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Offline Oniya

Not sure about other cultures, but it is bad juju, superstition, whatever you want to call it, to pick up rice after a wedding. Something about it is cursed, the rise is supposed to draw all the bad stuff from the newly married.

Oddly enough, the reason I've heard for the rice-throwing is that it is a wish for prosperity (corn and other grains were used in ancient times).  And someone has to clean up after weddings, so the rice is going to be picked up by that someone.  A few Beatles fan-sites suggested that Eleanor was picking up the rice because it was as close as she ever expected to get to being married.  (Also kind of depressing.)

Funny story - the first time I ever played ER on the piano (Courtesy of 'Great Songs of the Sixties, Vol. 1'), I played it at somewhere around 3/4 speed.  Not quite half speed, but much slower than the original.  If you thought it was haunting before...

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Yes, very poignant song. I saw a great cover of it on tv at the end of a superb show with blues/soul revue Tedeschi Trucks Band, they're doing it in a much faster, rousing style and with live brass - owes something to Aretha's version of it from the early seventies. Very soulful, there's urgency in it allright but it's not as bleak as the original. TTB also changed the lyrics of the first verse to first-person, "I'm Eleanor Rigby...", giving it a feeling that Eleanor is still fighting her isolation.

« Last Edit: October 18, 2016, 05:24:57 PM by gaggedLouise »

Offline The Dark Raven

I always assumed Eleanor Rigby was severely depressed, possibly in love with the groom, and committed suicide in the church after the wedding party was gone.  Tell me I wasn't a morbid little 10 year old (first time I heard the song).

Offline Pumpkin Seeds

The song that comes to mind for me with this topic is "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People.  For a long time they played this song as the song of the summer with a care free attitude and nobody really listening to the lyrics.  Yet the song is about someone about to do a school shooting. 

Offline Warlock

Maroon 5's ''Animals'' played around themes of sexual predation and stalking and music video featuring quite gory scences. Caught some media attention when it was released, with RAINN and other organization like them came out against it.


The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.

Offline Oniya

The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

Y'know, I don't think I've mentioned 'Mother's Little Helper', which was about this stuff

Offline Tanken Sai

If I were a zombie.

Offline Magali

Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Here's the lyrics:  (Sorry I could not find a video with them on)

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"Harold The Barrel"

[News:]
A well-known Bognor restaurant-owner disappeared
early this morning.
Last seen in a mouse-brown overcoat,
suitably camouflaged,
they saw him catch a train.

[Man-in-the-street:]
"Father of three its disgusting"
"Such a horrible thing to do"
Harold the Barrel cut off his toes and he served them all
for tea
"Can't go far", "He can't go far".
"Hasn't got a leg to stand on"
"He can't go far".

[Man-on-the-spot:]
I'm standing in a doorway on the main square
tension is mounting
There's a restless crowd of angry people

[Man-on-the-council:]
"More than we've ever seen.
- had to tighten up security"

Over to the scene at the town hall
The Lord Mayor's ready to speak

[Lord Mayor:]
"Man of suspicion, you can't last long, the British Public
is on our side"

[British Public:]
"Can't last long", "You can't last long".
"Said you couldn't trust him, his brother was just the same"
"You can't last long".

[Harold:]
If I was many miles from here,
I'd be sailing in an open boat on the sea
Instead I'm on this window ledge,
With the whole world below
Up at the window
Look at the window...

[Mr.Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us son"

[Harold:]
You must be joking
Take a running jump

The crowd was getting stronger and our Harold
getting weaker;
Forwards, backwards, swaying side to side
Fearing the very worst
They called his mother to the sight
Upon the ledge beside him
His mother made a last request.

[67-yr-old Mrs Barrel:]
"Come off the ledge if your father were alive he'd be very,
very, very upset.
"Just can't jump, you just can't jump"
"Your shirt's all dirty, there's a man here from
the B.B.C."
"You just can't jump"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us Harry"

[Harold:]
You must be joking.
Take a running jump......


Offline Oniya

On the same lines as that one:



This one is more disturbing if you watch the movie Quadrophenia (based on the album).  It's the final song on the soundtrack, played as 'Jimmy' rides a stolen scooter along the top edge of the Cliffs of Dover
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and as Roger hits the final 'rock scream', the background music stops, the scooter goes over the cliff, and we see it smash to the rocks below.

Offline zzy123

The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

I always found the lyrics to Under My Thumb really quite awful! Yeah sure, the subject may not have been a very nice person but it's still pretty harsh.

Offline The Dark Raven

A Day in the Life - The Beatles



I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph.

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the red lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.


I saw a film today, oh boy
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on.

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2016, 02:56:41 PM by The Dark Raven »

Offline Polymorph

Very catchy song and the Icelandic accent is sexy as hell. I remember the band being interviewed and the song is about an old woman who talks to her dead husband.

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Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Mmm. With Peter Gabriel, Genesis did many songs that tell strange or creepy stories - strange tales about madness, weird accidents and stuff, and Peter indulged in some of those outside of the actual songs too (the story of a woman in the subway on the rear cover of Genesis Live). On the same album as "Harold, the Barrel",  The Musical Box is a riveting song, but the story half-buried underneath it is a dark tale of deceit, premature aging and rabid desire between two siblings. The dramatic impact of the music and Gabriel's vocal just pulls you in as a listener though, even before you'd realize what the guy in the lyrics has actually been through (though the story was "spoilered" in a note above the lyrics on the original album).

There are so many details I cherish about the song - the violent, crunching guitar solo (proto-speed metal?), the gentle trio of drums, twelve-string guitar and flute where Collins is playing with mallets and brushes instead of sticks and avoids striking at the points where most drummers would hit the beat, instead creating a dreamlike, flowing spell in the music...the nuances of Peter Gabriel's voice, from wistful pleading to an angry roar...

« Last Edit: November 02, 2016, 03:45:46 PM by gaggedLouise »

Offline fireflights

This is going to date myself, but I haven't been able to listen to this song since it was released at the same time my brother committed suicide and it is about it.... Kix don't close your eyes is the hardest song for me to listen to even to this day and it's been 15 years


Offline CopperLily

The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.

Cats in the Cradle never fails to make me sob - and I'm pretty sure it was heavily influential on how my father approached raising his children.

I don't know if it's overlooked, but the Rolling Stones also did "Under my Thumb" which is...a little bit nonconsenty?

Offline CopperLily

It's okay - This one is sort of emblazoned in my brain after my German teacher in college had us translate it to see how different it was from the English version.  Literally typed that from memory.

You too eh?

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Some of these songs...

I don't think I can listen to them the same.

Usually, I just have the music on as background noise but after taking a look at the actual lyrics on some of these...I think I should pay a bit more attention to what I'm listening to.


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I don't know about anyone else but "Baby Got Back" always creeped me out. Yes, I know I know, he loves butts we get it, but damn!

Offline greenknight

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.
This is me and mine; my father, and, unfortunately, my son.

Dad got to be around a lot more with my brothers and sister, they are all much younger, and my son's with him 'cause my job doesn't send me to the most kid friendly locales.But damn....

Oh, and NIN's We're in This Together.


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I've become impossible  holding on to when
When everything seemed to matter more
The two of us
All used and beaten up
Watching fate as it flow down the path we
Have chose

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
If the world should break in two
Until the very end of me
Until the very end of you

Awake to the sound as they peel apart the skin
They pick and they pull
Trying to get their fingers in
Well they've got to kill what we've found
Well they've got to hate what we fear
Well they've got to make it go away
Well they've got to make it disappear

The farther I fall I'm beside you
As lost as I get I will find you
The deeper the wound I'm inside you
For ever and ever I'm a part of

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
If the world should break in two
Until the very end of me
Until the very end of you
All that we were is gone we have to hold on
All that we were is gone we have to hold on
When all our hope is gone we have to hold on
All that we were is gone but we can hold on

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
Even after everything
You're the queen and I'm the king
Nothing else means anything
Written by Trent Reznor • Copyright © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Or maybe No Doubt's "Don't Speak," a biography of a band's breakup.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2017, 02:06:18 PM by greenknight »

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Fisher Z with Marliese

Which is basically told from the perspective of a creeper stalker.



I told them I take photos for this magazine.
They let me in to see you comb your hair.
I watched for signs as I came throught that door.
The anxious eyes that I've been waiting for.
It's no use hoping I'm a dream.
[Chorus:]
Oh Marliese.
The waiting almost brought me to my knees.
Oh Marliese.
You didn't really think I'd leave you in peace.
It's no use crying out ''cause they can't help you now.
You're forced to hear the words I have to say.
I saw your face when I was taken down.
You seemed so pleased, you're not so happy now.
It's your turn to be afraid.
[Chorus]
So where's the smooth composure of the movie star.
You must have played this many times before.
Do I see tears? Well surely that's not true.
Don't kid yourself, it's not worth hurting you.
Bur remember when you try to sleep.
[Chorus]



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Apologies if these have already been posted.

Janie's got a gun by Aerosmith. 



Lyrics
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her whole world's come undone
From lookin' straight at the sun
What did her daddy do?
What did he put you through?
They said when Janie was arrested
they found him underneath a train
But man, he had it comin' Now that Janie's got a gun
she ain't never gonna be the same.

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue.
What did her daddy do?
He jacked a little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under the lightning and the
thunder knew that someone had to stop the rain

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do?
It's Janie's last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy and put a bullet in his brain
She said 'cause nobody believes me. The man was such a sleeze.
He ain't never gonna be the same.

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah
yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Everybody is on the run

Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Because Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Janie's got a gun



Jeremy by Pearl Jam



Lyrics
At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V

Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
To the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Clearly I remember
Pickin' on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth

And bit the recess lady's breast
How could I forget
He hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Like the day I heard
Daddy didn't give affection

And the boy was something mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this,
Try to erase this,
From the blackboard.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2017, 10:18:59 AM by Mithlomwen »

Offline Oniya

Facts about those two:

Steve Tyler has a charity called Janie's Fund for the support of child abuse victims.

'Jeremy' was actually based on a real incident.  Eddie Vedder read the article about the suicide, and felt 'the need to take that small article and make something of it—to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance.'  He also said in 1991:  'it's just been recently that I've been talking about the true meaning behind it and I hope no one's offended and believe me, I think of Jeremy when I sing it.' (Source)

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"Delilah" Tom Jones.

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I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free
At break of day when that man drove away I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more

"Hey Joe" Jimi Hendrix
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Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun of yours?
Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand, oh
I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man
I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man
And that ain't too cool
Huh, hey Joe, I heard you shot your mamma down
You shot her down now
Hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down in the ground, yeah
Yeah
Yes, I did, I shot her
You know I caught her messin' round, messin' round town
Yes I did, I shot her
You know I caught my old lady messin' 'round town
And I gave her the gun
And I shot her
Alright
Shoot her one more time again, baby
Yeah
Oh, dig it
Oh, alright
Hey Joe
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
Hey Joe, I said
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
I'm goin' way down south
Way down to Mexico way
Alright
I'm goin' way down South
Way down where I can be free
Ain't no one gonna find me
Ain't no hang-man gonna
He ain't gonna put a rope around me
You better believe it right now
I gotta go now
Hey, Joe
You better run on down
Goodbye everybody

"Shot in the dark" Ozzy Osbourne

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Out on the street, I'm stalking the night,
I can hear my heavy breathing.
Paid for the kill but it doesn't seem right;
something there I can believe in .

Voices are calling from inside my head.
I can hear them, I can hear them,
vanishing memories of things that were said,
they can't try to hurt me now.

But a shot in the dark, one step away from you.
A shot in the dark, always creeping up on you

Taught by the powers that preach over me
I can hear their empty reason
I wouldn't listen I learnt how to fight
I opened up my mind to treason

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you

"The Butcher and Fast Eddy" Rose Tattoo

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It happened in the suburbs north of the river
Where the smokestacks scrape the air
And gangs of short haired boys roam the streets
Get out of there way, 'cause there out to get there share
Now Butcher, he was the leader
Had a reputation for being tough but fair
He knew life was just a gamble
So he lived from day to day without a care
Stick around and I'll tell ya
About Butcher and Fast Eddy
Across the river lived Fast Eddy
He was known to be treacherous, very mean
Even Eddy's sweet young sister out on the streets
Just a girl, barely fifteen
Now Fast Eddy, he led the rival gang
And he claimed he was better...than most
One day I'm gonna fix that Butcher
Always seemed to be this cocky braggart's boast
There's only the quick and the dead
I want to know who's layin' down
Now, I'm gonna win this fight said Eddy
Yeah 'cause I'm gonna take a knife, and I'm gonna take a gun
But Butcher, he told his mates as they gathered 'round
I got two good fists, and you know I never
Never ever ever been afraid of anyone
And it came the night, at last for their meeting
I can't lose said Eddy, 'cause I'm the best
But the cold light of morning found Eddy
His own switchblade knife buried deep in his chest!
Yeah that's it all Oh wow Butcher, and Fast Eddy
Yeah that's it all
And the law never did touch Butcher
And I'm so glad, 'cause I know so well
He was a born with a wild free spirit, and he never
He never was the kind to live locked up in some dirty stinkin' cell
And the kids, they still talk about it
In the back streets and alleyways around town
They still talk about that cold, windy Saturday night
That old Butcher ya know, he put Fast Eddy down

Offline Tamhansen

Obvious one I missed or maybe just passed over.

Blurred lines. Incredibly catchy but hideously date rapey

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Not sure if it has been overlooked per se, but I love it, regardless.