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  1. Can anyone provide or point me to the lyrics for J.F. Murphy and the Free Flowing Salt's "The Last Illusion"? Thanks!
  2. Great tune. I have always liked Manfred Mann's versions of Springsteen's songs better than Springsteen's. Mann could put the lyrics into a recognizable meter, while Bruce just wrote everything down, whether it scanned or not.
  3. "Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters Now, when I was young boy At the age a-five, My mother say I's gonna be The greatest man alive, But now I'm a man. I'm past twenty-one. I want you to believe me, honey, I have lots o' fun.
  4. My son received both Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II for Christmas. We have dueling guitars, and the whole family is hooked, even my wife and 6-year-old daughter. We LOVE it!
  5. Jimmy, Never heard of the song, but an EXCELLENT example!
  6. I absolutely HATE when DJs don't give the name of the song and artist before and after the tune. Give the music some respect!
  7. "Taxi" by Harry Chapin is a great story song: It was raining hard in 'Frisco, I needed one more fare to make my night. A lady up ahead waved to flag me down, She got in at the light. "Oh, where you going to, my lady blue, It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain." She just looked out the window, and said "Sixteen Parkside Lane." Something about her was familiar I could swear I'd seen her face before, But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken" And she didn't say anything more. It took a while, but she looked in the mirror, And she glanced at the license for my name. A smile seemed to come to her slowly, It was a sad smile, just the same. And she said, "How are you Harry?" I said, "How are you Sue? Through the too many miles and the too little smiles I still remember you." It was somewhere in a fairy tale, I used to take her home in my car. We learned about love in the back of the Dodge, The lesson hadn't gone too far. You see, she was gonna be an actress, And I was gonna learn to fly. She took off to find the footlights, And I took off to find the sky. Oh, I've got something inside me, To drive a princess blind. There's a wild man, wizard, He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind. Oh, I've got something inside me, Not what my life's about, Cause I've been letting my outside tide me, Over 'till my time, runs out. Baby's so high that she's skying, Yes she's flying, afraid to fall. I'll tell you why baby's crying, Cause she's dying, aren't we all. There was not much more for us to talk about, Whatever we had once was gone. So I turned my cab into the driveway, Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns. And she said, "We must get together," But I knew it'd never be arranged. And she handed me twenty dollars, For a two fifty fare, she said "Harry, keep the change." Well, another man might have been angry, And another man might have been hurt, But another man never would have let her go... I stashed the bill in my shirt. And she walked away in silence, It's strange, how you never know, But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for, Such a long, long time ago. You see, she was gonna be an actress And I was gonna learn to fly. She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky. And here, she's acting happy, Inside her handsome home. And me, I'm flying in my taxi, Taking tips, and getting stoned, I go flying so high, when I'm stoned.
  8. The characters who sing the song are named Bert and Ernie and were the inspiration for the names of the characters on Sesame Street.
  9. Rupert Holmes also wrote "Timothy" for The Buoys. Great song about cannibalism in a coal mine. :happybanana:
  10. "Hymn 43"--Jethro Tull Oh, Father high in heaven, Smile down upon your son, Who's busy with his money games, His women and his gun. Oh, Jesus, save me! And the unsung Western hero Killed an Indian or three And made his name in Hollywood To set the white man free. Oh, Jesus, save me! If Jesus saves, well, He'd better save Himself From the gory glory seekers who use His name in death. Oh, Jesus, save me! I saw him in the city And on the mountains of the moon. His cross was rather bloody. He could hardly roll His stone. Oh, Jesus, save me! "In the River"--The Call When I was quite young, I had learned to fear. I was taught to listen, but not to hear. From my mother's arms I was cruelly torn, And they whipped my ass on the day I was born. Little brother died at the age of five. They said, "He lost his soul, he was not baptized," But the river flows, and the heavens cry. And we'll all be drowned in the river, in the river. I remember my sister, on her saddest day, When the boy she loved had been called away. Seems he gave his life in a foreign land, Still my sister cries; she never understands. Now the world is hard, and the cowards lie, And the fool loves war, and the gentle die, But the river flows, and the heavens cry, And we'll all be drowned, in the river,in the river. Well, we built a dam, when the first rains fell. We built it high, and we built it well, But the waters rose, like a beast from hell. Now my house is gone, and the town as well. So we gather here for a silent prayer, For the lives we lost and the love we shared. Still the river flows, and the heavens cry, And we'll all be found in the river, in the river.
  11. The bass intro on The Call's "In the River" is just magnificent.
  12. It wasn't "Local Girls." It's one of those that if I saw it, I'd know it in a second. KNow what I mean? Thanks for the suggestions so far.
  13. In the mid-to-late 80's someone had a minor hit--probably hit the Top 100 but not the Top 40. I can't remember the name of the song, nor can I remember the name of the artist. The singer, however, was a Graham. Graham Parsons? Graham Parker? Somebody Graham? I know it was NOT Lou Gramm. The song reminds me of Jude Cole's "Start the Car" in that it's a kind of bluesy-rock song. I realize this is scant info to go on, but if you can offer some suggestions, I might be able to figure it out. Thanks for your help.
  14. The episode is "Drinking the Kool-Aid" but the song isn't listed at that site. I already looked!
  15. The show was "Veronica Mars." I don't know the song, though it has a folk-country bent to it (and is barely audible!). Rob Thomas (the writer, not the Matchbox 20 singer) is the producer of "Veronica Mars," and he has some musical talent. I wonder if it's something of his own he put into the show. Used to have his e-mail, but I don't any more, or I would ask.
  16. Sounds like "Fire on High" by ELO. It is instrumental except for a backmasking of vocals that when played backward says, "The music is reversible, but time it not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!"
  17. for the Kings of Dreams for the Lords of Love for the Jukes of Jazz VOTE! for the A brisk bit of folk-rock...boasts an inescapable hook...admirably straightforward...quietly subversive--Rolling Stone Dylanesque lyrics/singing and exquisite guitar fills--Wikipedia Greatest Guitar solos #22--Guitar World The perfect blend of clever guitar work and unassailable lyrics... an auditory pleasure-- Umpire Sultans of Swing You get a shiver in the dark, It's been raining in the park, but meantime, South of the river you stop and you hold everything. A band is blowing Dixie double-four time. You feel all right when you hear that music ring. You step inside but you dont see too many faces, Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down. Competition in other places, But not too many horns can make that sound. Way on downsouth, way on downsouth, London town. You check out Guitar George; he knows all the chords. Mind, he's strictly rhythm; he doesnt want to make it cry or sing. You know an old guitar is all he can afford When he gets up under the lights to play his thing. And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene. He's got a daytime job; he's doing all right. He can play the honky-tonk like anything, Saving it up for Friday night. With the Sultans, with the Sultans of Swing. And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner, Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles. They don't give a damn about any trumpet-playing band. It ain't what they call rock and roll. And the Sultans, and the Sultans played creole. And then the man he steps right up to the microphone And says at last just as the time bell rings, "Goodnight. Now its time to go home." And he makes it fast with one more thing. "We are the Sultans. We are the Sultans of Swing."
  18. Actually, you can take my quiz at funtrivia.com and learn about other songs with a literary bent. Music about Literature
  19. Someone mentioned "White Room" by Cream, and it is an excellent poem in the style of Wallace Stevens. "I Am, I Said" by Neil Diamond makes a decent poem. RUSH: "Limelight" and "The Spirit of Radio" Simon and Garfunkel's little song "Bookends" is wonderful: A time it was, and what a time it was, it was A time of innocence, a time of confidences. Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph. Preserve your memories; they're all that's left you.
  20. Hey, I love "Mr. Blue Sky!" One of the best examples is Peter Frampton's use of a talkbox on "Do You Feel Like We Do" from Frampton Comes Alive. While not a true vocoder, the principles of their functions are similar.
  21. "Never Been Any Reason" was originally released in 1974 on Pyramid records, Head East's own label before A&M signed them. Both albums were titled "Flat as a Pancake." Head East actually had two other minor hits. "Love Me Tonight," from the same album, got a lot of play, and the Russ Ballard tune "Since You Been Gone" was a hit from their self-titled album of 1978.
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