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  •  "When the poetry crashes and burns" (5+ / 0-)

    I've considered doing a diary dedicated to otherwise good (or even great) songs that contain one really bad line or couplet.

    My first nominee:

    It's gonna take a lot to win me away from you
    more than a hundred men or more could ever do.
    Good fucking God, that one line is so horrible that it destroys, not just whatever lyrical strength the song might have, but even its lovely melody. It's like eating a delicious muffin (HEY! MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!) and biting into a little chunk of undissolved baking soda.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:40:42 PM PDT

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    •  Here's a bad line (3+ / 0-)

      In a live version of "Stairway to Heaven," Robert Plant ad-libs, "Does anyone remember laughter?" Which makes me laugh because it's such a bad line. Yes, you idiot, I remember laughter because I'm laughing -- at you -- right now.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Sat May 25, 2013 at 08:25:22 PM PDT

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      •  Well, they say even Homer nodded. When Led Zep (2+ / 0-)
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        Monsieur Georges, Dbug

        were on fire, they were untouchable. Not that that means you shouldn't laugh at them. But I do think it's hard to reach original creative brilliance without also having the courage to reach blindly, and risk falling on your face.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:15:47 PM PDT

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