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Neffti Noel
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quote:
Originally posted by Will:


The (English)Beat's "Jeanette"

"All Set Luncheonette, kitchenette to let, I bet to get hamburgette again."


I bow to your tectonics, but may I refer you to my Hotpoints! [lol]
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Every time I hear "Come Together", I think it might be the only song I've heard using the term "toe-jam". Or "plasticene" on "Lucy in the Sky".

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" Aurora borealis comes in view" from "I Ran" by Flock Of Seagulls
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"Aurora Bori Alice" by Cotton Mather [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Nappy Solo:
Every time I hear "Come Together", I think it might be the only song I've heard using the term "toe-jam". Or "plasticene" on "Lucy in the Sky".

Speaking of the Beatles, how many songs do you know that mention Edgar Allen Poe?

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Sorry Ryda...

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We make love to some with sin
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By Spoon "The Way We Get By"

http://www.lyrics007.com/Spoon%20Lyrics/The%20Way%20We%20Get%20By%20Lyrics.html

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one of Air Supply's lesser known songs has the word "potato chips", I can't remember which one now.

In googling though I've discovered that a Snoop Doggy Dog (:yuck:)song has the word potato chips in it as well.

Just that with the Air Supply one its totally out of left field and does not even FIT with the rest of the song.

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quote:
Origingally posted bu FuzzDuckie
one of Air Supply's lesser known songs has the word "potato chips", I can't remember which one now.

In googling though I've discovered that a Snoop Doggy Dog (:yuck:)song has the word potato chips in it as well.

Three Cool Cats also contains a line about potato chips. It is mostly credited to the Beatles, as it was on the 'Deccagone' bootleg. I'm sure it must have been done earlier by someone else though. I post the quote as is, ignoring the archaic spelling of potato.

quote:
Three cool chicks
are walking down the street
swinging their hips,
splitting up a bag of potatoe chips
I think cool cats really did flip.
Three cool chicks
Three cool chicks

ETA The original was by The Coasters

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As I'm sure Dan Quayle could tell you, there's no 'e' in 'potato'.

Anyway, how about Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from "The Lion King"? It has the line:

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best

I always thought Sir Elton wrote that song just to use the word vagabonds.

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quote:
Originally posted by DadOf3:
Anyway, how about Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from "The Lion King"? It has the line:

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best

I always thought Sir Elton wrote that song just to use the word vagabonds.

Joan Baez used "vagabond" to describe Bob Dylan in "Diamonds and Rust." A Google lyrics search turns up several other songs with "vagabond" as part of the title or lyrics. It's quite a popular word with people straining for the romantic-poet genre.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
quote:
Originally posted by DadOf3:
Anyway, how about Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from "The Lion King"? It has the line:

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best

I always thought Sir Elton wrote that song just to use the word vagabonds.

Joan Baez used "vagabond" to describe Bob Dylan in "Diamonds and Rust." A Google lyrics search turns up several other songs with "vagabond" as part of the title or lyrics. It's quite a popular word with people straining for the romantic-poet genre.
Guess I just don't listen to enough romantic-poet songs. It still sounds wierd to me in "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" though. It's like it just comes out of nowhere.
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quote:
Originally posted by Neffti Neon:
quote:
Originally posted by Will:


The (English)Beat's "Jeanette"

"All Set Luncheonette, kitchenette to let, I bet to get hamburgette again."


I bow to your tectonics, but may I refer you to my Hotpoints! [lol]
Right you are, I stand corrected....
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One of my personal favorites is "Drag On Forever" by Ric Ocasek, as I don't think I've ever heard a glockenspiel being mentioned in a song before:

"i felt the pressure
but I passed it off
I heard your glockenspiel
pounding soft"

"Lust for Kicks" by The Cars has the line "she's got her robuck purse". "Take What You Want" by The Cars has Salamander and Magnesium.

Ric Ocasek also has a song called "Crackpot" and I don't know how many times that's been used in song lyrics. [Of course, I can't count Ric's new words like noisician, Nexterday, fuct, etc.]

"Too Late God" by Bob Geldof mentions male-o-menopause. "Attitude Chicken" by Bob Geldof informs us that "The Politically Correct are the Nazis of our times".

I'm sure there's more, I just don't want to look further.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nappy Solo:
Every time I hear "Come Together", I think it might be the only song I've heard using the term "toe-jam". Or "plasticene" on "Lucy in the Sky".

"I'd like to build myself a house out of plasticene" is a line in a song on Oasis' Definitely Maybe, though for some reason, the actual name of the song has escaped me for the moment. Then again, they always wanted to be a Beatles ripoff band. Still a good album, though.

The Foo Fighters use the word "paramania" in "Wind Up." I spent a lot of time trying to find a definition for the word, to no avail. I'm assuming it's made-up, then, but it sure sounds like a real word to me.

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I can't find the exact lyrics, but in a Geddy Lee (of Rush fame) solo song, he uses the word "nihilistic" in one of his songs. My wife & think he was trying to keep up with Peart on heady lyrics...

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Yes - 'Changes': "Capitalize on this good fortune"

Half the lyrics of Bloodhound Gang's 'Discovery Channel' ("Hieroglyphics? Let me be Pacific...")

Men At Work's 'Down Under' mentions Vegemite sandwiches, which is certainly unusual in the US.

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Max_Renn had mentioned Vegemite earlier but the word appears in a John Williams' song "True Blue"

True Blue, is it me and you
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo
Is it standing by your mate when he's in a fight
Or just Vegemite
True-ue-ue Blue, I'm asking you


and also in The Vegemite Song (Every Aussie knows this tune)

We're happy little vegemites, as bright, as bright can be...

I'm sure there are others.


quote:
Originally posted by dam9191:
One of my personal favorites is "Drag On Forever" by Ric Ocasek, as I don't think I've ever heard a glockenspiel being mentioned in a song before:

He may only say it, not sing it, but the word is heard in Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells"

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"I Want You" by Savage Garden. Mentions both cherry cola and magenta [Smile]

Every time I see your face
I just close my eyes and I am taken to a place
Where your crystal mind and magenta feelings
Take up shelter in the base of my spine
Sweet like a chic-a-cherry cola

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Neffti Noel
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quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
"I Want You" by Savage Garden. Mentions both cherry cola and magenta [Smile]

Every time I see your face
I just close my eyes and I am taken to a place
Where your crystal mind and magenta feelings
Take up shelter in the base of my spine
Sweet like a chic-a-cherry cola

The Kinks rhymed "Lola" with cherry cola, L-O, L-A, Lola!

But thanks, I've often wondered what the lyrics to I Want You are - he sings it so fast.

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"Violet" by Hole uses amethyst
"Mining For Gold" by Cowboy Junkies uses sillicosis (but it is a remake of a traditional song)
"Urethane" by Fu Manchu uses... urethane
"Alan Is A Cowboy Killer" by McLusky uses fluffer (in the naughty sense)
"Sink To The Beat" by Cursive uses defecate

To be honest, I think I'm cheating. The OP did say POP songs, and of the ones I've listed, only one was popular.

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quote:
Originally posted by A Fish Called DawnStorm:
Speaking of the Beatles, how many songs do you know that mention Edgar Allen Poe?

'St. Jimmy' by Green Day uses the line :-

"I am the son of a bitch and Edgar Allen Poe"

Although according to the OP names don't count... [Wink]

quote:
Originally posted by piper:
"I'd like to build myself a house out of plasticene" is a line in a song on Oasis' Definitely Maybe, though for some reason, the actual name of the song has escaped me for the moment.

It's from 'Shakermaker', or 'I'd like to teach the world to sing' - I'm surprised only Neil Innes has bothered to sue them. [Big Grin]


Dave Pirner uses the word 'Urinal' in Soul Asylum's 'String Of Pearls' :-

"Who died in the bathroom, hit his head on a urinal"

for further joy, he also rhymes it with 'funeral'.

Also, 'Sometime to return' has 'Saddle up your salamander'.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wolf333:
"Sink To The Beat" by Cursive uses defecate

From "The Trial" in Pink Floyd's The Wall: "The way you made them suffer, your exquisite wife and mother, fills me with an urge to defecate!"

Actually, "exquisite" isn't a bad contribution in and of itself.

My first thought in relation to this thread is from Blood, Sweat, and Tears' "I Can't Quit Her":

quote:
She had a woman's touch
And a young girls eyes,
And in seconds flat I was proselytized



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Stan Ridgeway's Camoflage usesed the US Marines motto Semper Fi, not sure if this counts because it's latin.
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Barenaked Ladies, "Easy": "You can obfuscate, and manipulate but it's only at your own expense."

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Don't know if anyone has suggested "Pernickety" in the James Blunt song "Wiseman".

"....with you pernickety little bastards in your fancy dress, who just judge each other and try to impress".

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quote:
Originally posted by Wolf333:
[qb]"Sink To The Beat" by Cursive uses defecate
From "The Trial" in Pink Floyd's The Wall: "The way you made them suffer, your exquisite wife and mother, fills me with an urge to defecate!"


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Most of the Cocteau Twins' catalogue featuring Elizabeth Frazer's glossolalia style lyrics. Just about everything she sang was unique!

Mind you using a fancy word like glossolalia does bring to mind that Australian band 'Something for Kate' had a hit with the song 'Echolalia'...

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quote:
Originally posted by Delta-V:


Half the lyrics of Bloodhound Gang's 'Discovery Channel' ("Hieroglyphics? Let me be Pacific...")

I mentioned Lou Reed also uses it in a song. (Actually, it's hieroglyphic, but the point still stands.)

Sister "and he rhymes it as well" Ray

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I'm pretty sure Shonen Knife are the only band ever to mention the Jackelope in a pop song. (In Jackelope, unsurprisingly.) Or 'Frogophobia' (which word I'm pretty confident they actually made up).

I also doubt any song but They Got Nothing On Him by John Schneider (Yes, Bo Duke/Pa Kent.) mentions El Carim, Johnny Quick, Golden Arrow or Catman. (He's probably the only one to use Thunderbolt, Flash and Hurricane in reference to the superheroes by those names, but they've all no doubt been used in other contexts.)

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quote:
Originally posted by The real Kamino Neko:
I'm pretty sure Shonen Knife are the only band ever to mention the Jackelope in a pop song. (In Jackelope, unsurprisingly.)

I doubt it. allmusic.com lists at least 15 songs with the word Jackalope in the title alone. Maybe only a few of them are pop songs but I'm sure many more mention the Jackalope. The first pop song titled Jackalope I could find was on the album Cutthroat by a band known as "big'n" in 1994, four years before Shonen Knife's song.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mari Gold Fish:
I thought this was in a Dan Fogelberg song, but I searched his lyrics and couldn't find it: about love once deceased "not easily exhumed". (If it's any help, the previous line is "...precious flesh is greedily consumed"--and no, it's not a cannibalism song!)

Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" is full of references I don't think you'll find in many songs, i.e. "children with thalidomide."

Barenaked Ladies has a song "Call and Answer" which contains the lyric:

quote:
You think I only think about you when we're
both in the same room
You think I'm only here to witness the
remains of love exhumed

So that's at least two...

Speaking of Billy Joel... "Summer, Highland Falls" has an excellent vocabulary:

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Summer-Highland-Falls-lyrics-Billy-Joel/E879878E1A8125B44825687000215D6C

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Mari Gold Fish, "Make Love Stay" is the Fogelberg song. I love Dan. This one was only released on his "Greatest Hits," not on another album, as was "Missing You." Did I mention that I love Dan. Well, in case I didn't, I love Dan.

"Moments fleet are so sweet within the rapture
When precious flesh is greedily consumed
Mystery's a thing not easily captured
And once deceased, not easily exhumed."

ETA: Eureka! I found the lyrics. By the way, I love Dan.

Edit - II: I posted this before I read previous posts. I should have known Seaboe had already answered it because we typed about Dan in another thread months ago.
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I don't really know if these may have been used in other songs but I would guess it's unlikely... Oh wait, I'm not sure if you can consider them "pop" but oh well.

They Might Be Giants:
In "Birdhouse in Your Soul" - Longines (symphonette)
In "Mammal" - Monotreme, Allotheria
In "Bangs" - Concordant, proscenium
In "James K. Polk" - Abolitionist, oratory, expansionist, (do short phrases count?) Oregon territory, tariffs...

I know there's more in TMBG music but I'm too tired to think about it for any longer.

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"When You Dream" by the Barenaked Ladies: "His fontanel pulses..."

Also, the majority of the song "La Vie Boheme" from RENT. (That's how you know I'm back on the board: the RENT references start. [Razz] )

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What ones do you see as unique?

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