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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
And did you get my message / On the People's Radio? I wrote it in Alberta /Across the prairie spine.
— Rheostatics, Northern Wish
December 5, 2004
Lyrics are Funny

I’ve always been a fan of lyrics; always liked the idea of songs and songwriters, with the performance coming second. My favourite songs have been the ones where the lyrics matched a great performance: U2’s Bad comes to mind (and gets my choice as the best song of the 80s), as does Bullet the Blue Sky; Wilco’s Ashes of American Dreams is high on this list, and has been mentioned before.

Sometimes lyrics have to be taken out of their original context to be appreciated. Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt did this with a Nine Inch Nails song.

But this is maybe the weirdest example yet…

There’s this beer commercial, and I don’t even know what the beer is, but it’s a beer commercial. And these are the lyrics it includes:

Words are few
I have spoken
I could waste a thousand years
Wrapped in sorrow
Words are token
Come inside and catch my tears
You’ve been talking but believe me
If its true
You do not know

And those, as it turns out, are the lyrics to that cheesiest of cheesy 80’s bands the Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”.

Now somebody should cover that song.

Posted by skooter at 12:23 AM This entry is filed under Music.
This entry is tagged: Lyrics, Music, U2, Wilco

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