The worst lyrics, post your best examples (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by PaulKTF, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Ironclaw

    Ironclaw Forum Resident

    You clearly haven’t seen Call Me By Your Name.
  2. hakstone

    hakstone Well-Known Member

    Only time will tell if our love will stand the test of time :confused:
  3. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

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  4. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    "Good Enough" by Van Halen with Sammy Hagar
    also Poundcake and Black and Blue
    (and people say the intelligence went up with Sammy?!? what the...)

    Also various Misfits lyrics are absolutely terrible if thought about, one would just listen for that great voice of Glenn's (back then) going "woah-oh-oh!"
  5. DeadPhishBlues

    DeadPhishBlues Well-Known Member

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sure, taken out of the song’s context
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  6. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
  7. Jon1969

    Jon1969 Ozark Hillbilly

    Sorry about the quality, but you do have John Hiatt (medicated?) sitting down with Guy Clark and John Prine:

    I feel lucky, I've seen them all several times.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
  8. Todd68

    Todd68 I'm Listening

    Pelham, Ontario
    I love Sabbath, but I always thought these lyrics were just goofy. Satan has his running shoes on ... get going because he's "coming 'round the bend".

    Is it the end, my friend?
    Satan's coming 'round the bend
    People running 'cause they're scared
    The people better go and beware!
    No, no, please, no!
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  9. Jon1969

    Jon1969 Ozark Hillbilly

    ^^ Looks like Lyle Lovett also in that video?
  10. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

    Easton, MD
    Weir was famously frustrating to Robert Hunter when they attempted to collaborate. (Weir also added "Jumps like a Willys in four wheel drive" to Sugar Magnolia. Not a bad line, actually, given Willys being an old maker of jeeps.) When John Barlow came along Hunter happily said "You can have him."
  11. Yesternow

    Yesternow Forum pResident

    Stuck in my head since late 80s:

    "Plastic fantastic lobster telephone, yeah"

    From the Electric album by The Cult.
    Love that album. My favorite band while teenager.
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  12. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers Forum Resident

    "In the sky a might eagle doesn't care about what's illegal."
    - Helloween, Eagle Fly Free.
  13. Blank Frank

    Blank Frank King of Carrot Flowers

    I think we could safely conclude that most rock and pop lyrics are a bit pish and that it is the ones which aren't which stand out.
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  14. swearydad

    swearydad Well-Known Member

    Middlesex, England
    From All Night Long: Don't know about your brain but you look alright.
  15. Phil12

    Phil12 Radiant Radish

    Actually... what struck me when hearing it recently, are the lame lyrics of the Jagger/Richards classic As Tears Go by.
    My riches can't buy everything
    I want to hear the children sing
    All I hear is the sound
    Of rain falling on the ground
    I sit and watch
    As tears go by.
  16. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    Oh, that reminded me of Midnight Oil's illiterate 'When the Generals Talk', whose chorus goes:

    When the Generals talk
    You better listen to him
    When the Generals talk
    You better do what he say

    This got a lot of airplay back in the day, and every single time the plural / singular mismatch drove me up the wall.
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  17. Fortysomething

    Fortysomething Forum Resident

    Chicago, Illinois
    I love Joni Mitchell, but this lyric, on one of her best albums, always irritated the fk out of me:

    W. C. Handy, I'm rich and I'm fey
    And I'm not familiar with what you played
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  18. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll

    Gene Simmons is ******* revolting :biglaugh: That video for Firestarter, featuring all those girls who are young enough to be his grandchildren, turns my stomach :)
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  19. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll

    "Don't know about your brain but you look all right". Charming :) Co-written by a female too! Great song though, of course.
  20. danomar

    danomar Forum Resident

    Atlanta, GA
    I remember an interview in which Tom Jones described the session where he recorded the song "Thunderball" for the James Bond film of the same name. According to Jones, he looked at the lyrics and then asked (his manager I think) if he was kidding. The lyrics make no sense. He was told to sing it anyway and he did to great effect, but the lyrics? Still make no sense.

    He always runs while others walk,
    He acts while other men just talk,
    He looks at this world and wants it all,
    So he strikes like Thunderball.
    He knows the meaning of success,
    His needs are more so he gives less,
    They call him the winner who takes all,
    And he strikes like Thunderball.
    Any woman he wants he'll get
    He will break any heart without regret.
    His days of asking are all gone,
    His fight goes on and on and on,
    But he thinks that the fight is worth it all,
    So he strikes like Thunderball.
  21. Lamus

    Lamus Forum Resident

    Tempe, Arizona
    Neil Young - Change Your Mind

    The morning comes
    And there's an odor in the room
    The scent of love
    More than a million roses bloom

    I love Neil and I love this song, but the "odor" and "scent of love" lines make me cringe. When he says "odor in the room", I can only imagine a wicked fart. I'm sorry, but that's what I think every time. I sometimes laugh out loud at the badness of it. Then, with "the scent of love" line, I'm thinking of something even worse. Seems like there could've been a better way to convey the pleasant smells he is talking about here.

    There is nothing inherently negative about the word "odor" but, in common usage, it is usually used in conjunction with something negative.
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  22. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe

    Saltzman and Broccoli so desperate to repeat the 'winning formula' of Goldfinger that they even tried to replicate the theme song.
  23. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    Exactly my thoughts. Spoils the song.
  24. Todd68

    Todd68 I'm Listening

    Pelham, Ontario
  25. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    Reminds me of another one on the "Beach Boys Love You" album, you just know that a song called "Johnny Carson" is going to have idiotic lyrics,

    "He sits behind his microphone
    John-ny Car-son
    He speaks in such a manly tone
    John-ny Car-son
    Ed McMahon comes on and says "Here's Johhny"
    Every night at eleven thirty he's so funny"...

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