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All time great love songs
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:48:02 pm »
Before you go saying "oo I know one, The Power of Love" or "Annies song", hear me out.

It was listening to Joni Mitchell's Case of You that made me think, there is a genre of love songs with razor blades in it, of which that is possibly one of the greatest. Bitter sweet and brutally honest. I can think of a few others, anyone care to have a punt? Love songs, with bite.

Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2019, 12:56:10 pm »
Drive by Truckers - Marry Me

https://youtu.be/VlcOs3fCN3M

It's a little bit like an American "Up The Junction" but with nasty sleazy guitars:

Well, my daddy didn't pull out, but he never apologized
Rock and roll means well, but it can't help telling young boys lies.
A baby on the way's a good enough reason to get you out alive
Get you out without having to swallow any pride.

All my friends are restless, all they do is talk it down,
Two or eight lanes, it don't matter, it's just another town.
There's a fool on every corner, on every street, in every one
And I'd rather be your fool nowhere than go somewhere and be no one's

So marry me, sweet thing won't you marry me
Your mama thinks I beat anything she's ever seen.
This old town's alright with me, there's nowhere I'd rather be.
Long as they stay mad at one another, they can't get mad at me

Every time I leave here something bad happens to me
Like a busted hand or finding some man laying where I sleep
She don't mean nothing to me, that's just how it goes round here
It's a cartoon town, I play my part, and I ain't spoke her name in years

So marry me...

I don't want anything I done to be nobody's fault
Even if they got more money and mouth than they got balls.
That's just how it went down, right or wrong, it's just that way.
Just cause I don't run my mouth don't mean I got nothing to say...
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 01:01:13 pm »
CBH has just called me strange when I suggested: "Where the wild roses grow" by Nick Cave while CBH suggested: "Need a little time" by the Beautiful South.

I suppose another could be: "Bodypart Superstore" by Abdoujaparov (the best little rock and roll band in the world)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc_0AJSfR_g
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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 01:04:32 pm »
While I'm on Drive by Truckers what about "Goddam Lonely Love"

https://youtu.be/2WGu7dEjPsg

I got green and I got blues
And everyday there's a little less difference between the two
I belly-up and disappear
Well I ain't really drowning 'cause I see the beach from here

And I could take a Greyhound home but when I got there it'd be gone
Along with everything a home is made up of
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

Sister, listen to what your daddy says
Don't be ashamed of things that hide behind your dress
Belly-up and arch your back
Well I ain't really falling asleep; I'm fading to black

And you could come to me by plane, but that wouldn't be the same
As that old motel room in Texarkana was
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

Stop me if you've heard this one before:
A man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor
Stop me if I ever get that far
The sun's a desperate star that burns like every single one before

And I could find another dream,
One that keeps me warm and clean
But I ain't dreamin' anymore, girl, I'm waking up
So I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take everything you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

All I got is this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love
All I got is this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love
All I got is this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2019, 12:30:29 am »
... Love songs, with bite.

Tom Lehrer - I Hold Your Hand In Mine   :demon: :demon: :demon:
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Re: All time great love songs
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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2019, 06:06:12 am »
My Girl - Otis Redding Otis Blue Album
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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2019, 08:26:20 am »
... Love songs, with bite.

Tom Lehrer - I Hold Your Hand In Mine   :demon: :demon: :demon:
;D

(Ouch! I'll try to get back with something nice later ... )
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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2019, 02:59:53 pm »
... Love songs, with bite.

Tom Lehrer - I Hold Your Hand In Mine   :demon: :demon: :demon:
;D

(Ouch! I'll try to get back with something nice later ... )

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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2019, 03:46:47 pm »
Of course...

Quote
An awful debility,
A lessened utility,
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility.
In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability,
And this liability
Of total sterility
Will lead to hostility
And a sense of futility,
So let's act with agility
While we still have facility,
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability.

Mind you, Lehrer was slightly remiss concerning "...a genre of love songs with razor blades in it..." because a razor was about the only thing not used on the narrator by his feisty paramour in 'The Masochism Tango'.
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: All time great love songs
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2019, 06:45:44 pm »
Well, his paean to university does contain the lines:
"Oh soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life"

I shall leave "My Home Town" as an exercise for the class.
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