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Adam T
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posted 01 April 2006 06:05 AM      Profile for Adam T     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We can all quote from Dylan, or Paul Simon or Elvis Costello or whoever you're favorite artist is but...

Sadly, as we all know, the cream doesn't always rise to the top (or whatever cliche you prefer). Sometimes, an extra push is needed.

Two brilliant, but sadly, largely unknown songs.

1."Tomorrow Wendy" by Andy Prieboy
http://tinyurl.com/p99qf

The song is about a woman suffering from AIDS who decides to committ suicide and questions the grace of God.

Best verse:

"Underneath the chilly grey november sky
You can make believe
That kennedy is still alive
We’re shooting for the moon and smiling
Jackie’s driving by"

Concrete Blonde changed it to "we can make believe..." , but the original line was "you" which I think is far more cynical.

2.Trash Can Sinatras "Obscurity Knocks"

Just brilliant British wordplay.

http://tinyurl.com/rzw8v

Best verse:
"rubbing shoulders with the sheets till two
looking at my watch and i'm half-past caring
in the lap of luxury it comes to mind
is this headboard hard? am i a lap behind?
but to face doom in a sock-stenched room all by myself
is the kind of fate i never contemplate
lots of people would cry though none spring to mind"


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Polunatic2
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posted 01 April 2006 12:26 PM      Profile for Polunatic2   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How about the 1965 classic "Good News Week" by Kenneth King:

quote:
It's Good News Week
Someone's dropped a bomb somewhere
Contaminating atmosphere
And blackening the sky.

It's Good News Week
Someone's found a way to give
The rotting dead a will to live
Go on and never die
...
It's Good News Week
Famine's checked the need for coal
By stimulating birth congtrol
We're wanting to eat less...



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skeptikool
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posted 01 April 2006 01:27 PM      Profile for skeptikool        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's Good News Week
Those rotting dead
With problems of disposal
Can most benignly run my car
On Super Bio-diesel

ps And cut that funeral industry out of the loop. ;-)


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simonvallee
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posted 01 April 2006 11:10 PM      Profile for simonvallee   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Define "unknown"... Unknown in its genre or in the mainstream population? Because about every song I listen to would be unknown by the second criteria, but some of the music I listen to is big in the genre it occupies.

For instance, Blind Guardian's Born in a Mourning Hall*, it's unknown by the man on the street, but amongst fans of power metal, it's not at all unknown, it's one of the best songs by the power metal kings.

*

quote:

[...]
And I'm a part of the machine
a puppet on the strings
a rebel, once
now I'm an old man

Oh, I know this can't go on
but the ghost called fear inside
lames my tongue, my nerves, my mind
eternal fall down
someone cut the strings off
I can't move
to get back courage
I've to face the truth
but not today
goodbye
[...]



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