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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:15 AM
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Favorite "dead person" song
You know the type. Boy meets Girl. Boy loves girl. Girl or Boy dies. The Other mourns.

My favorite, "Last Kiss" the Pearl Jam version.

So What's yours.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:18 AM
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1. "I want my baby back"-Dr. Demento Show
I forget who did it. It was a parody of the classic romance gets interrupted by a car wreck song of the late 50's, and ends with the guy going out and digging up his girl's grave so that he could be with her corpse.
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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:18 AM
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2. After the Fire
Don't know if this fits what you're asking for, but Pete Townsends tribute to Keith Moon with this song is one of my favorites.

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Nightwing Donating Member (489 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:20 AM
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3. Blue Oyster Cult
"Don"t Fear the Reaper"

"Romeo and Juliet,
are together in eternity"

I know the overtones of suicide are quite visible in the lyrics and the song, but I really like the melody.
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markbark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:24 AM
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4. "My Baby's the Star of a Driver's Ed Movie"
by Blotto... one of the great lyrics from this song?

when photographers arrived upon the scene
I knew her mother would be proud
her underwear was clean



--MAB
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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:35 AM
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6. I forgot about this one.
Yes, it is one of my favorites!! Definatly a great band.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:31 AM
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5. DOA Bloodrock
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:32 AM by meegbear
Reached #38 in the charts and stations won't play it. They definitely won't today.


Laying here looking at the ceiling
Someone lays a sheet across my chest
Something warm is flowing down my fingers
Pain is flowing all through my back

I try to move my arms and there's no feeling
And when I look I see there's nothing there
The face beside me stopped it totally bleeding
The girl I knew has such a distant stare

I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air
I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air

Then I looked straight at the attendant
His face is pale as it can be
He bends and whispers something softly
He says there's no chance for me

I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air
I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air

Life is flowing out my body
Pain is flowing out with my blood
The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying
God in Heaven, teach me how to die

I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air
I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air
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-..__... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:35 AM
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7. Jim Carroll - "People Who Died"
Teddy sniffing glue he was 12 years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-nine
Cathy was 11 when she pulled the plug
On 26 reds and a bottle of wine
Bobby got leukemia, 14 years old
He looked like 65 when he died
He was a friend of mine

Refrain:
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Drano on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
Two more friends that died / I miss 'em--they died

Repeat Refrain

Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein
And Eddie, I miss you more than all the others,
And I salute you brother/ This song is for you my brother

Repeat Refrain

Herbie pushed Tony from the Boys' Club roof
Tony thought that his rage was just some goof
But Herbie sure gave Tony some bitchen proof
"Hey," Herbie said, "Tony, can you fly?"
But Tony couldn't fly . . . Tony died

Repeat Refrain:

Brian got busted on a narco rap
He beat the rap by rattin' on some bikers
He said, hey, I know it's dangerous,
but it sure beats Riker's
But the next day he got offed
by the very same bikers
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Joe Power Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:37 AM
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11. Can I change my answer?
How could I forget "People Who Died"???

I danced the 80's away to that tune. Or so they tell me. :toast:
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:35 AM
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8. "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)"
Y'know, the one about the sweater found on her gravestone. My babysitter used to play this song all the time.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:51 AM
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20. Good choice
Very creepy tune. :thumbsup:
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Joe Power Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:36 AM
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9. Timothy.
A mule, my ass! :kick: :evilgrin:

"Last Kiss" the original version is my #2.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:36 AM
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10. "Cold Ethel"
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Joe Power Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:37 AM
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12. Another classic!
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:39 AM by Joe Power
:toast:

In the same vein.

"I Love the Dead" - Alice Cooper
"Cemetary Baby" - ICP
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:39 AM
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13. That was my first and immediate choice! Also "I Love the Dead"
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:48 AM
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15. Like you mean "before they're cold?"
Their bluming flesh for me to hold?

Naaaw! I'll put that one on ice :evilgrin: and submit "Vincent" by Don McClean instead.

Such a sweet guitar accompaniment to his voice and also one hell of a intense and moving poem.

:loveya:

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not how
Perhaps they'll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you Vincent
This world was never meant for one as
beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget
Like the strangers that you've met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they're not listening still
Perhaps they never will

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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:17 AM
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16. Yes! Their bluing flesh for me to hold!
I never even knew your now-rotten face.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:41 AM
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14. Stark Irony of the Day --
Ray Peterson, singer of `Tell Laura I Love Her,' dead at 65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ray Peterson, whose 1960 hit "Tell Laura I Love Her" exemplified the teen tragedy song popular in early rock 'n' roll, has died.

Billed as "The Golden Voice of Rock 'n' Roll," he died Tuesday at his home in Smyrna, a Nashville suburb, according to officials at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

Peterson was 65 and had been suffering from cancer.

The Denton, Texas, native began singing as a child. His youth was marked by a prolonged struggle with polio, and he sang to entertain his fellow patients in a Texas hospital.

When he was 18 he moved to Los Angeles and was signed to RCA Records.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/entertainment/1075...

--p!
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:19 AM
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17. A Day In The Life eom
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:50 AM
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18. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me, Jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things
to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now

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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:43 AM
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19. Some pretty good choices, and it got me thinking about a song
I can't quite remember. Sort of a poppish sound, not particularly metal, about a dead girlfriend (or boyfriend, I suppose) with some sort of chorus like "you will be with me forever" because he's burying them in the lake beside his house or something. Used to hear it in the mid-90's about the time that "no self esteem" song came out.

Anyway, another song they may be about dead people, Nautical Disaster by Tragically Hip

I had this dream where I relished the fray
and the screaming filled my head all day.
It was as though I'd been spit here,
settled in, into the pocket
of a lighthouse on some rocky socket,
off the coast of France, dear.
One afternoon, four thousand men died
in the water here and five hundred more
were thrashing madly,
as parasites might in your blood.

Now I was in a lifeboat
designed for ten and ten only,
anything that systematic would get you hated.
It's not a deal nor a test
nor a love of something fated.

The selection was quick, the crew picked
and those left in the water got kicked
off our pantleg and we headed for home.
Then the dream ends when the phone rings,
you doing alright he said
it's out there most days and nights,
but only a fool would complain.
Anyway Susan, if you like, our conversation
is as faint as a sound in my memory,
as those fingernails scratching on my hull.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:55 AM
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21. Does 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' qualify?
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Beer Snob-50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:23 PM
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23. i guess it would!!
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:56 AM
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22. This one:
12. I Hold Your Hand In Mine
One more love song. I generally like to include at least one or two love songs in the evening's program, partly perhaps to convince people that even at the Harvard University Graduate School, that hotbed of celibacy that I used to call home, we did have our moments. This one is a tender ballad entitled simply I Hold Your Hand In Mine.

I hold your hand in mine, dear,
I press it to my lips.
I take a healthy bite
From your dainty fingertips.

My joy would be complete, dear,
If you were only here,
But still I keep your hand
As a precious souvenir.

The night you died I cut it off,
I really don't know why.
For now each time I kiss it
I get bloodstains on my tie.

I'm sorry now I killed you,
For our love was something fine,
And till they come to get me
I shall hold your hand in mine.

You know, of all the songs I have ever sung, that is the one I've had the most requests not to.
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