Sunday, February 07, 2010

Mystery Lyrics

This is mystery lyric week on Mysterious Musings. I've been reflecting on some really inscrutable lines from popular songs, and even after intense study I still need some help with the meanings of these particular phrases.

I'll start out with something that I listened to this week in the ol' car cd player--the classic songs on Peter, Paul and Mary's TEN YEARS TOGETHER. In their peppy song "Too Much of Nothing," they stymie me with this line:

"Say hello to Valerie; say hello to Marian. Send them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion."


And here's an extra treat. Elton John's "Your Song" is considered a classic, but it seems to me like a song that he never revised into a better version. Otherwise, why would we be left with lines like this:

"If I were a sculptor--but then again, no."

So why not just delete that line from the song? I ask this as a writer, you see. :)

Be on the lookout for more mystery lyrics this week, and do share your own!

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