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Installment #13: Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for the 13th installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

See all installments in this series.

As always, enjoy!

  • “Precious people always tell me / That’s a step / a step too far.” — Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? by Culture Club. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Consider this, the hint of the century.” – Losing My Religion by R.E.M. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “As long as old men sit and talk about the weather, / as long as old women sit and talk about old men.” – Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis. (Video and lyrics.)
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A Stutter Makes These Songs Special

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is holding its 31st Annual Conference in Washington, DC, this week (July 3-7, 2014). [Hashtag #NSAinDC14] This will be the 6th time I’ve attended an NSA conference.

My husband, who stutters, has been a long-time member of the NSA.  I’ve had more fun at these conferences than I’ve had at other (professional and technical) conferences I’ve attended.  I’m so looking forward to seeing friends that I’ve made over the years.

I’ve decided to do a riff on my series of blog posts about my favorite lyrics and to highlight some hit songs that feature stuttering.   It’s my opinion — and, I hope, that of my friends who stutter — that the addition of this feature is natural to the song.  It doesn’t feel like a gratuitous stutter; it’s just right for that particular lyric.  And it just wouldn’t be the same song if sung without the stutter.

Herewith, for your listening pleasure, are my picks:

  • “You should never argue with a crazy mi- mi- mi mi- mi- mind /You oughta know by now.” — Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) by Billy Joel.  (Video and lyrics.)
  •   “Why don’t you all fffff-fade away (Talkin’ ’bout my generation).”  — My Generation by The Who.  (Video and lyrics.) By the way, this video is worth watching for a variety of reasons.  It’s classic old-school Who, complete with Pete Townshend’s guitar destruction and trademark windmill move. It’s got Keith Moon well, just being Keith Moon. And Rodger Daltry. Need I say more about Roger Daltry?  The reaction by  Tommy Smothers is classic.   The genesis of the use of stutter in the song is unclear.    After being inspired by John Lee Hooker’s Stuttering Blues, Pete Townshend reworked the song to include the stutter. Whatever the story, this song would definitely NOT be the same without it. [NOTE: For the information of my readers who do not stutter, John Lee Hooker was a person who stutters (PWS). Although people who stutter generally do not stutter when they sing, it is interesting that Hooker included stuttering in this recording.]
  • “My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…” — My Sharona by The Knack.  (Video and lyrics.)  I dare you not to tap your toes to this one. OR to envision it without the stutter. 🙂
  • “F-f-f-f” — Foolin’ by Def Leppard.  (Video and lyrics.)  Just try to imaging this with a just plain “foolin.” I can’t. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet.” — You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive.  (Video and lyrics.)  Randy Bachman , who wrote the song, insists that the song was performed as a joke for his brother, Gary, stuttered. BTO  only intended to record it once with the stutter and send the only recording to Gary.  Bachman reportedly said that “when I tried to sing it normal, but I sounded like Frank Sinatra. It didn’t fit.”  For more about this song, and it’s stuttering lyrics, see this Wikipedia informationThis article by  The Stuttering Foundation notes that “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet ranks as not only the first song with stuttering vocals to hit number one, but also the first with stuttering vocals to actually be written about a real person who stutters.”

There are several compilations of songs that include stuttering (or about stuttering. Here are two, if you are interested:

  1. 16 Best Stuttering Songs of All Time
  2. Songs With Stuttering

See you at the National Stuttering Association conference!

The Ninth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for The Ninth Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

See installments 1, 2, 3, 45, the second #5, 6, and 7.

As always, enjoy!  (And read to the end for some extra-special sciryl* fun.  (*That “lyrics” backwards…..)

  • “It’s four o’clock in the morning / Damn it listen to me good / I’m sleeping with myself tonight /Saved in time, thank God my music’s still alive.” — Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I’m learning to live without you now / But I miss you sometimes / The more I know, the less I understand All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.” — The Heart of the Matter by Don Henly. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I said God he stole the handle and the train won’t stop going —
    no way to slow down.”  Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull. (Live video and lyrics.)
  • Annnnddddd….. Since this is Installment No. 9 (No. 9, No. 9, No. 9…..) I thought I’d add some of the lyrics from the Beatles that kinda, sorta, almost hinted that Paul was dead .  But have a look at this site.

From Revolution No. 9: The repeated phrase “Number nine,” when played backwards, becomes “turn me on, dead man.” There’s also a lot of recorded conversation in this music-free track, much of which has been taken by listeners as clues to Paul’s crash and death: “his voice was low and his eyes were high and his eyes were closed” and “his legs were drawn, his hands were tied, his feet were bent and his head was on fire and his glasses were insane. This was the end of his audience,” and “My wings are broken and so is my hair. I’m not in the mood for wearing clothing.” You can also hear the crash, a fire, sirens, and Paul screaming “Get me out.” (Source: from.)

And, for those who are interested, here’s Revolution #9 backwards so that you can hear it. (It’s a bit unnerving; but well, that’s what we were hearing when the Paul-is-dead furor hit the airwaves. Go figure.)

Enjoy listening!  And come back for my next installment.

The Eighth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s time for The Eighth Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

See installments 1, 2, 3, 45, the second #5, 6, and 7.

As always, enjoy!

  • “Lookin’ down the barrel of a hot metal forty five / just another way to survive.”  — Dani California by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Now today is tomorrow / And tomorrow today / And yesterday is weaving in and out” — Comfort Eagle by Cake.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “The jig is up the news is out  / they’ve finally found me.” — Renegade by Styx. (Video and Lyrics.)
  •  “Down and Out / It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about / With, without / And who’ll deny that’s what the fighting’s all about.” — Us and Them by Pink Floyd.  (Video and lyrics.)  Nope; there’s no video. Unless you want to stare at the cover of Dark Side of the Moon, that is.  You do? Well, then.  Go here.

Enjoy listening!

The Seventh Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNIt’s been a while, but now it’s time for The Seventh* Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.

(*If you’re counting, it’s actually the eighth installment.  I inadvertently posted two #5 editions.)

See installments 1, 2, 3, 45, the second #5! — and 6.

As always, enjoy!

  • “My love is bigger than a Honda, it’s bigger than a Subaru.” — Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen.  (Video and lyrics.) This version of the lyrics says “oozing down the street”; others say “cruising down the street.” I really think it’s “oozing.” What do you think.
  • “I’m livin’ for givin’ the Devil his due.”  — Burnin’ for You by Blue Oyster Cult. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Baby how you been ?  You say you don’t know, you won’t know until we begin.” — Jump by Van Halen.  (Video and lyrics.)
  • “The world is, the world is / Love and life are deep / Maybe as his skies are wide” — Tom Sawyer by Rush.   (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Take the world in a love embrace. Fire all of your guns at once.” — Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf.  (Video and lyrics.)  Uh, what’s with the dark glasses? 😉

The Sixth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNAnd now it’s time for The Seventh Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.  (See installments 1, 2, 3, 4,  5, and 6l)

As always, enjoy!

  • “Consider this, the hint of the century.” – Losing My Religion by REM. (Video & lyrics.)
  • “Oh my, my, oh hell yes – Honey put on that party dress.” – Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty. (Video & lyrics.)
  • “The more you live the faster you will die.” – Der Kommissar by After the Fire. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Oh, it’s such a perfect day / I’m glad I spent it with you.” – A Perfect Day by Lou Reed. (Video and lyrics.)  Bonus: A Wikipedia entry about the song.  R.I.P. Lou.

The Fifth Installment: Best. Song. Lyrics. EVAH.

jukebox-11296573473NeNAnd now it’s time for The Sixth Installment of my Favorite. Song. Lyrics. EVER.  (See installments 1, 2, 3, 4,  and 5.)

As always, enjoy!

  • “I looked around, a lousy candle’s all I found.” – Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away / It’s just a kiss away.” – Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones. (Video and lyrics.)
  • “Some give a damn/some give their lives/why don’t we give peace a chance?” – What’s in a Word by The Christians (video and lyrics.) [Note: I couldn’t find a better video. The sound and motion aren’t synched. Sorry ’bout that.]
  • “I saw a werewolf drinkin’ a pina colada at Trader Vic’s / And his hair was perfect” – Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. (Video and lyrics.