Monday, February 13, 2012

This Is the Last Song

Andrea Harris posits that men in general feel it is necessary to inform women of the meaning of Don McLean's American Pie. That may be, even though I feel no compulsion to educate women about what McLean was talking about. She then calls the song overrated. I couldn't agree more.

There are some songs that we just cannot stomach out there, and this is one of them for me. It isn't the melody - it's the subject matter. It seems rather arrogant to presume that music died when Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash. Hey, even the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were killed in the same crash, and somehow the "music" has continued. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, half of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kurt Cobain and so many other musicians have died before their time, and ol Don didn't have a peep to say about them. I'd think Morrison or Hendrix would have some sort of claim of influence that might just be a tad bit more relevant than Buddy Holly. Just sayin.'

Next up on my list is Carly Simon's You're So Vain.
 You probably think this song is about you.
What? You mean it isn't? Just WTF are you talkin' 'bout here, Carly, if not this particular asshole? Just who do you think you are shittin' here? Credibility now = zero. This clown might be a total waste, but now we know you and the truth are separate entities.

Then we have Jackson Browne's Load Out/Stay. It was sweet the first hundred or two times. Yeah, he's thanking his crew, which is nice. Every time it plays on the radio - just about ten minutes of my life I'd like back.  Please. Enough. I got it. You're welcome Mr. Browne, from the crew. For the nine millionth time already. Move on - please!

This next one is kinda obscure, but my teeth ache when I hear it. Edward Bear's Last Song.
This is the last song I'll ever write for you.
Thank Gawd. Are we done yet? No? Gotta drag it out some more? Maybe she left because of your crappy songs - ever think of that? Apparently not, because she came back and told him why she left, and thus, another song. Whee. Just. Can't. Contain. My. Excitement.

Another one way down the scale of hatred is Meat Loaf's Paradise By the Dashboard Lights. Way back, when Moby Dick was just a minnow and this song was new - I couldn't stand it. Now? It's a kind of fun song from the old days, and I actually find myself singing along. I know all the words. I may just kill myself and get it over quick and painlessly yet.

And yet one more in the category of past hatred hotter than a thousand suns but time has mellowed it to a mild simmer: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. I remember one of my serious musician friends whose musical tastes we all respected claimed this was the worst song from the whole album A Night At The Opera. But, once again, time has pulled the teeth from the serpent of enmity.
Scaramouche! Scaramouche! will you do the Fandango!?!

This was just the sort of song that suited Freddie Mercury's flamboyant style. He's dead now too, and I don't hear ol' Don singing about him, either, and frankly, Freddie was a far bigger star than Buddy Holly ever hoped to be.


Jess said...

I think the only way to summarize the song is that Don was hoping for more than a quick kiss and waxed ad nauseum about the loss of the chance. At least that's what I get from the song. I haven't ever tried to listen to all the words.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of any of 'em.
Music died when Perry Como died.

Nuckle Kim

Dad Bones said... might like this version of American Pie

Steffen said...


yeah, if we start to eat the dumb we can start with you.

Bob's Blog said...

Did you know I gave you an award?

Jeffro said...

Hey, Stefan! You ever hear of movies? You know, picture shows? Sometimes they have dialog? Sometimes the dialog is quoted?

That's a quote from The Dirty Dozen.

It's typical of the type of person who is a member of the perpetually butt hurt to just start hurling invective without having a fucking clue what they're talking about. If you'd checked to see where that phrase came from or had actually seen the movie, you'd also know that it was not meant to be taken seriously.

But,no, it's easier to just pull the trigger and show the world how much of a fucking moron you really are, because after all, that is the easy way out.

Steffen said...

hey "jeffro",

it's "steffen", not "stefan". refering to you i'm sure i'm just a "dumbass" or a "numbuts" to have a name like this.

thank you for your very interlectual answer. i'm very sorry that i don't know all american films which are made even bevore i was born. how many french, german and italian films do you know? and how many did you watch in there original language? so, if you do not understand a french/german/italian quote, do i call you dumb?

if you "quote" something it's a good idea to show it to everyone. please refer to

also i really like to know why you use the words "numbuts" und "dumbass" not in your blog, but in mine? don't you stand for what you had said?

well, my partiality for american people is proven ones again. and no, i'm not interested in contact with people who can not copy a name correctly.

Jeffro said...

You attack me and then are upset at my reaction? What did you expect? Seriously, Google something before you jump in with both feet. Ignorance is a poor excuse, and I didn't check the spelling of your name properly. The rest? Ask me if I care. Hope your day is better.

Jeffro said...

And by the way, Steffen, I don't go on other people's blogs and attack them until they attack me first. I do not watch films in different languages, and fail to find any significance in how this relates to this issue. I would do some research before opening my mouth about something I found objectionable just because of the cultural differences. Something to consider.

threecollie said...

Yow, I was going to say something about the music but I have forgotten what it was now...except that those are all songs that I find displeasing as well. lol