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Ira : 4/13/2019 6:37 pm
Please post a link and feel free to either explain or not. This song is called 'This Moment' by The Incredible String Band. The album (I Looked Up) is listed as having come out in 1970, but they sang This Moment at Woodstock. Maybe it came out as a single before the album came out. I think the lyrics speak for themselves.
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RE: John Prine - Illegal Smile  
j_rud : 4/13/2019 8:05 pm : link
In comment 14385263 Ira said:
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"But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun" Link - ( New Window )


You dig into the depths of prine's vast and storied catalog and that's the one you pick? I mean to each his own but of all the topics hes simply yet profoundly expounded upon Id like to thinm we can go deeper then some cute little ditty about getting high.
Louie Louie  
gtt350 : 4/13/2019 8:11 pm : link
got me thinking what are the lyrics
RE: Louie Louie  
pjcas18 : 4/13/2019 8:13 pm : link
In comment 14385305 gtt350 said:
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got me thinking what are the lyrics


nobody knows the actual lyrics.
Cult of Personality  
Daniel in Kentucky : 4/13/2019 8:23 pm : link
Sums up my political view.
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RE: RE: John Prine - Illegal Smile  
Ira : 4/13/2019 9:40 pm : link
In comment 14385292 j_rud said:
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In comment 14385263 Ira said:


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"But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun" Link - ( New Window )



You dig into the depths of prine's vast and storied catalog and that's the one you pick? I mean to each his own but of all the topics hes simply yet profoundly expounded upon Id like to thinm we can go deeper then some cute little ditty about getting high.


There's nothing more important than being happy.
RE: Rush  
jnoble : 4/13/2019 10:21 pm : link
In comment 14385220 Trainmaster said:
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Free Will.

One of my all time favorites. Free Will (With Lyrics) - ( New Window )


There's a bunch of great lyrical Rush songs. Although I lean heavier towards the 70s and 80s stuff than Pearts last few albums where he came across like an old grump who doesn't like most people or religion.

If you want to get really deep and obscure, The Fountain Of Lamneth suite is a good one...its all a big metaphor for being born, the stages of life, and then growing old
Blowin' In The Wind  
PEEJ : 4/13/2019 10:26 pm : link
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One of my favorites has always been...  
Vinny from Danbury : 4/13/2019 10:28 pm : link
King Crimson - Epitaph.
"I'm Amazed" by My Morning Jacket  
rebel yell : 4/13/2019 10:30 pm : link
[Verse 1]
I'm amazed at the quiet ocean
I'm amazed at your wrong devotion
I'm amazed at what the people saying
I'm amazed by a divided nation
Like the rhythm of the earth
I get disrupted

[Verse 2]
I'm amazed at all that has been
I'm amazed at all who be
I'm amazed at the TV stations
I'm amazed what they want me to believe
After all is said and done
Where is the justice

[Verse 3]
I'm amazed, the lack of evolution
I'm amazed at the lack of faith
I'm amazed at the love we're rejectin'
I'm amazed that we accepted this place
Like the rhythm of the earth and the rhythm of the ages
Like a rhythm I get disrupted
Elton John's...  
bw in dc : 4/13/2019 11:51 pm : link
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"...
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RE: One of my favorites has always been...  
jnoble : 4/14/2019 12:00 am : link
In comment 14385499 Vinny from Danbury said:
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King Crimson - Epitaph.

I've been meaning to get into that band
RE: Elton John's...  
jnoble : 4/14/2019 12:02 am : link
In comment 14385529 bw in dc said:
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"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"... SugarBear... - ( New Window )

I just listened to the Capt Fantastic album start to finish today for the first time in a long time. We All Fall In Love Sometimes & Tower Of Babel are my two favs from that album
Do you like Phil Collins?  
DCGMan : 4/14/2019 1:03 am : link
I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe.

Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock....
A couple of songs:  
Gregorio : 4/14/2019 3:15 am : link
Subdivisions, Rush
Great to see more Rush fans in this thread! Life in the dreary suburbs. (Freewill, Limelight and others also get me thinking but this one stands out)
https://youtu.be/Vf8jvSPA3XQ

Whiter Shade Of Pale
Just a common story of a drunken man trying to seduce a woman, but told with clever lyrics and interesting references
https://youtu.be/_BADDeIQWVQ

Cats In The Cradle
https://youtu.be/KUwjNBjqR-c

Lying Eyes, Eagles
Story of betrayal
https://youtu.be/Sucm1hOcf80
"Ripple" Grateful Dead "American Beauty" album  
BlueLou'sBack : 4/14/2019 4:44 am : link
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?
It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men
There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home
Songwriters: Jerome J. Garcia / Robert C. Hunter
Ripple lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
BlueLou, that's one of my favorites too  
Ira : 4/14/2019 5:33 am : link
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Simon & Garfunkel - The 59th Street Bridge Song  
Ira : 4/14/2019 5:48 am : link
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
Hello lamppost, what'cha knowing
I've come to watch your flowers growin'
Ain't you got no rhymes for me?
Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy
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Ave Maria  
idiotsavant : 4/14/2019 9:30 am : link
Unbroken Chain

The Unforgiven

Hehehe
The Beatles  
Gman11 : 4/14/2019 9:52 am : link
Come Together

Basically, it was WTF are they singing about until I read that they admitted that the lyrics were just a bunch of nonsense.
Send in the Clowns  
Jay in Toronto : 4/14/2019 10:36 am : link
one of the best ever.

Listened to Sarah Vaughan's interpretation yesterday.

Wow.

Rush again  
Bill in Del : 4/14/2019 10:38 am : link
Enemy within - always related this my anxiety attacks

Analog kid - cause that's just who I am.
any of maybe 50 Springsteen songs  
gtt350 : 4/14/2019 11:42 am : link
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David Gilmour - On an Island  
XBRONX : 4/14/2019 11:54 am : link
Remember that night
White steps in the moonlight
They walked here too
Through empty playground, this ghosts' town
Children again, on rusting swings getting higher
Sharing a dream, on an island, it felt right
We lay side by side
Between the moon and the tide
Mapping the stars for a while
Let the night surround you
We're halfway to the stars
Ebb and flow
Let it go
Feel her warmth beside you
Remember that night
The warmth and the laughter
Candles burned
Though theÖ
Sanctus Real  
tony stg : 4/14/2019 1:40 pm : link
Lead Me

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Almost anything by Jason Isbell  
rnargi : 4/14/2019 1:41 pm : link
But particularly "Elephant"
RE: David Gilmour - On an Island  
rnargi : 4/14/2019 1:42 pm : link
In comment 14385872 XBRONX said:
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Remember that night
White steps in the moonlight
They walked here too
Through empty playground, this ghosts' town
Children again, on rusting swings getting higher
Sharing a dream, on an island, it felt right
We lay side by side
Between the moon and the tide
Mapping the stars for a while
Let the night surround you
We're halfway to the stars
Ebb and flow
Let it go
Feel her warmth beside you
Remember that night
The warmth and the laughter
Candles burned
Though theÖ


I absolutely love that album
"Depreston" by the phenomenal Courtney Barnett  
Go Terps : 4/14/2019 1:54 pm : link
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j_rud : 4/14/2019 2:07 pm : link
In comment 14386015 Go Terps said:
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Experienced this song in the past year. Feeling less hip with a couple of kids. Want more space. House hunting in the suburbs. Quiet. Fairly rural (compared to what we were used to). The one we settled on was owned by an elderly woman whose husband recently passed. Felt odd walking around and seeing their pictures everywhere. Bathroom literally had the hand rail in the shower. Every time we change something I feel...I dunno. Not "guilty". But at times it doesn't quite feel like its ours yet. Great tune.
"Depreston" really strikes a chord.  
bceagle05 : 4/14/2019 2:36 pm : link
My grandmother died last summer at the age of 90 - never easy to lose a loved one, but she lived a long, healthy life so the wake/funeral was a little more celebratory in nature. I felt the loss a lot more when we cleared out her house and put it up for sale. She lived in this little house in Belleville for 60 years (with my grandfather, who died 20 years ago), and I of course have tons of memories there. Going through that process is very sobering. Realtor comes in with a to-do list, and it's straight business from there. Still feels strange to know different folks are living there.
Seasons in the Sun  
Klaatu : 4/14/2019 2:45 pm : link
Had me thinking about sticking ice picks in my ears.
Can't stop at one.  
MOOPS : 4/14/2019 2:45 pm : link
Canadian Railroad Trilogy-Gordon Lightfoot
America-Paul Simon
Cold Missouri Waters-James Keelaghan
Roll Me Away-Bob Seger

Off the top of my head.
Here is another one  
pjcas18 : 4/14/2019 7:25 pm : link
sort of a dot connecting thing though.

Ana Ng by they might be giants. the whole song is thought provoking, but right before the final verse they say:

"When I was driving once I saw this painted on a bridge:
"I don't want the world, I just want your half"" and I found that to be an interesting lyric and used to wonder about it.

and this song was always a favorite of mine and my wife's from the time we were dating. She lived in RI, I lived in CT - we met in college. During the summer of my senior year in college (right after we met) I would make that drive back and forth often and once during the brutal drive from RI along the CT coast to my house I passed a bridge near New London, CT and it was spray painted with the following:

"What's gonna set you free?"

Every time I passed that bridge (probably a few hundred times from that point on through the rest of my life) I'd see that question and ponder what is gonna set me free.

I don't think it referenced the sleepy head song, I think it was just a random thing painted on a bridge.

At our wedding we had a DJ and had Ana Ng on our play list, major crowd pleaser

Anyway, Ana Ng, which I don't hear nearly enough anymore, always makes me think of that question. And it's a good question to contemplate IMO.
In my life  
speedywheels : 4/14/2019 7:39 pm : link
Beatles
Any song  
BobOnLI : 4/14/2019 7:40 pm : link
By Phil Ochs.
These lyrics..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/14/2019 7:50 pm : link
always got me thinking - "What the fuck kind of gibberish are these guys spewing"??

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There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over


Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and release

Old Admirals  
section125 : 4/14/2019 8:00 pm : link
by Al Stewart
If We Were Vampires  
Tim in Capital City : 4/15/2019 7:32 am : link
By Jason Isbell (with his wife singing backups on the choruses) has crushed me since I first heard it.

It's not the long, flowing dress that you're in
Or the light coming off of your skin
The fragile heart you protected for so long
Or the mercy in your sense of right and wrong
It's not your hands searching slow in the dark
Or your nails leaving love's watermark
It's not the way you talk me off the roof
Your questions like directions to the truth

It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone
Or one day you'll be gone

If we were vampires and death was a joke
We'd go out on the sidewalk and smoke
And laugh at all the lovers and their plans
I wouldn't feel the need to hold your hand
Maybe time running out is a gift
I'll work hard 'til the end of my shift
And give you every second I can find
And hope it isn't me who's left behind
It's knowing that this can't go on forever

Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone
Or one day you'll be gone
It's knowing that this can't go on forever
Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone
Maybe we'll get forty years together
But one day I'll be gone
One day you'll be gone
And on the John Prine front,  
Tim in Capital City : 4/15/2019 7:35 am : link
You could pick dozens (more?) songs, but Hello In There has been affecting me lately.

We had an apartment in the city
Me and Loretta liked living there
Well, it'd been years since the kids had grown
A life of their own left us alone
John and Linda live in Omaha
And Joe is somewhere on the road
We lost Davy in the Korean war
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello"

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more
She sits and stares through the back door screen
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen
Someday I'll go and call up Rudy
We worked together at the factory
But what could I say if asks "What's new?"
"Nothing, what's with you? Nothing much to do"

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello"
RE: The Beatles  
rnargi : 4/15/2019 9:48 am : link
In comment 14385724 Gman11 said:
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Come Together

Basically, it was WTF are they singing about until I read that they admitted that the lyrics were just a bunch of nonsense.


Lennon was sued for that song. He stole lyrically from chuck Berry's song "You Can't Catch Me". The publisher sued, and to make good Lennon re-recorded a couple of songs they owned and released them on the album "Rock N Roll"
BUNCHA HUMPS posting entire lyrics to songs...  
x meadowlander : 4/15/2019 9:58 am : link
>:)

I'm not a huge Bob Dylan fan, and I certainly won't post one of those encyclopedia's in their entirety, but so many of his songs would belong in this category...

I'll go with Blowin' in the Wind.
Jackson Browne  
NDMedics : 4/15/2019 10:50 am : link
"For a Dancer"
Another song I used to wonder about was Smashing Pumpkins  
pjcas18 : 4/15/2019 10:56 am : link
Disarm

I used to think the song was about abortion, but in an interview with Corgan I read it was about the child abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents.

From the interview:

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The lyrics of ďDisarmĒ touch upon the subject of child abuse as Billy Corgan directly addresses his parents in the first person as an abused son. Although Corgan is very capable of delivering angry vocals, this song has none, deliberately so. Corgan told Rage in 1993:

I didnít have the guts to kill my parents, so I thought Iíd get back at them through song. And rather then have an angry, angry, angry violent song Iíd thought Iíd write something beautiful and make them realize what tender feelings I have in my heart, and make them feel really bad for treating me like shit



Disarm you with a smile
And cut you like you want me to
Cut that little child
Inside of me and such a part of you
Ooh, the years burn
Ooh, the years burn
I used to be a little boy
So old in my shoes
And what I choose is my choice
What's a boy supposed to do?
The killer in me is the killer in you
My love
I send this smile over to you
Disarm you with a smile
And leave you like they left me here
To wither in denial
The bitterness of one who's left alone
Ooh, the years burn
Ooh, the years burn, burn, burn
I used to be a little boy
So old in my shoes
And what I choose is my voice
What's a boy supposed to do?
The killer in me is the killer in you
My love
I send this smile over to you
The killer in me is the killer in you
Send this smile over to you
The killer in me is the killer in you
Send this smile over to you
The killer in me is the killer in you
Send this smile over to you
"This Is The Day" by The The  
RinR : 4/15/2019 11:00 am : link
and, "Second Chance" by Shinedown.
Oh. I forgot. Mahler - Addagiatto  
idiotsavant : 4/15/2019 4:18 pm : link
(the famous one, what's it called)
RE: Almost anything by Jason Isbell  
santacruzom : 4/15/2019 4:54 pm : link
In comment 14385990 rnargi said:
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But particularly "Elephant"


For me it's Children of Children.

He's got the poetic gift of being able to evoke the feeling that you've lived in a time or place and experienced something, even if it's miles outside your experience.
Dylan  
manh george : 4/15/2019 9:37 pm : link
Lyrics
Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand inside the rain
Evírybody knows
That Babyís got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls
She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl
Queen Mary
Sheís my friend
Yes, I believe Iíll go see her again
Nobody has to guess
That Baby canít be blessed
Till she sees finally that sheís like all the rest
With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls
She takes just like a woman, yes
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl
It was raining from the first
And I was dying there of thirst
So I came in here
And your long-time curse hurts
But whatís worse
Is this pain in here
I canít stay in here
Ainít it clear that
I just canít fit
Yes, I believe itís time for us to quit
But when we meet again
Introduced as friends
Please donít let on that you knew me when
I was hungry and it was your world
Ah, you fake just like a woman, yes, you do
You make love just like a woman, yes, you do
Then you ache just like a woman
But you break just like a little girl
Theyíre coming to take me away  
TommytheElephant : 4/16/2019 5:34 am : link
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Buffalo Springfield  
lono801 : 4/16/2019 11:56 pm : link
Questions
One Tin Soldier  
Klaatu : 4/18/2019 8:59 pm : link
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Neil Young, Ohio  
ktinsc : 4/18/2019 9:30 pm : link
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming
We're finally on our own
This summer I hear The drumming
Four dead in Ohio...

Absolutely devastating event for the entire country. I knew a Soldier who was posted in Germany at the time. He took the Kent State incident very badly and made noise about it. He was subsequently sent to Viet Nam.

Or so he told me...
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