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What song lyrics do you find inexplicably strange?

Asked by aprilsimnel (30676points) June 4th, 2010

I was at the grocery today and they had the oldies radio station on the sound system. I heard a song with these lyrics:

One less bell to answer.
One less egg to fry!
One less man to pick up after.
I should be happy,
But all I do is cry!

I laughed out loud. “One less egg to fry”?

Oh, Guinevere! What kind of a lyric is that? The rest of the song is pretty good, but that “egg” line just cracked me up right in the pasta aisle. And at the end of the tune, it’s sung over and over. It strikes me as an odd thing to sing.

I looked it up, and it’s a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song popularized by The Fifth Dimension back in 1970. I’ve read that it was used on the US show Glee this year, as well.

What songs have some lyrics that, to you, just seems odd and strange compared to the rest of the song?

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janbb's avatar

“I shot the sherrif, but I did not shoot the deputy.”?

(And I’m sorry to say I remember the “One less egg to fry” song.)

DeanV's avatar

Well, of course I Am The Walrus.

arpinum's avatar

Gary Puckett admits he wants to rape a child

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl,
You’re much too young girl

With all the charms of a woman
You’ve kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe
You’re old enough
To give me Love
And now it hurts to know the truth, Oh,

Young girl get out of my mind
my love for you is way outta line
better run girl, your much too young girl

Beneath your perfume and make-up
You’re just a baby in disguise
And though you know
That it is wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes, Oh,

Young girl get outta my mind
My love for you is way outta line
better run girl, Your much too young girl

So hurry home to your mama
I’m sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
‘Cause I’m afraid we’ll go too far, Oh,

Young girl get outta my mind
my love for you is way outta line
better run girl, your much too young girl
(until fade)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

“Those boom times went bust
My feet of clay, they’ve dried to dust
But it isn’t the red we painted,
It’s just rust
And that signature thing that used to bring a following
I have trouble now, even remembering”
That’s Fiona Apple’s “Tymps”. I like the song, and I even understand the lyrics. They always just struck me as really odd.

kevbo's avatar

Most of Jay Farrar’s [Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo] lyrics are cryptic and flawed, but I love the music.

I was blown away when I first heard Sixty Minute Man which is from 1951.

evandad's avatar

This Could Be Love – Alkaline Trio

lillycoyote's avatar

“Guilty feet have got no rhythm.” Guilty feet????

bob_'s avatar

“What if God was one of us
Just a stranger on the bus”.

Um, no. If God was one of us, he’d be driving around in a Ferrari, with Monica Bellucci. At least, that’s what I’d do.

jazmina88's avatar

That One less bell to answer was fabulous on Glee about 3 weeks ago.

Ninety nine red balloons….then a bunch of german I cant remember,......

laureth's avatar

I cringe every time I hear “Horse With No Name” by America.

“In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”

Uh, yeah. No.

lillycoyote's avatar

@bob_ I like that song.

lillycoyote's avatar

@laureth Re Horse With No Name: not to mention “There were plants and birds and rocks and things…” Really? Plants and birds and rocks and things?

Trillian's avatar

My grandma and your grandma were sitting by the fire.
My grandma told your grandma I’m gonna set your flag on fire.
Talking ‘bout hey now
hey now
Aiko Aiko one day
Jackomo fino anane
Jackomo fino anane.
Look at my king or just to ray
Aiko Aiko one day.
I bet you five dollars and
you kill your day – Jackomo fino anane.
Talking ‘bout hey now
hey now
Aiko Aiko one day
My grandma and your grandma
My grandma told your grandma
Hey now
hey now
hey now
hey now

Aiko Aiko one day
Jackomo fino anane
Jackomo fino anane.
Talking ‘bout hey now
hey now
Aiko Aiko one day
My flagged boy and your flagged boy sitting by the fire
My flagged boy told your flagged boy I’m gonna set your flag on fire
Talking ‘bout hey now
hey now
Aiko Aiko one day
See that guy all dressed in green
Aiko Aiko one day
He not a man
he’s a rubbin machine – Jackomo fino anane.
Talking ‘bout hey now
hey now
Aiko Aiko one day

What?

lillycoyote's avatar

@Trillian I love that one too! The Neville Brothers do that song and Dr. John.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Trillian GA! And now it’s stuck in my head.

Kayak8's avatar

MacArthur Park with the sweet green icing melting in the rain . . .

Donna Summer version:
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 . . .

Richard Harris version:
Between the parted pages and were pressed in love’s hot fevered iron like a striped pair of pants . . .

DeanV's avatar

How about Roland by Interpol?

My best friend’s a butcher, he has sixteen knives
He carries them all over the town at least he tries.
Oh look it stopped snowing.
My best friend’s from Poland and,um,he has a beard.
But they caught him with his case in that public place
That is what we had feared

He severed segments secretly you like that
He always took the time to speak with me
I liked him for that
He severed segments so secretly you liked that
He always took the time,he always took the time

C’mon now, pussycat

My friend’s a butcher,he has sixteen knives
He carries them all over the town,at least he tries,
Oh look it stopped snowing.
My best friend’s from Poland and,um,he has a beard
But they caught him with his case in that public place
That is what we had feared

He severed segments secretly you like that
He always took the time to speak with me,
I liked him for that
He severed segments so secretly you like that.
He was growing on me.
He was growing on me.

bob_'s avatar

“Are we human… or are we dancer?”

THOSE ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE YOU PINHEAD!

Ugh.

Seek's avatar

Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”.

The true irony is that the song “Ironic” contains a long list of circumstances, most of which are actually ironic at all.

filmfann's avatar

David Bowie’s “Modern Love” has a catchy tune, and insipid lyrics:

I know when to go out
I know when to stay in
Get things done

I catch a paper boy
But things don’t really change
I’m standing in the wind
But I never wave bye-bye

But I try, I try

There’s no sign of life
It’s just the power to charm
I’m lying in the rain
But I never wave bye-bye

But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Modern love – walks beside me
Modern love – walks on by
Modern love – gets me to the church on time
Church on time – terrifies me
Church on time – makes me party
Church on time – puts my trust in god and man
God and man – no confessions
God and man – no religion
God and man – don’t believe in modern love

It’s not really work
It’s just the power to charm
I’m still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye

But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Modern love – walks beside me
Modern love – walks on by
Modern love – gets me to the church on time
Church on time – terrifies me
Church on time – makes me party
Church on time – puts my trust in god and man
God and man – no confessions
God and man – no religion
God and man – don’t believe in modern love
Modern love – walks beside me
Modern love – walks on by
Modern love – gets me to the church on time
Church on time – terrifies me
Church on time – makes me party
Church on time – puts my trust in god and man
God and man – no confessions
God and man – no religion
God and man – I don’t believe in modern love

Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love
Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love, Modern love

Modern love – Modern love, walks beside me
Modern love – Modern love, walks on by
Modern love – Modern love, walks beside me
Modern love – Modern love, walks on by
Never gonna fall for
Never gonna fall for

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

“Conquistador” – Procol Harum.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Bluffin’ with my muffin – Lady Gaga

ucme's avatar

Jesus Christ, superstar
Walks like a girl
& he wears a bra
Jesus Christ, superstar
Wears frilly knickers
& a ladies bra

Seek's avatar

Just to clarify, that was ”...not actually ironic at all”.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@ucme Same class as Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song .

ucme's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land Oh yeah, no need for a link for me however. I know that song like the back of my hand.“Suspendies & a bra” Hmm Jesus, carpenter, lumberjack.Not a great leap i’m thinking.

filmfann's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Which made the mistake in your response quite ironic!

Seek's avatar

/wrists

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