Morrissey song titles - sometimes confusing?

The Seeker of Good Songs

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Are there any Moz songs that you think are mis-titled (titled incorrectly for the lyrics)?

Without having thought about it too much, after listening to "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed", I don't understand the title with the lyrics.
Where does the riverbed come into play? Do the lyrics have to do with some piece of history or a news story?

Anyway...are there any songs you think have a confusing or semi confusing title?
 
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Dave

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I was saying this in the Kylie Thread. How am I supposed to order a song called Death At One's Elbow when the title of the song is not repeated in the chorus and chanted in the outro? Song should have been named "Don't Come To The House Tonight".
 

nugz

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I was saying this in the Kylie Thread. How am I supposed to order a song called Death At One's Elbow when the title of the song is not repeated in the chorus and chanted in the outro? Song should have been named "Don't Come To The House Tonight".
Death At One's Elbow
Speedway
Shakespeare's Sister
Death at One's Elbow - Don't Come to the House Tonight
Speedway - True to You
Shakespeare's Sister - (I'm Going to Meet) The One I Love

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I have to agree with Shakespheare's Sister. That song has always thrown me for a loop. I have to always - when I see the title- "How does that one go again?"
 
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Dave

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well, Nugz is right. They have to be renamed right away. That's not even to mention when someone refers to some song by an acronym. I can't tell the difference between "ABCDEFG" and "HIJKLMNOP", personally.

Seriously, the worst song titlers, the titlists for confusing song titles, are New Order and Robert Plant. I'm sure that none of you remember Robert Plant's work from the early 80's but a lot of people were still thinking that "if we think really hard, maybe we can stop this rain" and the songs were generally pleasant enough, until at some point he decided to be progressive, and I quit buying the records. Anyway, his songs had FA to do with the titles. He had a hit song, an actual hit, that he named "Big Log".

New Order? Forget about it. I still have to play a couple seconds of the song and go, "Oh yeah, that one!"
 

nugz

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well, Nugz is right. They have to be renamed right away. That's not even to mention when someone refers to some song by an acronym. I can't tell the difference between "ABCDEFG" and "HIJKLMNOP", personally.

Seriously, the worst song titlers, the titlists for confusing song titles, are New Order and Robert Plant. I'm sure that none of you remember Robert Plant's work from the early 80's but a lot of people were still thinking that "if we think really hard, maybe we can stop this rain" and the songs were generally pleasant enough, until at some point he decided to be progressive, and I quit buying the records. Anyway, his songs had FA to do with the titles. He had a hit song, an actual hit, that he named "Big Log".

New Order? Forget about it. I still have to play a couple seconds of the song and go, "Oh yeah, that one!"
omg, dude you're so right about New Order. I never thought about that too much, but now that I'm thinking about it...I definitely see what you mean...


p.s. LOL @ Big Log
 

King Leer

Leering since '97
Trainspotter alert -- what percentage of Smiths and Moz-solo songs include the song title as part of the lyrics?

I don't know if anybody's a fan of an old band called Japan, but they used to do an odd thing where the title of one song would show up in the lyrics of another.

On a tangent, I'm surprised that with with the timing of Morrissey's early "career" as a music critic he never mentioned Japan as their first incarnation was as a NY Dolls rip off (Sylvian from Sylvain) and later a Bowie pastiche. I always thought they were a lot more than great pretenders, but I can see the criticisms.
 

Jammy Poet

New Member
Ones that spring to mind -

At Amber
A Swallow On My Neck
Alma Matters
Glamourous Glue
Roy's Keen
Will Never Marry
 

nugz

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Ones that spring to mind -

At Amber
A Swallow On My Neck
Alma Matters
Glamourous Glue
Roy's Keen
Will Never Marry
swallow on my neck - about someone drawing fake tattoos on him as a sign of affection.

will never marry - self explanatory?
 
Ones that spring to mind -

At Amber
A Swallow On My Neck
Alma Matters
Glamourous Glue
Roy's Keen
Will Never Marry
At Amber - I think, think, this represents some kind of restriction. If my memory serves well the song is about somebody who is crippled and unable to really be active or do much in life (I may be getting this completely wrong). However, they live and breathe but due to lacking some fundemental components they cannot truly progress. Just as when you are sat at traffic lights amber signals you are about to go and you are not fully contained. At Amber is therefore representing being unable to really move off in life.

(^ that may all mean utter bollcoks to you ^)

Roy's Keen - Just a little song about a window cleaner called Roy who is Keen on his job, "we've never seen a keener window cleaner". Also, it may be a little pun on ex-Man Utd. captain Roy Keane.

Glamorous Glue - I think it is the addiction to glue sniffing, "first day with the jar". However, some of the lyrics don't seem to reflect the title at all.

Love PTxx.
 
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Pokey

Member
As much as I love 'Mama' I have to agree, mostly because it just sounds poorly thought out, how exactly does one lay softly? it just sounds like its trying a bit too hard, and if one can lay softly then can you stand loudly?
 
As much as I love 'Mama' I have to agree, mostly because it just sounds poorly thought out, how exactly does one lay softly? it just sounds like its trying a bit too hard, and if one can lay softly then can you stand loudly?
I think lay softly is almost a euthemism for dead/ death. To say she lay softly is like a gentle rest or sleep. I think the title is a little shabby but I think he has a good case saying 'lay softly'. I think with the power of the song theough he could have had a better title. Even, 'Mama, Why Did You Do It?' would have been better in my opinion.

Love PTxx.
 
Rubber Ring, because it's about the songs that saved your life and isnt Rubber Ring another name for one of those round floaty life savers?
Ah ok, I guess that is a good observation. This is a pretty god thread with everyone clearing up each others confusion. Thanks again Nugz.

Love PTxx.
 
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