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Old 10-12-2008, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Great songs ruined by one bad line

There's a line in Lou Reed's "Heavenly Arms" that always bugs me; the part where he sings "Only a woman can love a man." In the context of Reed's image, the line makes sense (considering his image also mitigates my hatred for the awful "Women" from the same album), but it still makes me cringe. It sounds like a line that belongs in one of those religious propaganda songs (anyone who's heard "Diary Of An Unborn Child" or some other such abortion song knows what I mean).

Squeeze isn't exactly a great group to begin with, but they're a decent enough guilty pleasure. Up The Junction is a truly great track...but that "smelly/telly" rhyme always kills it for me (and what's worse, they repeat it twice!).
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Didn't Lou Reed experiment anyways...

I could name a dozen of Yardbird songs...they never had any songwriting talent.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can name parts of songs where songwriters ruined perfectly good parts, not lyrics specifically.

There was this one song I heard in the movies, you know before they show the commercials and they just put up dumb trivia and some song in the background? Well anyway, there was this thing I'd never heard before, it was epic sounding, like something off of The Wall, that sort of epic melody type thing. It reminded me of the trial. And the lyrics were quite good I thought.

Then all of a sudden they dropped the beat and decided to go all typical emo, pop rock sort of crappy riff. It made me sad. I later found out the song was The Black Parade by MCR. I had never heard a song by them before that, I had just heard that they sucked. Half of me felt sort of ashamed for liking it, and half of me was angry they messed up a great initial melody. N

Also, the initial lyrics, concept and tone of the Coldplay's song A Rush Of Blood To The Head was really good and interesting, but then they ruined it by getting really loud, here's what I mean:

Quote:
He said I'm going to buy this place and burn it down
I'm going to put it six feet underground
He said I'm going to buy this place and watch it fall
Stand here beside me baby in the crumbling walls
Oh I'm going to buy this place and start a fire
Stand here until I fill all your heart's desires
Because I'm going to buy this place and see it burn
Do back the things it did to you in return

Ah, ah, ah
He said Oh I'm going to buy a gun and start a war
If you can tell me something worth fighting for
Oh and I'm going to buy this place, that's what I said
Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head to the head

(And) honey
All the movements you're starting to make
See me crumble and fall on my face
And I know the mistakes that I made
See it all disappear without a trace
And they call as they beckon you on
They said start as you mean to go on
Start as you mean to go on
That honey and movements verse is sort of unnecessary to me. I like to repetition and concept of "And I'm going to......and x it x" but they messed it up.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Blower's daughter by Damien Rice ...
the very last line.
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Old 10-12-2008, 10:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-13-2008, 04:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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enough said
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Talk Show Host - Radiohead

You want me?
****ing well come and find me
I'll be waiting
With a gun and a pack of sandwiches

And nothing
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing

what on earth does thom mean by pack of sandwiches? i mean this would be one of my absolute favorites but for some reason that line always makes me wince when i hear it
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Blower's daughter by Damien Rice ...
the very last line.
yeah fair point. The "way too clever" alarms went absolutly bat **** on that one.

I don't know if I was supposed to laugh or think "ack...he got me, he got me good that son of a bitch."

To be fair though, I think that song is trash.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Elliott Smith and his God damned "Duracell Bunny" line always makes my head asplode.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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completely agree about the "pack of sandwiches" line in talk show host. shame, love the song.
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