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Lyrics with an undeniable logic

Discussion in 'music' started by Marchbanks, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    One that always makes me laugh from the Stranglers...

    Going to make love to a water rat or two
    And breed a family
    They'll be called the survivors
    You know why? (“No....!”)
    'Cause they're gonna survive!!!

    Any others?
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  2. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    "The best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich."

  3. LostAtSea

    LostAtSea "33 222 1 222"

    The The, Heartland:-

    The ammunition's being passed, and the lord's been praised
    But the wars on the televisions will never be explained
    All the bankers gettin sweaty, beneath their white collars
    As the pound in our pocket turns into a dollar
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  4. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Already we have a problem. I’m not sure that is undeniable logic. I reckon the Tory is more likely to try to co-opt you in those circumstances. I think a far more logical lyric would be ‘The best way to scare a Tory is to threaten to greatly increase income tax levels and outlaw off-shore avoidance schemes.’ Do you know if IDLES considered that as a possibility?

    Anyway, really I was thinking about lyrics with a sort of irrefutable premise/conclusion. Something that states the bleedin' obvious, in Basil's words. Preferably humourous, intentionally or not.
  5. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”

    The recently departed Neil Peart with Rush.
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  6. Tray

    Tray pfm Member

    There's a small boat made of china going nowhere on the mantelpiece.
    Always take the weather with you.
    Crowded House.
  7. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    New Sensations” (1984) Lou makes poetry out of the mundane details of an ordinary bike ride: “I rode to Pennsylvania near the Delaware Gap / Sometimes I got lost and had to check the map.” (It’s the epitome of what Lester Bangs called “the Lou Reed ‘I walked to the chair / Then I sat in it’ school of lyrics.”)

    From Rolling Stone.
  8. 35451

    35451 Guest

    On the constant human condition of anxiety, Tom Petty:

    Crawling back to You.

    "I'm so tired of being tired
    Sure as night will follow day
    Most things I worry about
    Never happen anyway"

    One of my goto demo hifi songs too. A fine toon, performance, production and mastering.

    Maybe one for the terminally doom and gloom, anti-brexit-the-world-will-end folk to reflect upon too.
  9. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    From the pen of the great Nigel Blackwell

    Indicate then you stupid bastard
    How was I supposed to know
    That you intended to go left
    I'm not a mind reader
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  10. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    "I've been smoking joints and popping pills; and now I'm feeling ill..."

    The Saw Doctors.
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  11. vinylslug

    vinylslug Making Tweaks

    "If I had been God
    I would have rearranged the veins in the face to make them more
    Resistant to alcohol and less prone to ageing"

    Roger Waters.
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  12. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs pants up, knee down

    Dead Kennedys - Nazi Punks..

    Punk ain't no religious cult
    Punk means thinking for yourself
    You ain't hardcore cos you spike your hair
    When a jock still lives inside your head

    Nazi punks
    Nazi punks
    Nazi punks-**** Off!

    Nazi punks
    Nazi punks
    Nazi punks-**** Off!

    If you've come to fight, get outa here
    You ain't no better than the bouncers
    We ain't trying to be police
    When you ape the cops it ain't anarchy

    [Repeat chorus]

    Ten guys jump one, what a man
    You fight each other, the police state wins
    Stab your backs when you trash our halls
    Trash a bank if you've got real balls

    You still think swastikas look cool
    The real nazis run your schools
    They're coaches, businessmen and cops
    In a real fourth reich you'll be the first to go

    [Repeat chorus]

    You'll be the first to go
    You'll be the first to go
    You'll be the first to go
    Unless you think

    appealed to me at the time.
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  13. billo

    billo pfm Member

    Bill Nelson
    "People who do things are people who get things done"
  14. 35451

    35451 Guest

    I was looking back
    To see if she was looking back
    To see if I was looking back at her

    Dr Feelgood
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  15. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 35yrs a Naim owner

    Gary don't need his eyes to see...Gary and his eyes have parted company...

    Looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes...
  16. Spiderous

    Spiderous pfm Member

    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.
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  17. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    Freedom is being free from the need to be free.

  18. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    "People are people." Depeche Mode
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  19. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    That reminds me of a preposterous pop song from the eighties by John someone - (Fordham? can’t be bothered to look it up) - which had choirs, bagpipes, and these lyrics delivered with a kind of frantic desperation which John no doubt thought made them Really Meaningful...

    We’re all someone’s daughter
    We’re all someone’s son

    ...whereas it was just laughable, with the most ludicrously over the top production ever. It’s not widely known, but if you listen carefully to the left-hand channel just after the bagpipe solo you can hear a kitchen sink being thrown in.

    Edit: Thinking about it, John Fordham is a writer on jazz, so I don’t think it was him. Sorry, John. Farnham, perhaps. Still can’t be bothered to look it up, though.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
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  20. GaryT

    GaryT pfm Member

    Well, thanks a bunch, now that goddamn song is stuck in my head.
    BTW It's John Farnham, song's called 'The Voice'.

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