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Lyr Req: Wrecking Ball (Neil Young)

Tweedie 19 Apr 01 - 02:28 PM
GUEST,Margaret V at work 19 Apr 01 - 02:35 PM
Tweedie 22 Apr 01 - 01:17 PM
Margaret V 22 Apr 01 - 06:41 PM
GUEST 22 Apr 01 - 06:58 PM
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Subject: wrecking ball - request info
From: Tweedie
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 02:28 PM

In her 1996 album "Wrecking Ball", and on track 4 "Wrecking Ball"
Emmylou Harris sings in the chorus,
"Meet me at the wrecking ball"
but there are no hints in the lyrics or the album notes as to what exactly is a "Wrecking Ball" in this context.
Surely she doesn't mean Meet me at the spherical weight on a chain ??
Mudcatters -- any suggestions for a puzzled Brit?
( Not too many wrong answers, please! )
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: wrecking ball - request info
From: GUEST,Margaret V at work
Date: 19 Apr 01 - 02:35 PM

Tweedie, I guess I just figured Wrecking Ball was the name of a bar or roadhouse. Margaret


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Subject: RE: wrecking ball - request info
From: Tweedie
Date: 22 Apr 01 - 01:17 PM

OK, thanks Margeret. I thought it was some sort of high school dance ! I get these weird ideas from the films I see about American life (John Hughs' films etc)


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Subject: RE: wrecking ball - request info
From: Margaret V
Date: 22 Apr 01 - 06:41 PM

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar... Cheers, Margaret


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Subject: RE: wrecking ball - request info
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 01 - 06:58 PM

A Wrecking Ball is used to knock buildings down.

The use is allographic

If this makes no sense, I'd suggest reading some more books


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Subject: RE: wrecking ball - request info
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 01 - 08:29 PM

The song was written by Neil Young which probably explains everything.

So just check yourself into the NYCFTTS and Spaw will explain everything else to you and RogertheSkiffler will clean your bedpan.

rr


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Subject: Lyr Add: WRECKING BALL (Neil Young)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Mar 08 - 11:53 PM

Found at several places on the Internet:

WRECKING BALL
Neil Young

My life's an open book. You read it on the radio.
We've got nowhere to hide. We got nowhere to go,
But if you still decide
You want to take a ride,

CHORUS: Meet me at the wrecking ball, wrecking ball,
I'll wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight
Meet me at the wrecking ball, wrecking ball,
I'll wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight

I see smoky eyes right across the bar.
I've seen that look before, shining from star to star.
Though I can't take that change,
If you've got time for one dance. CHORUS.

The restless line of cars goes stretching down the road,
But I won't telephone 'cause you might say hello.
What is it makes me feel this way?
What is it makes me want to say: CHORUS.

[As sung by Emmylou Harris.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wrecking Ball (Neil Young)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 05:16 AM

Not to be confused with a Monster's Ball.

American life in films huh.....?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wrecking Ball (Neil Young)
From: Rapunzel
Date: 23 Mar 08 - 06:01 PM

I've always loved this song and have been singing it occasionally at folk clubs/singarounds for many years now. I'd always understood Wrecking Ball to mean if they go ahead and meet (wherever) it will wreck everything - this is a song about two people who ought not to be having this affair and there is doubt as to whether she will turn up and risk everything anyway.

Could be totally off the mark, but that's the way I've always read it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wrecking Ball (Neil Young)
From: Rapunzel
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 08:03 AM

Minor differences in the oringinal Neil Young version:

My life's an open book - read it on the radio.
We've got nowhere to hide, we've got nowhere to go,
But if you still decide
You want to take a ride,

CHORUS: Meet me at the wrecking ball, wrecking ball,
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight
Meet me at the wrecking ball, wrecking ball,
Wear something pretty and white
And we'll go dancing tonight

I see your smoky eyes right across the bar.
I've seen that look before, shining from star to star.
Though I can't take that chance,
If you've got time for one dance. CHORUS.

The restless line of cars goes stretching down the road,
But I won't telephone 'cause you might say hello.
What is it makes me feel this way?
What is it makes me want to say: CHORUS.


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