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Lyrics-Lloyd Price version Lyrics-Nick Cave version Mr Turnkey - by Zager & Evans. I kind of don't think so, he says he is a man and it was a rape and then he is singing from prison, I guess he is about to hang himself. A girl catfight, the new girlfriend ends up dead and the old girlfriend is singing the song from prison or while the police are coming to get her. A bit like the Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun, but not quite as funny. Very strange song though, kills his woman, buries her, well, then I'm not completely sure what happens in the rest of it, he bends all the tools in town so everything they build is crooked. All the classic elements of one, jealousy, she is laughing at him, he stabs her and is now waiting for the police to break down his door. It appears to be a school shooting song and about some of the kids who are killed. I'm trying to figure out if these are actually teens. Here's a quote from an article about Gentry: "The single of "Mississippi Delta" was backed by the seven minute classic "Ode To Billie Joe".
So, not really a dead teen and it isn't terribly romantic. But you know, she was showing everybody his ring, we have already seen elsewhere the effect of those high school rings on teens. Or maybe a bit more like Natural Born Killers, with the kid killing the abusive dad and then going on the run. But I knew some of the people in this band years ago, so that's kind of nice. "She stood there laughing, I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more" (I'm not sure if this was originally a Tom Jones song). I've never heard it (possibly the bad grammar makes sense in the song but seems annoying just reading the lyrics). He says that he was 18 when they met and that was four years ago and she died of some mysterious disease when their daughter was one. They could have just squeezed in there in the teen years. Violins and cellos were added, the song was reduced from its original seven minutes to just under five, and, as a result of disc jockeys' reactions, it became Gentry's next single.
You know, in the Lloyd Price version, Billy, who was shot in a gambling dispute, had a wife and three kids, so I don't think he is a teen. The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence. "Covered by Reba Mc Intire: Not really sure if it counts as they don't say how old the characters are however as the self explanatory lyrics prove, they are young. Also drug related but he shoots his girl for cheating on him. But this one is an Appalachian murder ballad which is based on an Irish one, and other localized versions seem to go back to Elizabethan times Lyrics. He cuts her head off, so she can't eat any more hot dogs, and puts it on the wall, or at least is planning on doing that. I assume that eating hot dogs isn't about dinner, but maybe sometimes a hot dog is just a hot dog. Lyrics Watching the Detectives - by Elvis Costello. Lyrics Maxwell's Silver Hammer - by The Beatles (1969). I guess not suprisingly since it one of the more annoying Beatles songs (so totally Paul Mc Cartney. Cemetery Drive lyrics You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison lyrics. While My Dad Gently Weeps - by Furnaceface - I have never heard this song. It is sort of a punk/funk thing that samples from Once You Understand. It seems like a People Who Died sort of thing, all his friends dropping from drug use. Since this is a WWII song, is he a pilot on a mission or is he dead. I guess I'll put it on for now, but I'll have to think about this one. Billie Joe jumps off a bridge for some reason that isn't very clearly stated. I guess they tried to figure out what it was all about. Apparently Bob Dylan was as annoyed by this song as I was and wrote a parody of it.
However, in Nick Cave's version, Billy Dilly seems possibly young enough to be a teen and it was over Nellie Brown too, so there is the whole love (ok, lust in this case) angle. It's the classic man finds out wife has cheated on him, gets his gun and goes to kill the men she slept with, but with a twist, someone has beat him to the dirty deed! Great line "I Shot her down because she made me sore, I thought I was her daddy, but she had 5 more" Lyrics Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon (1976). Rubbing pot roast on his chest, biting usherettes on the leg, well, and then killing his prom date and digging her up years later once he got out of the mental institution. Rather creepy though, hits her with a stick and then throws her in the river. And more Elvis, this might be the next step after Alison, somebody calmly waiting for the evidence of their murder to be uncovered. Apparently the rest of the Beatles hated every moment they had to spend on it in the Abbey Road sessions). I can't bring myself to look through them too closely, proceed at your own risk at becoming overly morose. Just heard this one on the Blair Witch 2 soundtrack, sounds like the movie sucked though. It may or may not be somewhat like the Think song above. I guess it is supposed to be from the kid's point of view as they party on and destroy things while dad is sleeping and then the parent hears at the end about the overdose. It does say he is a swell kid, or something like that, so I think the age is correct though. Lyrics Where Have All The Flowers Gone - by Pete Seeger and then a bunch of others (1961). More of a general song about young men being sent off to war to die and the ones they leave behind. I mean, WMD, what's wrong with you people, how can you fall for all of that. Clothesline Saga (Answer to Ode) But supposedly at one time, the song made more sense.
This one probably fits more in murder ballads, turning tricks on a street corner (a notorous male prostitution spot) and ends up killing somebody (perhaps a customer) and is on the run now. It seems like late for a date, speeding in the car and ran a stop sign and crashed.It isn't totally a dead teen song, but one gets injured pretty badly. The reader who suggested it said "this is actually an autobiographical song (a true one, I might add!) about how Moulty lost his hand in a motorcycle crash. The fact it's all true is the eerie part." Looking around, it seems that it might have been a pipe bomb that actually took the hand, but either way, it is still kind of weird. Lyrics Another reader has written with Just wanted to clarify the story behind "Moulty".I guess the river is sort of like a train or a car that runs into them. Reader wrote: "A pale (well, actually, a red-faced) imitation of 'Running Bear,' not as funny, but notable because the unfortunate Indian lovers are called Yellow Hand and White Sand, which, through clever placement of their names throughout the lyrics, kept the writer from having to think of too many other rhymes." Lyrics Moody River by Pat Boone. I haven't heard it and I don't know anything about it. The reader who suggested it said "he gets hanged cuz he stabbed a girl to death with a knife. Pretty overly dramatic stuff and the endless 'things get a little easier' gets a little grating. extremely poor taste, especially when he is told by the drug supplier "I don't mean to scare you, But you're the one who came here and you're the one who's gotta take her when you leave". Teen has to be a hero and go to Vietnam and be a hero again. If he was that pigheaded, would the relationship have lasted anyway? Even if one didn't know the lyrics, the song is GREAT - excellent production, terrific melody, vocals, background etc - simply one of the great songs of the mid-60s." I'll let you know when I hear it. For some reason, I linked to the wrong version of Patches, the one by Clarence Carter, still a bad song, but a dead dad song with the teen having to take over.
The cheating girlfriend kills herself and leaves a suicide note by the side of the river. Not your typical 'Jaycee of the Year' I guess." Lyrics Stagger Lee - by Lloyd Price / Nick Cave (1959 / 1989? Update - WFMU has the entire album posted here So, what is the attraction of this song. Lyrics I Came Here To Talk For Joe - Kay Kyser and probably a bunch of others have done this one - Ok, I'm not sure about this one. A reader wrote about the right version "in the song Patches, by Dickie Lee, she kills herself because she thinks he doesnt love her any more.The other drummer whose name escapes me was in the band "Cryan' Shames" at the same time Moulty and the Barbarians were active.