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What song just drives you crazy?

Jim Dixon 27 Aug 01 - 07:18 PM
Amergin 27 Aug 01 - 06:50 PM
ddw 27 Aug 01 - 06:38 PM
GUEST,iamjohnne 27 Aug 01 - 05:23 PM
Little Hawk 27 Aug 01 - 05:07 PM
Deda 27 Aug 01 - 03:07 PM
LR Mole 27 Aug 01 - 02:52 PM
Little Hawk 27 Aug 01 - 11:02 AM
Milkdud22 27 Aug 01 - 02:39 AM
richlmo 26 Aug 01 - 10:27 PM
Little Hawk 26 Aug 01 - 01:36 PM
GUEST,Frogmore 26 Aug 01 - 10:46 AM
ermintrudeclaire 26 Aug 01 - 09:38 AM
GUEST,radha@whtvcable.com 25 Aug 01 - 10:00 PM
AliUK 25 Aug 01 - 07:34 PM
Little Hawk 25 Aug 01 - 07:30 PM
Don Firth 25 Aug 01 - 07:22 PM
old head 25 Aug 01 - 12:11 PM
iamjohnne 25 Aug 01 - 08:44 AM
GUEST,Boab 25 Aug 01 - 02:42 AM
GUEST 24 Aug 01 - 04:03 PM
Little Hawk 24 Aug 01 - 03:44 PM
Little Hawk 24 Aug 01 - 01:57 PM
GUEST,groverdog 23 Aug 01 - 09:58 PM
DMcG 23 Aug 01 - 01:56 PM
John MacKenzie 23 Aug 01 - 01:23 PM
Kim C 22 Aug 01 - 05:16 PM
Chicken Charlie 22 Aug 01 - 05:07 PM
GUEST,Deda 22 Aug 01 - 02:57 PM
John MacKenzie 22 Aug 01 - 02:50 PM
Armen Tanzerian 22 Aug 01 - 12:34 AM
Mark Cohen 21 Aug 01 - 11:54 PM
richlmo 21 Aug 01 - 11:12 PM
Little Hawk 21 Aug 01 - 10:54 PM
emilyrain 21 Aug 01 - 10:39 PM
GUEST 21 Aug 01 - 10:25 PM
GUEST,Deda 21 Aug 01 - 01:37 PM
Bardford 21 Aug 01 - 01:34 PM
GUEST 21 Aug 01 - 01:18 PM
Don Firth 21 Aug 01 - 01:04 PM
M.Ted 21 Aug 01 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 21 Aug 01 - 06:52 AM
English Jon 21 Aug 01 - 06:32 AM
Mark Cohen 21 Aug 01 - 12:29 AM
Chicken Charlie 20 Aug 01 - 07:23 PM
RangerSteve 20 Aug 01 - 07:11 PM
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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 07:18 PM

Little Hawk: Abusing business reply cards WON'T DO ANY GOOD. To learn how to EFFECTIVELY stop junk mail, see this message from an anonymous guest who seems to know what he's talking about.

Or see the consumer assistance page at the Direct Marketing Association.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Amergin
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 06:50 PM

Personally, I love the song Teen Angel....it is one of the most hilarious songs I have ever heard....


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: ddw
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 06:38 PM

Little Hawk — I don't think The Unicorn is a Plastic Paddy song. It was a pretty clever children's song written by Shel Silverstein that was sung by Plastic Paddies.

ddw — running for cover


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,iamjohnne
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 05:23 PM

Feelings nothing more than feelings

Trying to forget my

Feelings of Love

Feelings

whoa whoa oh

Feelings whoa whoa oh

Feeings ad nauseum

JOhnne

"going where the weather suits my clothes"


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 05:07 PM

But Deda!!! You have just listed the very reasons why it's such a stunningly great metaphor! After all,

a) Nobody I've ever heard of has left a cake out in the rain!

b) I can't easily imagine why they would.

c) It's unlikely (though not inconceivable) that the loss of said cake would cause such utter despair to the one who baked it.

d) And BEST OF ALL "I'll never have that recipe again!" has to stand out as the most spectacularly symbolic line in the whole song. Think about any love affair, and how it began. They're all unique. Thus one can definitely say of a love affair, if not of a cake, "I'll never have that recipe again." Believe me, I know about this, although I know diddly-squat about baking cakes.

Now while it may not be on the level of Homer or Virgil...well, not quite...it still stands up as a quirky and unique piece of songwriting for a 20th century pop song, and that's why it's remembered by so many people. Can I help it if the philistines are unable to appreciate its subtleties and layers of meaning?

By golly, I think we should get on the Jerry Springer Show or something and really get to grips over this McArthur Park issue!

Whack!!! The horse takes another boot in the head.

- LH (tongue firmly in cheek)


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Deda
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 03:07 PM

Not to beat a dead horse, the reason that I think the MacArthur Park metaphor is lousy is that (A) neither I nor anyone I've ever known or ever heard of has ever left a cake out in the rain, nor can I easily imagine such a thing, (B) no one who's ever baked any cakes would go into despair about losing one, (C) "I'll never have that recipe again" is completely meaningless -- there are easily millions of cake recipes, every newspaper in the world prints several every week, and none of them is worth getting hysterical about. Great metaphors, those in Homer and Virgil and a lot of other places, make you sit up and take notice because you recognize them as real, truthful, authentic, AND they evoke some other experience as well, the one for which they are a metaphor.

I agree about the teenager disaster songs, I could never stand them -- Take a message to Mary et alii. Now I'm going to deveop a rep for being a curmudgeon who only logs on to register my disagreeableness.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: LR Mole
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 02:52 PM

If songs can be grown-ers, then some can be sigh-ers: the equivalent of first-you-look-at-your-watch-then-you-listen-to-it. "Oh, god, now "Stormy Monday" for the next year." But the all time offender is "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
"Now I'm going to sing the same melody line for eight minutes and forty-three seconds.
"And just when you all are about to pass out, I'll ring a small vari-A-tion." Feh.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 11:02 AM

Have you heard Doug & Bob McKenzie's version of it?

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Milkdud22
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 02:39 AM

The song I just hate is that one country song about "Because two people fell in love". If you've ever heard it, you'll realize just what a stupid, sappy song it is! I absolutely hate it!! I also do not enjoy the 12 days of Christmas. It's got way too many stupid verses!!


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: richlmo
Date: 26 Aug 01 - 10:27 PM

FROGMORE, The Guest WINS!!


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 Aug 01 - 01:36 PM

OOOOO! OOOO! OOOOO!

The Unicorn Song!!!!! (a "plastic paddy" number if ever there was one...)

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,Frogmore
Date: 26 Aug 01 - 10:46 AM

In June of 1968 I had to drive straight through to Colorado from S.C. Roaring across Kansas before dawn, it seemed like the only song I could get on any station was "YummyyummyyummyI'vegotloveinmytummy." Gawd!


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: ermintrudeclaire
Date: 26 Aug 01 - 09:38 AM

try ' the lion sleeps tonight' but i do like most of the ones posted as other people's headaches - desparado, american pie, achy breaky heart etc - its all good fun!


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,radha@whtvcable.com
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 10:00 PM

HONEY by bobby goldsboro. WHAT THE HELL! Anything by bobby goldsboro


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: AliUK
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 07:34 PM

As the son of a scot and being subjected every New Year's Eve to Flower of sodding Scotland it ranks high on my list of songs that drive me crazy. Did Zager and Evans ever make any other records apart from in the Year 2525

....if man is still alive if woman can survive they may fiiiiiind

he he he


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 07:30 PM

Funny, cos my friend Johhny Death sings "Teen Angel", "Running Bear", and "Last Kiss" at the drop of a hat. I agree that they are dreadful, but he likes 'em! He also loves Bob Dylan. Try and explain that...

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 07:22 PM

Speaking of Teen Angel, a fellow named Dallas Williams who sang in Seattle's coffeehouses back in the Sixties wrote a parody called Teen Leper.

In the spoken part, backed by a "Do-Waa" chorus,

". . . My parents said, 'but son, she has leprosy!'
So I told them, 'Well, gee whiz, all teen-agers have complexion problems. . . ."

(And when she went away to the leper colony, she gave him her thumb as a keepsake.)

I figure if any song gets up your nose, that's an invitation to work up a parody.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: old head
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 12:11 PM

my way.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: iamjohnne
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 08:44 AM

This thread gets more and more interesting by the day. I love to read everyone's opinions. Most of them I agree with.And of the ones that I dont well, at least we can agree to disagree on them. Some of these silly songs I had forgotten all about. Mcarthur Park being one of them. I think had anyone but Richard Harris been the artist we would have just let it drift off into obscurity. Gee does anyone remember "Running Bear" or all those late '50s or early '60s teen-tragedies "Teen Angel" or the recently revived "Last Kiss" They were pretty awful too. And the list goes on.. and the list goes on.... lah de dah de dee lah de dah de dah.....

Johnne "goin where the weather suits my clothes"


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,Boab
Date: 25 Aug 01 - 02:42 AM

Being an already-crazy-Scotsman, I like the song---but can some body explain the logic of the words of pleading from a love-lorn swain----- "Ha'e ye seen the bonnie high hills------

"And ha'e ye seen the shepherd---

---"And ha'e ye seen yon sojers-----

--"Busk, busk, bonnie lassie, an' come awa' wi me, an' I'll tak' ye tae Glen Isla by Bonnie Glenshee!"


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 04:03 PM

Little Red Riding Hood is a thinly-veiled about a pedophile.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 03:44 PM

Oh yeah, and here's a total stinker...

"MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY! MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY! MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY! MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY! MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY! MY BABY DOES THE HANKY-PANKY!" (repeat ad naseum...)

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Aug 01 - 01:57 PM

I always detested "Little Red Riding Hood", and I don't believe it's been mentioned yet...

I think MacArthur Park could best be criticized on the grounds of being too melodramatic, rather than on the grounds of having senseless lyrics. The lyrics aren't senseless, they're symbolic...probably of a collapsed love affair.

The lyrics are odd and unusual, that's for sure. I think a song with lyrics this odd has a certain distinction all its own.

It's a whole level above songs which are not in any way odd, but just REALLY BADLY written, really mediocre, really hackneyed, and that sort of thing.

This thread is full of examples of those.

- LH


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,groverdog
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 09:58 PM

Uh-huh! She loves a monkey's uncle Yeah, yeah! She loves a monkey's uncle Whoa, whoa! She loves a monkey's uncle And the monkey's uncle's ape for me


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: DMcG
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 01:56 PM

For folk songs is got to be The Wild Rover - I've hated this since the 5000th time I heard it. Probably the most over-exposed folk song of all time. However, I heard a group("in the interests of European harmony") sing a version of it in French to brilliant effect.
All together now!
Et C'est non, non jamias
non, non jamias, ne plus ...


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Aug 01 - 01:23 PM

Metaphor once myself, we lost touch last year, but I'm glad now that I've metabolic, a pair in fact!!

Jock


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:16 PM

Kumbaya. Or did somebody already say that?


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 05:07 PM

This is scary; I agree with Li'l Hawk.

I think if someone WENT to M. Park & looked at the patina of weathering [OK, so part of it would be pigeon poop] on statues and such, one might think that a cake was melting in the rain. Alligator lizards in the air, however, are totally unredeemable.

Which leads me to Einstein's General Theory of Mudcat Relativity: "If I don't like what you like, it's dumb; but if you don't like what I like, you're dumb."

I think if we are honest, this is what this and all such like threads boil down to.

CC


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,Deda
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:57 PM

Yes, I do know about metaphors. But they should be good enough to hold water (like that one does).

How could we have left out achey breaky heart?


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 02:50 PM

I don't want to see a ghost, Rather have a piece of toast.

Desiree

Death ray

Jock


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 22 Aug 01 - 12:34 AM

That Song Is Drivin' Me Crazy --

Song by Tom T. Hall


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 11:54 PM

Deda, MacAwful Park won Dave Barry's "Worst Song Ever" award. (Actually it was based on overwhelming reader response.) Which is quite an achievement, when you consider the competition.

Aloha, (CLAP! CLAP!)
Mark


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: richlmo
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 11:12 PM

Guest has a good point. It's the one that you hear when you wake up that stays in your head all day. Thanks for the response,everyone. hope the song you hear in the morning is a good one. I'm going to bed.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 10:54 PM

Deda - I've got just one word to say to you. One word.

Are you listening...?

Metaphor.

- LH

p.s. "I write the songs that make the whole world..."

GAAAAAHHHHH! RETCH!


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: emilyrain
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 10:39 PM

deliver it the letter i deliver it the letter i deliver it the letter i deliver it the letter i deliver it the letter i wriiiiiiiite


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 10:25 PM

I'm usually pretty tolerant of music-if it isn't waking me up, I like it. But the other day my sister was listening to the radio-Z100-and , honest to god, they only played 2 songs. For an hour and a half. With idiotic commercials. And I liked them, too. But now....


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,Deda
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:37 PM

I'm amazed that no one has mentioned "Someone left the cake out in the rain (I don't think that I can take it, cuz it took so long to bake it, and I'll never have that recipe agaaaaiiin)". Terrible song, dumb, senseless lyrics, and at one time many years ago it was actually played all the time over and over and over. Thank god it doesn't get much air time anymore -- at least not that I am subjected to. Blech.

Deda


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Bardford
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:34 PM

My all time least favourite song is that jeezly Chicken Dance song that gets played at weddings. Dada deedle deedle dum, da da deedle deedle dum, dayah dump dump dump dump dump dump. Why, it's so bad, I have to start humming my second least favourite song just to eradicate it from my head. That song would be " I Love a Rainy Night."
Goes a little something like this: I Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy Night its such a beautiful sight I Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy NightI Love a Rainy Night.

Bardford


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:18 PM

Um, that's called "interaction". If we all wanted to sit quietly and listen, we might as well go back to college...


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 01:04 PM

People who insist on clapping in rhythm -- or just insert claps into any rhthmic gap in a song, e.g., in The Wild Rover:--

No! Nay! Never!
CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
No, nay, never, no more. . . .

Drives me nuts!

Don (Hampsterdance) Firth


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: M.Ted
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 12:34 PM

Chicken Charlie,

I, for one, have not forgotten "Little Black Egg "--though it has been years, and I wish I could remember the words--anyone?


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 06:52 AM

Amazing how potent cheap music is(N.Coward).
Herself made a tape of her singles for a party many years ago and it still gets played. It includes many songs featured in 'Catters' most hated and "one-hit wonders" choices: 2525, You were on My Mind, It's my party, End of the World etc. Damn things are so catchy, bad or not, I have to play a good blast of Louis Armstrong, Leadbelly or Howlin'Wolf to get them out of my mind after it's been played!
RtS (Built for comfort, not for speed)


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: English Jon
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 06:32 AM

American sodding pie.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 21 Aug 01 - 12:29 AM

You guys have to read Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs. It's a treasure trove of garbage like this -- that is, the songs are garbage, not the criticism, which is funny! Well, some of the songs are funny, too. Like Neil Diamond and his strangely reticent chair. But if you do get the book, don't buy it through my link here. Go back to the top of this page, click on the fish in the banjo and access amazon.com or your favorite big broke bookseller that way, so Mudcat gets a sliver. And speaking of folk songs in this category, I must admit that whenever somebody starts up with "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'At", I get a stabbing pain in my bladder. I'm sure there are those who love the song. You're welcome to it. Elsewhere.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 07:23 PM

Letty--My gawd, what an oldie. I remember being stunned by "2525" in college circa 1965. Seems to me it was about contemporary with the eminently forgetable "Little Black Egg with the Little White Specks" or whatever.

CC


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 07:11 PM

Guinnesschik - when you put it that way, I guess it makes sense.


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Subject: RE: what is a butter pie?
From: GUEST,janeb
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 09:35 AM

A butter pie is a pie with just potatos and butter in it. A meat and potato pie, but with no meat. Also known as a preston butter pie ( but only on Liverpool) in Preston it is just a butter pie. Rather like a greek salad in greece.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: guinnesschik
Date: 20 Aug 01 - 08:10 AM

RangerSteve, Paul was obviously drunk with love.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 19 Aug 01 - 07:26 PM

Guinnesschik - Just those two songs? what about Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - what the heck is a butter pie? I believe Paul McCartney was invaded by Body Snatchers. The guy who wrote Yesterday could not have written these other songs.

Also: That would be something, really would be something. That would be something, meet me in the pouring rain, mama, meet me in the pouring rain. Philip Glass puts more thought into his work. Maybe Linda cut off Paul's manhood.


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Subject: RE: What song just drives you crazy?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 19 Aug 01 - 02:20 PM

Did William Shatner cover that one?

- LH


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