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Sun Oct 25, 2015, 05:25 PM

Songs with enigmatic lyrics

Post a favorite song with lyrics that are completely intelligible, yet are resistant to conveying meaning. I'll start with an easy one:



-- Mal

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Reply Songs with enigmatic lyrics (Original post)
malthaussen Oct 2015 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2015 #1
malthaussen Oct 2015 #2
Art_from_Ark Oct 2015 #14
Ron Obvious Oct 2015 #3
Art_from_Ark Oct 2015 #15
rug Oct 2015 #4
cemaphonic Oct 2015 #9
dilby Oct 2015 #5
LiberalElite Oct 2015 #6
OakCliffDem Oct 2015 #7
Ahpook Oct 2015 #8
Le Taz Hot Oct 2015 #10
REP Oct 2015 #11
Art_from_Ark Oct 2015 #17
sakabatou Oct 2015 #12
Doc_Technical Oct 2015 #13
Art_from_Ark Oct 2015 #16
annabanana Oct 2015 #18

Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 05:47 PM

1. I Am The Walrus



Never had any idea what it meant.
This is the DU member formerly known as The Velveteen Ocelot.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 06:33 PM

2. Knew that one was coming.:)

Remember, the Walrus was Paul. (Actually, the Walrus was John. There's a moral there, somewhere)

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 01:01 AM

14. Ah, the Glass Onion

Last edited Tue Oct 27, 2015, 02:07 AM - Edit history (1)

"I told you about the walrus and me, man
You know that we're as close as can be, man,
But here's another clue for you a-a-al
The walrus was Pau-au-au-l"

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 06:35 PM

3. I was always puzzled by the advice in this song



But then I never did lend much credence to chipmunks.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 01:05 AM

15. When I was around 4 years old,

that was the unofficial song of my neighborhood, at least, the "Oo Ee Oo Ah Ah" part.

Although some of the kids preferred "Eep Opp Ork Ah-ah"



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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 07:02 PM

4. Ballad of a Thin Man.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 06:57 PM

9. Also Isis

It's like a surrealist Western with lots of references to Near Eastern mythology. And seems to also be about his marriage troubles.

A lot of Dylan would fit, really. Much of the time, he's more about trying to convey an image or a mood, than he is about any specific meaning. And sometimes he's just tossing in a reference to another song or book, and sometimes he's just trying to come up with something that rhymes.

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 07:03 PM

5. Sigur Ros - Hljomalind

For the longest time I thought this was sung in English only to learn it wasn't.
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=aMEE9AW94Hs

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2015, 08:05 PM

6. Does enigmatic = unintelligible? Maybe not but - Heere's Louie Louie



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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 04:50 PM

7. Living in the USA

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 06:14 PM

8. Not just lyrics

Everything is enigmatic about this band





Happy nightmares

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 07:19 PM

10. Anything by Stevie Nicks.

"Stand back in the middle of my room I cannot feel for you." What the hell does it MEAN???

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 08:05 PM

11. America

Throwing Muses America


Follow the road
Swallow the snake
Find shoes in the corner
Run away

Oh
He had a nightmare
Go
I'm losing my person
I'm only talking
But look at me
I'm in bed, I'm asleep
I'm a mess, at my hair
Oh, oh, oh

Follow the road
Swallow the snake
Find shoes in the corner
Run away

No more backs
She can't say
America can't say no
Stand up
She can't stand up
Bang
She's afraid
I can't say
I can't say
N-N-N-No

Oh
It was a funeral
Mine
He was doing it
Under the stars
And I was crying again
Run through with a sword
Simultaneously
At the same time

No more backs
She can't say
America can't say no
Stand up
She can't stand up
Bang
She's afraid
I can't say
I can't say
N-N-N-No
No more backs
She can't say
America can't say no
Stand up
She can't stand up
Bang
She's afraid
I can't say
I can't say
N-N-N-No

No more backs
Say no
Stand up
Stand up
I'm afraid, I'm a mess
So
Put these right
What's it look like?
I can't stand
I won't tell you she's dead

Follow the road
Swallow the snake
Find shoes in the corner
Run away
N-N-N-No

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Response to REP (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 01:15 AM

17. That's one heck of a stream of consciousness song

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 11:32 PM

12. REM: It's the End of the World

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 12:58 AM

13. Cirkus- Kinf Crimson

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 01:08 AM

16. On the Amazon, by Don McLean

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Response to malthaussen (Original post)

Tue Oct 27, 2015, 09:26 PM

18. ok... MacArthur Park

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