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51 Weeks/51 Songs From the Past – Nonsense Lyrics

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51 Weeks/51 Songs From the Past – Nonsense Lyrics

51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 36: Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

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Thanks again for the most interesting prompt this week, Hugh!

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Nonsense lyrics is what Hugh has asked us to consider this week. Well, maybe not nonsense, but strange ones, that make you wonder what in the world are they singing about.

There’s plenty of songs that have made-up words that make no sense, but that’s just fun. Then there’s the kind of lyrics that you just can’t understand what the actual words are, so you add your own words to fill in. These are called ‘mondegreens’. Some can be hilarious, especially when you finally find out what the words really were.

For me, I love music of all kinds, and like to sing along, but I don’t think I ever analyzed the lyrics, to find out anything more than what was being sung.

I looked for a list of songs that people have questioned the lyrics, and what they meant. There was a long list, too many to post here, and these were just more modern rock songs.

Here is the long list of rock tunes that have nonsense lyrics and his interpretation of them. It’s very interesting! 🙂

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http://www.keno.org/classic_rock/no_sense_lyrics.htm

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That said, I just picked one from that list. It’s a song that I’ve always liked, because it brings back memories of an all night long, nonsensical drive around town with friends.

Here’s what is interesting/strange about the lyrics, to me, now that I’ve read them.

  • Why 73 men? What’s the significance of that number?
  • A storm was blowing, yet the sea was peaceful?
  • The ship was a mystery ship, come from nowhere, and then disappeared. Were they aliens from another planet trying to lure people to their ‘mystery ship’, and ‘another world’?

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“Ride Captain Ride”, by Blues Image, was released in 1970, from the album, “Open”. It was written by Mike Pinera, and Frank Konte, and is on the Atco/Atlantic label.

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Ride Captain Ride

{Intro}

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say
“We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more”

But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all
Cause they were too busy watchin’ those old raindrops fall
As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful sea
Seventy-three men sailed off to history

Ride, captain ride upon your mystery ship
Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip

Ride captain ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed

{Bridge}

Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here’s what they had to say
“We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to another shore
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more”

But no one heard them callin’, no one came at all
Cause they were too busy watchin’ those old raindrops fall
As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful sea
Seventy-three men sailed off to history

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