Saturday, July 16, 2011

A bit of foolishness

I don't know what moved me to write this. Just some random thoughts that came to me while taking my morning bath.

I love a certain kind of silly hyperbole in musical lyrics. Trivial things given ridiculous importance. Such as when Neal Young wails with soulful intensity that a man needs a maid. Or, on a smaller scale but definitely one of my favorite silly lyrics: when The Roches, singing of romantic longing, sing "I'd like to think of you as somebody I'd put my teeth in for."

Or the greatest absurd lyrics of all time, from "MacArthur Park":

Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again.

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