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From: Caitrin
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 08:32 PM

Hehheh...I'd never thought about that, Peter! But now that I do...uhm...maybe he had the rapier and the dagger in the same hand? : )


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From: Mbo
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 08:42 PM

Hey, didn't they do something like that in the end of "Hamlet"? The Hamlet/Laertes duel? A rapier and dagger in one hand!

--Mbo


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From: Midchuck
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 08:44 PM

Take a big hand. You'd be better off with just the dagger anyway. You're getting too close to the guy for the rapier to be any use.

Actually, someone, i. e., me, who can't tell the difference between "b" and "br" shouldn't complain about anyone else's inconsistencies.

What we need is a way to view your post with the HTML working before you submit it.

But I digress.

Peter.


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From: GUEST,Guest, leeneia
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 09:00 PM


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From: Bill D
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 09:02 PM

well, we do, sort of....Max's trick


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From: GUEST,Guest, leeneia
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 09:05 PM

1. Throughout this world I'm bound to ramble, through sun and wind and driving rain...

This is from the old trad song "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow." Try singing the words "sun and wind and.." This was not written by a singer.

2. From "I Wonder As I Wander:"

for poor orn'ry people like you and like I...

Makes me grit my teeth ev'ry time I hear it. No true folk song would have kept such clumsy language over the years.


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From: Caitrin
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 09:24 PM

I always heard it "For poor wretched sinners", leeneia. (It's one of my favorite Christmas songs.)


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From: Billy the Bus
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 05:24 AM

Ain't seen nuttin in this thread that looks like an even half-bad line.

Mbo - and the others down the McBride war line - glad you find it depressing - war is!

Molly - despite lving in the land where "The Piano" was written and filmed, sorry I've never seen it. Seen a couple of shots of them carrying the piano through the surf. No challenge, I've carted a couple or three pianos up bush tracks - and that is depressing - especially for one of the pianos - it couldn't even give a muffled "thunk" when it got there.

Hamlet duels? Worst folk lines?

Ok, here's my contri to the WORST LINES thread....

Please watch the quotes.....;)

" "

It ain't been writ yet - git off yer button doit!

Sam


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From: kendall
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 08:04 AM

I often wonder what sort of vessel Stan Rogers had in mind when he sang,.."it was hard down by the tiller.." then later .."three hands upon the wheel.." I know there is such a thing as an Hermaphrodite brig, but, this is hard to picture. He also sings Leeward instead of looward. yeah, I know, picky picky..


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From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 11:14 AM

Caitrin, I think leeneia was complaining about "like you and like I", because nobody really talks like that, not even in dialect. Wouldn't you say "like you and me"? Obviously, it was only written that way to fit the meter and rhyme, which is why it is bad writing.

Which makes me think-- let's let the folk process go to work here. Does anybody know a way to IMPROVE that line?


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From: Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 02:56 PM

I think Elton John's

"If I were a sculptor -
But then again, no . . .

is pretty poor. Lennon was after a particular effect in Strawberry Fields. That line from Your Song is just piss poor.

Shoh slaynt,

Bobby Bob


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From: GUEST,Carisa
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 03:17 PM

I've got one!

If you love repetition, this is the one for you...

In the Bleak Mid-Winter, the third line is "Snow was falling, snow on snow. Snow on snow. In the bleak mid-winter, long ago."

OK, it was cold and it was snowing...alot...we got it.

:-) -Carisa


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From: Amos
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 03:42 PM

Kendall -- I think what they meant to imply was that it took three deckhands (with two hands each) to manage the wheel. That would be one of them six-foot diameter wheels I expect. Hermaphrodite indeed! Besides, I've never seen it written that hermaphrodites got an extra hand in the deal, although it would be sorta appropriate, I guess...all things considered.


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From: Amos
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 04:36 PM

Here's another "worst line", a plaintiff story of a sick little boy getting on to the airwaves using his dad's CB:

"C'mon back, twuckers, an' tawlk to Teddy Bear...".

The whole song is like one of those orful Walter Keane paintings with the oversized child-eyes staring out of them like so many mis-bred hootowls.


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From: kendall
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 05:16 PM

what I had the problem with is, a ship or boat, has either a tiller or a wheel. Not both


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From: GUEST,Guest, leeneia
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 05:37 PM

Yes, Jim Dixon, the problem with "I Wonder as I Wander" is the incorrect "like I." One can soften the effect by singing "like yo-u and I," but actually the whole thing ought to go back into the shop for a retooling.

I also dislike the line "When Mary birthed Jesus," which makes Mary sound like a cow calving and not like a human being.

The melody's beautiful, though. Wonder how long it was around before the words.


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From: Amos
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 09:17 PM

Kendall, that's really funny -- I see what you were looking at, I had missed the contradiction....and the way I got it wrong is cracking me up. So you don't think genetic hermaphrodites have three hands? Y'know, one for the money, two for the show.


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From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 09:51 PM

"Snow had fallen, Snow on snow. Snow on snow " Gives that layered effect that snow has. Sounds good too, try saying it out loud. Holst put a damn good melody to that one.


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From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 10:11 PM

I like the country tune Green, Green Grass of Home, but have always hated

There's a guard and there's a sad old Padre
On and on, we'll walk at daybreak

That's a rhyme that's so bad you end up thinking about it rather than what's going on in the song.


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From: The Lighthouse
Date: 28 Mar 00 - 11:19 PM

Heard "Green Green" by the new christy minstrels on the radio the other day. Yuck!!! But I think "Eve of Destruction" takes the cake for triteness trying to come off as genius!!! Over the top performance on the recording doesnt help it either.


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From: GUEST,chuck
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 12:36 AM

There's got to a category for, "it's so bad, it's good!"

consider this classic:

"Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes, You close your cover before striiking, Your father has the shipfitter blues, Loving you has made me bananas"

(You burned your finger that evening, While my back was turned. I asked the waiter for iodine, But I dined all alone...)


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From: fox4zero
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 12:56 AM

About the rapier and dagger, as in Hamlet vs Laertes: The rapier was held in the right hand, and the dagger was held in the left hand. The dagger in this case was known as "main gauche", or "left hand". Regards to all...Larry Parish


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From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 01:43 AM

Remember that classic of the little-known Psychedelic/Country Genre, Let It All Hang Out ?

" It's rainin' inside a big brown moon
How's that mess ya baby up
Eatin' a Reuben sandwich with sauer kraut
Sure ain't no doubt
Keep a open mind
Let it all hang out."


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From: Mbo
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:26 AM

Thanks for the clarification, fox! At least SOMETHING makes sense around here!

--Mbo


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From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:54 AM

fox4zero said:

"The rapier was held in the right hand, and the dagger was held in the left hand."

That was what I assumed in my original post. That's the problem. How did the singer drag the bad guy from his false true love when his hands were all full of sharp thingys? Did he have a prehensile...no, did he ask the other guy to hold onto the dagger for him so he'd have a free hand to drag him with? That would have been counter-survival. Did he ask the woman to hold it? At that point he wouldn't have been sure whose side she was on.

This whole thing has got me really upset.

Peter.


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From: Mbo
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 10:59 AM

Hmmm...could he have just used his arms? I mean, grabbing someone isn't that hard with just a dagger in your hand, maybe when bringing the arms around to pull the bad guy off, the weapons in his hands were enough to cause him or her to part more easily? I'm grasping at straws...

--Mbo


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From: Amos
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 11:11 AM

The lines as Baez sang them were

"I strepped up to my rival, my dagger in my hand
I seized him by the collar, and boldly made him stand..."

In Baez' version the impession I always had was that we were talking about the U.S. West, especially since it starts with the narrator coming to Louisville.

In this context the use of a rapier, especially in a formal Continental style, is much less likely.


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From: Mbo
Date: 29 Mar 00 - 11:21 AM

How similar is this song to "Whisky In The Jar (Kilgary Mountain)"? It sounds like they have a common origin. Do they?

--Mbo


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From: fox4zero
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 01:19 AM

I think that the 3-handed feat was done by the POETIC LICENSE ploy....you know, "the 3rd hand is quicker than the eye".

Larry Parish


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From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 02:47 PM

Refresh. Apparently several of us posted to the old thread without noticing there was a new one. OOPs!


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From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 05:11 PM

I write the songs that make the young girls cry.

The initial post of the first thread referred to this song. It is so bad it makes me want to cry and I am not young or a girl. Barry you should have quit after the Coke commercials.


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From: GUEST,Irish
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 10:57 PM

"You were dead on the floor
Hey this chiken tastes poor
Now I've lost my apple core
Hi there molly you're a whore
I know you've done it with a spore
What is my penis good for
I'm going to the candy store
I want to rape a wild boar
I'll find one at the sea shore
Molly get off your ass there's tea to pour
I don't want to go to war
before I finish carving this oar
My goldfish tend to snore
MolllllYYYYYYY!!!!! Did you rape my goat it's bleeding from it's A**whole?"
I'm sorry I don't know who this is by, I've had this one my computer for a while, it was so ridiculus.


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From: dorareever
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 01:47 PM

The last verse of "green field of France" (the Willie McBride song) is one of my favorite verses! I LOVE it.I love the again and again part so much---it's depressing,but WWI is a depressing thing indeed.Okay I have a passion for depressing lines and music myself so maybe I'm weird.


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From: LR Mole
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 02:01 PM

Barry didn't write "I write the songs that make the young girls cry." THAT was written by Bruce Johnston, sometime Beach Boy. He also wrote "Dierdre" for them surfin dudes (and pronounced it "deer-dree": is this correct, crossponders? We say it :DEEdruh", when we say it at all.)


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From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 02:08 PM

"Yummy,yummy, yummy, I've got love in my tummy." That's personally the most intolerable to me. By the way, whatever you do, do not ever listen to Pat Sky's "Songs that made America Famous." (And, on the count of 1-2-3, do not think about elephants.)


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From: Ivan
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 02:09 PM

I don't know if anyone else has mentioned him before but Roger Miller gets my vote for deliberately? terrible lines e.g. "Four street lights and one old grocery I ain't longin'to stay here no siree!"

"Kansas City Star that's what I are"

"England swings like a pendulum do Bobbies on bicycles two by two"

Who can compete with that?


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From: dwditty
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 02:40 PM

Ivan, Neil Diamond...that's who.

dw


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From: DMcG
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 02:31 PM

I actually like the carol 'The Turth Send from Above' (in the DT) but whoever wrote it had a way of coming up with pretty unlikely rhymes

...
Ruined themselves, both you and me
and all of their posterity

So we were raised to endless woes
Till God the Lord did interpose
....

Posterity? Interpose?? Not your everyday vocab.


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From: DMcG
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 02:32 PM

Sorry, 'the truth send from above'. I haven't seen a turth in ages


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From: allie kiwi
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 11:50 PM

Has anyone remembered the joys of :

Oooooooh Lord, it's hard to be humble When you're perfect in everyway

I think that whole song qualifies here. *grin*

Allie


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From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 12:18 AM

I don't see how " Oh Lord, It's Hard to be Humble" qualifies as a worst line or worst song. Surely everybody realizes it's tongue-in-cheek? At least I hope they do when I sing it.

Someone on the older thread had the audacity to nominate one of the lines from Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee".

I guess being a Mudcatter is no guarantee that one possesses a sense of humor.

Murray


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From: allie kiwi
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 12:25 AM

Are you implying I have no sense of humour because I nominate a song that you happen to enjoy?

Yes, I know it is tongue in cheek, but it still has ridiculous lines.

It is you who are without a sense of humour I think.

Allie


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From: Troll
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 12:32 AM

She ain't Raquel but what the hell, it's warm and it's free. From "Warm And Free" by Shel Silverstein.

troll


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From: allie kiwi
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 12:40 AM

A few people mentioned the lyrics to 'Seasons in the sun'.

I wonder if it is a good translation of the original, since was it not in French to begin with? Perhaps by translating it, it lost a little something?

Anyone know?

Allie


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From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 11:28 AM

"I sold my heart to the junkman..."
Amazing how much crap was produced during the fifties and sixties. I spent two hours wallowing in it trying to find the lyrics to "Pussycat" for another thread.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 01:48 PM

"UNBREAK MY HEART!!!" (repeat at numerous intervals throughout song)

And then, I believe McCartney used the line "in this world in which we live in"....Ha! Ha! Ha!

- LH


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From: cyder_drinker
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 05:53 PM

"I was so upset, I cried... ...All the way to the chip shop"

-Jilted John


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 07:51 PM

"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!"

- LH


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 08:02 PM

"If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?"

(Okay for country...godawful by any other standard.)

LOL!

- LH


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From: Roughyed
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 05:59 PM

I like the Jilted John line, at least it was deliberate. The line that always set my teeth on edge (among a wide selection from Duran Duran) was 'You're about as peaceful as a nuclear war.' It manages to be banal, distasteful, inelegant and inappropriate all at the same time.


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From: Sarah T
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 11:34 PM

Hi folks, I'm a long-time (mostly) lurker but this inspired me to contribute. This is the worst song that I know. It's on a record called "Colonial and Revolutionary War Sea Songs and Chanteys." I don't know the exact title (help anyone?) but it's (clearly) in praise of John Paul Jones. I apologize because I don't know how to create line breaks ... could someone help? My favorite bad lines are "and they were all from En-gel-land"; and "He sails serenely like a swan, he pops his cannonballs like corn." Best wishes to all, Sarah

Here comes Captain John Paul Jones Sing his praise in heroes' tones He is a bold American His ship went down not far from land

Chorus: Had we him here Had they him there He would command us o'er the sea Good fortune then would with us be

He does many a daring deed For his friends when they're in need He landed pris'ners on our strand And they were all from En-gel-land

(Chorus)

He took their ship before our eyes And he has made a very fine prize To Brest in France he next did tack Now let them only see his back

(Chorus)

He sails serenely like a swan He pops his cannonballs like corn He hangs his broadsword by his side And sails upon the foaming tide

(Chorus)

Hurrah for Captain John Paul Jones Sing his praise in heroes' tones He has done his business well His mighty acts no tongue can tell

Had we him here Had they him there He would command us o'er the sea Now Paul Jones will soon with us be!


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From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 01:07 AM

Oh Sarah, that is one hilarious song! Those of you who say folk songs can't be as bad as pop songs please take note. Every line of that song is a corker!


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From: Sarah T
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 07:57 AM

Hi LEJ, Thanks for noticing! :-) Actually I never thought of this as a "folk" song, in that I assumed that it was composed by a single author. The reason for this assumption is that I think the folk process tends to smooth out or improve rough lines. But in the case of this song I have no proof. Best wishes, Sarah


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From: Ivan
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 02:27 PM

Re 'Seasons in the Sun' Allie. We had a guest at Fleetwood Folk Club who had his own translation which was significantly different to the pop version. If only I had a memory I could tell you his name. Unfortunately this thread HAS made me remember the most cringeworthy non-rhyme I've ever heard. It was in a pop song in the 1970s and goes: 'Gonna write a classic, Gonna write it in an attic' I hoped I'd forgotten that one forever.


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 02:56 PM

Oh, how pitiful! By the way, LEJ, I think that the John Paul Jones song probably WAS a pop song in its own day! But it's a folk song now...

- LH


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From: GUEST,Extra Stout
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 02:28 AM

Little Hawk,I've always thought McCartney wrote "... world in which we're livin'...". There are awful songs enough without dragging this one in. How about "My Ding-a-Ling" or "Rub It In"?


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From: Ralphie
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 03:33 AM

Sorry to revive this Old Thread...But how about this Stanza from "Folk songs of the Upper Thames".

Mary Thompson

Twice more all with his horrid knife
He ran her body through
Her throat was cut from ear to ear
Most dreadful for to view
But, Still she smiling said to him
Whilst trembling with fear
Oh, David David, Spare me life
Think of your baby dear..!?

Ah, those plucky English Maidens !!

Cheers Ralphie


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From: alanabit
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 04:41 AM

The city's clamour could never spoil
The dreams of a boys and goil... ("Manhattan")
I expect Lorenz Hart was spoofing one of the New York dialects when he wrote this - but it must be hard work for the singer.


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From: Ralphie
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 05:02 AM

Request
Maybe a clone could turn this back into a Music thread??
Mind You, Looking at some of the lyrics posted...Maybe not !!
Regards Ralphie


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From: denise:^)
Date: 06 Mar 03 - 05:15 PM

"Someone's knocking at the door,
Someone's ringing the bell.
"Someone's knocking at the door,
Someone's ringing the bell.
Someone open the door,
And let 'em in..."

And this guy used to be a BEATLE?
(they were before my time, but I've heard a bit about them... ! ;^)

Denise:^)


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From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 10 Sep 04 - 09:21 PM

How about this memorable George harrison line...

I look at you all
See the Love that lies sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor
And I see it needs sweeping(!?)
While my guitar gently weeps

God Bless George, but that is one really weak line.


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From: M'Grath of Altcar
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 02:40 AM

Membership of the Beatles does not preclude writing bad lyrics.

You were in a car crash,
And you lost your hair

"Don't pass me by" by Ringo


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 12:47 PM

The line that always got to me was in 'THe Alamo' - YOUNG Davy Crockett was Laughing and Dying - I MEAN _ Come on Guys !!


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From: Juan P-B
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 12:59 PM

How about...
Papa ooh mau mau
Papa ooh mau mau
Papa ooh papa papa papa ooh mau mau

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, the Martian Hop

Or...

"I went across to Switzerland where all the yodellers be,
To try to learn to yodel with my "Yo-del-o-de-lee"

By that wonderful Aussie, Frankie Field


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From: alanabit
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 01:12 PM

For some reason that song "Let 'em In" has come in for a lot of stick over the years. If you listen to it carefully, it is actually one of Macca's (few) songs about the bigger picture. It is about being able to welcome all sorts of people into your life who may be able to bring something new into it. He quite deliberately mixes the names of the great and good with those of his family - Martin Luther King, Auntie Gin and brother Michael. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I find it one of his most moving songs.


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From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 05:48 PM

It was his career or mine.
-- Richard Shindell, "Ballad of Mary Magdalen"

Though I walks with fifty 'ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand
-- Rudyard Kipling, "Mandalay"


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From: Bert
Date: 11 Sep 04 - 11:03 PM

We're going to the chapel and we're gonna get ma-a-a-reed.


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