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Killing an Arab

The Cure

Standing on the beach

With a gun in my hand

Staring at the sky

Staring at the sand

Staring down the barrel

At the arab on the ground

See his open mouth

But I hear no sound

I'm alive

I'm dead

I'm a stranger

Killing an arab

I can turn

And walk away

Or I can fire the gun

Staring at the sky

Staring at the sun

Whichever I choose

It amounts to the same

Absolutely nothing

I'm alive

I'm dead

I'm a stranger

Killing an arab

I feel the silver jump

Smooth in my hand

Staring at the sea

Staring at the sand

Staring at myself

Reflected in the eyes

Of the dead man on the beach

The dead man on the beach

I'm alive

I'm dead

I'm the stranger

Killing an arab

Definitely based on Albert Camus' novel.

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Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (it was in the Movie "Stripes")

Centerfold - J.Geils Band

" Bizarre Love Triangle " -- New Order

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

Say it ain't so - Weezer

Time of the Season - The Zombies

West end girls - Pet Shop Boys

:bow: :bow:

And here are my two:

Another one bites the Dust ~ Queen

Classical Gas ~ Mason Williams

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Thanks jman ! I changed my mind. I had two 80s songs, but with all the talk about Manfred Mann in the previous thread, I'm going with one of theirs + one great 80s song.

Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (it was in the Movie "Stripes")

Centerfold - J.Geils Band


I went to a Manfred Mann concert in 1967 or so with Mike D'Abo singing. They were very good but I liked them better when Paul Jones was the lead singer. I did buy his solo album, Love Me, Love My Friends, which was not up to the quality I was used to hear from the Manfreds. Dylans The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol was great though. I sold most of my vinyls in the 80s when I needed money, but have most of them now as mp3. One favourite I never managed to find though is Paul Jones' single Sonny Boy Williamson.

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Nominations To Date For Top Ten #11.

And I Love Her - The Beatles

Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order

Centerfold - J.Geils Band

Classical Gas - Mason Williams

Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann

Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton

Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

Don't Forbid Me - Pat Boone

Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds

Hysteria - Def Leppard

Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

Killing An Arab - The Cure

Lady - Styx

Mediterranean Sundance - Al DiMeola & Paco de Lucia

Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones

New Slang - The Shins

Only Women (Bleed) - Alice Cooper

Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Say It Ain't So - Weezer

She Loves You - The Beatles

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Thank You - Dido

Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes

These Eyes - The Guess Who

Time After Time - Cindy Lauper

Time Of The Season - The Zombies

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

Where Is My Mind? - The Pixies

Wild World - Cat Stevens :headphones:

Thank you all and Goodnight.

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My list:

1. CowGirl In the Sand

2. Rebel Rebel

3. Different Drum

4. Both Sides Now

5. 20th Century Boy

6. The Man Who sold The world

7. Aqualung

8. Revolution

9. Sitting

10. Almost Cut My Hair

11. The Rapper

12. Incense and Peppermints

13. The Letter

14. Build Me Up Buttercup

15. Day Tripper

16. Bad Bad Leroy Brown

17. Vallerie

18. I Think I Love You

19. California Girls

20. In My Room

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Here's Mine:

1. Mmm mmm mmm mmm - Crash Test Dummies

2. What I Got - Sublime

3. Vasoline - Stone Temple Pilots

4. Midlife Crisis - Faith No More

5. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

6. Radio Ga-Ga - Queen

7. Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie

8. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

9. People Are Strange - The Doors

10. Rapture - Blondie

11. Rebell Yell - Billy Idol

12. Silent Lucidity - Queensryche

13. Hell's bells - AC/DC

14. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred

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nope, not an anti or pro-war song, just based on the camus novel "the outsider/the stranger"

I'm not familiar with the book or the author, but those words seem to carry an anti - violence message to me, whatever the content of the book. The man seems to be in a state of shocked disbelief that he's just killed another man.


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Here's my 20 previous nominations in favorite order.. #7's the only one I've gotten into the top ten!

1. Traffic - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

2. Van Morrison - Into the Mystic

3. Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin

4. Radiohead - Paranoid Android

5. Pink Floyd - Fearless

6. Yardbirds - Heart Full of Soul

7. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush (8)

8. Radiohead - Creep

9. Oasis - Champagne Supernova

10. The Smiths - How Soon is Now

11. Men At Work - Overkill

12. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well

13. Elvis Costello - Pump It Up

14. The Police - Invisible Sun

15. David Essex - Rock On

16. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

17. Bob Dylan - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

18. Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye

19. Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums

20. Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

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Ok here are my two for this list....

Pretending ~ Eric Clapton

This is my 80's pick, 1989 from The Journeyman album. What a great intro, you hear a piano slow then jam, then drums, then kick azz guitar!

Burn Down The Mission ~ Elton John

This is from Tumbleweed Connection album 1971. I love this song, it has such a gospel feel to it. One of Elton's best!

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Here are the 20 songs I have previously nominated:

Rock This Town - Stray Cats

Down on the Corner - CCR

Roxanne - The Police

Train in Vain - The Clash

Wouldn't it Be Nice - The Beach Boys (made Top 10)

Burning Up - Madonna

Iris - GooGooDolls (made Top 10)

Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

Would I Lie To You - The Eurythmics

In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel

Crumblin' Down - John Cougar Mellencamp

Cherry Bomb - JCM

Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players

Let's Go Crazy - Prince

Paradise by The Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf

Levon - Elton John

These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding

Tempted - Squeeze

Brighter Than Sunshine - Aqualung

Fallin' - Alicia Keys

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Here she goes

1. Sunny Bobby Hebb - Again I go back to one of my memorable times the summer of 66. Seems like there was great tunes that summer of my youth. The Loving Spoonfuls "Summer In The City" and Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" battled it out for number one on my local AM stations.

2. Beth by KISS - What a tender and beautiful song coming from the throats of the KISS Army. There was no blood spewing on this number.


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