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Just a comment - the idea of this thread was songs that are tolerable, but have something irritating about them.

Of course, I cannot control what happens, and it is fine to do other things. But there are so many songs that are just not worth having recorded. My current top "Why didn't it go in the bin" song is Train - Play that Song. Plagarised trash.

I actually dislike "I the lord of sea and sky" because it is so plodding. But then, 99% of worship music makes me sick.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mudfrog:
I cant' stand I the Lord of Sea and Sky. I refuse to use I! (And not merely because Daniel O'Donnell sings it grrrr).

I hate it because of the chorus:

Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?

Gill H wrote a nice parody of that.

Someone else, Lord
Please not me, Lord
I am hiding underneath my bed.
I can't go, Lord
I'm too scared, Lord
Won't you please send someone else instead.


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quote:
Originally posted by Moo:
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Originally posted by Mudfrog:
I cant' stand I the Lord of Sea and Sky. I refuse to use I! (And not merely because Daniel O'Donnell sings it grrrr).

I hate it because of the chorus:

Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?

Gill H wrote a nice parody of that.

Someone else, Lord
Please not me, Lord
I am hiding underneath my bed.
I can't go, Lord
I'm too scared, Lord
Won't you please send someone else instead.


Moo

IIRC I the Lord of Sea and Sky was based on Isaiah (the here I am is C6v8), I'm not sure where the rest of the song is from as the immediate context is judgment and before the exile.
Whereas that is clearly inspired by Moses (and probably fits the verses better).

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Don’t let the sun go down on me is a song I mostly like. However:

Don’t discard me
Just because you think I mean you harm


That has always sounded like an excellent reason for giving someone the push to me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Moo:
Gill H wrote a nice parody of that.

[Killing me] I love Gill's sense of humor!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Moo:
Gill H wrote a nice parody of that.

Someone else, Lord
Please not me, Lord
I am hiding underneath my bed.
I can't go, Lord
I'm too scared, Lord
Won't you please send someone else instead.

Thank you for that. It's good, much, much better than the original, which I agree is intensely annoying. I don't know what the second of these two lines really means, but IMHO it is emotionally and spiritually profoundly pretentious.
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Anyone else ever been irritated by We'll meet again and the line at the end of the chorus But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

It was written for a British singer, for British troops so the chances of it being a sunny day were not good...

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"Someone left the 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."

Great tune, but the words - eugh.

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Originally posted by Chorister:
"Someone left the 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."

Great tune, but the words - eugh.

The lyrics are surreal in the extreme. I quite like them for that. In an odd way.

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There's spoken English, poetry and lyrics. Sometime the grammar may be wrong, but the way the lyric fits the tune is terrible.

She was just seventeen, you know what I mean,
And the way she looked was way beyond compare...

As spoken English it grates, the grammar has all sorts of problems, but set to that tune it is perfect.

Lyrics do not need to be gramatical to be good.

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Anyone else ever been irritated by We'll meet again and the line at the end of the chorus But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

It was written for a British singer, for British troops so the chances of it being a sunny day were not good...

Perhaps indicative of their actual chances of meeting again.

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Anyone else ever been irritated by We'll meet again and the line at the end of the chorus But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

It was written for a British singer, for British troops so the chances of it being a sunny day were not good...

More chance of that than of seeing bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover.

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:
Anyone else ever been irritated by We'll meet again and the line at the end of the chorus But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

It was written for a British singer, for British troops so the chances of it being a sunny day were not good...

Perhaps indicative of their actual chances of meeting again.
A friend of my had the Vera Lynn version played for his funeral. Though he was not religious it must have expressed a hope of his.

It is also used as the closing song on the BBC mini-series The Singing Detective where it is interspersed with fragments of earlier scenes. I like it because of that.

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Oh Squeeze, you and your quirky 60s lyrics. I love 'Up The Junction' but no, she didn't give birth in an incubator.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
Oh Squeeze, you and your quirky 60s lyrics. I love 'Up The Junction' but no, she didn't give birth in an incubator.

And '30 minutes later' is a pretty optimistic estimate of labour.

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I'm not sure if it's the title, but the song with the words Don't worry, be happy. I'd like to do something nasty to the singer, maybe gag him. [Mad]

And, while I'm having a grump - God is not
watching us from a distance God is right there with us amidst all the crap.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
Oh Squeeze, you and your quirky 60s lyrics. I love 'Up The Junction' but no, she didn't give birth in an incubator.

It is one of those songs that is so good, I forgive him his lyrical oddities*. You get the ideas from the song anyway. It is factually all wrong, but conceptually - genius.

In a similar vein is REM "Leaving New York". "Leaving New York, Never Easy". Missing a word there Michael. But it gets the feeling over so perfectly.

*That doesn't, of course mean that everyone has to, and does mean it is perfect for this thread.

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That bloody na na na song by Kylie Minogue.

On the upside, none of you people can think of any other irritating songs now [Biased]

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quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
"Someone left the 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."

Great tune, but the words - eugh.

The lyrics are surreal in the extreme. I quite like them for that. In an odd way.
It was the Sixties. Normal in the circumstances.

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quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
That bloody na na na song by Kylie Minogue.

On the upside, none of you people can think of any other irritating songs now [Biased]

Fortunately I don't know that one. And wild horses won't make me look it up on YouTube.

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
Fortunately I don't know that one. And wild horses won't make me look it up on YouTube.

You are a very, very lucky person. I've not listened to it for years and just thinking about has made the irritating song reverberate around the inside of my head all day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
Oh Squeeze, you and your quirky 60s lyrics. I love 'Up The Junction' but no, she didn't give birth in an incubator.

1979 is hardly the 60s.

I'd like to nominate, just for the one bloody line, that wretched song that goes "Don't waste your time on me, you're already the voice inside my yead[sic]"

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quote:
Originally posted by Enoch:
quote:
Originally posted by Moo:
Gill H wrote a nice parody of that.

Someone else, Lord
Please not me, Lord
I am hiding underneath my bed.
I can't go, Lord
I'm too scared, Lord
Won't you please send someone else instead.

Thank you for that. It's good, much, much better than the original, which I agree is intensely annoying. I don't know what the second of these two lines really means, but IMHO it is emotionally and spiritually profoundly pretentious.
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I will hold Your people in my heart.


If it's annoying Christian music you want, God will ensure that if I've led a wicked life the demons in Hell will sing "Isn't he beautiful?" morning, noon and night.

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quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
That bloody na na na song by Kylie Minogue.

On the upside, none of you people can think of any other irritating songs now [Biased]

Want a bet Mr. Cheesy? I take your "na na na" song and raise you "karma chameleon" which has to be the ultimate ear worm. Why does the singer wear "red coat and green" anyway?

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by mr cheesy:
That bloody na na na song by Kylie Minogue.

On the upside, none of you people can think of any other irritating songs now [Biased]

Fortunately I don't know that one. And wild horses won't make me look it up on YouTube.
When I was at college, the restaurant beneath played it (Can't get you out of my head), and you could only hear the bass, where the na na na's went.

Adding "Judy's turn to Cry", sequal to "It's my party", Johnny gets his cake at eats it, and his use violence is seen as a virtue, the other guy is just used and gets a metaphorical as well as physical slap in the face. Judy gets a crappy deal, and Leslie's doesn't exactly seem one to celebrate either.

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"It doesn't really matter if we make it or not"

Then a couple of lines later

"Take my hand and we'll make it I swear"

in Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

If it doesn't matter, then why are you bothering to try. Obviously it does matter.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay-Emm:
Adding "Judy's turn to Cry", sequal to "It's my party", Johnny gets his cake at eats it, and his use violence is seen as a virtue, the other guy is just used and gets a metaphorical as well as physical slap in the face. Judy gets a crappy deal, and Leslie's doesn't exactly seem one to celebrate either.

Years ago I dreamed out the plot of a movie based on these two songs. After "Judy's Turn to Cry" everybody turns gay, and Judy and Leslie want a sperm donor to have a baby, and for god-knows-what-reason ask Johnny & his husband (the guy he hit in the song) but they refuse.

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Concerning 'I the Lord of sea and sky', no-one who has ever heard 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' as performed by the National Theatre of Brent (Patrick Barlow and Jim Broadbent, not necessarily in that order) will ever be able to sing that song with a straight face [Killing me]

And I have to do it, as a member of the worship band, on a regular basis [Two face]

The song that irritates the h*ll out of me is Wham's 'Last Christmas'

Last Christmas, I GEV you my heart

which, once you've heard it, can never be fogotten or overlooked [Mad]

Mrs. S, serenity itself [Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by mousethief:
quote:
Originally posted by Jay-Emm:
Adding "Judy's turn to Cry", sequal to "It's my party", Johnny gets his cake at eats it, and his use violence is seen as a virtue, the other guy is just used and gets a metaphorical as well as physical slap in the face. Judy gets a crappy deal, and Leslie's doesn't exactly seem one to celebrate either.

Years ago I dreamed out the plot of a movie based on these two songs. After "Judy's Turn to Cry" everybody turns gay, and Judy and Leslie want a sperm donor to have a baby, and for god-knows-what-reason ask Johnny & his husband (the guy he hit in the song) but they refuse.
Great parody plot. Pity that only people in our generation (who heard the songs ad nauseam in our youth) would understand its truth and beauty.

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For the last week and a bit I have been plagued by 'Gentleman' Jim Reeves singing He'll have to go.

Being an ex-sexual health worker - so this is official and not just the product of a dirty mind - I have thought up several extremely unacceptable versions but even they bring me no comfort.

If I was the 'friend there with' her I might well go round and punch his face in - but in a caring, compassionate, Quakerly way.

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"They say in heaven, love comes first. Oooooh - heaven is a place on earth"

Just so much wrong with this. I mean who says it? I've never heard it. And no, heaven is not a place on earth. By definition.

Aargh.

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quote:
Everything is beautiful
In its' own way

And later on, in the same song...

quote:
It's time to realize
That beauty lies
In the eyes of the beholder

Maybe it's just the pedantic, philosophy-minor aspect of my personality coming out, but I think those statements contradict each other.

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How could we have forgotten Father Abraham and The Smurf Song [Eek!]

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How could we have forgotten Father Abraham and The Smurf Song [Eek!]

Because the thread is about good songs that have something irritating about them, not musical manure.

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quote:
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Originally posted by L'organist:
How could we have forgotten Father Abraham and The Smurf Song [Eek!]

Because the thread is about good songs that have something irritating about them, not musical manure.
Now, now. It was a children's song, and by the standards of its target demographic, was probably very much beloved.

But yeah, it does have that sort of inspid, overprotective nursery-school quality about it. As a counterpoint here is another kids song, with a somewhat grittier edge to it.

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Originally posted by balaam:
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Originally posted by L'organist:
How could we have forgotten Father Abraham and The Smurf Song [Eek!]

Because the thread is about good songs that have something irritating about them, not musical manure.
Now, now. It was a children's song, and by the standards of its target demographic, was probably very much beloved.

No, sorry, there is nothing to redeem that song. It was loved because it was an action song. You could have sung any words to it and it would have been enjoyed.

It is the sort of song that gets action songs and kids songs a bad name.

[Whereas action snogs, as I almost put, are fine....]

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Originally posted by Stetson:
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Originally posted by balaam:
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Originally posted by L'organist:
How could we have forgotten Father Abraham and The Smurf Song [Eek!]

Because the thread is about good songs that have something irritating about them, not musical manure.
Now, now. It was a children's song, and by the standards of its target demographic, was probably very much beloved.

No, sorry, there is nothing to redeem that song. It was loved because it was an action song. You could have sung any words to it and it would have been enjoyed.

It is the sort of song that gets action songs and kids songs a bad name.


Are you referring to this song? I ask, because it doesn't really strike me as an action song(there don't seem to be any particular actions performed in that video), and I'm wondering if you might have it confused(as I did, for a while) with the song called "Father Abraham", which goes "Father Abraham/Had Seven sons/Seven sons had etc".

We used to sing the Father Abraham song at day camp, and as I recall, there were actions that went with the words. When I first saw the Father Abraham/Smurf album a few years later, I thought maybe the guy's persona was based on that song.

[ 12. March 2017, 08:55: Message edited by: Stetson ]

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'What's This' from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

"The smell of cakes and pies are absolutely everywhere"

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This one definitely fits the theme of the thread, because I love the song in question, but this particular line has always bugged me...

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And now that I don't want for anything
I'll have Al Jolson sing
I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World

Okay, apart from the fact that Al Jolson doesn't deserve any positive memorialization whatsoever, the phrase "I'll have..." sounds really out of place in this context. I don't think I've ever heard those words used to mean the speaker wants to hear a certain song. Mostly, they're used for ordering food in restaurants.

"I hear Al Jolson etc..." would have worked better, since it suggest an ecstatic, mystical state of mind, where he's overwhelmed by musical hallucinations of the past.

[ 12. March 2017, 10:28: Message edited by: Stetson ]

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Hey, Andrew Gold? So your parents had the temerity to have a second child. Get over it.

('Lonely Boy' in case you're wondering.)

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Okay, I like Glycerine as much as the next fittingly jaded Gen Xer, but that has to be one of the lamest bridges in musical history. (Starts at about 2:56)

And not just musically, but lyrically as well. "Black moon white again"? Most awkward colour/nature metaphor since Mick's green sea stopped turning a deeper blue.

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As novelty songs go, I Love Onions is pretty good. I like the way the singer's sultry, seductive voice is used to deliver such banal lyrics.

But I hate the guy talking in the Elmer Fudd voice, in the middle and at the very end.

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This is slightly off the original topic, but the radio edit of Pinks "little pill" (which I keep getting played at me on the radio) always bugs me:

"I tried to call the nurse again, but she's being a little ___"

The missing word rhymes with "itch" and "switch". And the blank in song makes it stand out far more than if they left it in.

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