Songs where the singer/protagonist comes off as a serious dick without meaning to

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

In the thread called Word(s) that only ever appeared in one (hit) song, ever, Doctor Casino wrote, "'Arizona' has several times made me want to start a thread about songs where the singer/protagonist comes off as a serious dick without meaning to."

Perhaps this could be that thread.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:01 (three years ago) Permalink

As it happens, there was once an epic thread called "In Which Doctor Casino Listens to Classic Rock Classics for the First Time." Perhaps you're familiar with it.

In Which Doctor Casino Listens to Classic Rock Classics for the First Time

User intheblanks had written, "There's the contempt for women in songs like 'You Got Lucky' and 'Breakdown.'" Then, user campreverb wrote: "Contempt? I hear a lot of self-doubt in lines like this: Girl, if you can do better than me/Go, yea go, but remember Good love is hard to find."

My further thought involved a subset of this: a dude informing a woman that he, the singer/protagonist, is the solution to her romantic problems, and she should therefore be rilly rilly grateful that he exists. Because otherwise she would be a withered cronelike old maid.

"Let My Love Open the Door" ("you're so lucky I'm around")
James Taylor, "I'm Your Handyman"
Little Feat, "One Clear Moment"
Don Henley, "Last Worthless Evening"

There should be, and probably is, a whole counter-genre of women answering, "No thanks, Tom/James/Don/Pete, I'll actually be fine."

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:01 (three years ago) Permalink

"without meaning to" kinda hard to navigate imo

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:04 (three years ago) Permalink

anyway

The Beach Boys "Hey Little Tomboy"

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:10 (three years ago) Permalink

As for "without meaning to," there are plenty of songs in which someone is obviously trying to be, or is, really a dick. This is for the ones who appear to think they're being well-meaning sensitive new age guys.

"Wild World" probably gets extra credit in this category.

Ye Mad Puffin, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:21 (three years ago) Permalink

"Rude"

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:25 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:28 (three years ago) Permalink

'My Sharona', The Knack

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Glenn Frey's entire career to thread

Master of Treacle, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:31 (three years ago) Permalink

the protagonist in 'there she goes again' by marshall crenshaw comes across as super passive aggressive, idk if it's intentional though

soref, Friday, 27 March 2015 21:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Don Henley, yeah, is the master of this.

Daryl Hall too. Most of their classic singles are about a guy out for kicks who resents when the woman insists on more more more.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Anyone who sings 'Always On My Mind'.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I think Neil Tennant pulls it off without sounding like a dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:41 (three years ago) Permalink

My mom and stepdad danced to "You Were Always on My Mind" at their wedding reception and when I asked why on earth they would do that, they said it was because they hadn't thought to pick a song before then and didn't think very hard about the lyrics beyond the chorus. They're still married 31 years later so no harm no foul.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess the Pet Shop Boys' version is the "least dickish" version, but god, that song... "hey, maybe I was a dick to you, but if it's any consolation, you were always on my mind"... jesus.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Friday, 27 March 2015 21:59 (three years ago) Permalink

The Monkees - "I Wanna Be Free". Davy Jones sounds like an insincere douche on a number of Monkees songs, but this one take the douchecake.

Gimme Gimme Pop Secret (Old Lunch), Friday, 27 March 2015 22:20 (three years ago) Permalink

I get this vibe from Paul Weller's 'I Should Have Been There To Inspire You' for some reason.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Friday, 27 March 2015 22:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Jack Jones - "Wives and Lovers" to thread.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 27 March 2015 22:32 (three years ago) Permalink

city and colour - "girl"

part emotional blackmail, part justification for being less than an equal partner in a relationship

head clowning instructor (art), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:01 (three years ago) Permalink

'Norwegian Wood', The Beatles. Narrator tries not to come off as a serious dick while describing a situation in which he was at least a moderate dick, still manages to come off as a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:11 (three years ago) Permalink

'(It Looks Like) I'll Never Fall In Love Again', Tom Jones. Singer has split with someone after they cheated on him, but goes about recounting it in such a melodramatically self serving narcissistic way that the audience suspects that they're not hearing the whole story, and that the singer is, in fact, a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:17 (three years ago) Permalink

'Sunny Afternoon', The Kinks. Rich shitbag asks you to feel sorry for him, thereby coming off as a serious dick.

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Friday, 27 March 2015 23:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Woman is the Nigger of the World.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 05:25 (three years ago) Permalink

lots of John Lennon songs fit the bill here tbh

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 05:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I wonder if you can, Charlie.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 06:03 (three years ago) Permalink

haha yeah, that one is particularly sanctimonious.

Jealous Guy is an interesting one. he's acknowledging that he's been a serious dick, without realising that new levels of serious dickery are expressed within the framework of his apology/ justification.

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 06:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Jealous Guy... Oh man couldn't the defeners pick a better video to comment in? I'd be wary of people who don't see the passive aggressiveness there... though I can't say I'm any better for loving Lightfoot's I'm not Sayin' because I emphasize with him 'fessing up to being a dick.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh how could I forget... The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia. Though to give credit where it's due he's stopped playing it live despite being one of his most popular songs.

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:16 (three years ago) Permalink

("The Stalker's Anthem")

Adam J Duncan, Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Neil Young's Down By The River.
Wherein Neil bewails being alone because he's killed his baby. Trying to think if its actually adressed to her too.

Stevolende, Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:25 (three years ago) Permalink

the entire first big pink album, though maybe it was intentional i dunno

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely. The pathetic whine of someone who resents that the subject of the song made something of their life while he didn't. The attempt at caustic truth-telling comes across as nothing more than burning jealousy. I hate that fucking song.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Saturday, 28 March 2015 09:55 (three years ago) Permalink

for a laugh, ah ha-ha-ha

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:25 (three years ago) Permalink

"Every Breath You Take", if "dick" can also be used for a creepy stalker.

Tuomas, Saturday, 28 March 2015 10:53 (three years ago) Permalink

'Rio', Duran Duran

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:26 (three years ago) Permalink

"Let My Love Open the Door" ("you're so lucky I'm around")

Although Townshend is a devotee to the religious guru Meher Baba, he claimed in the liner notes of his Anthology CD that "Jesus sings" on the track.[3]

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess the Pet Shop Boys' version is the "least dickish" version, but god, that song... "hey, maybe I was a dick to you, but if it's any consolation, you were always on my mind"... jesus.

― You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican),

The keys are the melodies and Tennant's voice. To me he does sound like he cares about the guy on the "Tellllll meeeeee/tell me that your sweet love hasn't died." otoh the "Maybe IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII didn't love you" as the song fades is cold!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Townshend uses pop song romantic love as a proxy for spiritual love a lot, but this just made me realize that a lot of songs about "spiritual love" make the singer sound like a serious dick.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Might be why gospel is best delivered in harmony

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:32 (three years ago) Permalink

xp see Prince's 'I Would Die 4 U'

Hugh G. Wreckjoke (snoball), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:34 (three years ago) Permalink

a lot of songs about "spiritual love" make the singer sound like a serious dick.

many songs about spiritual love are about the singer's dick.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I always heard "Always on My Mind" as expressing regret for being a dick.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:46 (three years ago) Permalink

which version? Willie Nelson's def.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:48 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't think "Every Breath You Take" counts, Tuomas.

The lyrics are the words of a sinister, controlling character, who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make". Essentially, it is a song about stalking.

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

—Sting[7]

Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is. He insists it's about the obsession with a lost lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that follow. "One couple told me 'Oh we love that song; it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought, 'Well, good luck.'"[8] When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2, "I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have actually misinterpreted it as being a gentle little love song, when it's quite the opposite."[9]

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Don't think Neil Young's "Down By The River" counts either.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:19 (three years ago) Permalink

How about God Only Knows?

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Jealous Guy is an interesting one. he's acknowledging that he's been a serious dick, without realising that new levels of serious dickery are expressed within the framework of his apology/ justification.

totally. see also the spoken-word part in "Confessions Part II":

This by far is the hardest thing I think I've ever had to do
To tell you, the woman I love
That I'm having a baby by a woman that I barely even know
I hope you can accept the fact that I'm man enough to tell you this
And hopefully you'll give me another chance

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:26 (three years ago) Permalink

^^ sheesh, that's awful.

re: God Only Knows: never found the speaker all that off-putting personally. naive, yes. melodramatic, check. selfish even, if i'm stretched. but mostly i just find it to be inspirited with the elation of young love.

charlie h, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:48 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't think "Every Breath You Take" counts, Tuomas.

Not Tuomas but I'm not totally clear on what the thread is asking for. In this case, the songwriter intended for the song to be from the perspective of a serious dick; I'm not sure that the protagonist himself realizes this, though.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:52 (three years ago) Permalink

I disagree with "God Only Knows" but surely "Caroline No" fits. Especially when hearing about the reaction his girlfriend had to it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 28 March 2015 14:55 (three years ago) Permalink

prolly mentioned, but 10cc - i'm not in love

Unchanging Window (Ross), Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Into The Night" by Benny Mardones comes to mind. "She's just sixteen years old, leave her alone, they say." I had to google him to see if he wound up in prison.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Thursday, 29 June 2017 02:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Christ, it gets even worse as the song progresses:

She's just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say
Separated by fools
Who don't know what love is yet

But I want you to know
If I could fly
I'd pick you up
I'd take you into the night
And show you a love
Like you've never seen - ever seen.

It's like having a dream
Where nobody has a heart
It's like having it all
And watching it fall apart
And I would wait till the end of time for you
And do it again, it's true
I can't…

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Thursday, 29 June 2017 02:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

if you haven't seen this thread:

benny mardones - "into the night" 1980 version vs. 1989 version

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 29 June 2017 02:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

haha that thread is classic

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Thursday, 29 June 2017 03:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Benny is now married to a former Miss Denmark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8jYIvd6O1Y

soref, Thursday, 29 June 2017 03:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

So weird, I was gonna revive this earlier today but saw that Lou Christie's 'Lightning Strikes' was already mentioned. 'Please wait for me, because you're totally the woman I want to settle down with. It's just that I have a loooot of other chicks to bone before that day comes. You understand.'

Duane Quarterdump (Old Lunch), Thursday, 29 June 2017 03:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ctrl+F 'Weezer'.. 0 results?! If we're talking dickish as in being completely misogynist and objectifying, Cuomo takes the cake:

I know that you're thinking I'm trying to score
But deep in your heart you know that I'm more
Than a cad or a scoundrel, now that I've found you
I don't want to lose you, how can I prove to you
That I am sincere, you don't need to fear
I'm not like the others, I'll be like a brother
I will protect you, never disrespect you
But if you need love then I'll be here to sex you

And

I'm so glad I got a girl to think of even though she isn't mine
I think about her all the day and all the night it's enough to know that she's alive
She says I give her sweaty palms she almost had a heart attack
The truth is that I’m just as scared I don’t know how to act
I wish that I could get to know her better
But meeting up in real life would cause the illusion to shatter
I carved her name into all the trees
Sang a song down on one knee
Looking at the underwear page of the Sears catalog like when I was 14
I’m levitating like a magnet turned the wrong way around
I’m like an Indian Fakir tryna’ meditate on a bed of nails with my pants pulled down

All of 'Accross the Sea' etc etc etc

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The Stone Poneys - If I Were You

If I were you
I'd be happy just knowing that
Somebody loved me
If I were you
I'd be sad that somebody was
Lonely without me
If I were you
I know just what I would do
I'd fall in love too

If I were you
I'd have been in love all along
And for a song I'd just up and leave
Everything that I had behind
I wouldn't mind it
If I were you
I know just what I would do
I'd fall in love too

I believe
A love like mine
Just can't be taken lightly
And in time it will win you over
You will see
That my love won't wither like the others
You're never going to get a better offer

If I were you
Then I wouldn't cry all the time
I'd open my eyes and I would see
There is someone so in love with me
That's all that I need
If I were you
I know just what I would do
I'd fall in love too

yellow is the color of some raisins (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

Richard Marx, Hazard

Oh he done it alright

passé aggresif (darraghmac), Thursday, 31 August 2017 01:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

if i were you - the anthem of Nice Guys

Karl Malone, Thursday, 31 August 2017 01:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

kevin ayres, may i

I just came in off the street
Looking for somewhere to eat
I find a small cafe
I see a girl and then I say

May I sit and stare at you for a while?
I'd like the company of your smile

You don't have to say a thing
You're the song without the sing
The sunlight in your hair
You look so good just sitting there

May I sit and stare at you for a while?
I'd like the company of your smile

piss off you creep

angelo irishagreementi (ledge), Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

wow ewww

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Something tells me that his formal request is rhetorical.

Glengarry Glen Marshall (Old Lunch), Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

no u may not

cajunsunday, Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'd like the company of your terrified rictus

badg, Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

Haha, I love that song but "piss off you creep" is totally the correct answer.

emil.y, Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

creepy but also a little sad imo

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

Any song from the second Weezer album.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

And a couple from the first.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

And some from the albums after, too.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

Surely 'No One Else' is self-aware, OTT dickishness. The fact it's followed up by it's own answer song is revealing

'Butterfly', on the other hand though

PaulTMA, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Any John Mayer song probably fits this thread. Daughters, Body is a Wonderland, No Such Thing (Because I Am An Affluent White Guy) etc.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

WAiting on the world to change would fit even more if it just came out now

"activism just happens, maaaaaan"

Neanderthal, Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

bohemian rhapsody

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 31 August 2017 18:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"Session Man" by the Kinks

"He's not paid to think just play"

i get that it's "satire" but that line especially makes Ray Davies seem like a rockist jerk.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 2 October 2017 11:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

he's taking the side of the session man while calling him a brainless tool

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 2 October 2017 11:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

plenty of session guys happily agree that they are paid to play and not think. Could probably include Nicky Hopkins in there as well, I would guess, given that he plays on the track and it's about him.

Οὖτις, Monday, 2 October 2017 16:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think it was just cos he hated Jimmy Page

PaulTMA, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm Amazed -- it starts out fine but I get a very bad vibe from "Maybe I'm a man, maybe I'm a lonely man who's in the middle of something/that he doesn't really understand."

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

When it comes to Kinks songs that make Ray Davies seem like a jerk, 'Session Man' isn't even on the list, IMO.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don’t know if Lennon qualifies as he always came off as a dick and it seems like he was conscious of it half of the time.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol, never noticed the bolded line, my suspicion was correct, speaker is a total dick:

Maybe I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you
Maybe I'm amazed at the the way you pulled me out of time
And hung me on a line
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you
Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you're with me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I leave you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song
Right me when I'm wrong
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Monday, 2 October 2017 22:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

I mean it seems to me like the whole song is an elaborate rationalization/apology for using someone and being ambiguous and non-committal when you know they want commitment.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Monday, 2 October 2017 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

"All Things Must Pass" maybe? I mean, it's beautiful and sounds universal, but it's also, "I dumped you out of the blue, but don't worry, you'll get over it."

JoeStork, Saturday, 7 October 2017 04:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Joe OTM

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 05:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Isn't this really most Wedding Present songs? Or the whinier Field Mice stuff.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 7 October 2017 14:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

working class hero - lennon

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 23:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

Paul Williams - To Put Up With You

Don't think I'm not impressed with your looks
'Cause I think that you look just fine
And don't think that I haven't considered you, girl
Or the fact that you could be mine
Yes I'd like to hang around
But I'll have to let you down
I just haven't got what it takes
To put up with you

henry s, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Any of the songs like 'Let's Hear It For the Boy' or 'You've Got What It Takes' (I know there are others) wherein the singer celebrates their love by frontloading the song with all of their lover's faults. Thank you for telling the world that I'm an impotent dogface with no sense of rhythm. I love you, too.

I believe I will have another helping of your scrumptious casserole (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me

He doesn't care who you are, where you're from, what you did, as long as you love him.

In summary: 'Blah blah blah cool story about that time you went travelling round Australia, now let's screw'

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I always heard it as "hey, look, the past is the past. So you've been arrested for stalking a few times. So you went out of your way that one time to hit that cat with your car. I don't hold that against you, baby. Just don't forget my birthday and shit, and we're good."

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:59 (one month ago) Permalink

I always heard it as a confession of having pathologically low standards.

incel elgort (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:50 (one month ago) Permalink

My Lean Baby, sung by Sinatra (lyrics by Roy Alfred) is slightly wtf.

My lean baby - tall and thin
Five feet seven - of bones and skin
But when she tells me maybe she loves me
I feel as mellow as a fellow can be

She's so skinny - she's so drawn
When she stands sideways - you (would) think (that) she's gone
But when she calls me: "baby" - I feel fine
To think she's frantically, romantically mine

She's slender, but she's tender
She makes my heart surrender
And every night, when I hold her tight
The feeling is nice - my arms can go around twice

My lean baby - she's so slim
A broomstick's wider - but not as trim
And when she starts to kiss me - then I know
I love her so, I'll never, ever, let her go

My lean baby - strange to see
And all that nothing - it belongs to me
And though she may be scrawny - she's ok
Because I wouldn't want her any other way

She's so skinny - she's so drawn
When she stands sideways - you (would) think (that) she's gone
But when she calls me: "baby" - I feel fine
To think she's frantically, romantically mine

I chased her - and I caught her
Then a diamond ring - I bought her
(hey) the diamonds shine - the ring is so fine
But here is the twist - she wears it right on her wrist

My lean baby - she's so slim
A broomstick's wider - but not as trim
And when she starts to kiss me - then I know
I love her so, I'll never, ever, let her go

My lean baby - tall and thin...
(do-do-do-do-do,...)

MaresNest, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 12:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Lobo - Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:16 (one month ago) Permalink

She was gonna be my wife
And I was gonna be her man
But she let another guy come between us
And it shattered our plans

Well, Rhonda you caught my eye
And I can give you lotsa reasons why
You gotta help me Rhonda
Help me get her out of my heart

entire song is about Rhonda being a rebound

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:18 (one month ago) Permalink

yup. and she's just "gotta" provide this emotional labor, cause he's bummed. he does declare that he can give her "lots of reasons why" this might actually be worth her while, but we don't hear them. bummer cause it's an amazing song.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:23 (one month ago) Permalink

yup, absolutely a rebound.

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Barbara Ann is similar in theme. Both see the Beach Boys stumbling around tipsy and desperate at the party, pinning hopes and dreams on various women, believing if they reciprocate then everything will be okay

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:31 (one month ago) Permalink

although i know Barbara Ann isn't an OG BB's song.

Hire Planes (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:32 (one month ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.