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    Someone who was very influenced by Scott Walker; Tons of David Bowie albums/songs, especially from Space Oddity, The man who sold the world (probably my favourite album to imagine to. The whole concept that someone had the power to actually sell the world to someone, an alien race or something, and it had already been done but no one knew about it and it was done by a small insignificant looking man absolutely blew my 8 year old mind to pieces), Aladdin Zane, Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory Diamond Dogs ( about a post apocalyptic Manhattan ravages with gangs) etc. Too many individual songs to name here, but when I was a kid my dad would put earphones on me and Id listen and movies would play in my minds eye. They are almost like post apocalyptic Philip K Dick novels. I saddens me that some kids grow up without amazing things like that in their lives. Also, back then, you had NOTHING but the album art and the lyrics, all the imagining was done by your brain, nothing was pre-fed or pre-imagined for you.

    The Supermen (inspired by Lovecraft, something I didn't know about at the time)



    When all the world was very young
    And mountain magic heavy hung
    The supermen would walk in file
    Guardians of a loveless isle
    And gloomy browed with superfear their tragic endless
    lives
    Could heave nor sigh
    In solemn, perverse serenity, wondrous beings chained to life

    Strange games they would play then
    No death for the perfect men
    Life rolls into one for them
    So softly a superGod cries

    Where all were minds in uni-thought
    Powers weird by mystics taught
    No pain, no joy, no power too great
    Colossal strength to grasp a fate
    Where sad-eyed merment tossed in slumbers
    Nightmare dreams no mortal mind could hold
    A man would tear his brother's flesh, a chance to die
    To turn to mold.

    Far out in the red-sky
    Far out from the sad eyes
    Strange, mad celebration
    So softly a supergod cries

    Far out in the red-sky
    Far out from the sad eyes
    Strange, mad celebration
    So softly a supergod dies


    All The Mad men



    Day after day
    They send my friends away
    To mansions cold and grey
    To the far side of town
    Where the thin men stalk the streets
    While the sane stay underground

    Day after day
    They tell me I can go
    They tell me I can blow
    To the far side of town
    Where it's pointless to be high
    'Cause it's such a long way down

    So I tell them that
    I can fly, I will scream, I will break my arm
    I will do me harm
    Here I stand, foot in hand, talking to my wall
    I'm not quite right at all...am I?

    Don't set me free, I'm as heavy as can be
    Just my librium and me
    And my E.S.T. makes three

    'Cause I'd rather stay here
    With all the madmen
    Than perish with the sadmen roaming free
    And I'd rather play here
    With all the madmen
    For I'm quite content they're all as sane
    As me

    (Where can the horizon lie
    When a nation hides
    Its organic minds
    In a cellar...dark and grim
    They must be very dim)

    Day after day
    They take some brain away
    Then turn my face around
    To the far side of town
    And tell me that it's real
    Then ask me how I feel

    Here I stand, foot in hand, talking to my wall
    I'm not quite right at all

    Don't set me free, I'm as helpless as can be
    My libido's split on me
    Gimme some good 'ole lobotomy

    'Cause I'd rather stay here
    With all the madmen
    Than perish with the sadmen
    Roaming free
    And I'd rather play here
    With all the madmen
    For I'm quite content
    They're all as sane as me

    The Wild eyed boy from Freecloud (This and a few tracks from Ziggy Stardust like Soul Love, 5 years, Letters to Hermione) would always have me in tears by the end. Would make a good animated movie. There is an animated tribute to the song on YouTube, but I wont link that, let your brain do the magic!



    Solemn faced
    The village settles down
    Undetected by the stars
    And the hangman plays the mandolin before he goes to sleep
    And the last thing on his mind
    Is the Wild Eyed Boy imprisoned
    Neath the covered wooden shaft
    Folds the rope
    Into its bag
    Blows his pipe of smolders
    Blankets smoke into the room
    And the day will end for some
    As the night begins for one

    Staring through the message in his eyes
    Lies a solitary son
    From the mountain called Freecloud
    Where the eagle dare not fly
    And the patience in his sigh
    Gives no indication
    For the townsmen to decide
    So the village Dreadful yawns
    Pronouncing gross diversion
    As the label for the dog
    Oh It's the madness in his eyes
    As he breaks the night to cry

    It's really Me
    Really You
    And really Me
    It's so hard for us to really be
    Really You
    And really Me
    You'll lose me though I'm always really free

    And the mountain moved its eyes
    To the world of realize
    Where the snow had saved a place
    For the Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

    And the village dreadful cried
    As the rope began to rise
    For the smile stayed on the face
    Of the wild eyed boy from freecloud

    And the women once proud
    Clutched the heart of the crowd
    As the boulders smashed down from the mountain's hand
    And the Magic in the stare
    Of the Wild Eyed Boy, said
    Stop, Freecloud
    They won't think to cut me down"
    But the cottages fell
    Like a playing card hell
    And the tears on the face
    Of the Wise Boy
    Came trembling down
    To the rumbling ground
    And the missionary mystic of peace/love
    Stumbled to cry among the clouds
    Kicking back the pebbles
    From the Freecloud mountain track
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    Anything by the Protomen. It's a rock opera inspired by Megaman.



    It starts in a city under the rule of an evil scientist, Doctor Wily. A good scientist named Doctor Light creates Proto man to combat oppression and regain freedom for mankind. However, Proto man is soon defeated and hope is lost...for now. It's what I imagine if someone took a Christopher Nolan-level of seriousness with Megaman.
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    Power Metal songs always have full on stories in their lyrics..... .... almost always dealing with dragons......

    Hell usually their entire albums are one big story.
    One from Dragonland.


    As the hordes of the night finally were defeated, nature was
    beginning on it's task to restore Dragonland to it's former
    grandeur and beauty. The sun reached the surface for the first
    time in a hundred years, revealing the scars the evil reign
    had bestowed upon the earth. But alas, we could yet again live
    as the free people we once were. Thus, fulfilling all of the
    lost saviour prophecies on but one aspect, I knew my quest
    was far from finished. As I kneeled in the bloodslaked soil of
    the battlefield, the sky itself seemed to open up an reach for
    me, call for me. After a moment of hesitance all was clear..."

    As this eternal struggle has come to end
    The light of life now shines upon us once again
    But can we truly be free of tyranny and grief?
    I see a thousand points of light reaching for me

    Now nature grows and blooms
    and people live again
    Yet this is not the end I feel it

    This power given to me is more than I can bear
    Unbidden flowing through my mind
    Divine it is but it could ruin this world
    I see a thousand points of light reaching for me

    Now nature grows and blooms
    and people live again
    Yet this is not the end I fear it

    I am the one to end this game
    This world will never be the same
    I have the power in my hands
    The Time has come to save all life
    I'll do what it takes no more lies
    I'll choose the destiny of Dragonland

    A thousand points of light
    the madness now have to end
    I've yet to destroy the ones, the Gods,
    responsible for this
    A thousand points of light
    my final quest is at hand
    To let people live their lives in peace
    without Gods and without me

    With great reluctance I reached into the light
    I rise up to the skies enraged and full of might
    They stand before me radiating azure-blue
    I'll fight them till the end, yes, that's what I must do

    And I shall rid this world
    of Gods to rule our lives
    So now the end is here I know it

    With all my force I strike them down
    They scream in anguish as they drown
    In fire they now turn to sand
    They beg for mercy I give none
    My live is over my quest done
    I've saved all living here in Dragonland

    A thousand points of light
    the madness now it has end
    I've yet to become one with
    all one with universe
    A thousand points of light
    Dragonland is at peace
    A thousand points of light
    is reaching for me
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    Ugh... I think it's been a few years since I've last heard a power metal song. I'd like to keep it that way.
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    This jolly song tells a nice story, from a father to his son, about how he met the kids mum, back in the day...
    Its off my all-time favourite album. I wonder how many other people heard this as kids in dads car, driving home from somewhere on a warm evening...



    Along come a young girl
    She's pretty as a prayerbook
    Sweet as an apple on Christmas day
    I said good gracious can this be my luck
    If that's my prayerbook
    Lord let us pray
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    /\ That brings back memories!

    This song is so cool and I love the lyrics...so much imagery comes to mind. I always get Tarantino/Rodriguez type scenes going on my head when it plays ..



    There are no lyrics I could find so I wrote them down so a couple of the words I didn't get.

    One day (i started walkin')
    On the street (you started talkin')
    Downtown (now we're movin')
    In the rain (now we're groovin')
    She smiled (nothin' hurtin')
    So fine (it beats a' workin')
    I knew (honey honey)
    she'd be mine (easy money)

    Full moon (she had a past)
    Red wine (a dark past)
    Hotel (she had a gun)
    Bad girl (a big gun)
    Room service (h*** trigger)
    I'm gettin' nervous (sh** ***it)
    All night (hammer down)
    Silk sheets (lead bullets)

    Instrumental

    Licquor store (she takes the money)
    Easy score (later honey)
    Drops her gun (in my lap)
    Takes off (I take the wrap)
    Hands up (in the night)
    Go to court (I lose the fight)
    I got no (consideration)
    Guilty by (association)

    Love comes (love comes)
    Love goes (love goes)
    She's gone to Mexico

    5 years (she left me hangin')
    Jail cell (doors a' bangin')
    Every night (I dream about her)
    I know (can't live without her)
    Right now (I gotta see her)
    She knows (I really need her)
    On the beach (by the water)
    That girl (the devils daughter)

    I'm bustin' out (I'm bustin' out)
    I gotta go (I gotta go)
    I got a card (I got a card)
    From Mexico (from Mexico)
    I got a card (I got a card)
    from Mexico (from Mexico)
    A POST card (a POST card)
    from Mexico (from Mexico)
    rpt to fade
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    And just to lighten things up a bit, there's always Weird Al and Dr. Demento...

    The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota


    I put in a Slim Whitman tape, my wife put on a brand new hair net
    Kids were in the back seat jumping up and down,
    yelling "Are we there yet?"
    And all of us were joined together in one common thought
    As we rolled down the long and winding interstate in our '53 DeSoto
    We're gonna see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota
    We're headin' for the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota




    Every time I listen to it I want to go for a road trip. Stop at every giant plaster statue and roadside pie stand I find. Buy homemade beef jerky in towns that consist of one gas station and three trailers.
    /weeps uncontrollably
    It's been a long winter.

    Anyway, there's also the Scotsman Song:


    About that time two young and lovely girls just happened by
    And one says to the other with a twinkle in her eye
    See yon sleeping Scotsman so strong and handsome built
    I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt
    Ring ding diddle diddle I de oh ring di diddly I oh
    I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt


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    Here ya' go, Jeff



    (90% of this stuff: oog.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Here ya' go, Jeff

    (90% of this stuff: oog.)
    Ha! Yeah...I've seen that one late at night...Only reason I don't have it is because I have each of those original CDs! Ooops, I mean, vinyl.

    (what is oog?...is that like, "groooan"?)
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    The entire damn album of the Decemberist's Hazards of Love. The terribly selfish queen of the forest who raises a baby to be fawn by day, man by night, a girl who captures his heart and becomes pregnant, the rake the queen brings to kidnap her away, and the terribly sad but eloquent end of the troubled couple.

    The riff that comes with the queen's entrances is awesome, and the backing music of the Rake's Song rocks. Finally, the Hazards of Love 4 is a beautiful end to the entire saga.

    I love this album.

    The man:
    "Mother I can hear your foot-fall now
    Soft disturbance in the dead-fall how
    It proceeds you like a black smoke pall
    Still the wanting comes in waves
    And you delivered me from danger then
    Pulled my cradle from the reedy glen
    Swore to save me from the world of men


    The girl, Margaret:
    "Gentle leaves, gentle leaves
    Please array a path for me
    The woods are blowing thick and fast around

    Columbine, Columbine
    Please alert this love of mine
    Let him know his Margaret comes along

    And all this stirring inside my belly
    Won't quell my want for love
    And I may swoon from all this swelling
    But I won't want for love"


    The Queen:
    "How I made you
    I wrought you, I pulled you
    From war I labored you
    From cancer I cradled you
    And now

    This is how I am repaid
    This is how I am repaid

    Remember when I found you
    The miseries that hounded you
    And I gave you motion
    Anointed with lotions
    And now

    This is how I am repaid
    This is how I am repaid"


    The Rake:
    "I had entered into a marriage
    In the summer of my twenty-first year
    And the bells rang for our wedding
    Only now do I remember it clear
    Alright, alright, alright

    No more a rake and no more a bachelor
    I was wedded and it whetted my thirst
    Until her womb start spilling out babies
    Only then did I reckon my curse
    Alright, alright, alright
    Alright, alright, alright"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post

    (90% of this stuff: oog.)
    Here's to hoping you appreciate Tom Waits and Scott Walker. I think both have the chops to make it into many literature curriculums.
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    Tom Waits is 57 varieties of awesome. My comment was directed at what's included in that Time-Life collection. (And to be fair, it's more like 25% guilty pleasure, 25% legitimate pleasure, and 50% OMG KILL IT WITH FIRE!)
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    I'm glad that someone else here appreciates Warren Zevon and doesn't only know him for Werewolves of London.
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