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nieh
01-22-2006, 11:03 AM
Lyrics are almost always the last thing I listen to when it comes to music. I almost never read lyrics sheets and while I might know a good chunk of the words after listening to the song a few times, I'll never think to put them together and see what they're actually about. Every now and then though, there's a few lines of lyrics that are so horrible that I can't help but focus on them whenever I hear the song. The perfect example of this would be Sunny Day Real Estate - Television. The lyrics that stick out as absolutely horrendous to me are this:

She's always around and under my skin
watching her move how she tells a story
It's only a dream of lovers and lies
She's cruel and she's free like television
She's in myyyyy hhhhheeeeeaaaaadddddd. Like televiiiiiiissssiiiiiiooooonnnnn

And they're completely overly-serious when they're singing it too! This was off their last album after they started going all prog-rockish, so not only are the lyrics bad on their own, but they sound completely out of place given his proggish singing style and the music (kinda like one of the songs off their prior album where he sings "We'll play guitar and video games" in his overly-serious prog voice. That line wasn't as bad in and of itself, but it still sounds totally out of place with the vocals the way they were). I don't understand it. I can't listen to that part of the song without cringing. It's a shame too, because musically it's one of the best songs on that album. Blargh! Share some. I demand it!

Jebus
01-22-2006, 11:05 AM
simili*
10 character limit

Tizzalicious
01-22-2006, 11:06 AM
That's pretty bad indeed.

I always do listen to lyrics. The other day I heard this Dutch song on the radio, and you could tell the words that were used were only there because they rhymed. It was terrible. It sounded like a Sinterklaas-poem. (We do little rhymes on "Sinterklaas", our Dutch santa)

Paint_It_Black
01-22-2006, 11:06 AM
Simile *

Jebus
01-22-2006, 11:07 AM
Simile *
http://webster.com/dictionary/simili

EDIT: nvm, you win

nieh
01-22-2006, 11:09 AM
simili*

Similes are just a specific kind of analogy.

Paint_It_Black
01-22-2006, 11:10 AM
http://webster.com/dictionary/simili

EDIT: nvm, you win

Dammit, I was getting all fired up for a contest. I already had this ready to paste http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=simile

Jebus
01-22-2006, 11:11 AM
Similes are just a specific kind of analogy.
"Metaphor comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using like or as as in a simile."
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/metaphor.html

Paint_It_Black
01-22-2006, 11:13 AM
We're getting a bit pedantic and off-topic here.

Jebus
01-22-2006, 11:14 AM
I'm sorry. I'm still a high school student taking Ap English classes. Natural reflex...

nieh
01-22-2006, 11:15 AM
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=analogy

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
A comparison based on such similarity.

Mannen som blev en gris
01-22-2006, 11:16 AM
I'm tired of copy-pasting Manowar lyrics, so I'll just do this: http://www.darklyrics.com/m/manowar.html. There.

ruroken
01-22-2006, 11:18 AM
I was going to search for some lyrics to post, but after reading the lyrics in the first post, I know I could not even come close to the crapiness of those...

wheelchairman
01-22-2006, 11:22 AM
oh yeah, I second manowar, they are ALL bad.

Also Papa Roach is pretty bad.
The lyrical pistol imagery is just BAD.

Blow, now Papa Roach is on your mental
Banging like your head piece it's just that simple
Cock back and unleash with my physical
Wrap you in my thoughts and become indivisable

Now an example of good imagery with guns, Sage Francis


'm on fire, i'm on fire
me too, me too
guns yo, i keep one in my pillowcase
it keeps me safe when i sleep, still i keep awake
what if my dream girl pays a midnight visit?
i see the world thru the scope but i gain no insight with it
when i get introspective i put the safety on
make these songs
with the biscuit sittin in my shaky palms
i'm a man now (a real man)
not the one who went to two colleges
grovellin' over meal plans
i'm starin' at the ceiling fan
all wide-eyed
amazed by the ways the blades break the silence
i used to be afraid of firin'
it sounded startling
but now i'm starting to hate the quiet moments
might remind you of a mike
by the way i hold it (to the grill)
a homophobic rapper
unaware of the graphic nature of phallic symbols
tragically ironic, suckin' off each others' gats & pistols
i got more back issues than guns and ammo
cuz my uzi weighs a ton
and i never let go of the handle
hangin' on to mommy's pant leg
double-fistin'
knee-deep in shells kickin' ballistics
this dick is a detachable penis
an extension of my manhood positioned like a fetus
an intravenous hook-up feeds bullets to my magazine
nevermind the bullocks, my pistol is a sex machine
guns yo (sex machine)
bust it
i got another gun (what)
i keep it in my briefcase
it keeps me safe at my workplace
cubicle gangster who's in need of his personal space
gangster of love who's unable to look girls in his face
cuz i know that all the stupid people increase the birth rate
i'm just about dumb enough to hold up a sperm bank
make my demands and then facilitate fur trades
empty the bird cage and release the mermaids
huh
i got a watergun
i keep it in my mouth
it keeps me safe from the things i like to speak about
but words are leakin' out
and all these smiles that i crack
are like a dam on the verge of collapse
there ain't no turnin' back
in fact i can't hold down my fluids
can't retract statements
without water displacement
flooded the basement
then sought refuge
removed my waterproof vest and then i kicked off my wet shoes
made it to dry land
pistol in hand
fistfuls of ammo riding on a camel
thru a desert of sand
lucid dreams are a lot like computer screens
people have pretentious conversations but i shoot the breeze
blow a hole straight thru their long-winded theories
hold my own and make songs for them to sing with me
its the same type of heat that millie used
to break the ice with santa claus
when she made him sing the christmas blues
capitalists strung her up for killin'em
every manufactured holiday they sacrifice another victim
before wartime depression sets in
i get to step in
and shoe shine my weapon
i'm hemorrhoid, i'm the leader
you're dead like dey la
i hold my crotch like a nine-millimeter
guns yo
(i'm on fire) (me too)
(nine-millimeter) (sex machine)

Jebus
01-22-2006, 11:25 AM
wtf? I remeber it said analogy not metaphor. (refering to my previous post)

whatever, I'm probably thinking of metaphor and simile not analogy and simile.

The only thing I could think of is this. It's not exactly an anology but she uses some stupid examples to explain irony.

Alanis Morissette - Ironic

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn't it ironic ... don't you think
Chorus

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought ... it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
'Well isn't this nice...'
And isn't it ironic ... don't you think
Repeat Chorus


Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

It's a traffic jam when you're already late
It's a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic... don't you think
A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think...
Repeat Chorus


Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

nieh
01-22-2006, 11:31 AM
I was going to search for some lyrics to post, but after reading the lyrics in the first post, I know I could not even come close to the crapiness of those...

I'm sure Rick will be able to help you out with some Incubus lyrics.

ruroken
01-22-2006, 11:33 AM
I'm sure Rick will be able to help you out with some Incubus lyrics.
I was going to, like with Circles, but they aren't as horrid as the ones in your post.

Paint_It_Black
01-22-2006, 11:37 AM
Some comedian commenting on Alanis Morissette:

"No Alanis, it's unfortunate".

killer_queen
01-22-2006, 11:37 AM
I never pay attention to lyrics while I'm listening to music. I think lyrics are the most unnecessary things on songs. I don't care if they are nice or silly. That's why I'm just listening Allman Brothers these days.
Also, I'm sure Alanis doesn't know what ironic means.

T-6005
01-22-2006, 11:49 AM
I find lyrics necessary only in that people need to be singing something. I don't care what they say, but it's a necessary part of a lot of songs to me, that they have a voice.

Homer
01-22-2006, 07:28 PM
This isn't an actual song (that is liscensed anyway...), but it's still the funniest crap I've ever read.

It all happened awhile ago when I started a band with two of my friends. One of my friends decided that he was going to write a song about cockroaches (I mean, what the fuck?). I quickly turned down the idea but went and wrote a song anyway... again, turned down. But here's the lines (two versions, because he wanted to make them "better") that stood out the most:

Version 1
They will come in.
They will kill our kin.
(I mean, how can cockroaches kill us? And who the hell uses the word kin (which also doesn't apply to this song)

Version 2
They will come in.
They will annoy our kin.
(Again, kin's a poor excuse of a rhyme, also, does anyone give a fuck about annoyance?)

They will eat our food.
This is what ignites our feud.
(Holy fuck, we have a winner.)

Yeah, I fealt like commentating it, because this is just the most terrible thing I've seen, ever.

EDIT: Our band "website" is www.purevolume.com/againstbelief, only our "cover" (hehe, you gotta hear it) of Rape Me is on there, our bassist is singing... also, he's not aloud to sing at all in our real songs.

Rocky-girl
01-23-2006, 06:31 AM
Most of all I like foreign rock. Really I don't know why. And when I listen to foreign music, I don't listen to words. If I like music I go to net and take the lirics I need. Than I read it and translate. I always sorry when the music is good and the lirics bad.

Mannen som blev en gris
01-23-2006, 09:01 AM
I never pay attention to lyrics while I'm listening to music. I think lyrics are the most unnecessary things on songs. I don't care if they are nice or silly. That's why I'm just listening Allman Brothers these days.
Also, I'm sure Alanis doesn't know what ironic means.
I don't really care if they're good or bad either. I mean, Manowar is one of my favourite bands, and their lyrics go from worse than average to A LOT worse than average. But I can still enjoy the melodies and the riffs and stuff.
Anyway, I know that people won't bother clicking that link I posted before, so I'll post an example: Shell Shock

I don't know
Well, there's no charge for the haircut
And the bullets come free
My Uncle Sam sent a letter, said:
He's got a mission for me
Now I'm a ranger, not a stranger
And I live in Saigon
We've got a team of special forces
And we deliver napalm
But if they tell you that I've lost my mind
Baby it's not gone just a little hard to find
By the time this letter gets home
I'd be gone, gone, yeah gone
And if they tell you that I'm M.I.A.
Think a little less about me each day
'Cause if I ever get back
I'll be shell shocked, whoa
Shell shocked, yeah
Feels funny riding in my car
Used to drive a tank and shoot a B.A.R.
I know I'm home
But I feel gone,gone, yeah gone
Now it's over and the homeland's safe
Got a purple heart to show the world I'm brave
The businessmen sat at home
Well I got shell shocked, whoa
Shell shocked, whoa
Shell shock
Shell shock
Shell shock

Jebus
01-26-2006, 08:38 PM
I just got a Paul Gilbert album and this song got me laughing right after the second line. Wow, comparing love to terrorism...should that be considered sweet?

Suicide Lover


She was the best girl that I ever kissed
How was I to know she was a terrorist
But she didn't mean to hurt me
Yeah, in fact she looked surprised
When her love exploded right into my eyes

She's a suicide lover
You could say her love's the bomb
Suicide lover
She's in a crowded street
Dosen't need a gun
She won't stop
'till she's makin' love to everyone

She was watchin' all the news 'bout Israel
How the war was making people miserable
She believed in human karma
And the problem couldn't wait
She would use the power of love to conquer hate


She's a suicide lover
You could say her love's the bomb
Suicide lover
She's in a crowded street
Dosen't need a gun
She won't stop
'till she's makin' love to everyone

I tried to tell her it's not sensible
But she might as well do it with me
She might as well do it with me
She might as well do it with me

solo

She was the best girl that I ever had
When I think about her I start going mad
But she didn't mean to hurt me
And she told me not to wait
I was not the only serving on her plate

She's a suicide lover
You could say her love's the bomb
Suicide lover
I wonder where she's gone
Suicide lover
Come on, come on, come on
Suicide lover
She's in a crowded street
Dosen't need a gun
She won't stop
'till she's makin' love to everyone

lenar
01-26-2006, 08:58 PM
This song is in no way good. These are probably the worst lyrics I have seen:

"Summer Girls"
LFO

Yeah...I like it when the girls stop by.. In the summer
Do you remember, Do you remember?
...when we met..That summer??

New Kids On The block,had a bunch of hits
Chinese food makes me sick.
And I think it's fly when girls stop by for the summer,for the summer
I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch,
I'd take her if I had one wish,
But she's been gone since that summer..
Since that summer

Hip Hop Marmalade spic And span,
Met you one summer and it all began
Your the best girl that I ever did see,
The great Larry Bird Jersey 33
When you take a sip you buzz like a hornet
Billy Shakespere wrote a whole bunch of sonnets
Call me Willy Whistle cause I can't speak baby
Sumthin in your eyes went and drove me crazy
Now I can't forget you and it makes me mad,
Left one day and never came back
Stayed all summer then went back home,
Macauly Culkin wasn't Home Alone
Fell deep in love,but now we ain't speakin
Michael J Fox was Alex P Keaton
When I met you I said my name was Rich
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch

Cherry Pez,cold crush,rock star boogie
Used to hate school so I had to play hookie,
Always been hip to the B-boY Style
Known to act wild and make girls smile,
Love New Edition and the Candy Girl
Remind me of you because you rock my world
You come from Georgia where the peaches grow
They drink lemonade and speak real slow
You love hip hop and rock n roll
Dad took off when you were 4 years old
There was a good man named Paul Revere
I feel much better baby when you're near
You love fun dip and cherry Coke,
I like the way you laugh when I tell a joke
When I met you I said my name was Rich
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch

In the summertime girls got it goin on,
Shake and wiggle to a hip hop song
Summertime girls are the kind I like,
I'll steal your honey like I stole your bike

Bugaloo shrimp and pogo sticks
My mind takes me back there oh so quick
Let you off the hook like my man Mr. Lipit
Think about that summer and I bug,cause I miss it
Like the color purple,macaroni and cheese,
Ruby red slippers and a bunch of trees
Call you up but whats the use
I like Kevin Bacon,but I hate Footloose
Came in the door I said it before,I think I'm over you
but I'm really not sure
When I met you I said my name was Rich
You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch

In the summer girls come and summer girls go
Some are worth while and some are so so,
Summer girls come and summer girls go
Some are worth while and some are so so,
Summertime girls got it goin on
Shake and wiggle to a hip hop song
Summertime girls are the kind I like
I'll steal your honey like I stole your bike

The last line is the worst.

China Boy
01-27-2006, 05:07 AM
Yeah, Manowar's lyrics aren't that good. A good example is "Hail and Kill". It's an awesome song, but the lyrics...

May your swords be wet. Like a young girl in her prime.


I mean, WTF !?!?!?

nieh
01-28-2006, 06:41 PM
Jebus, those lyrics are hilarious. They even tried rhyming "Israel" with "miserable".

Lenar, I don't think that song has a single analogy. They're horrible, yes, but not because of bad anaologies. You fail.

JohnnyNemesis
01-28-2006, 06:50 PM
I'm sure Rick will be able to help you out with some Incubus lyrics.

HA! I can't believe I missed this.

*blowz u gud*

This doesn't really fit in with this thread, but an example of a GOOD relation of ideas in smooth lyrics comes from Talib Kweli's "Gun Music":


Bringing the funk of dead bodies, go 'head bring in your boys
You'll see the "Soul of Black Folk" like W.E.B. DuBois

You have to be up on your African-American literature to appreciate that one, but whatever. It's really good.

wheelchairman
01-28-2006, 07:37 PM
I hate how no one pronounces Dubois right.

There is a Danish band, that has a song called "Lorteparforhold" (Shitty Relationship)

Som en skid når man forventer en prut (it's like a shit when you're expecting a fart).

The rest of the song is great though.

JohnnyNemesis
01-28-2006, 07:43 PM
I hate how no one pronounces Dubois right.


I hate it too, but when referring to the essayist, the way Kweli did it is the correct way.

wheelchairman
01-28-2006, 07:57 PM
How does Kweli do it, like "Do Boyz" (LOLZ).

I always get his name confused with Eugene V. Debs. I don't know why, but they seem similar to me. Points if you recognize that name :p

JohnnyNemesis
01-28-2006, 08:00 PM
Yeah! 90% of the time, it's supposed to be "DoBWAH" or something, but in the case of the essayist, "DoBoys" is proper.

And I get no points cause I don't recognize :(

wheelchairman
01-28-2006, 08:05 PM
Yeah! 90% of the time, it's supposed to be "DoBWAH" or something, but in the case of the essayist, "DoBoys" is proper.

And I get no points cause I don't recognize :(
In all honesty I'm more comfortable with Dobwah :p

Let wikipedia save you from your embarrasment,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs

What it doesn't say is that in the 1920 elections he got about 3½% of the US vote, despite his being in prison.