Friday, December 7, 2018

Lyrics of the Odd

So, I just upgraded an album I like from the cassette to the cd version (which cd be described as shifting from one outmoded format to a slightly less outmoded mode). Relistening to it (it's been a while), I'm struck anew by how much I like the oddity of some of their lyrics. Here are some examples:

You suggested we get married and move into a house
I suggested we jump overboard and live in the lost city of Atlantis . . .
One year later I was transferred to the moon.

and a second example, from later on in the same song

Nineteen tequilas later we had a deal

and a third, from another song on the same album

little bits of Texas are floating up in space

What's particularly appealing to these and others like them from this group is that each line makes sense in context: only the first example uses non-sequitur, and that quite deliberately. It cd be that the tradition of Carroll and Lear is alive and well, it's just abandoned poetry as currently practiced and shifted to lyrics.

So, just out of curiosity, can anybody out there recognize song album and group, without looking it up through a search engine?

--John R. 

1 comment:

grodog said...

Doesn't ring any bells to me, but if you like this style of song lyric, you may want to check out Black Box Recorder, who put out three albums before disbanding. Sort of a more-twisted The Blue Nile, or somewhat-more-morose Annie Lennox, or a darker Laurie Anderson. Perhaps.