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Songs that Make No Sense to the Younger Generation

 
 
FBM
 
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Reply Wed 30 Dec, 2015 02:01 am
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:


Will we ever know to whom Carly Simon was referring? I have my money on Warren Beatty. (Yes kids, he was once young, GORGEOUS, and one of the biggest womanizers in Hollywood.)


She came out in the news just a couple of weeks ago and said that (if I recall correctly) the first verse was about WB, but not the others.
Blickers
 
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Reply Wed 30 Dec, 2015 04:48 am
@FBM,
At the time the song came out, the speculation in the rock press was that she was talking about Mick Jagger. Which made it even more remarkable, since Mick Jagger supposedly sang on the record-he's supposed to be the high, sound processed voice that echoed Carly's when she sang "so vain" in one spot.
FBM
 
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Reply Wed 30 Dec, 2015 05:04 am
@Blickers,
You never know, she may yet reveal that he's the subject of one of the other verses...
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Phily Gautier
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2018 04:21 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I've heard the talk of two girls in bus yesterday.
They found the news about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and searching Google for Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles.. They even don't these names.. it's a shame.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2018 09:42 am
@Blickers,
when interviewed Carly craftily doesn't tip her hand either way.

My personal guess is that it's a composite of both of the studs.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2018 11:45 am
I remember watching this on the telly during a wet Wednesday afternoon when I was a kid.

I completely misunderstood the second line.

Things we cannot buy with LSD.

It's not a drugs reference at all, it's old UK currency, Pounds (L) Shillings (S) and pence (D).

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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 12:46 am
Speaking of LSD, anybody remember this?

Quote:
Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes
Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she's gone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high
Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you're gone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile
The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney


roger
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 12:57 am
@Phoenix32890,
I do remember that tune.

Maybe we need a thread for songs that make no sense to the older generation.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 02:09 am
@Phoenix32890,
When I was at school a mate of mine had really arty parents. They decorated the bathroom to look like Lucy in the Sky.

I particularly remember the newspaper taxis, (cut from the local rag,) and the girl with kaleidoscope eyes, (little circles of mirror where the pupils would be.)

Now the song reminds me of this.

Quote:
Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis.

"Lucy" acquired her name from the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles, which was played loudly and repeatedly in the expedition camp all evening after the excavation team's first day of work on the recovery site


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(Australopithecus)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 09:57 am
@izzythepush,
In the age of cell phones:
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 10:26 am
Actually, this song was before my time. (and that was a LONG time ago) I did know a couple of verses to the song. It looks the there are a number of versions, but this is the closest to what I remember.

Quote:
Ballad of Lydia Pinkham

Let us sing (let us sing) of Lydia Pinkham
The benefactress of the human race.
She invented a vegetable compound,
And now all papers print her face,

O, Mrs. Brown could do no housework,
O, Mrs. Brown could do no housework,
She took three bottles of Lydia's conpound,
And now there's nothing she will shirk,
she will shirk,

Mrs. Jones she had no children,
And she loved them very dear.
So she took three bottles of Pinkham's
Now she has twins every year.

Lottie Smyth ne'er had a lover,
Blotchy pimples caused her plight;
But she took nine bottles of Pinkham's--
Sweethearts swarm about her each night.

Oh Mrs. Murphy (Oh Mrs. Murphy)
Was perturbed because she couldn't seem to pee
Till she took some of Lydia's compound
And now they run a pipeline to the sea!

And Peter Whelan (Peter Whelan)
He was sad because he only had one nut
Till he took some of Lydia's compound
And now they grow in clusters 'round his butt.

izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 8 Nov, 2018 11:35 am
@Phoenix32890,
It made the charts back in 1968.



Quote:
"Lily the Pink" is a 1968 song released by the UK comedy group The Scaffold. It is a modernisation of an older folk song titled "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham". The lyrics celebrate the "medicinal compound" invented by Lily the Pink, and chronicle the "efficacious" cures it has brought about, such as inducing morbid obesity to cure a weak appetite, or bringing about a sex change as a remedy for freckles.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_the_Pink_(song)
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