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Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:53:34 PM »
You know those songs where you've memorised all the words by heart and there's just something intensely satisfying about singing along in your head (or out loud, I guess) once you've cracked them? I find songs with a distinctive narrative or from an interesting perspective normally lend themselves well to this, rather than lots of ooh yeah/take it to the bridge type stuff.

There's probably a concise German term for this feeling.


Scott Walker - Jackie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUS1XDIIhTE
The lyrics are just so gloriously ostentatious, each verse more ridiculous than the last and there's so much sass in the delivery. My French isn't good enough to compare the original, I'm sure some of it might have been altered in translation but if that's added to the quirkiness of the English version, I like it.

Harry Nilsson - Think About Your Troubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guqFqcV4Po0
From the heartbreakingly sweet animated film The Point!, essentially an uplifting rumination on the cycle of life, very easy to memorise. A potential for the 'funeral songs' thread too.

Tomahawk - God Hates a Coward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTd8-UZEf64
After about fifty million listens I think I've finally worked out the lyrics to this. It's so deliciously nasty but there are some quite poetic turns of phrase in there (as with the rest of the album).

Honourable mention: as kids my brother and I used to record songs from the radio onto a Fisher-Price cassette player and then replay them until we had all the lyrics down in a big exercise book. Gangster's Paradise was a notably rewarding one to do, from what I can remember.

Does anyone else get this? What are yours?
 












Endicott

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 05:42:26 PM »
I'm not a massive Belle and Sebastion fan but I do enjoy singing along to The State I am In. Something about the phrasing especially the chorus.

Any Squeeze song would do but the only one I can do properly is Up The Junction.

New Amsterdam or Beyond belief by Elvis Costello.


grassbath

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 05:43:53 PM »
The full version of American Pie. Know it all, can sing it all. Some extremely satisfying bits.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 05:47:52 PM »
Rapper's Delight.

chveik

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 06:56:05 PM »
Scott Walker - Jackie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUS1XDIIhTE
The lyrics are just so gloriously ostentatious, each verse more ridiculous than the last and there's so much sass in the delivery. My French isn't good enough to compare the original, I'm sure some of it might have been altered in translation but if that's added to the quirkiness of the English version, I like it.

oooh yeah that's a great call! I know this one too. the translation is pretty good I reckon.
Secret Chiefs 3 (with Mike Patton) made a great cover of this one recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKMVzmoYnLU

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 07:54:42 PM »
I'm not a massive Belle

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 08:07:06 PM »
I had a singalong to If You're Feeling Sinister the other day and kept bursting into tears.

Plenty of old hip hop tracks I know all the words to but you'll never hear me do it.

Fucking love singing along to old Rolling Stones, Eddie Cochran, shit like that.

Norton Canes

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 08:14:45 PM »
The Elements Song. Especially last couple of lines.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 08:17:36 PM »
Secret Chiefs 3 (with Mike Patton) made a great cover of this one recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKMVzmoYnLU

Patton really should do a Scott Walker-esque project.
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pigamus

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2019, 08:21:28 PM »
The Chicken Song.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2019, 08:27:37 PM »
I don't give a fuck how cliche it is, every word of every song on "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" is incredible. Firstly to memorise and sit there and completely soak in for about a hundred or so listens, and then over time just belting it all out at the top of your lungs if you're in the house on your own. I've played that album to death and I don't ever really feel the need to listen to it any more but by golly I love taking a long shower and singing "Oh Comely" in its entirety.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2019, 08:33:16 PM »
“Holland, 1945” is fun as hell to sing along to.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2019, 08:34:04 PM »
Most of the songs on the Manic’s The Holy Bible.  It just the lyrics, but the sharp phrasing on stuff like PCP, Yes 4st 7lbs and so on.

There’s a real satisfaction in belting out every shoe horned syllable of ‘teach starve your child pc approved as long the right words are used, systemised atrocity ignored as long as bilingual signs on view’. Stuff like that.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2019, 08:35:48 PM »
Virginia Plain and Do The Strand are both amazing to sing along to

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2019, 08:52:07 PM »
The opening song on Hustler’s Convention. I rap along with such relish that I frightened my daughter once.

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purlieu

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2019, 09:05:05 PM »
Firstly to memorise and sit there and completely soak in for about a hundred or so listens
Wrong thread, Desolation is over in H S Art.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2019, 09:10:49 PM »
Wrong thread, Desolation is over in H S Art.

*tearfully chucking newly purchased Holst and Ravel CDs into a burning oil drum*

we are THROUGH

chveik

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2019, 09:15:44 PM »
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2019, 09:34:30 PM »
Quote from: chveik
Secret Chiefs 3 (with Mike Patton) made a great cover of this one recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKMVzmoYnLU

This is fab, thank you!

Quote from: Norton Canes
The Elements Song. Especially last couple of lines.

Aw yes, good shout. Or lots of Tom Lehrer's stuff really.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2019, 09:50:11 PM »
The Chicken Song.

Oh god, so can I! #metoo

purlieu

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2019, 10:00:18 PM »
*tearfully chucking newly purchased Holst and Ravel CDs into a burning oil drum*

we are THROUGH
I like the Flaming Lips too.

Bennett Brauer

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2019, 10:29:12 PM »
Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song, I guess. First heard it via Todd Rundgren though, for shame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcf6k5QjSRI

Shameless Custard

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2019, 11:16:38 PM »
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-air

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famethrowa

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2019, 01:41:03 AM »

Scott Walker - Jackie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUS1XDIIhTE
The lyrics are just so gloriously ostentatious, each verse more ridiculous than the last and there's so much sass in the delivery. My French isn't good enough to compare the original, I'm sure some of it might have been altered in translation but if that's added to the quirkiness of the English version, I like it.

I thought about this one the other day, not only do you have to remember all the words, you also have to sing it fast and make yourself understood at the same time... takes a talent. I must practice.


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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2019, 02:01:49 AM »
I can still remember large portions of The Firm - Arthur Daley E's Alright.

And another one, I don't even need to mention the song title, but if a quiz question pops up such as "how many points is the blue ball worth in snooker" then you have to sing *that song* in your head to get the answer.  Then it's stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2019, 08:33:31 AM »
I have a similar thing with signs of the zodiac. There was a short-lived little-seen quiz based on star signs and for some reason I can remember the theme tune, which is just a list of the signs of the zodiac in order.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2019, 12:17:26 PM »
I discovered I could do pretty much all of this one night in a bar while standing next to a work colleague waiting to be served. Totally freaked her out because by the end I was singing it to her, much to her humiliation.

Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry

ToneLa

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2019, 12:26:54 PM »
Vamos by Pixies.

Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2019, 12:33:37 PM »
Ice Ice Baby

Rapper's Delight

The Message.

ToneLa

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Re: Really satisfying songs to know all the lyrics to
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2019, 12:53:54 PM »
Whitey on the Moon by Gil Scott-Heron