Lyrics that "sound good" but are untrue or don't make sense...

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  1. SuhrLikesALot

    SuhrLikesALot Supporting Member

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    Here is one I never understood why they didn't make it factually correct, because it would still fit the meter of the song. From Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion"

    Your telling me things but your girlfriend lied
    You can't catch me 'cause the rabbit done died
    Yes it did

    Back in the day, they would take a sample of the woman's urine and inject it into a rabbit. If the woman was pregnant, the high hormone (estrogen/progesterone) levels in the urine would kill the rabbit. So, if the rabbit really did die, then it would mean the girl was indeed pregnant.

    Wouldn't "You can't catch me 'cause the rabbit didn't die
    No it didn't" fit just as well?.....Discuss
     
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  2. Kizanski

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    Two lyrics have always bothered me:
    "But if this ever changin' world in which we live in makes you give in and cry..."
    In which we live in? That's one too many "ins."

    "Oliver's army is here to stay. Oliver's army are on their way."
    "Is" or "Are." Make up your mind(s).
     
  3. gretschplayer

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    Why would he need to run if the rabbit didn't die?
     
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    What doesn't make sense?
     
  5. SuhrLikesALot

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    I don't think the reference is to running away; I think it is in reference to getting him to commit to their relationship because she is pregnant. e.g., he is such a "catch".
     
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    Rush, "Red Barchetta". Apparently there's either a fuel shortage or a major pollution problem, leading to "The Motor Law". Yet they're using fuel-hog turbines to drag freight trains (while the Union Pacific ran turbine freights in the '50s and '60s, but stopped in 1970 when the cost of the fuel they used went above 3 cents a gallon!). And if he's being chased by air cars, what difference does the width of the bridge make? They can fly over it!

    If you're gonna do a science fiction story, can we have a little science?
     
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    Anything by Cocteau Twins.
     
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    I've always figured Paul bobbled that line while recording it (I've read it was done in just a couple of takes). Try it as...
    But if this ever-changing world in which we're livin' makes you give in and cry...
     
  9. Occam

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    Makes sense to me, your mileage may vary.
     
  10. Kizanski

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    Sure, that makes more sense.
    But if you can't sing the lyrics to the song you wrote properly...
     
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    "Look at the stars
    Look how they shine for you
    And everything you do
    Yeah they were all yellow"
     
  12. The Captain

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    I dunno...this is Hard to Concentrate, written as a marriage proposal for Flea to ask his wife.
    Poetic, and no, not every line is like prose that makes easy grammatical sense, but, you know, poetry isn't actually meant to read like prose.



    and this one is about his dog, Martian, who died, a celebration and a requiem, all in one.


    Now, I'm not gonna say I know the meaning of every line in the ending rap, but just cos I don't know the meaning does not mean there is no meaning. I'm sure it all meant something to the guy who wrote it and people who knew the dog, probably. I'm guessing it told a story of **** she wrecked, chewed or otherwise terrorised.

    This next one is too easy, don't even need a lyric sheet.


    and lastly, watch the video carefully and listen. It's about the loneliness of different situations where people are hurt and alone. The symbolism in the video is pretty blatant. Everything and everyone is hurt or damaged, carrying scars of life.
    The "with the birds I share this lonely view" line speaks to the isolation each character feels.


    Check this..

    Blood loss in a bathroom stall
    A southern girl with a scarlet drawl
    Wave goodbye to ma and pa
    'Cause with the birds I'll share

    If that does not evoke a vivid image of someone suffering and alone, I can't help you. For me it suggests an abortion or a miscarriage, either one being shameful for a girl from the South who has left home, defying her parents. It might make you think of something completely different.
    That's poetry, using a few words or phrases to capture larger pictures and evoke a stream of thoughts and emotions.
     
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    "There growing linoleum chickens out west." meat puppets
     
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    Ringing true is important ... making sense, I'm not so sure.
     
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    I write a lot of lyrics and I have to say - one of, if not my favorite, lyricists is Jeff Tweedy. There are so many incredible lyrics by this man. Some mysterious, some logical. My favorite was the line from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's opening song, "I am trying to break your heart":

    I assassin down the avenue

    I literally spent years wondering how he came up with this amazing line. Lucky for me, he wrote a book last year that I ran out and purchased in 4 seconds just to see if he would talk about his lyric writing - and he did. He describes the device he used for that line which was influenced by another writer who wrote a piece where they replaced what should've been a verb with a noun. It was that simple, but man...how beautiful!

    Another incredible lyricists is Bon Iver, who's lyrics transport you somewhere.
     
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    The story is not about a country drive. It's about the individual's struggle against an authoritarian state that uses technology to impose its tyranny.

    Also, air-cars often have severe altitude limits if they're using skirts for ducting (like LCACs). They need the ground so that the ducted air can actually lift the vehicle. (There's your science!)

    I did an explication of the song as poetry back in English Comp. It's very well-crafted both as a story and as verse.
     
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    Sounds stupid, right? But I dont always remember my lyrics. I once read an account of a Dylan recording session. The author said on every new take Bob's words came out different.
     
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    10 pages in and nobody mentions “September”?

    Ba de ya say that you remember
    Ba de ya dancing in September
    Ba de ya never was a cloudy day

    Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda badu
    Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda badu
    Ba duda, badu, ba duda

    And yet I still love that song
     
  19. 2HBStrat

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    I agree...
     
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    There'll be no mutant enemy we shall certify. Political ends as as sad remains will die. Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you.
     
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