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Friday, January 26, 2007

But you gotta listen close.

My other favorite musical genre, after 'musicians who crack themselves up' and 'anything with a horns section' is 'such a sweet song, such vicious lyrics'. Ali and I have been playing Lily Allen's Alright, Still on repeat. Very catchy, ska-ish stuff.

22 Comments:

Anonymous yoyo said...

I bought doc marten brogue shoes in high school, because i was waspy prep. I also went to ska shows and skanked my heart out. i didn't realized how they were in connexion until later, and now its all too late.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one in the category of "sweet song, semi-raunchy lyrics." It's a cover of Craig David "Seven Days" by Rose Polenzani.

http://www.rosepolenzani.com/mp3/monthly/Polenzani_Seven_Days.mp3

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird, looks like that got cut off.

Here, try this.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous rob m said...

that was fun. Yea for something different with my saturday morning coffee. thanks

7:18 AM  
Blogger jens said...

I loved some of Pluto's songs (I think you had to grow up somewhere near Jamaica to get these). I can't get them on the Internet, but here is my approximation of the lyrics of one song:

Oh Lord!
Anybody see my trial, pray for I!
Why Lord!
I was sadly taken from my loved ones
Battered by an irate husband
Searching for a man that wasnt I
We reach the court
We gone inside
Meet the judge who shall preside
Oh lord I fear my trial shall begin

Refrain:
Your honor! I was inside the closet
Minding I and I own business
Your honor! It was a complete stranger
Causing these disturbances
He claim that I touched him wife
Which is a wicked and awful lie
Me two hand them was occupied
Me shirt in the left
And me pants in the right!

Hear judge!
Can the court accept my story
From me heart?
Why not?
If by chance you don't believe this tale
Ask her why she will not fail to agree
I was a better man than he
Just in case she refuse to answer
(totally garbled line)
....for me!

Refrain

Dear corporal!
As you lock me in this prison pray for I
Why corporal
Please don't leave me here to wonder
Why the court has made this blunder
Jail me for a crime that wasn't I
Corporal!
When you going to send me dinner
Send your mother or your sister
One more day of this I can not bear!

Refrain

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone please tell me how you get links to other posts or websites in the main body of your text as Megan has done here?

In return I will give you a great recipe (Oh no, not another one, I hear you say).

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just standard html tags.
I'd type an example, but it'd convert it to a link.

Justin

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous bryn said...

would this be in that genre?
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2005/10/14/thing-a-week-5-baby-got-back/

1:14 PM  
Blogger jens said...

You can avoid converting into links by using the &lt and &gt tags instead of the real characters.

So <a href="url" >link text</a>
gets you link text that takes you to "url" if you click it.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jens. Much appreciated. But I understand very little about computers..it's a bit like you explaining baseball to me..or me cricket to you!:)

2:34 PM  
Anonymous bryn said...

Say you want to look to google
type the following in the comment box:

<a href="http://www.google.com"&rt;http://www.google.com </a&rt;

replacing the http://www.google.com with the url of the site you want to link to. The 2nd copy of it can be replace with descriptive words if you want.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous bryn said...

ARGH, should have used preview...trying again

Say you want to look to google
type the following in the comment box:

http://www.google.com

replacing the http://www.google.com with the url of the site you want to link to. The 2nd copy of it can be replace with descriptive words if you want.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Can anyone please tell me how you get links to other posts or websites in the main body of your text as Megan has done here?

Or, you could look it up.

4:33 PM  
Blogger jens said...

Dear Billo,
That was as much for Justin as for you. I don't think looking it up would help you much if you are not comfortable with computers. You kind of have to learn by doing.

But why you assume I would know something about baseball is a mystery to me. Not that I know anything about cricket, either, but I could tell you where the Ashes are better than I could tell you who won the last "World Series".

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Megan, it took me ages to get this blasted thing set up. I didn't work out that one could post pictures till a couple of months later and as a Pakistani my motto has always been: if there's a short-cut in life: take it!

Jens, sorry, it was a gross simplification: you: baseball, me :cricket. Me:tarzan, you : jane sort of thing. :)

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Megan has written to me: "You are being overfamiliar. Please do not ask for help, post recipes, make generalizations based on nationality or ethnicity, or otherwise dominate the comments section. You have your own blog. That is the appropriate place for you to present your worldview"

In lieu of which I'd like to apologise for being overfamilar, my recipe (not very good anyhow), generalizations on ethnicity or nationality and dominating the comments and presenting my worldview. If anything esle I have said has caused offence (like comments about grey squirrels) then I'd like to apologise for that as well.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Two for two on music suggestions, at least for me. Thanks for the Lily Allen pointer. I was already aware of the Be Good Tanyas, without knowing they had a new record (actually two since I was last paying attention).

This talk of music makes me miss going to see Anton Barbeau in Sacramento.

A4

9:50 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

A4, are you a local? Do I know you?

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, no, I don't know you. I used to live in Davis, but now live on the east coast.

I find it very interesting, however, that our paths have crossed geographically and socially, but not temporally. We've been to some of the same places, and known some of the same people (that you've mentioned here), but not at the same time.

Neat, huh?

9:57 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

But, WAIT! You're a friend of friends, and you're all mysterio and secret? Will you write me and tell me who you are? Who do you know that I've written about?

10:20 AM  
Blogger FAB said...

jens said...
[quote]I loved some of Pluto's songs (I think you had to grow up somewhere near Jamaica to get these). I can't get them on the Internet, but here is my approximation of the lyrics of one song:

If by chance you don't believe this tale
Ask her why she will not fail to agree
I was a better man than he
Just in case she refuse to answer
(totally garbled line)
....for me![/quote]




My version is slightly different to yours.
The garbled line is "ask de maid
downstairs,Agatta
she gonna be glad to testify for me"
I guess Agatta [Agatha?] is the maid's name?

I liked Dat by him too. :)

{Just in case anyone wanted to know}

7:44 PM  

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