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credburn
Jun 22, 2016


Inspired by Classic Comrade's List of cities in the talking heads song "cities", and their attributes in the PYF List thread, I thought it would be fun to breakdown songs until they're effectively just a bunch of ideas and things neatly organized into categories. It's fun and easy to do!

Here's one to get everyone's deuce revved:

Piano Man by Billy Joel

Patrons:
Bill, the Piano Man (narrator)
An old man
Paul
Davy
Businessmen

Employees:
John
The waitress
The manager

Characteristics:
Bill plays piano
Old man is old
The patrons are in the mood for a melody
John is a bartender
John is a friend of Bill's
John gets Bill his drinks for free
John is quick with a joke
John is quick to light up your smoke
Paul is a real estate novelist
Paul never had time for a wife
Davy is in the Navy and probably will be for life

Actions:
Regular crowd shuffles in
An old man making love to his tonic and gin
Paul is talking to Davy
The waitress is practicing politics
The businessmen slowly get stoned
The businessmen are sharing a drink they call "Loneliness"
The manager gives Bill a smile
The patrons put bread in Bill's jar

Observations:
It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
The piano smells like a carnival
The microphone smells like a beer

Moods, desires, despair:
The old man wants Bill to play him a sad and sweet memory
The patrons are all in the mood for a melody
Bill has them feeling alright
There's someplace that John would rather be
The businessmen are lonely
The patrons want to forget about life for a while

Demands:
Sing us a song
Sing us a song tonight

Inquiries:
"Man, what are you doing here?"

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F_Shit_Fitzgerald
Feb 2, 2017





Mean Mr. Mustard by The Beatles

Mean Mr. Mustard
Sleeps
o In the park
o In a hole in the road

Shaves
o In the dark (trying to save paper)

Saving up
o To buy some clothes

Keeps
o A ten-bob note up his nose

Always
o Shouts out something obscene


His sister Pam
Works
o In the shop (she never stops; she's a go-getter)

Takes
o Him out to look at the Queen (only place he's ever been)

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flavor.flv
Apr 18, 2008

I got a letter from the government the other day
opened it, read it
it said they was bitches






People who need some time on their own:
  • you
  • me
  • everybody

People who need somebody:
  • you
  • me
  • everybody

Things that are difficult:
  • healing a broken heart
  • keeping an open heart
  • ascertaining who is letting love go today
  • holding a candle in the cold november rain

Things that last forever:

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011



Places Debbie Harry will find you

Your house
Downtown, after following your bus
Down the mall
Over by the wall
The supermarket checkout

Ways Debbie Harry will get you

One way
Another way

Things Debbie Harry will learn in the process

Who's around your house
Who's hanging out downtown
Who you call

credburn
Jun 22, 2016


Alcoholic beverages mentioned by name in "Tequila" by The Champs:

1) Tequila

Zamboni Rodeo
Jul 19, 2007

NEVER play "Lady of Spain" AGAIN!






When she's gone:
- Ain't no sunshine
- Only darkness every day
- This house just ain't a home

I wonder:
- Where she's gone
- If she's gone to stay

I know (I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know):
- I oughtta leave young thing alone

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

What you say
Yes
Goodbye
Low
Stop
Why

What I say
No
Hello
High
Go
I don't know

What I don't know
Why you say goodbye

RC and Moon Pie
May 5, 2011



What you should do
Get up
Boogie

Are you sure?
That's right

barnold
Dec 16, 2011

...but i didnt finish




Things that are demonstrably not a lie:
-I'm doing this tonight
-This can't be right
-It's time to leave and make it alone
-I can't take no more
-I want to see you out that door

Things that could conceivably be a lie:
-You're probably gonna start a fight
-You may hate me
-It might sound crazy

Things you say to someone when you leave:
-Bye

givepatajob
Apr 8, 2003

One finds that this is the best of all possible worlds.

Dinosaur Gum

Locations
The Pizza Hut
The Taco Bell
The Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

People
I
We

Expressions of Disbelief
What?
No
Naw...

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

What I am
Your boogie man

What I'm here to do
Whatever I can

Times which I am able to do these things
Early morning
Late afternoon
Midnight

Times when it's too soon
Never

Things I want to do
Please you
It (all for you)
Take you
Hold you
See you
Get near you
Give me all to you

When do I want to do these things
From sundown to sunup

Things I want to be
Your rubber ball
The one you love most of all

Things you can do
Turn me on

Things I want you to completely understand
Just where I'm at
Where I am

Zamboni Rodeo
Jul 19, 2007

NEVER play "Lady of Spain" AGAIN!






What I want to do all night:
- Rock and roll

What I want to do every day:
- Party

Angepain
Jul 13, 2012

what keeps happening to my clothes


Things Meat Loaf Claims He Would Do For Love
  • Anything
Things Meat Loaf Claims He Would Do For Love, Like, Specifically
  • Run right into hell and back
  • Never lie to you, and that's a fact*
  • Be there till the final act
  • Take the vow
  • Seal a pact
  • Anything you've been dreaming of
  • Raise up Lorraine Crosby
  • Help down Lorraine Crosby
  • Get Lorraine Crosby right out of this godforsaken town
  • Make it all a little less cold
  • Hold Lorraine Crosby scared
  • Hole Lorraine Crosby tight
  • Colourise Lorraine Crosby's life (Note: she is so sick of black and white)
  • Make it all a little less old
  • Make Lorraine Crosby some magic with his own two hands
  • Build Lorraine Crosby an emerald city with these grains of sand
  • Give Lorraine Crosby something she can take home
  • Cater to every fantasy Lorraine Crosby has
  • Hose down Lorraine Crosby with holy water if she gets too hot, HOT
  • Take Lorraine Crosby places she has never known
Things Meat Loaf Will Not Do For Love (Times he insists he will not in brackets)
  • Forget the way you feel right now (6)
  • Forgive himself if we don't go all the way tonight (6)
  • Do it better than he does it with you, so long, so long (9)
  • Stop dreaming of you every night of his life (4)
  • See that it's time to move on (2)
  • Be screwing around after a while (4)
Things That Happen Some Days
  • It don't come easy
  • It don't come hard
  • It don't come at all (Note: these are the days that never end)
  • Meat Loaf prays for silence
  • Meat Loaf prays for soul
  • Meat Loaf prays to the God of Sex and Drums and Rock 'N Roll
Things That Happen Some Nights
  • You're breathing fire
  • You're carved in ice
  • You're like nothing Meat Loaf has ever seen before or will again
  • Meat Loaf loses the feeling
  • Meat Loaf loses control
  • Meat Loaf just loses it all when he watches you dance and the thunder rolls
Opinions Stated by Meat Loaf On Whether Things Are Crazy
  • Meat Loaf: Maybe crazy
  • Knowing You Can Save Him: It's crazy
People Who Can Save Meat Loaf
  • You
  • No one else
Time periods in which Meat Loaf Would Do Anything For Love
  • As long as the planets are turning (Estimate: 1 quadrillion years)
  • As long as the stars are burning (Estimate: 1-100 trillion years)
  • As long as your dreams are coming true, you better believe it (Unknown, depends on dreams, not specified)
  • As long as the wheels are turning (Unknown, depends on mechanism, not specified)
  • As long as the fires are burning (Estimate: >10^23 years)
  • As long as your prayers are coming true, you better believe it (Unknown, depends on prayers, not specified)
Opinions Stated by Meat Loaf On Whether Things Are Lonely
  • Meat Loaf: Maybe
Things Meat Loaf Is Qualified To Be
  • Lonely
Number Of Promises Meat Loaf Can Keep
  • One
General Observations On Meat Loaf Doing Anything For Love That Clearly Aren't Actual Things He Will Do But He Puts Them In The Part Of The Song Where Things He Will Do Are, Presumably Because He Has Run Out Of Ideas For Things He Will Do
  • You know it's true and that's a fact
  • There'll never be no turning back
Things Lorraine Crosby knows
  • After a while to forget everything, it will be judged to be a brief interlude and a midsummer night's fling
  • Meat Loaf will see that it's time to move on (disputed)
  • The territory (Source: having been around)
  • It'll all turn to dust
  • We'll all fall down
  • Sooner or later Meat Loaf will be screwing around (disputed)

*Scholars dispute whether this is a thing he will do or never do for love. Reasonable arguments exist on both sides. I argue that doing the specific action of refraining for love is slightly different to refusing to do something which he may hypothetically be induced to do for love. In this case it seems that the act of never lying is something he is actively doing for love, rather than the act of lying for love being a thing he refuses to do.

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Pastry of the Year
Apr 12, 2013



That is a gold medal post.

F_Shit_Fitzgerald
Feb 2, 2017





That post's a hard one to follow.

Mother, should I
  • run for president?
  • trust the government?
  • build the wall?

Mother, do you think
  • they'll drop the bomb?
  • they'll like this song?
  • they'll try to break my balls?
  • she's good enough for me?
  • she's dangerous to me?

Mother, will she
  • tear your little boy apart?
  • break my heart?


Hush now baby, baby, don't you cry. Mama's gonna
  • make all your nightmares come true
  • put all her fears into you
  • keep you right here under her wing
  • keep baby cozy and clean
  • help build the wall


Mother, did it
  • need to be so high?

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Zamboni Rodeo
Jul 19, 2007

NEVER play "Lady of Spain" AGAIN!






What I despise:
- War

What war is:
- Nothin' but a heartbreaker

What war means:
- Destruction to innocent lives
- Tears to thousands of mothers' eyes when their sons go out to fight and lose their lives

What war does:
- Blows my mind
- Causes unrest in the younger generation

What war is good for:
- Absolutely nothing

Suizid
Apr 15, 2003

The BURNINATOR!

Places you may find yourself:
- living in a shotgun shack
- in another part of the world
- behind the wheel of a large automobile
- in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife

Things you may ask yourself:
- "Well, how did I get here?"
- "How do I work this?"
- "Where is that large automobile?"
- "What is that beautiful house?"
- "Where does that highway go to?"
- "Am I right? Am I wrong?"

Things you may tell yourself:
- "This is not my beautiful house"
- "This is not my beautiful wife"

Things you may say to yourself:
- "My God! What have I done?"

Where and/or when water is flowing underground:
- Once in a lifetime
- Under the rocks and stones
- Letting the days go by

(For the OP <3)

ninjahedgehog
Feb 17, 2011

It's time to kick the tires and light the fires, Big Bird.




What I am doing:
Coming out of my cage
Doing just fine
Falling asleep
Not looking
Paying the price
Being called by destiny
Opening up my eager eyes

What she is doing, individually:
Calling a cab
Taking a drag
Touching his chest

What he is doing, individually:
Having a smoke
Taking off her dress

Joint she/he doings
Going to bed
Taking control

How it started:
With a kiss

How it ended:
Like this

Stomach status:
Sick

Saints status:
Sea

Phyzzle
Jan 26, 2008


Who you gonna call

Ghost Busters

FactsAreUseless
Feb 16, 2011



Phyzzle posted:

Who you gonna call

Ghost Busters
Thank you for calling Ghost Busters. What is the situation?

There's something strange.

Where is it occurring?

In the neighborhood.

Can you describe the strange thing?

It don't look good.

Phyzzle
Jan 26, 2008


Things I am not afraid of
No ghosts

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nashona
May 8, 2014

Though she be but little, she is fierce




Why can't I get:

  • just one kiss
  • just one screw
  • just one gently caress

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