Popular Songs That They Couldn't Write Now

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Mine is the usual 'needs more Sunlight' pinky shade.

I need a Greek holiday. Won't happen this year.
 

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I loved 'Sing something simple'.

It was soothing, uncomplicated and good background music.

On skin colour.

People from Zimbabwe, and some other central African countries, have an almost blue tinge.

Mind, I've been there; it is hot.
 

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I have. Well - he looked pretty black to me. A guy from the Sudan who was visiting my Mum's church. Lovely bloke, very happy demeanour.
Me too. I meet very dark-skinned people at work, presumably from similar places. They are polite and I appreciate their good manners.
They also wear fantastic colourful clothes which greatly impress me!
 
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I don't know if 'Eight Miles High' and 'I can see for miles' have been mentioned yet.
 

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Walk On The Wild Side or Perfect Day by Lou Reed.

Mary Of The Fourth Form by The Boomtown Rats would never get written now. It's about a school girl sexually teasing a teacher.
 

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NEXT, being a lyrically faithful translation of the Jacques Brel song Au Suivant, contains imagery that would probably make a few sensitive souls wince today:

N. E. X. T.
Naked as sin an army towel covering my belly
Some of us weep, some of us howl, knees turn to jelly
But next
Next
I was just a child
A hundred like me
I followed a naked body
A naked body followed me
Next
Next
I was just a child when my innocence was lost
In a mobile army whorehouse
A gift of the army, free of cost
Next!
Next!
Next!
Me, I really would have liked a little bit of tenderness
Maybe a word, maybe a smile, maybe some happiness
But next
Next
Oh, it was not so tragic
And heaven did not fall
But how much at that time
I hated being there at all
Next
Next
I still recall the brothel trucks, the flying flags
The queer lieutenant slapped our arses
Thinking we were fags
Next!
Next!
Next!
I swear on the wet head of my first case of gonorrhoea
It is his ugly voice that I forever fear
Next
Next
A voice that stinks of whisky
Of corpses and of mud
The voice of nations
The thick voice of blood
Next
Next
Since then each woman I have taken into bed
They seem to lie in my arms
And they whisper in my head
Next!
Next!
Next!

 

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I don't know if 'Eight Miles High' and 'I can see for miles' have been mentioned yet.
I don't see what's iffy about either of those. According to Roger McGuinn, Eight Miles High was about the Byrds first trip to the UK, flying into London & finding everything slightly strange.

I Can See For Miles seems to be about a guy who knows his girlfriend has shagged someone else whilst he's been away.
 

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George Formby's lyrics were pretty risque in their day ..

The blushin' bride, she looks divine
The bridegroom he is doin' fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm cleanin' windows

Honeymoonin' couples too
You should see them bill 'n coo
You'd
George Formby's lyrics were pretty risque in their day ..

The blushin' bride, she looks divine
The bridegroom he is doin' fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm cleanin' windows

Honeymoonin' couples too
You should see them bill 'n coo
You'd be surprised at things they do
When I'm cleanin' windows
There was also his song about his "Little stick of Blackpool rock "
 

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George Formby's lyrics were pretty risque in their day ..

The blushin' bride, she looks divine
The bridegroom he is doin' fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm cleanin' windows

Honeymoonin' couples too
You should see them bill 'n coo
You'd be surprised at things they do
When I'm cleanin' windows
 

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My wife is a fan of Abba and we have a Spotify account that has a vast collection of songs and albums it plays on shuffle. One songs that repeatedly seems to play is this one, which I'm sure given the lyrics couldn't be written today:

Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
You're so hot, teasing me
So you're blue
but I can't take a chance on a chick like you
That's something I couldn't do
There's that look in your eyes
I can read in your face
that your feelings are driving you wild
Ah, but girl you're only a child

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down girl
That's no way to go
Does your mother know?
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it girl
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know?

I can see what you want
But you seem pretty young
to be searching for that kind of fun
So maybe I'm not the one
Now you're so cute, I like your style
And I know what you mean
when you give me a flash of that smile (smile)
But girl you're only a child

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down girl
That's no way to go
Does your mother know
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it girl
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out
And I can chat with you baby
 

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That was his gimmick though, innuendo. It wasn't offensive.
The BBC wouldn't play Chuck Berry's My Ding-a-ling because it could be interpreted as being about masturbation. IF you had a REALLY dirty mind.
Which, happily, Chuck did.
 

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That was his gimmick though, innuendo. It wasn't offensive.
The BBC wouldn't play Chuck Berry's My Ding-a-ling because it could be interpreted as being about masturbation. IF you had a REALLY dirty mind.
How dirty does it have to be to see the innuendo in 'My boy lollipop' ?
 

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I don't see what's iffy about either of those. According to Roger McGuinn, Eight Miles High was about the Byrds first trip to the UK, flying into London & finding everything slightly strange.

I Can See For Miles seems to be about a guy who knows his girlfriend has shagged someone else whilst he's been away.
Both are drug related.

'Eight miles high' was banned by the BBC at one time.
 

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Not sure if this has been raised before but Pass The Dutchie by musical youth was an adaptation of an earlier version of Pass The Kouchie by The Mighty Diamonds. A Dutchie is a cooking pot, i.e., Dutch Oven, whilst a Kouchie is also a pot...but one you keep your Ganja in.

It’s all Jamaican to me.
 

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That was his gimmick though, innuendo. It wasn't offensive.
The BBC wouldn't play Chuck Berry's My Ding-a-ling because it could be interpreted as being about masturbation. IF you had a REALLY dirty mind.
Which, happily, Chuck did.
And quite a few posters here, although I am not naming names (gives Meaningful Look to a number of posters here...)
 

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There was also his song about his "Little stick of Blackpool rock "
The version finally released as a record was the tame, censored one. In live performances, Formby occasionally threw in extra or changed verses. Some of these are probably apocryphal, but allegedly included a drowning woman clinging onto his "little stick..." and "she thought me rather quick, when I offered her a lick of me little stick of Blackpool rock" and "Oh it's hard and it's pink and it's... 6 inches long..."

... which is a bit smaller than the saucy postcard that inspired it:

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Here's another suggestive song from 1939 - if you haven't heard it before, enjoy the punchline!

 
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