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Neil's Worst Lyrics

#1 Post by TallThinMan » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 10:21 am

In the true PSB spirit of celebrating negativity rather than positivity, what are Neil's worst lyics?

How about the tautological "Planes taking off to fly" from Hold On?

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#2 Post by Hillbilly » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 11:12 am

TallThinMan wrote:In the true PSB spirit of celebrating negativity rather than positivity, what are Neil's worst lyics?

How about the tautological "Planes taking off to fly" from Hold On?
Not as bad as "4 a.m. in the morning" from "Moonlight shadow" by Mike Oldfield...

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#3 Post by the8thark » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 11:25 am

My vote goes to Vocal. Terrible lyrics on multiple levels.
Almost every PSB song had lyrics that on the surface are easily understood or so most people think but once you dig deeper you unearth a whole story about the life and times around the time the song was written. Vocal has none of this. "This is my kind of music" blah blah seriously? Very unlike the usual quality PSB lyric. The music here I'm slowly going into, but the lyrics just spoil it.

Legacy's vocals are only marginally better. Also terrible. But Legacy's music is really bad too. Whereas Vocal has alright music.
Also Electricity is pretty bad in the lyrics and music department.
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#4 Post by raggatwin » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 11:29 am

The lyrics of Vocal are perfect for a song that is essentialky about dancing imo
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#5 Post by goughsjd » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 12:25 pm

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    #6 Post by goughsjd » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 12:25 pm

    raggatwin wrote:The lyrics of Vocal are perfect for a song that is essentialky about dancing imo
    Completely agree suits it perfectly !
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      #7 Post by NikacP0kac » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 12:46 pm

      Vocal is the modern masterpiece from the Boys for me, by far the greatest song from the Electric era.

      As for some bad lyrics:

      Thursday, then Friday, it's soon gonna be the weekend
      Let's start it, tonight babe, stay with me for the weekend.


      Great talent rhyming weekend with weekend, Neil. The whole of Thursday sounds forced and I don't see it getting the hate Vocal gets for its lyrics.
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      #8 Post by dynamobjornen » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 12:53 pm

      No contest really, "Party song" and "Disco Potential".
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      #9 Post by stussyboy » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 1:08 pm

      It seems churlish to criticise rare lapses from one of world's greatest lyricists.
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      #10 Post by Eldritch » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 2:24 pm

      In my hopes paradise is real
      Horoscopes can't forecast how we'll feel


      This is just stupid, because no sane person believes that horoscopes can forecast anything. So this is either utterly banal or shows that the speaker of the song usually believes in guff like horoscopes.
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      #11 Post by Corina » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 2:26 pm

      TallThinMan wrote:How about the tautological "Planes taking off to fly" from Hold On?
      Isn`t this a case of "licentia poetica"?

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      #12 Post by Corina » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 2:35 pm

      NikacP0kac wrote:Vocal is the modern masterpiece from the Boys for me, by far the greatest song from the Electric era.
      Oh yes, especially the "expressing passion/explaining pain" is a sample of genius. Great lyrics to a great dance song.
      NikacP0kac wrote:As for some bad lyrics:

      Thursday, then Friday, it's soon gonna be the weekend
      Let's start it, tonight babe, stay with me for the weekend.


      Great talent rhyming weekend with weekend, Neil. The whole of Thursday sounds forced and I don't see it getting the hate Vocal gets for its lyrics.
      Well, when it comes to "Thursday", I tend to agree - the lyrics are a bit lazy and rushed, the song itself deserved more... I`m quite OK with the part Nikac mentioned here, but I dislike the "over, over, over" part. Neil darling, you should have worked more on this :)
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      #13 Post by TallThinMan » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 3:13 pm

      stussyboy wrote:It seems churlish to criticise rare lapses from one of world's greatest lyricists.
      Only a laugh, no harm done.

      Another one is "But you don't know nothing/you're not hot enough to matter" from Shameless. I know Neil's in character, but the double negative has always rubbed me the wrong way.

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      #14 Post by le petit corbusier » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 3:32 pm

      Here, The only one...
      Look left, then right
      And run for your life

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      #15 Post by NikacP0kac » Sat 19 Oct 2013, 4:26 pm

      I'm here, you're there... and the rest of the opening verse sticks out like a sore thumb on one of the best from Yes. You know the song.
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