Tuesday, 1 November 2011

"Today I woke too weak to walk"

That’s my favourite song lyric ever, it’s by Stephen Sondheim.  The way it scans and what it says in seven words says more than most songs  could say in seven minutes.
All of which got my thinking I ought to name and shame some of the worst song lyrics I know.

Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak has the immortal line ‘There’s gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town’
Well I am no Columbo or even Bob Cryer from The Bill but I would go as so far to hazard a guess that it just might possibly be in the JAIL??

Deacon Blues Real Gone Kid has the chorus;
“And you're a real gone kid
And maybe now baby
I'll do what I should have did”
Now that’s not even proper English! And don’t talk to me about poetic licence it’s just lazy and is probably one of the reasons the country is in the state it is today, well that and Steps getting back together.  It wouldn’t have taken them 2 minutes to change the song slightly and make it about a purchase from Greggs that’s gone past its sell by date and the regret the owner has of not throwing it out before it went a bit off:
“and you’re a real gone bun, maybe now baby, I’ll do what i should have done”.

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