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Anyone have any examples of awkward lyrics - either timing wise in a song, for the singer, or in the lyrics themselves?

 

Here are three of my 'favourites'...

 

Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin's (lyrics) magnificent Candle In The Wind - listen at time 1:27

"Hollywood created a superStar.... " - 9 syllables (nine! - is it a record?) crammed in, before the strong beat of the bar on "Star"

 

Coldplay's "Vida La Viva" - listen at time 2:06

"RevolutionAries wait..." - only 4 syllables crammed in this time, before the strong beat on "Aries". Chris Martin makes this seem seamless here. I struggled with this one gigging this song in a covers band.

 

REM "Imitation of Life" - just a completely (imho) awful lyric line here, in an other wise great song - listen at 1:16 - "The greatest thing since bread came sliced"...

 

I guess this makes the case for (not always) improving our own awkward lyrics :)

 

I'm sure there must be even 'greater' examples out there of either timing (cramming in lyrics) or horrendous lyric lines in themselves out there...

 

Andy

 

 

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You Raise Me Up.  The lyric line, I think, should be:  You raise me up to be more than I can be but it is sung: You raise me up be more than I can be.  Of course, my ears aren't that good so maybe I just don't hear the line well. 

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In Green Day's Basket Case, listen to how he sings "melodramatic."

 

 

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One of my favorite amongst the very few metals that I like is Paranoid by Black Sabeth, then looked at the lyrics

absolutly abysmal

still the overall sound is great, 

all the best

Mike

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John Lennon's solo discography is absolutely appalling when compared to the Beatles, or when compared directly to the songs his former Beatles were making on their own.
I really like Plastic Ono Band, but every other album has some really really dire content.
 

"You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
You can comb your hair and look quite cute                         - look quite cute is a weird 'verb', and comes across as odd
You can hide your face behind a smile
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

You can wear a mask and paint your face                             - if you painted your face, and wore a mask, surely we couldnt tell?
You can call yourself the human race                                    -what? what does that mean?
You can wear a collar and a tie                                            -IE what you already said in the opening lines
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside

Well now you know that your
Cat has nine lives                                                               -WTF has my cat got to do with the rest of the song??
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one                                                           -4 lines explaining that we only have 1 life, while a cat has nine. But why?
And a dog's life ain't fun                                                      -A dog's life ain't fun? Isn't that like saying, a bad life is bad?
Momma take a look outside"                                                -nice rhyme scheme there John....
 

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The lyric that has always grated on me is McCartneys song - live and let die,

In this crazy world that we all live in, too many in's here,

and where else is there to live?

Not his best line, but a good song never the less

All the best

Mike

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The line is 'ever changing world' I believe

And I guess it kind of feeds back to the hook. As (Im sure you know,) the title is a play on the phrase 'live and let live'.

When you were young
And your heart was an open book
You used to say live and let live
But if this ever changin' world

In which we live in
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die

I kinda see what you mean about the in's but its never bothered me.

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For me John Lennon's Woman.

 

"Woman I can hardly express
My mixed emotions and my thoughtlessness"

 

Does "I can hardly express my thoughtlessness" make any sense?

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3 minutes ago, Joe Bloggs said:

For me John Lennon's Woman.

 

"Woman I can hardly express
My mixed emotions and my thoughtlessness"

 

Does "I can hardly express my thoughtlessness" make any sense?

To be fair, this track will be one of the first songs to get re-written once they finish pulling down old statues and closing all the strip clubs. Eventually they will get through them all but this will be fairly early in the process...

 

"Person,

Who's not confined to a dress

A fluid gender, because labels oppress."

 

 

 

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once they finish pulling down old statues and closing all the strip clubs

Seriously...old statues & strips clubs in the same sentence??? :blink:

As if the two are somehow connected. lololololol.....

Oh well, different strokes for different folks I guess.

 

 

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On 2/17/2018 at 23:37, Murphster said:

"Person,

Who's not confined to a dress

A fluid gender, because labels oppress."

 

 

 

Please continue this :'D

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"Person,

Who's not confined to a dress

A fluid gender, because labels oppress."

 

Hahaha :D

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