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Brian’s Song

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OK, Brian threw down the gauntlet, so here are some lyric lines from 25 songs in MY music library.  Keep in mind that I have no ipod and my collection consists of wax cylinders—so I am choosing some of my favourite songs from my favourite albums.  (How many can YOU guess?)  [Ashlee is disqualified from playing.]


  • ‘Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun.  Dust on my face and my cape.’


  • ‘There’s a seabird above you, gliding in one place; like Jesus in the sky.’


  • ‘Look around me.  I can see my life before me running rings around the way things used to be.’


  • ‘Woke up this morning, smiled at the rising sun.  Three little birds, each by my doorstep.’


  • ‘A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm.’


  • ‘To me, he’s one of the heroes of this country.  So why is he all dressed up like those old men?’


  • ‘Who did you say it was, brother?  Who was it fell by the way?  When whiskey and blood mixed together—did you hear anyone pray?’


  • ‘Yeah, Johnny Cash helped me get out of prison—long before Rodriguez stole that goat.’


  • ‘Smooth talking people done ran me outta town.  And I drank enough whiskey to float a battleship around.’


  • ‘Almost busted in Laredo but for reasons that I’d rather not disclose.  But if you’re staying in a motel there make sure you don’t leave nothing in your clothes.’


  • ‘Clean this mess up, else we’ll all end up in jail.  Those test tubes and the scales—just get it all outta here.  Is there gas in the car?  Is there gas in the car?!!  (I think the people down the hall know who we are.)


  • ‘You have so much faith in me—you trust me anywhere.  But the reason (if they only knew) is that we just don’t care.’


  • ‘Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say.  Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she changes from day to day.  I wanna tell her that I love her a lot but I gotta get a belly full of wine.  Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, someday I’m gonna make her mine, oh yeah—someday I’m gonna make her mine.  (That’s actually the entire song.)


  • ‘Well my time went so quickly; I went lickity-splitly out to my Ol’ 55.’


  • You know the story ’bout the jailhouse rock.  Go on and do it, but just don’t get caught.  They got ‘em all in the jailhouse, baby.’


  • ‘I’m a faithful follower of Brother John Birch, I belong to the Antioch Baptist Church and I ain’t even got a garage—you can call home and ask my wife!’


  • ‘Then add the wedding bells, one house where lovers dwell, three little kids for the flavour.’


  • ‘Well, I pray when I’m dead and the ages shall roll my body will blacken and turn into coal.  Then I’ll look from the gates of my heavenly home and pity the miner digging my bones.’


  • ‘Do you always trust the first, initial feeling?’


  • ‘If anyone can help me, it’s me brother in the army—if I can find his station in Cork or in Killarney.’


  • I was pushin’ through the crowd to get to where she’s at and I was campaign shouting like a Southern diplomat.’


  • ‘Pick up your gear and, gypsie roll on—roll on.’


  • ‘They say, “Hey, you’re from down South and when you open your mouth you always seem to put your foot there.”’


  • ‘Oh, I’d love to spit some Beechnut in that dude’s eye and shoot him with my ol’ .45.’


  • ‘Well, you can call them country and they don’t care and if you don’t like the way they wear their hair you can take your likes and shove ‘em on up the line.  People in Texas don’t care if the sun don’t shine.’


  • Update: I had to add this honourable mention that I just remembered:  ‘Sitting on a mountain looking at the sun.  Plastic majestic lobster telephone.’



Written by ninepoundhammer

January 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Posted in Music

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  1. Is the “blood and whiskey” one a Doc Watson song?


    January 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  2. Oooh, Beth! Close-very close! Doc Watson is on the same album but it is Roy Acuff’s version of ‘The Crash on the Highway’ on The Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band’s ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken.’

    I’m still going to give you 5 style points.


    January 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

  3. Would you feel insulted if I were to say that I feel kinda proud that I don’t know any of those songs?


    January 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

  4. On some of them, you are probably better off. But on most, they really are good songs. The snippets of lyrics give a bad impression but that’s only because the totality is not present to give a full picture.

    Much like the Bible–if you were only to read Leviticus, you might have a completely different impression of what one is to take away from the Scriptures.

    Then again, some of the songs are, in fact, worthy of derision.

    I’m leaving to repent right now. 🙂


    January 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm

  5. I am sorry to say I don’t any off the top of my head. The “lickity-splitly out to my Ol’ 55” is ringing a bell but I can’t put my finger on it. Looking forward to the answers.


    January 30, 2009 at 9:31 am

  6. Beatles (McCartney Composition) – Her Majesty

    Sorry, that’s all I know 😛


    January 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm

  7. Haha, glad you found room for repentance.


    January 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

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