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Thread #14130   Message #1246249
Posted By: Joe_F
12-Aug-04 - 06:56 PM
Thread Name: What is the worst song you ever heard?
Subject: RE: What is the worst song you ever heard?
I wouldn't be willing to pay enough attention to the mechnanized tantrums that come out of the loudspeakers these days to *rank* them; but of the songs that are actually sung & enjoyed by people I know & like, I think "Harriet Tubman" by Walter Robinson takes the prize. It contains no information about its subject; instead we get unimaginable imagery (a train with a lifeline & a first mate) and unparsable syntax. I am ordinarily latitudinarian at sings, but when that one started I conceived an errand in the kitchen.

Of the songs mentioned by others in this thread, I am happy to say that I have heard very few. Of those, I rather admire "Kilkelly, Ireland" (interesting people), "Onward, Christian Soldiers" (tho an atheist, I am a sucker for hymns), and "Puff, the Magic Dragon". As to the last, the consensus on used to be that the druggy allusions were not intentional. In any case, it contains a sentiment far more subversive than cocaine, in the line

A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys,

which equates growing up with death -- quite correctly, of course, in the long run.