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Barbara R.
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When I was living in Honolulu six years ago, I heard on an "oldies" radio station about a song entitled "Timothy" sung by a group called "The Bowies." It was released in 1971, but only lasted a short while. It was reported to be about cannibalism. A guy calls for Timothy, "Where are you?" And it says that his "friend" was eaten by hungry humans. However, someone called into the radio station that the "friend" named Timothy who was consumed was actually a burro. But more recently I heard a "deejay" on another "oldies" radio station that broadcasts out of Moberly, Missouri, say that this song IS about cannibalism. Problem is, the accoustics on this rock song are so loud they sort of drowned out the lyrics.

Was the song about cannibalism?

Barbara R.

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Brienne
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There are some song meaning website forums you could look up. Only one that comes to mind is songmeanings.net if it's running.
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Here I found something:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2005

"I had seen the movie Suddenly Last Summer about a week earlier on TV, and it had a revelation about cannibalism in it, and I thought, If it's good enough for Tennessee Williams, it's good enough for The Buoys. So I thought, Cannibalism during a mining disaster, that'll get banned. It's not like I'm really telling people to go out and eat someone, this is just this dark, horrible thing that happened in this story. So I write this lyric: 'Timothy, Timothy, where on Earth did you go?' It's about three boys who are trapped in a mine with water but no food for maybe a week. When they're pulled free, they don't remember what happened, but they know they're not hungry. One of them is missing, and that's Timothy. We record this on the weekend and I don't think about it again."

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eif
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IT was by "The Buoys"

"Trapped in a mine that had caved in
And everyone knows the only ones left
Were Joe and me and Tim
When they broke through to pull us free
The only ones left to tell the tale
Were Joe and me

Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?

Hungry as hell no food to eat
And Joe said that he would sell his soul
For just a piece of meat
Water enough to drink for two
And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig
And then there's some for you."

Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you
Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?

I must have blacked out just around then
'Cause the very next thing that I could see
Was the light of the day again
My stomach was full as it could be
And nobody ever got around
To finding Timothy
Timothy... "


What do you think?

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TrishDaDish
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Crow (After Joel "explains the Pina Colada song" and how Rupert Holmes wrote about popular culture in his songs): Hey! Rupert Holmes wrote "Timothy"! That's about cannibalism! When was that popular?
Joel : Crow, it's a well known fact that Timothy was a duck.
Crow: Wha...?
Tom: Let's review here..."Hungry as hell"..."Gee, that leg looks swell"...

Man, the "What's the deal with the Pina Colada song?" skit is one of my favorite bits from MST3K.

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Karmyn
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Dang, Trish, you beat me to it. That is a great host segment, though.

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surfcitydogdad
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I love MST3000, but that song always creeped me out.

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Barbara R.
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The lyrics don't say anything directly about the two surviving miners eating Timothy. So apparently it's all open-ended. The narrator says his stomach felt full, but there was no sign of Timothy. However, that doesn't necessarily mean they ate him.

Barbara R.

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No, he could just be hiding in the narrator's stomach. [fish]

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TrishDaDish
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Reread the link in Brienne's post, Barbara R. It has a description from the song's author (who's being quoted in Brienne's post). Reading the full page helps to understand the point of cannibalism better.

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NancyFancyPants
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I remember that song well. Such a creepy idea. But being only 9 at the time it was released, my friends and I would just smile and say, "Eeeeeeeewwwwwwww!!!!"

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Lainie
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Oh, yes, I remember that song. There was another really creepy one, called D.O.A. if I remember correctly (NOT the one by the Foo Fighters), about a bad car accident. Ugh.

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velvetcactus
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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
Oh, yes, I remember that song. There was another really creepy one, called D.O.A. if I remember correctly (NOT the one by the Foo Fighters), about a bad car accident. Ugh.

It's by Bloodrock
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CU84
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Isn't "Wooden Ships" by CSN&Y also about cannibalism?

What a tasty tune!


Ummm, did research and
Actually no...so never mind, please.

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atimnie
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Someone should start a thread about the creepiest hit songs of all time.


Well don't look at me, someone else start it.

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candycane from strangers
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And whoever does should include "Invisible" by Clay Aiken, otherwise known as the theme song to Hollow Man. "If I was invisible I'd watch you in your room" "I'd make you mine tonight" Double you tee eff? That's well creepy.

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quote:
Originally posted by velvetcactus:
quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
Oh, yes, I remember that song. There was another really creepy one, called D.O.A. if I remember correctly (NOT the one by the Foo Fighters), about a bad car accident. Ugh.

It's by Bloodrock
You're right about the artist, but the song's about a plane crash, not a car accident. It is at least 47 kinds of creepy, though.

Wikipedia

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