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Change Of Perspective

When doing the Rock Music Lyrics series of posts, I have been doing just that … concentrating on the lyrics alone. Upon reflecting over the summer, I’ve decided that a change of perspective is in order, especially with the addition of the Seminal category.

“seminal” – highly original, influential, and important – highly original and influencing the development of future events

As well as commenting on and displaying the lyrics of a song, I’m going to also comment on the use of the music construction and the instruments used, which put together, add interpretation to the meaning of the lyrics. Which upon reading back, is really really confusing. I know what I want to do, however I’m finding it difficult to explain. I am far FAR from a music expert. I can only write down what I feel in my gut and my brain. Please bear with me as I move forward.

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Thanks very much for dropping by. Cheers!

Rock Lyrics Vol. 18 – Creep

I have been refraining from including love songs in this Rock Lyrics series, and I will continue to do so. This song comes close to that definition, however I am going to include it in the Life category, simply because it’s life.

Creep, by Radiohead, was written in the 1980s by Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) while he was studying at university. The story goes, he was smitten by a girl, whom he started following around (stalking), and who later unexpectedly showed up at one of the band’s concerts. Hence,  he refers to himself as a “creep”.

The song was never intended to be recorded, no matter released, but during a recording session in the early ’90s some tension arose in the studio because things weren’t going well while recording other songs. Someone suggested they play Creep for fun, just to release some tension. The engineers turned on the tapes, and the tune you hear when listening to the song is indeed that first take!

Just to make things more interesting, the video I am including in this post isn’t Radiohead. Nope. You are going to hear a young woman by the name of Haley Reinhart, a member of the touring production Vintage Postmodern Jukebox. If you haven’t heard her before, hang on to your bootstraps, because she’s going to knock your socks off! Oh yes, in a coincidence beyond coincidences, this video performance was also the first take. Remarkable.

CREEP

RADIOHEAD (Haley Reinhart)

When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You’re so fuckin’ special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

She’s running out again,
She’s running out
She’s run run run run

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here

Songwriters
HAMMOND, ALBERT / HAZLEWOOD, MIKE / YORKE, THOMAS EDWARD

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

 

 

Live Long & Prosper

 

Rock Lyrics Vol. 17 – Rockstar

I’m going to end off the Rock Star Life category (for now) with a Canadian band of some repute. Yes, it’s Nickelback. I know. I KNOW! Don’t hit me.

They have struck the right note with this song, as far as describing the Rock Star Life. Or rather, those who DREAM about being having rock star lives, so I have to include it in the list.

The lyrics are long, which is very unusual for rock lyrics, but it covers everything. Which is more than I can say about most of the young ladies in the video.

Here’s a fun exercise for you – after you’ve played the video while reading the lyrics, replay the video and write down the names of all the celebrities that appear in it. Some are normal, everyday people, but there are a lot of stars of film, TV, music and sports making cameos. Let me know how many you spot!

So, as much as it chagrins me, here is Nickelback from 2005 performing Rockstar. Keep dreaming, people!

ROCKSTAR

Nickelback

I’m through with standing in line
to clubs we’ll never get in
It’s like the bottom of the ninth
and I’m never gonna win
This life hasn’t turned out
quite the way I want it to be
(Tell me what you want)

I want a brand new house
on an episode of Cribs
And a bathroom I can play baseball in
And a king size tub big enough
for ten plus me
(So What You Need)

I’ll need a credit card that’s got no limit
And a big black jet with a bedroom in it
Gonna join the mile high club
At thirty-seven thousand feet
(Been there, Done that)

I want a new tour bus full of old guitars
My own star on Hollywood Boulevard
Somewhere between Cher and
James Dean is fine for me
(so how you gonna do it)

I’m gonna trade this life for fortune and fame
I’d even cut my hair and change my name

‘Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We’ll all stay skinny ’cause we just won’t eat
And we’ll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger’s
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blond hair
Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar
Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar

I wanna be great like Elvis without the tassels
Hire eight body guards that love to beat up assholes
Sign a couple autographs
So I can eat my meals for free
(I’ll have the quesadilla on the house)

I’m gonna dress my ass
with the latest fashion
Get a front door key to the Playboy mansion
Gonna date a centerfold that loves to
blow my money for me
(so how you gonna do it)

I’m gonna trade this life
For fortune and fame
I’d even cut my hair
And change my name

‘Cause we all just
wanna be big rockstars
And live in hilltop houses
driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and
the drugs come cheap
We’ll all stay skinny
’cause we just won’t eat
And we’ll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger’s
gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
with her bleach blond hair
And we’ll hide out in the private rooms
With the latest dictionary and
today’s who’s who
They’ll get you anything
with that evil smile
Everybody’s got a
drug dealer on speed dial well
Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar

I’m gonna sing those songs
that offend the censors
Gonna pop my pills
from a pez dispenser
get washed-up singers writing all my songs
Lip sync em every night so I don’t get ’em wrong

Well we all just wanna be big rockstars
And live in hillltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We’ll all stay skinny ’cause we just won’t eat
And we’ll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger’s gonna wind up there
Every playboy bunny with her bleach blond hair
And we’ll hide out in the private rooms
With the latest dictionary and today’s who’s who
They’ll get you anything with that evil smile
Everybody’s got a drug dealer on speed dial
Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar
Hey hey I wanna be a rockstar

 

 

Live Long and Prosper

Rock Lyrics Vol. 16 – American Band

This song has long been one of my favourite tunes (you’ll see how long in a minute), but it never occurred to me that it was a song about Rock Star Life. It is! The main theme is partying while travelling, “tear the hotel down“, and about groupies. Except, they don’t call them groupies. As the lyric says: “Four young chiquitas in Omaha“, who were waiting for the band in the hotel lobby intent on meeting the boys in the band. And they did!

They make special mention of a super-groupie, Connie Hamzy, who claims to have ‘had’ Don Brewer, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Huey Lewis, Peter Criss, and Bill Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas, among others, I’m sure.

The other person they reference is Freddie King, a renowned blues player hailing from Texas. Freddie opened for the band during one tour and would hold poker games after the concerts. Freddie usually won.

Recorded in Florida on June 12, 1973 (42 years ago!), produced by Todd Rundgren, here is one of the best-named bands in all of rock – Grand Funk Railroad – performing We’re An American Band live in 1974. Shirtless. Rock on, dudes!

WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND

Grand Funk Railroad

Out on the road for forty days
Last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie was doin’ her act
She had the whole show and that’s a natural fact

Up all night with Freddie King
I got to tell you, poker’s his thing
Booze and ladies, keep me right
As long as we can make it to the show tonight

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

Four young chiquitas in Omaha
Waitin’ for the band to return from the show
A feelin’ good, feelin’ right and it’s Saturday night
The hotel detective, he was outta sight

Now these fine ladies, they had a plan
They was out to meet the boys in the band
They said, “Come on dudes, let’s get it on!”
And we proceeded to tear that hotel down

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

[ubiquitous guitar solo]

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band
We’re an American band
We’re comin’ to your town
We’ll help you party it down
We’re an American band

We’re an American band (whooo)
We’re an American band (whooo)
We’re an American band (whooo)

 

 

Live Long and Prosper

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