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Daniel Johnston – Man Obsessed Lyrics 10 years ago
I read somewhere that Dan wrote this after going to an Elvis Costello concert. I can definitely hear Elvis pronunciations, when Dan sings "He couldn't be a..." and "strictly biz-NESS!"

I love that bit in the Speeding Motorcycle play where the girls sing, "The only way you could get her to look at you..."

Anyway, another great song about Laurie. The standout track from The What of Whom.

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Daniel Johnston – Bye Bye Barbie Lyrics 10 years ago
"Barbie" is most likely a girl Daniel was hanging around with during his early days in Austin. Her boyfriend got jealous and punched Daniel in the head. Dan talks about it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l--75zKeGoQ
Soon after this incident, he recorded Retired Boxer, the first songs he'd written in over a year.
I think the boxing motif is mentioned in most of the album's songs. I'll Do Anything but Break Dance... is the highlight of the album to me.

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Sonic Youth – Winner's Blues Lyrics 10 years ago
To me it sounds like he's singing still the news, not "still the blues".

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Alexander Skip Spence – Little Hands Lyrics 10 years ago
Great opening song. Pulls willing people in with its catchy melody, although they might be turned off by Cripple Creek, if they're planning to listen to all of Oar. I think this song's saying that the answers lie in the hearts of children, the way children act, they're happy but they're searching too, for world peace. Spence's message isn't anything new, when you look at all the songs from this period, they have a pretty similar overall theme. But the way he delivers it is definitely original and distinctive.

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Daniel Johnston – Premarital Sex Lyrics 10 years ago
Good, oft-forgotten tune from Songs of Pain. I like how the recording at the beginning (not sure if it's from a movie or TV show or other) is an allegory of the music Johnston chose to accompany the lyrics, as the lyrics themselves are about as self-explanatory as you can get. Although if he had included a scene from a movie/TV show where a teenage girl discovers she's pregnant or a bunch of guys are talking about sex, it would've been pretty funny I'm sure.

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Brendan Canning – Something For All Of Us Lyrics 10 years ago
This is Brendan's take on Teen Age Riot.

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Coldplay – Death Will Never Conquer Lyrics 10 years ago
Kay, the version I have has Chris singing on it ??

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Daniel Johnston – Lazy Lyrics 10 years ago
The opening and closing piano riff is amazing.

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Daniel Johnston – No More Pushing Joe Around Lyrics 10 years ago
Where the hell's the rest of the song? This is one of his best songs!!

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Rush – The Spirit Of Radio Lyrics 10 years ago
I'd say Rush's best song after Fly by Night. Ah, I'd say best song lyrically. Peart manages to write some pretty awesome lyrics here, still a little overly-grandiose but not nearly as much as some of their other songs. His metaphors are all intact, the flow is good, great homage to simon & garfunkel (and the radio station he's referring to of course), no cheesy rhymes, just enough repetition but not too much... This was definitely his peak as a songwriter.

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Modest Mouse – Broke Lyrics 10 years ago
This song is the musical and lyrical thesis of Modest Mouse's early career. The pretty guitar, the wordless shouts, the soft-loud dynamics, the car references, the redneck metaphors, the disappointing people, the self-defecation, but mostly, the feeling that you're listening to something that's timeless.

If MM have a "Last Waltz"... this should be the final number. This or Trailer Trash. Or Cowboy Dan. Not Float On...

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Modest Mouse – Perfect Disguise Lyrics 10 years ago
The first time MM played this song live was at their first Seattle show after the rape accusation. Brock said at the end of the show, "Thanks a lot to our friends for coming out tonight, and uh... everyone else...". He probably didn't mean it like it sounds, he was prolly just giving his friends a special mention as opposed to fans but, in lieu of the recent events, it's fitting.

And yes, I think this song is about the girl who accused him. Although I'd say most of the other songs on M&A aren't.

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Modest Mouse – 3rd Planet Lyrics 10 years ago
Pitchfork seems convinced it's about a miscarriage--pretty confidently stated it in their summary of the song for the top 200 songs of the 2000s. And while I don't think Pitchfork intentionally tries to be smug, they definitely come across as such when they categorize an impossibly complex song like this one... but i digress, i can see why theyre doing it if theyre trying to justify its being on their list. Or maybe they just want to impress less lyric-savvy readers with their all-encompassing analysis. All I know is Brock wouldn't be impressed, if he gave a shit.

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Ugly Casanova – Barnacles Lyrics 10 years ago
yeah i think idontremember had a pretty good analysis. but for some reason i can't quite grasp the "i don't know me" verse. the speaker is saying they fit good together because he knows her like he knows himself, which is not at all. but he doesnt say that she doesnt know him, as opposed to her not knowing herself. that would seem to me, to complete the metaphor (or simile) but i'm afraid i'm taking the piss out of it so i'll stop there.

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Bruce Springsteen – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out Lyrics 10 years ago
I love how his voice cracks at the end of each of the verse lines... you know it's coming and you still love it.

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Eminem – Who Knew Lyrics 10 years ago
Love the strings...

and the lyrics.

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Eminem – Lounge Lyrics 10 years ago
Hilarious... how come no one's commented on this shit?

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Eminem – Bitch (Skit) Lyrics 10 years ago
I wonder if this was a real message...

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Modest Mouse – Missed the Boat Lyrics 10 years ago
I believe that you are correct. According to the lyric booklet, it's "good goddamn", and Isaac does have a tendency to slur his words on occasion.

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Marcy Playground – Deadly Handsome Man Lyrics 10 years ago
Love the sitar..

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The White Stripes – Take, Take, Take Lyrics 10 years ago
I don't know, but I love the mixing job on this song: two different tracks of Jack's voice sounding like one.

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Frog Eyes – New Soft Motherhood Alliance Lyrics 10 years ago
This is a Blackout Beach song, from Light Flows the Putrid Dawn.

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State Radio – Camilo Lyrics 10 years ago
Yes.

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Kevin Drew – Love Vs. Porn Lyrics 10 years ago
When I first saw this song on the Dark Was the Night tracklist, I thought wow, here's the archetypal Kevin Drew song... it's basically what he's been singing about in songs all along, not to mention what he's said in his Pitchfork interviews, and the video he put up on his website before Spirit If... came out. He's kindof resigned to his attraction to porn, he's been looking at it for so long he feels... the lyrics are actually alot less obtuse than they are usually for kevin, so i really dont feel like breakin
em down, i'll just be taking the piss outta em.

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Peter Frampton – Baby, I Love Your Way Lyrics 10 years ago
Frampton wrote this one and Show Me the Way at the same time - both are on his self-titled album that came out before Frampton Comes Alive! - so it's unlikely that its a sequel. I think Frampton just liked singing about a girl's "way".

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Rheostatics – Me and Stupid Lyrics 10 years ago
The inclusion of "hospital" in the last verse is not to denote that that's what the Dumb House is (I'm sure most anyone could figure that out, although it is a specific kindof hospital...). No, I thought it right to throw it in there since Dave sings it when the band played this song at their last show at Massey Hall. They didn't play it live much to my knowledge...

I'm also not totally sure about "minnows!", but there it is.

So, quite an intriguing song. Continues Dave's compulsion to name-drop various places, people, things... I'd be interested to learn that this is a true story, that's for sure.

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Blind Faith – Had To Cry Today Lyrics 10 years ago
Nobody's commented... hmm, well i can see how this song, great as it is, can get lost in the overwhelming aggregate of great 60s/70s music that has achieved more popularity than lil' old blind faith. i think everyone should hear steve winwood's soaring voice at least once in their lives. and on this song, the poetic lyrics could pretty much be meaningless and he would still make them sound good.

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Steve Hackett – Ace Of Wands Lyrics 10 years ago
Probably the best song on Voyage. Very smart, having it as the opener--gets your attention. And just when it's starting to get repetitive, it progresses. And that's why they call it progressive rock... ;)

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The Tragically Hip – Daredevil Lyrics 10 years ago
wtf does ROFLCAKERZOMG mean?

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Rheostatics – Take Me in Your Hand Lyrics 10 years ago
He wants to feel like a little bird yet wicked as a bee... or is he saying a little bird IS wicked? I dunno, but what i do know is there is an awesome live version of this with gord downie taking the lead.

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Frog Eyes – One in Six Children Will Flee in Boats Lyrics 10 years ago
Haha i thought "blue boards" was simply "bones" and i thought "breaking legs" was "vacant lakes"... Either I'm a terrible decipherer of lyrics or Mercer is the indecipherable one.

Either way, the piano in the chorus is absolutely magnificent.

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Haddaway – What Is Love? Lyrics 10 years ago
Possibly the best dance song ever written.

And yet still, Will Ferrell's right - you get sick of it after a while. But if you're in a real good mood (or really, really drunk), that could take a long while.

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Daniel Johnston – Never Relaxed Lyrics 10 years ago
I'm pretty sure it's "Relaxed", not "Relax".

Either way it is hilarious indeed. Especially the intro... Boogaloo! HAHA, I nearly peed myself...

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Ugly Casanova – Diggin' Holes Lyrics 10 years ago
If you can find it, listen to the live version of this song from an austin gig in 2000. isaac sings things i don't remember while playing this song's guitar chords--it's good, and definitely seems spontaneous, as the drummer is clearly not that familiar with the material.

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Amanda Marshall – Beautiful Goodbye Lyrics 10 years ago
When I was younger, I remember when that first chord of the outro kicked in after six seconds of silence... it scared the shit out of me.

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Ugly Casanova – Barnacles Lyrics 10 years ago
Not only did he write "Parasites" but during that very early period of MM, Brock also wrote a song called "Ugly Casanova".

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The Whitsundays – I Want It All Lyrics 10 years ago
Wow. This song proves that you can still pull off using basic emotional, love and longing lyrics... the kindof subject matter that made 60s songs so great and original. Here it sounds almost more original, these guys channeling the the Beach Boys and, if it's safe for me to suggest, the Moody Blues... Very nice.

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The Beatles – Wild Honey Pie Lyrics 10 years ago
Actually this was Paul all by himself. He recorded four different voices, and it's a testament to his vocal talent how he made them all sound so authentic. The guitar reminds me of the South Park ending credits for some reason.

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Modest Mouse – Float On Lyrics 10 years ago
I felt that way a few months ago, that MM had changed my life. But then I just got a little sick of their music, or maybe I realized I couldn't relate to Brock's lyrics on the same "self-affirming reinforcement" level no longer... either way, I speak objectively when I say that this song will always be one that people can turn to, when they need that optimistic nudge every now and then. Even if you believe that the whole song is sarcastic and satirical, you'll have a wry grin on your face and feel a tinge of nostalgia when you hear it for the first time in a long time. And that's always a positive experience.

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Modest Mouse – BMX Crash Lyrics 10 years ago
Puts me in a happy mood too... To me Isaac sounds like one of those newsboys from the 30s here. Also thought i'd point out that interstate-8.com has the last line as: uh oh, i think i lost the scratch. I doubt that's what he says. Left a scratch is funnier and makes more sense.

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The Velvet Underground – European Son Lyrics 10 years ago
The breaking plates is great, but I don't think it would be as effective without the 4-second roar that precedes it. I can't even speculate what the source of that noise might be... anyone ?

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Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart Lyrics 10 years ago
lol at above comment... All i have to say about this song is during the "you know your heart" section, when the QChord kicks in. Love it. It's not a Sunset Rubdown song without that QChord!

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Jethro Tull – A Passion Play Lyrics 10 years ago
Magus Perde is a cool song, with Martin's guitar and some actually memorable melodies. now if there'd only been a few more moments like that on the album, the whole thing mightve been a bit more lasting on someone's memory. i mean, even the hare story is ultimately forgettable. it also wouldve helped if ian simplified his lyrics and delivered them in a simpler fashion.
oh well.

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Sunset Rubdown – Stadiums and Shrines II Lyrics 10 years ago
i third that sentiment. how bout you don't question that?

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Swan Lake – Battle of a Swan Lake, or, Daniel's Song Lyrics 10 years ago
haha, x1 million...

Great song. Didn't love it at first, but now I think it's one of the album's best.

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Modest Mouse – Cowboy Dan Lyrics 10 years ago
I wouldnt take everything in that book as truth-- I'm sure Isaac prolly did recall his childhood when writing LCW, as he did when writing most of his songs from that period. But I have reason to believe Cowboy Dan was written back in '93 or '94. A real lo-fi recording of its on http://modestmouselive.zeromethos.com/. Now I wouldnt say the internet is more trustworthy than a book, but it also shows this on the pretty accurate and reliable site, interstate-8.com. It was recorded for Parasite Sessions, the band's first demo with Calvin Johnson. You can hear Isaac's voice is younger and the extreme lo-fidelity would seem to be a pretty good indication of its age. But I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm sure the guy who wrote the book wouldve checked to make sure his facts were straight-- even though he didnt talk to isaac...or any of the band members for that matter...
anyway, if the storys true, then, regardless of when he wrote it, its an awesome adaptation into song.

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Sufjan Stevens – Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals as I Run Lyrics 10 years ago
the first time you listen to it you might get the feeling that its gonna build up to something amazing, but there is definitely that feeling of closure in the last 30 seconds. and a beautiful closing it is.

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Modest Mouse – All Night Diner Lyrics 10 years ago
Boo to the guy on interstate-8.com who said this is MM's worst song... This tune is bitchin', man.

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Bob Seger – Ramblin' Gamblin' Man Lyrics 10 years ago
Early Seger. It's got that 60s sound. Great organ. Sounds like Seger singing with the Spencer Davis Group.

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Tom Petty – Jammin' Me Lyrics 10 years ago
Ha, love how this was one of Petty's biggest hits at the time... and it's only got two comments... Just goes to show how some songs don't stand the test of time too well. Good tune, though.

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