Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Really Dumb Song Lyrics

I like to listen to the radio while I'm driving around, doing my errands. Okay, I'll be honest -- I like to sing to the radio while I'm driving around. I just can't help it.

When I'm just listening to the songs, I don't always notice how stupid some of the lyrics are, but when I'm singing them, I have to laugh. Check these out.

Celine Dion made the theme from "Titanic" famous. But have you ever ignored her lovely voice and just listened to the words?

Near, far, wherever you are,
You are here in my heart and my heart will go on and on.

That first line sounds like Dr. Seuss.

I also get a kick out Backstreet Boys with "As Long as You Love Me."

I don't care who you are, where you're from, or what you did
As long as you love me.

So let me get this straight. She's a murderer who has escaped from the nearby prision. But she's in love with you, so that's okay. Whatever . . .

And then of course there's "McArthur Park." For those of you who didn't do the disco era (I didn't either, really, but I like to listen to older music) here are those words:

Someone left my cake out in the rain.
I don't think that I can take it
'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again!
Oh, no!

And then here's one that just irks me to death, called "Into The Night" by Benny Mardones.

She's just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they said
Separated by fools
Who don't know what love is yet
But I want you to know

If I could fly, I'd pick you up
I'd take you into the night
And show you a love
Like you've never seen, ever seen.

Hello? This song is sung by an obviously mature man, and he's thinking things like this about a sixteen year old? Call the police! Seriously -- what kind of message is this sending -- that it's okay for older guys to go after teenagers? Leave her alone, indeed!

Anyway, I could go on and on. But I won't. We'll just suffice it to say that there are a lot of wacky lyrics out there. A lot.


Jen said...

Hahaha...I do the same thing. These are great examples.

Stephanie Black said...

Amen, Tristi. It's funny how cheesy some lyrics seem once you take the music away and think about the words!

Ajoy said...

A good way to start my day! Thanks to you Trist :) I'm laughing... and hard.

Ya know, I never liked the smell of coffee. I even tasted it once when I was a teen. It was gross. Putting the taste and smell aside...I wonder why people need at good pick my up like 'coffee' when they can read something to make them laugh hard enough to yank them from a zombie-like status? They should give it a try! I'm AWAKE! :)

Cheri J. Crane said...

How about this classic by Neil Diamond:

"I am I said To no one there
and no one heard at all, not even the chair."

On the other hand, I have days like that . . . ;) These are the moments that keep us humble.

Excellent blog, Tristi. Quite fun.

W.L. Elliott said...

Aw c'mon -

who could ever forget

"Do wah diddy, diddy dum, diddy do"

or how 'bout

"I yelled 'Don't look, Ethel', but it was too late. She'd already been incensed!"

Tristi Pinkston said...


I totally agree!

W.L --

I've never heard the Ethel song! Who sings that?

Cheri J. Crane said...

I should remember the name of the artist who gave us that classic---but it's gone. The grey cells hit a glitch. I do remember that the second set of lyrics w.l. shared was from the famed ditty:
"The Streak," . . . 'Oh yeah, they call him the streak (fast sounding noise) fastest thing on two feet . . .'

Lee Ann said...

"The Streak" is by Ray Stevens, who also gave us this immortal line from "Mississippi Squirrel Revival":

Well, Herb hit the aisle a dancin' and a screamin'
Some thought he had religion, others thought he had a demon,
But Herb thought he had a weed-eater loose in his fruit of the looms.

Our family favorite is from Paula Abdul:

If you're only playing games, I just have to say....
ba ba ba ba ba buh-buh buh buh buh.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Lee Ann -- I'm just dying over that fruit of the looms lyric. I've never heard the song but it sounds like a hoot!

Now I'm rather tempted to say "ba ba ba ba ba" to someone when they ask me a question. :)

W.L. Elliott said...

I can't believe you've never heard The Mississippi Squirrel Revival!

Must go see!!

Anna Maria Junus said...

It's always been that way. Look at #1 song from 1939 (which is way before my time.)

Down in a meadow in a itty bitty pool
Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too.
Swim said the mama fishie swim if you can
And they swam and they swam right over the dam.
Boop Boop didam dadam whadum choo.

Or lets not forget the great songwriters, the Beatles...

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true,
So please, love me do.

kris said...

This was a riot - thanks, Tristi!! I sing in the car too - which is really a bonus to all the people NOT in the car with me! :)

Literary Feline said...

This is a great topic! I love music and enjoy listening to lyrics of songs. Sometimes they make me laugh and other times bring me to tears. It's on ongoing "joke" in my house that when certain songs come on the radio or over iTunes, I'll get teary-eyed. My husband will come over and give me a squeeze.

Anyhow, thank you to W.L. Elliot for posting the UTube link to the squierrel video. I heard that song many years ago and have been trying to find it again. I couldn't remember who sang it.

On a more serious note, the song you mention by Benny Mardones always disturbed me. And as much as I like some of Bruce Springsteen's music, there is one song, one of his most popular songs that makes me shudder every time I hear it the opening verse. It's called I'm On Fire.

Two songs that make me smile and laugh are Brad Paisley's Waitin' On a Woman and Little Moments. They are both such sweet songs.

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