Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Lyrical conversations

One night, upon being suitably stressed (due to an unending stream of work) and drunk (to get over the stress by having a couple of pints while I worked), I realized that the most important messages for humanity was not going to come from outer space. All kinds of messages already exist amidst us, in a form not yet recognised -- song lyrics. Musicians, being more sensitive and stoned than normal human beings, have been conversing with each other through lyrics of their songs, asking questions important to the human race and answering them. I have been able to discover some of their conversations, which are reproduced below for your benefit. The list, I must add, is far from complete, and these days I am working on full fledged conversations, not just Q/A sessions.

Q. BTW, which one's pink?
A. Pink isn't well, he's staying back at the hotel.
Pink Floyd ask a question and answer it themselves.

Q. How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
A. There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road you are on.
Bob Dylan asks, Led Zep answer.

Q. Are you going to Scarborough fair?
A. What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys. See you later. Can I have them please?
Paul Simon asks, is given an answer by Harry Chapin.

Q. Have I told you lately?
A. Shut up and dance.
Rod Stewart asks Aerosmith.

Q. Where have all the cowboys gone?
A. Everybody's hustling for a buck and a dime.
Paula Cole and John Lennon talk.

Q. Have you ever seen the rain?
A. The Sun is cold, the rain is hot.
CCR versus CCR.

Q. Hey, Andy, did you hear about this one?
A. All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.
REM catches up with Paul Simon.

Q. Who wants to live forever?
A. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.
Queen asks the eternal question. ABBA answer.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Mandar said...

nice assortment, anurag.

and the one where REM catches up with Paul Simon.... i just loved that! :-)

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Satya said...

This is one of my fav post in all the blogs i have ever read.. hit the right places.. being a musician myself i identify with this.... you so so hit bull's eye man !!

At 11:19 PM, Blogger eM said...

I really, really like this post.
I don't do the "conversations" but I do try and fit songs with people I know :)

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

Mandar: That's my second favourite. My fav is the one between Paula Cole and John Lennon.

Satya: Dude, you really have a liking for nice lyrics. I saw your blog and loved the pic of the tree. And 27000 songs!!! Were they all downloaded at work? Whew!

eM: Thanks. I'd love to see how you correlate songs with people.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Mary said...


Love your blog. Stumbled upon it while doing a quick Paul Simon lyrics search. [For Emily Wherever I May Find Her is indeed a beatiful song. And I'm happy to be somebody's Emily. ;)]

Your photography is amazing.

Take care,
- M.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger couchpotato said...

GREAT post. Your photography is even better, though! ;)

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous curious said...

Well !! you're certainly on the right track or should I say tracks ..and when Bob Dylan asked if there was blood on the tracks Tull answered with with a shuffle and some Locomotive Breath and Supertramp piped in with Trudy's on the train to nowhere .

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Anurag said...

Mary: Wow! My blog shows up when searching for Paul Simon lyrics!!! I'm happy. :) Good to know you are someone's Emily as well.

Couchpotato: Thanks, and thanks. :)

Anon: Nice one...

At 2:41 AM, Blogger The Arbit Council said...

great post!

At 8:33 PM, Blogger GettingThere said...

Come on! Post something new. I've been visiting your blog daily hoping to read something really funny. Love your posts!

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

Excellent. Am going to stay up tonight and think of a few myself.

At 2:03 AM, Blogger Anurag said...

arbitcouncil: thanks.

gettingthere: soon. watch the space. :))

jabberwock: that will be cool. you know way more music than i do. post something soon.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Manish Bhatt said...

Ha ha ha, that was a fun post. Thanx for dropping by on my blog.


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