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Steely Dan – Everyone's Gone to the Movies Lyrics 5 years ago
@[rainwalk:15270] I know Donald Fagen's New Jersey accent can be difficult to decipher, but he says "cheaters" not chinos. Cheaters are eyeglasses or sunglasses.

The Beach Boys – Feel Flows Lyrics 5 years ago
@[goodmorningmisterben:12678] Several things:
1. Pet Sounds was a response to Rubber Soul, not necessarily musically, but because it was really the first concept album with a theme throughout.

2. Brian's abandonment of SMiLE was more of an impetus in Brian's decline mentally (that and all the drugs). Why did he abandon SMiLE? There are many theories.

The Beach Boys – You're So Good To Me Lyrics 6 years ago
@[originl:6716] I think this is ONE of their best songs. It's not typical because this is a bit of a straight ahead rock and roll/soul record with some Brian's flair... the double-tracking of the lead vocals; Mike Love's baritone "dun dun dun" augmenting the bassline; the high falsetto "love it, love it"; so much to listen to in 2:15.

The Beach Boys – Cool, Cool Water Lyrics 6 years ago
The song is a sight for the ears-- both the music and the lyrics. This is one of Brian and Mike's best collaborations.

The Beach Boys – Cabinessence Lyrics 6 years ago
@[modestmaus:6713] Haha. Apparently one person doesn't understand the subtle art of sarcasm.

The Beach Boys – Kokomo Lyrics 6 years ago
I do think Carl sounds amazing though... but then again, when didn't Carl sound amazing

The Beach Boys – When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) Lyrics 6 years ago
@[rosiekz:3969] Agreed. It's still one of Brian's prettiest melodies. The lyrics are pretty terrible, though.

Scissor Sisters – I Don't Feel Like Dancin' Lyrics 7 years ago
Reminds me of Leo Sayer too.

The Beach Boys – Long Promised Road Lyrics 8 years ago
This is pretty much a Carl Wilson solo track. He plays all the instruments and sings all the vocals. Amazing tune. RIP Carl :(

Steely Dan – Kings Lyrics 8 years ago
The line "He meant to shine" was probably taken from another Becker/Fagen collaboration called "I Mean to Shine"... which was recorded by, oddly, Barbra Streisand.

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows Lyrics 8 years ago
Surprisingly complex love song. Dueling French horns, sleigh bells, the fugue at the end... no one, NO ONE could have composed, arranged, produced and conducted this song except Brian Wilson. Tony Asher's beautiful lyrics are the icing on the cake.

The Beach Boys – 'Til I Die Lyrics 8 years ago
You keep calling this era of Beach Boys music forgettable. Their fans and music critics alike considered the late 60's/early 70s their best era. The music is experimental and creative, with contributions from all of the Boys. This music was released during an era where it become "uncool" to like the Beach Boys, hence the lackluster sales.

The Beach Boys – Surf's Up Lyrics 8 years ago
I've always found the lyrics pedantic. The music is amazingly and stunningly beautiful, comparable to anything ever written in any genre of music. This song is the reason Wilson is compared to Beethoven, Mozart, Gershwin, etc.

The Beach Boys – Do It Again Lyrics 8 years ago
Actually not just their hardcore fans disagree, most rock music critics disagree as well. Most of their late 60s and early 70s albums are critically acclaimed, and deservedly so.

The Beach Boys – Darlin' Lyrics 8 years ago
Brian wrote this song for his friend, Danny Hutton. Danny was fond of calling everyone "Darling". Originally the song was written for Danny's band called Redwood. Redwood eventually became Three Dog Night.

Love the "pub piano" and the great soulful vocals by Carl Wilson.

Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4 Lyrics 10 years ago
Danny Seraphine (the drummer) was the anti-drug guy. I'm pretty sure the rest of the members of the band at least dabbled in the drug culture of the late 60s and 70s. Robert Lamm spent some time in rehab in the early 80s.

Simon and Garfunkel – I Am A Rock Lyrics 10 years ago
Great post, kickstart. This song is far from sarcastic. Defiant is the perfect word to describe it. Defiant up until the end, then there is a palpable sadness and loneliness.

Probably Paul Simon's most beautifully composed song, combination of music and lyrics. Beautiful alliteration in the first few lines (a dark and deep December... a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow), beautiful allegories throughout (winter, snow, fortress, armor, rock/island... all point to isolation).

The John Donne influence is clear, but the song stands on its own as a brilliant piece of poetry in its own right.

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