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Favorite quirky or off-the-wall lines from songs
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1 November 2012
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Here are just a few I can think of:

 

"And though she feels as if she's in a play... she is anyway."  -- priceless! 

 

"The clouds will be, a daisy chain, so let me see, you smile again... Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play." -- very evocative.

 

"So, I lit a fire, isn't it good, Norwegian Wood." -- almost sounds as if John burnt some furniture (though previously he had "noticed there wasn't a chair"...)

 

"Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease!" -- surreal, yet vivid

 

"Sit beside a mountain stream, see her waters rise." -- brilliant! not "waters fall" but "waters rise"!

 

"Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face..." -- devilish!

 

"What do you see when you turn out the light?"

"I can't tell you, but I know it's mine..."

-- Ha!

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Most of I Am The Walrus - "Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come" & "Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna" are another 2.
Still gets me that people dislike the song because the lyrics make no sense. Erm, that was the point of the song.

I like the lines of Dig A Pony "pick a moon dog etc" plus "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" is out there. Certainly not something folk would expect nice clean Paul to sing or write.

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There was a time when I used Beatle lyric fragments as titles for mix tapes.  I had started with "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and segued to "I Am The Walrus" before I moved on to another source altogether.

So my first was "She's Not a Girl," and my last was "Kicking Edgar Allan Poe."  I love all of that imagery.

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I Am The Walrus - "Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come" & "Elementary penguin singing Hari Krishna" are another 2.
Still gets me that people dislike the song because the lyrics make no sense. Erm, that was the point of the song.

I like the lines of Dig A Pony "pick a moon dog etc" plus "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" is out there. Certainly not something folk would expect nice clean Paul to sing or write.

Yes, in fact that entire song is just one big quirky nonsenical song -- a genre unto itself.  (Maybe Zappa wrote a couple of like that too).

 

Paul's "Why Don't We Do It" doesn't have much variety and it's very raunchy, but I wouldn't say it's quirky per se.  The lyrics are meant to be brutely about when "the rubber meets the road" (pun intended) between a man and woman who dig each other.  It's sort of the supremely Anti-Romantic Song.  But I don't think it's a counter-Paulish song: it only goes against the grain of those who have a prejudice about Paul, that he can only sing sappy love songs or snappy pop songs.

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4 November 2012
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"It's been A Hard Day's Night/ And I've been working like a dog/ It's been A Hard Day's Night/ I should be sleeping like a log,"- before I was really aware of the Beatles, or even aware that this was a Beatle song, I used to love those lines.

 

"I've got a chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet,"

 

"I'm gonna love her till the cows come home,"- pfft, he said cows!

 

"I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath,"- pfft, he said bath!

 

"It's a dirty story of a dirty man/ And his clinging wife doesn't understand,"

 

All of Penny Lane, Lucy In The Sky and I Am The Walrus

 

"And of course Henry the horse dances the waltz!"- Weirdly, this is the line that got me into the Beatles; the first time I listened to Love was the first time I really sat down and properly listened to the Beatles, and it was this line in Mr Kite/ I Want You/ Helter Skelter that first made me think, "This band is epic,". Of course a horse should waltz.

 

"Show me round those snow-peaked mountains way down South/ Take me to your Daddy's farm/ Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out/ Come and keep your comrade warm!"- Only Paul McCartney could get sex references and  Communism into one verse

 

"And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid GIT!"- pfffffft....oh John, you are just so awesome

 

"Eating chocolate cake in a bag/ The newspaper said, "She's gone to his head/ They look just like two gurus in drag!"

 

And finally...."Joan was quizzical/ Studied pataphysical/ Science in the home,"-  Who else but the Beatles could get away with rhyming quizzical and pataphysical?

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4 November 2012
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bikelock28 said
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A Hard Day's Night/ And I've been working like a dog/ It's been A Hard Day's Night/ I should be sleeping like a log,"- before I was really aware of the Beatles, or even aware that this was a Beatle song, I used to love those lines.

 

"I've got a chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet,"-

 

"I'm gonna love her till the cows come home,"- pfft, he said cows!

 

"I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath,"- pfft, he said bath!

 

"It's a dirty story of a dirty man/ And his clinging wife doesn't understand,"

 

All of Penny Lane, Lucy In The Sky and I Am The Walrus

 

"And of course Henry the horse dances the waltz!"- Weirdly, this is the line that got me into the Beatles; the first time I listened to Love was the first time I really sat down and properly listened to the Beatles, and it was this line in Mr Kite/ I Want You/ Helter Skelter that first made me think, "This band is epic,". Of course a horse should waltz.

 

"Show me round those snow-peaked mountains way down South/ Take me to your Daddy's farm/ Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out/ Come and keep your comrade warm!"- Only Paul McCartney could get sex references and  Communism into one verse

 

"And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid GIT!"- pfffffft....oh John, you are just so awesome

 

"Eating chocolate cake in a bag/ The newspaper said, "She's gone to his head/ They look just like two gurus in drag!"

 

And finally...."Joan was quizzical/ Studied pataphysical/ Science in the home,"-  Who else but the Beatles could get away with rhyming quizzical and pataphysical?

I was just gonna quote a few of the things you did, but I like this whole post. I especially agree with the Back In The USSR and Maxwell's quotes. I love the word balalaika. Only Paul, I swear. And "take me to your daddy's farm," is so innocently dirty. I love it.

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21 November 2012
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"I'm So Tired"

"and curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get!"

that line is so John!a-hard-days-night-john-6

"The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place - but at other times it is all such a joke."-George Harrison
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Was listening to "1985" by Paul and I love the line: "Well I just can't get enough of that sweet stuff" which in turn reminded me of "We're Sgt. Pepper's One and only Lonely Hearts Club Band". I love these catchy internal rhymes!

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