Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental fille de shmeckel-bopping Fah Lo Suee and I will be heading to the Canadian border, where we plan to bar the suddenly unemployed Lou Dobbs from entering illegally. Sorry, Lou -- you will not pass!!!
It'll be sort of like 300, only not as screamingly gay and with health insurance.
Sooo, as a result, posting by moi will be sporadic for a couple of days.
But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for us all:
Most Memorable Two Consecutive Lines in the Lyrics of a Post-Elvis Pop or Rock Song -- Couplet or Otherwise!
No arbitrary rules, obviously, and I've taken some liberties about just how long a line has to be to qualify. So feel free to take some of your own.
In any case, my totally top of my head Top Six are:
6. Guided By Voices -- Teenage FBI
"When you clean out the hive does it make you want to cry?/Are you still being followed by the teenage FBI?"
No idea what it means, don't care, it's great.
5. The Kinks -- The Village Green Preservation Society
"We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium/God save the George Cross and all those who were awarded 'em." Seriously -- the Brits really need to nationalize Ray Davies.
4. Bob Dylan -- Tangled Up in Blue
"Later on, when the crowd thinned out/I was just about to do the same."
From our "wish I'd written that" file. And a song that's absolutely lousy with great lines, I should add.
3. Buffalo Springfield -- Bluebird
"Do you think she loves you? Do you think at all?"
The original 45 version of this (the first commercially available 7-inch record in stereo, BTW) faded out after that line, which I felt at the time was the most mysterious and haunting thing I'd ever heard. To this day, I'm not sure whether Stills meant that as "do you think she loves you at all?" or "do you think at all?" as in "are you some kind of a moron?"
2. Marah -- It's Only Money, Tyrone
Best opening line of any song of the last ten years: "Josephine cracked; her eyes black and bloodied/Screamin’ “Gimme back, back all that money Tyrone”. And the next two -- "So he snapped her neck back and slapped his lover/Put a bullet in her brain and threw her body off the bridge" -- are pretty good, too.
Don't even get me started on the chorus...
And the two most evocative consecutive lines in rock and pop history, it's not a contest not even remotely, obviously are...
1. Humble Pie -- 79th and Sunset
"There'll be some dramas/Inside your pajamas tonight."
Tell me Steve Marriott wasn't the greatest English language poet in the second half of the 20th century. Go ahead -- tell me.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania -- theme: most memorable film whose title consists solely of somebody's first or last name -- is now up over at Box Office. As always, if you could see your way to heading over there and leaving a comment, snarky or otherwise, it would help reassure management that I'm worth my truly scandalous freelance fee. Thanks!]