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PostSubject: Song Meanings...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:20 pm

Have you ever found yourself humming the tune to a song that you didn't really know the meaning of? Sometimes we like the beat and don't really pay attention to the lyrics. So let's talk about the meanings of songs here.
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I will post a song and the lyrics and you tell me what you think the song means to you.
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It Never Rains in Southern California


Got on a board a west bound seven forty seven
Didn't think before deciding what to do
All that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies
Rang true, sure rang true.

Seems it never rain in Southern California
Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California
But girl, don't they warn ya
It pours man it pours.
Out of work, I'm out of my head
Out of self respect I'm out of bread
I'm under loved I'm under fed
I wanna go home
It never rains in California
But girl don't they warn ya, it pours, man it pours.

Will you tell the folks back home I nearly made it
Had offers but don't know which one to take
Please don't tell them how you found me
Don't tell them how you found me give me a break
Give me a break

Seems it never rains in Southern California
Seems I've often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California
But girl, don't they warn ya
It pours man it pours


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:11 pm

this is an interesting topic...thanks carol for posting this

i think that he's gone out to la expecting to be a famous actor but it just didn't pan out and now he's having trouble getting back to normal so to speak...he doesn't want his friend telling mutual acquaintances how bad off he is...

that's my take
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:30 pm

Remember that one well! Albert Hammond. Nice song, neat bellbottoms. Thumbsup

The line "All that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies" is an eye-opener. Back in '74, I thought he was saying "All that talk of all the tooties." I thought maybe tooties was a slang term for hot California babes. :shy:
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:05 pm

Rob wrote:

The line "All that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies" is an eye-opener. Back in '74, I thought he was saying "All that talk of all the tooties." I thought maybe tooties was a slang term for hot California babes. :shy:

Laughing Rob

Yeah, pretty much that is what it means. I guess a song needed to be done because a lot of people would think that you automatically had it good if you lived there lol
There is so much competition down there when it comes to trying to get into the Hollywood scene ... you REALLY gotta stand out and provide something fresh for people to notice and to get good parts... so all the people who moved there to try to make it like that guy on the song... sure got an eye opener and found themselves under a storm...


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:49 am

Rob wrote:
Remember that one well! Albert Hammond. Nice song, neat bellbottoms. Thumbsup

The line "All that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies" is an eye-opener. Back in '74, I thought he was saying "All that talk of all the tooties." I thought maybe tooties was a slang term for hot California babes. :shy:

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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:14 am

sometimes I'll do that, listen to a song and just enjoy the beat but not really the lyrics. but now that I'm older, I'm beginning to understand and appreciate songs more!
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:48 pm

Great topic! Thumbsup

Here's one---this is one I don't really understand the words OR the meaning! LOL! But I love the song! Thumbsup

"Big Yellow Taxi"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsPh_8Dxl3E


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:59 pm

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see em
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that d.d.t. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

when i first heard this song by joni mitchell in the 70's i always associated it with environmental issues...the last verse of the song, i believe, is referring to her boyfriend or husband who left her and she misses him....that's my take on this song...
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:00 pm

I didn't know Counting Crows covered that song. It's a Joni Mitchell original from about 1970.

It's a pro-ecology song. But the title and the line about "the big yellow taxi came and took away my old man" don't really fit with the overall theme. :think:
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:04 pm

Wow, sure does help to see the lyrics. grinsmiley Thanks Susan! Wink And LOL, my son always thought they said a certain swear word in that song. :think:

Ok, yep, I get the ecology theme now...I would never have gotten that before! Duh! :sillySmiley:


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:56 pm

Rob wrote:

It's a pro-ecology song. But the title and the line about "the big yellow taxi came and took away my old man" don't really fit with the overall theme. :think:

Hmmm... yeah that is strange... maybe she misses the grass & trees like she misses her old man... didn't really appreciate it till he or it were gone... :think: lol

Good one Amy Thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:59 pm

I think he's using comparisons to how things are naturally as opposed to how they (man) alter things, (Garden of Eden; growing food) believing they are making things better but in reality, they aren't.

I think they use that to tie it into the song, how you go along there and you might get bored or upset with something (or a relationship) that you may think is "same old, same old" but they when something gets altered (she leaves) its like the old saying, "You don't know what you have until its gone."

That's with the line, "Late last night I heard the screen door slam and a big yellow taxi took my girl away..."

Am I making any sense? ROFL

BTW, I love this song, too!

Now, if someone can explain "Blinded by the Light" to me (maybe just one word...DRUGS) I could count a mystery in my life solved! grinsmiley



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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:09 pm

Misti wrote:
That's with the line, "Late last night I heard the screen door slam and a big yellow taxi took my girl away..."

Oh, when I said "...took away my old man," I was quoting the Joni Mitchell version.
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:15 pm

well, here's the words..i never did understand what bruce was singing about or manfred mann for that matter...

Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder feelin' kinda older I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing the calliope crashed to the ground
Some all-hot half-shot was headin' for the hot spot snappin' his fingers clappin' his hands
And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand
And now young Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand
And some bloodshot forget-me-not whispers daddy's within earshot save the buckshot turn up the band

And she was blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
She got down but she never got tight, but she'll make it alright

Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
He says: "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least"
And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone watchin' the young girls dance
And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance

Yeah he was blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
He got down but she never got tight, but he's gonna make it tonight

Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes
She said I'll turn you on sonny, to something strong if you play that song with the funky break,
And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside
And little Early-Pearly came in by her curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride,
Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playin' backyard bombardier
Yes and Scotland Yard was trying hard, they sent a dude with a calling card,
he said, do what you like, but don't do it here
Well I jumped up, turnedaround, spit in the air, fell on the ground
Asked him which was the way back home
He said take a right at the light, keep goin' straight until night, and then boy, you're on your own

And now in Zanzibar a shootin' star was ridin' in a side car hummin' a lunar tune
Yes, and the avatar said blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar we're gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon

And some kidnapped handicap was complainin' that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night,

Well I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears I saw
a gap but figured he'd be all right

He was just blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night
Blinded by the light
Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun
Oh but mama that's where the fun is

actually, by reading the lyrics, i think bruce is just talking about different people here...especially the last line..mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun, oh but mama that's where the fun is..he's just looking for trouble.. and from there comes the title of the song blinded by the light...
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:23 pm

Rob wrote:
Misti wrote:
That's with the line, "Late last night I heard the screen door slam and a big yellow taxi took my girl away..."

Oh, when I said "...took away my old man," I was quoting the Joni Mitchell version.

I've never heard the Joni Mitchell version. I'd keep with my analysis, just switch it from a boy's view to a girl's view! grinsmiley



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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:24 pm

i posted the lyrics to the joni mitchell version...
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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:44 pm

Here is the "Blinded by the Light" video, Lyrics posted above



Yeah, I think he's talking about different people here and how each of them got tricked into something that seemed nice (like the sunshine from the sun) but actually, they almost did something terrible with their life... because they were blinded by this light...

The light is bad... so that's why on the last verse his momma tells him to avoid the light from the sun... but of course he tells her even though he knows he's doing wrong he says it feels fun...

That's what I get from it anyway lol


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PostSubject: Re: Song Meanings...   Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:52 pm

thanks carol...and you're right...
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