There has been a cooperative effort between a growing list of bloggers to post some “Top 25 lyrics” from songs. I think it started out with Jet Boy, moved on to Eclecticity, then CulturalOffering, then AndersonLayman’s and now I will be chiming in, but raising the stakes at the same time.
In addition to posting what I think are a very creative page of lyrics, I’m going to start another question; What was the first LP you ever purchased as you came of age and do you recall any of the circumstances around it?
But first a “Top 25 Lyric”
“My Private Nation” was Train’s third album and received a few awards and may have been their most solid album to date. The song, “Save The Day” is an example of Pat Monahan’s eclectic writing style. Performed at all the Train shows I have attended, complete with the “Superman Shirt” planted with some pretty girl in the audience who waves it and then comes up on stage and is fortunate to have Pat sing the song to her. In the early days, the shows were in some pretty small clubs. Now they play stadiums.
Ten pounds too much to the naked eye
She don’t take the bus because she drives
Watermelon lipstick, and way too much
She got buttermilk smile and a thorny touch
Street smart, like a Courtney Love
Can’t get enough Hollywood stories of
Anybody famous that can make her feel
Like they’re all kinda friends in a way
No best friend, well one but she’s crazy
Grew up to end up a Professor of lazy
The last of six kids that all left town
Seems nobody ever wanted them around
But she’s cool like a soda can sittin’ on ice
Always orders sushi, only eats the rice
Talks about J Lo like they’re best of friends
I think she loves me, but it all depends
Hey baby, I don’t wanna be your Superman
I just wanna be your man and I’ll be super, baby
You’ll be standin’ in the sun shine
I’ll be standin’ right here in the rain
You save me and I will save the day
I got a sweet gig rakin’ in the cash with karaoke
I get the crowd goin’ when I sing the hokey pokey
I shake it to the
left and then I shake it to the right
What’s not to love, man I’m on tonight
I got the LA stylie with the New York trim
Keep my pants so low
It’s like I’m goin’ for a swim
I got the Coppertone tan, like in Mexico
Well, not now but when I go, yea
I know you don’t see me like a movie star
And it can’t help much that I don’t have no car
But you’re my favorite thing, by far
That’s gotta count for something
The song…with lyrics…..
I was twelve years old (1972) and I went with my grandparents, shopping at the Two Guys From Harrison store on Rt. 22 in Union, NJ, right where 22 meets the Garden State Parkway. I had some money and purchased Alice Cooper’s Killer and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid
My parent’s were not impressed and ordered me to return the LPs as they thought I was in the early stages of becoming a sorcerer. I don’t remember if I ended up taking them back or not, but if I did, it wasn’t too long before I got new copies. Although they aren’t on my “favorites list” on the ipod, I will occasionally go back for a listen and for the record, I never became a sorcerer.
Who else has a story?
Since I am a little “older”, I grew up buying 45’s. I didn’t purchase an LP until college days. As a married student in the 1960’s, the first album we purchased was by the Four Seasons with Frankie Valli…..”Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”…..
We didn’t own a stereo back then, so we had to play it on our young son’s Show ‘N Tell (a little TV with a record player on top). It was our only album and we played it untill it wore thin!!!
I will ask Jim about his first LP. I’m sure he will have a good story. He’s younger! hee hee
I was too cheap and didn’t have a record player, but the first album I bought was “Days of Future Passed” by Moody Blues in 1969. In fact, I brought it home from college and played it for my mom on our stereo at home. I thought it was really neat but mom was not that impressed. So much for pop music. My mom was more the Sinatra type.
Now on the other hand, my first roommate in college in 1967 was a different story….he was a music fanatic and brought his record player and all his records to the dorm room. He introduced me to jazz, pop, rock, and everything else! Good experience!
I was fortunate to have been exposed to the music of the late 60’s and early 70’s.
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