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Favorite Songs

  1. Mar 10, 2006 #1

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    This song by The Mountain Goats cracks me up every time I hear it. :biggrin:

    I agree with the review from Amazon.com

    No Children: Lyrically, I'm not sure I believe a human being is capable of disliking this song. The guitar and keyboard seem designed mostly as a pretty-sounding drone to augment the lyrics, but they do that quite effectively. The lyrics are so bittersweet and contradictory as to make the song quite funny. "I hope our few remaining friends give up trying to save us / I hope we come up with a failsafe plot to p*** off the dumb few that forgave us" for instance, and such lines as "I hope I lie and tell everyone that you were a good wife / And I hope you die / I hope we both die" sent some of the comically mixed messages the Alpha male sincerely feels. Honestly, the lyrics of the song are great in their entirety. There's not a single line that I don't love. The monotonous music makes the song wear on you after a few listens, but the lyrics make those first few times absolutely golden. Thumbs Up.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006YXH6/104-2932579-8682350?v=glance&n=5174

    Any other Mountain Goat fans?

    No Children

    I hope that our few remaining friends
    give up on trying to save us.
    I hope we come out with a fail-safe plot
    to p*** off the dumb few that forgave us.

    I hope the fences we mended
    fall down beneath their own weight.
    And I hope we hang on past the last exit,
    I hope it's already too late.

    And I hope the junkyard a few blocks from here
    someday burns down.
    And I hope the rising black smoke carries me far away,
    and I never come back to this town again.

    In my life, I hope I lie,
    and tell everyone you were a good wife.
    And I hope you die,
    I hope we both die.

    I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow;
    I hope it bleeds all day long.
    Our friends say it's darkest before the sun rises;
    we're pretty sure they're all wrong.

    I hope it stays dark forever,
    I hope the worst isn't over.
    And I hope you blink before I do,
    and I hope I never get sober.

    And I hope when you think of me years down the line,
    you can't find one good thing to say.
    And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out,
    you'd stay the hell out of my way.

    I am drowning.
    There is no sign of land.
    You are coming down with me,
    hand in unlovable hand.

    And I hope you die,
    I hope we both die.
     
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  3. Mar 10, 2006 #2

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    No Mountain Goat fans?

    I am disowning all of you. :grumpy:
     
  4. Mar 10, 2006 #3

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    :rofl: Well, I must admit that the vocals and harmony on "No children" do make the lyrics seem a bit funny, otherwise I find the mood a bit dark.

    From the review:
    :rolleyes:

    Well, I guess folks are thinking what to make of the lyrics.

    Before this, I'd never heard of the Mountain Goats. :biggrin:
     
  5. Mar 10, 2006 #4

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    It's the discord between the tune and the lyrics that make it so funny. You're just not expecting something that blunt.
     
  6. Mar 10, 2006 #5

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    I'll grant you that.
     
  7. Mar 10, 2006 #6

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    As for favorite songs, I'd have to go with tunes like (to name a few)

    Alive and Kicking - Tighter and Tighter

    Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post, Ramblin' Man

    Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent) - Journey to the Center of Your Mind

    Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

    Aldo Nova - Fantasy

    Bad Company - Burnin' Sky, I am just a simple man

    Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Sweet Leaf

    Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home

    Blue Öyster Cult - Cities On Flame, Last Days of May (live)

    Blues Magoos - (We Ain't got) Nothin' Yet

    Crawler - Stone Cold Sober

    Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire

    Cream - Crossroads

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Wooden Ship, Four Dead in Ohio

    Deep Purple - Hush, Smoke On The Water, Woman From Tokyo

    Donnie Iris - Ah Leah

    Doors - Riders On The Storm, Light My Fire, Break On Through

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9, Still _ You Turn Me On, Jerusalem, Trilogy, C'Est la Vie, From the Beginning, Take a Pebble, Lucky Man, Tarkus Medley-Eruption-Stones of Years-Iconoclast-Mass-Manticore-Bat

    Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another, Stand or Fall (studio)

    Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Are You Happy

    INXS - The one thing

    Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, My Mirage

    Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

    Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower, Voodoo Chile, Red House, Hey Baby (New Rising Sun), Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Manic Depression

    Joe Walsh - Turn To Stone

    Jon Butcher - Holy War, Life Takes A Life

    Journey - Of a Lifetime, Kohoutek [Instrumental], Topaz [Instrumental]

    Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks, No Quarter, and pretty much all of LZ

    Lighthouse - One Fine Morning

    Little River Band - It's A Long Way There (Long Version)

    Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man

    Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock (We are stardust)

    Mr. Mister - Take These Broken Wings

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (basically the whole album), Wish you were here
    Pink Floyd - Ummagumma- Astronomy Domine

    Quicksilver Messenger Service - Fresh Air, What About Me, Gold and Silver, Don't Cry My Lady Love, Doin' Time in the U.S.A.

    Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs, About to Begin, Day of the Eagle, Twice Removed from Yesterday, The Fool and Me, For Earth Below, Fine Day, Too Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter, Monkey Man, You Can't Always Get What You Want

    Santana - Ain't Got Nobody That I Can Depend On, Black Magic Woman, Gypsy Queen, Singing Winds, Crying Beasts

    Shocking Blue - Venus

    Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me

    Spirit - Fresh Garbage, I Got A Line On You, Life Has Just Begun, Mechanical World, Nature's Way, Taurus, Soldier

    Stevie Wonder - If You Really Love Me, Uptight (Everything's Alright)

    Ted Nugent - Stranglehold

    Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World

    The Grateful Dead - Clementine Jam

    The Who - Baba O'Reilly, Love, Reign O'er Me, Overture (Tommy), Bargain, Won't Get Fooled Again (Full Length Version)

    Three Dog Night - Liar

    Todd Rundgren - Can We Still Be Friends, Hello It's Me, Black Maria

    Traffic - The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (whole album), Glad, Dear Mr. Fantasy

    Triumph - Hold On

    U2 - Desire (1988 - Studio), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, In The Name Of Love [Pride], Mysterious Ways, With or Without You

    Vanity Fare - Hitchin' A Ride

    War - Gypsy Man

    Wishbone Ash (Live Dates) - The King Will Come, Warrior, Throw Down the Sword

    Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul, Over Under Sideways Down, Shapes of Things, Smokestack Lightning

    Yes - Going For The One, Parallels, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Heart of the Sunrise, Wonderous Stories, Yours is no disgrace, Starship Trooper, You and I, Roundabout
     
  8. Mar 11, 2006 #7

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    My favorite stuff is mostly the old stuff. Last night I was listening to the American Pie CD. The title song and Vincent are two of my all time favorites. A few others:

    Too old to rock and roll but too young to die - Tull

    Dark side of the moon and Time - Floyd

    Hotel California - Eagles

    Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

    Something in the way she moves - Beatles

    Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, Daniel - EJ

    Space Oddity - Bowie

    Heart of Gold - Young

    One Tin Soldier - Coven

    I'm a complete sucker for ballads.
     
  9. Mar 11, 2006 #8

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    ...and all of the planets, by Holtz. :biggrin:
     
  10. Mar 12, 2006 #9

    I think Danger is into goats....
     
  11. Mar 12, 2006 #10

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    My favorite Neil Young Song was "Expecting to Fly"

    "Expecting To Fly"

    There you stood
    on the edge of your feather,
    Expecting to fly.
    While I laughed,
    I wondered whether
    I could wave goodbye,
    Knowin' that you'd gone.
    By the summer it was healing,
    We had said goodbye.
    All the years
    we'd spent with feeling
    Ended with a cry,
    Babe, ended with a cry,
    Babe, ended with a cry.

    I tried so hard to stand
    As I stumbled
    and fell to the ground.
    So hard to laugh as I fumbled
    And reached for the love I found,
    Knowin' it was gone.
    If I never lived without you,
    Now you know I'd die.
    If I never said I loved you,
    Now you know I'd try,
    Babe, now you know I'd try.
    Babe, now you know I'd try,
    Babe.
     
  12. Mar 12, 2006 #11
    Feelings, nothing more than feelings,
    Trying to forget my feelings of love.
    Teardrops rolling down on my face,
    Trying to forget my feelings of love.

    Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.
    I wish I've never met you, girl;
    You'll never come again.

    Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
    Wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms.

    Feelings, feelings
    Like I've never lost you
    And feelings like I've never
    Have you again in my heart.

    Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.
    I wish I've never met you, girl;
    You'll never come again.

    Feelings, feelings like I've
    Never lost you
    And feelings like I've never have you
    Again in my heart.

    Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.
    I wish I've never met you, girl;
    You'll never come again.

    Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,
    Wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms.
    Feelings...
     
  13. Mar 12, 2006 #12

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    Humm.. I didn't know we're making our "favorite songs" list, but here goes (not in any order):

    1. The Fixx "Saved by Zero" (can't believe Astronuc didn't include this. You can no longer be my buddy, astronuc!) :)

    2. Change "Paradise" (the best dance tune of all time with the meanest, kickass base rift I've ever heard)

    3. Snead O'Connor "Thief of Your Heart". I don't like Snead O'Connor, and that should tell you how terrific this tune is to get on this list.

    4. Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now" (the Big Band version, not the original version, that she recorded in 2000, I think). This tune, when I listened to it after sept. 11, made me cry.

    I look at life
    From both sides now
    From win and lose
    But still somehow
    It's life's illusion that I recall
    I really don't know life
    At all......


    5. Roxy Music "Nothing Last Forever"

    6. Japan "Quiet Life". It was big in the UK but never hit the US.

    7. The Knack "My Sharona". I don't care that this is a commercial, bubble-gum, one-hit-wonder tune. It is catchy as hell and I never grow tired of listening to it.

    8. Kyle Minnogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head". Same comment as for My Sharona. Play this tune at a dance club and only those in a drunken stupor would not be rushing to the floor.

    9. Dollar "Shooting Star". This tune was #1 on the UK charts in the 70's, but never made it across the pond.

    10. Gerry Raferty "Baker Street". Cannot deny that sax, I tell ya.

    Zz.

    [P.S. Note that there isn't a single Disney-related tune on that list] :)
     
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  14. Mar 12, 2006 #13

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    Like Astronuc, I have only one or two favorite songs, but the list would be too long for me to write it today.
     
  15. Mar 12, 2006 #14

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    Baker Street is one of my ALLTIME favorites. Great sax.
     
  16. Mar 12, 2006 #15

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    I didn't claim the list was complete. There are quite a few more I could add.

    For example Joe Satiani - Searching with its lilting guitar riffs and my theme tune Raspberry Jam Delta-V with it's thumpin' base and percussion lines. If anyone has played bass guitar, they would really appreciate the bass line.

    Also Renaissance Ashes Are Burning from the Live at Carnegie Hall album. Camp does a really nice bass solo. Again, if one has played base, one would appreciate his playing the bass as one would play regular electric guitar - that requires both dexterity and strength.
     
  17. Mar 12, 2006 #16

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    You frighten me. :tongue:

    Oh dear god, now I'm singing it. :surprised
     
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  18. Mar 12, 2006 #17

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    One of my favorites from the days when I lived in Northeastern Ohio (obviously a long time ago as some the references allude to):

    Alex Bevan's "Skinny Little Boy"
     
  19. Mar 12, 2006 #18

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    Lots of Pink Floyd, 70's Bowie, and I have to admit:
    Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights".
     
  20. Mar 12, 2006 #19

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    Makes me think of Bill Murray's version. :rofl:
     
  21. Mar 12, 2006 #20
    That's actually a great song. Not the lyrics themselves, but the way she sings them.
     
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