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Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: September 24, 2021 07:28AM
We seem to like music trivia here. Listening to music in the car the other day and a song came on from my youth. I knew the words and as I was alone I sang along. At the end I started to wonder, how many popular songs, as in hit records, had the word 'lumbago' in them?

Paul



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: DP
Date: September 24, 2021 07:41AM
How about "pompetous"?





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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: September 24, 2021 07:42AM
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DP
How about "pompetous"?

Oooh, Steve Miller.

Paul



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 24, 2021 07:56AM
You mean the Madonna song?
"I dreamt all about my lumbago"
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 24, 2021 08:03AM
"Here we all are sittin' in a rainbow
Gor blimey, hello Mrs. Jones, how's old Bert's lumbago? (he mustn't grumble)
(Tweedle-dee) I'll sing you a song with no words and no tune (twiddly-dee)"


Lazy Sunday
by Small Faces

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/24/2021 08:04AM by DeusxMac.
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 24, 2021 08:32AM
Tom Lehrer must get a mention for rhyming Das Lied von der Erde in his song 'Alma' [www.youtube.com]

Alma, tell us!
All modern women are jealous.
Which of your magical wands
Got you Gustav and Walter and Franz?

The first one she married was Mahler,
Whose buddies all knew him as Gustav.
And each time he saw her he'd holler:
"Ach, that is the fraulein I must have!"

Their marriage, however, was murder.
He'd scream to the heavens above,
"I'm writing Das Lied von der Erde
And she only wants to make love!"
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 24, 2021 08:50AM
"Rictus" Frank Zappa Punky's Whips
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: September 24, 2021 08:51AM
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Steve G.
Tom Lehrer must get a mention for rhyming Das Lied von der Erde in his song 'Alma'

Tom can get lots of mentions for his wonderful rhyming but were any top twenty chart entries?

Paul



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 24, 2021 09:11AM
Let’s go old school, ”Be my jellyroll…”



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: September 24, 2021 09:11AM
“Spacehog” as in “I’m a spacehog” in the song “Spacehog” by Spacehog.
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: datbeme
Date: September 24, 2021 09:21AM
Sussudio
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 24, 2021 10:03AM
zircon

Edit: I guess it isn't that rare, 17 results in lyrics or song names.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/24/2021 10:12AM by Filliam H. Muffman.
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: ArtP
Date: September 24, 2021 10:48AM
What rhymes with Orange?

Lots of mentions but so few rhymes
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: August West
Date: September 24, 2021 11:58AM
A little off-point:





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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 24, 2021 12:15PM
"olfactory"



It is what it is.
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 24, 2021 12:17PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
"olfactory"

Didn't Bruce Springsteen have a song where "they're closing the olfactories down"?
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 24, 2021 12:52PM
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Steve G.
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N-OS X-tasy!
"olfactory"

Didn't Bruce Springsteen have a song where "they're closing the olfactories down"?

Billy Joel "Allentown"

/pedant
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 24, 2021 12:54PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
zircon

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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 24, 2021 01:12PM
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Lux Interior
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Filliam H. Muffman
zircon

...encrusted tweezers!

Gleaming in the moonlight at night

Pygmy pony
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 24, 2021 01:25PM
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Acer
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Steve G.
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N-OS X-tasy!
"olfactory"

Didn't Bruce Springsteen have a song where "they're closing the olfactories down"?

Billy Joel "Allentown"

/pedant

thanks!
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: September 24, 2021 01:56PM
I thought George using “opaque” in the song “Think for Yourself” was pretty cool for a mid-60’s pop song.



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 24, 2021 01:56PM
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Steve G.
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N-OS X-tasy!
"olfactory"

Didn't Bruce Springsteen have a song where "they're closing the olfactories down"?

LOL! Close enough!



It is what it is.
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 24, 2021 03:48PM
I have only heard one song that used "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: DewGuy
Date: September 24, 2021 05:11PM
Not sure if the song counts as "popular", but the album was. Seldom used words, Clementine, rendezvous, c'est la vie mesdames et messieurs, Mediterranean, jollification, tres Charmant, Valentino, omnibus, casino, facial, sensational...

Seaside Rendezvous by Queen

Seaside, whenever you stroll along with me
Merely contemplating what you feel inside
Meanwhile, I ask you to be my Clementine
You say you will if you could, but you can't
I love you madly
Let my imagination (run away) with you gladly
A brand new angle highly commendable
Seaside rendezvous
I feel so romantic, can we do it again?
Can we do it again some time (I'd like that)
Fantastic, c'est la vie mesdames et messieurs
And at the peak of the season
The Mediterranean
This time of year, it's so fashionable
I feel like dancing in the rain
Can I have a volunteer?
(Just keep right on dancing)
What a damn jolly good idea
It's such a jollification as a matter of fact
So tres Charmant, my dear
Underneath the moonlight
Together, we'll sail across the sea
Reminiscing every night
Meantime, I ask you to be my valentine
You say you'd have to tell your daddy if you can
I'll be your Valentino
We'll ride upon an omnibus and the casino
Get a new facial
Start a sensational
Seaside rendezvous, so adorable
Seaside rendezvous, hu-u-u
Seaside rendezvous, give us a kiss
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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: JoeM
Date: September 25, 2021 06:05AM
ob-la-di ob-la-da

The phrase \"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da\" is from the Yoruba tribe (Nigerian) and it means \"life goes on\", a phrase used frequently by conga player Jimmy Scott, whom Paul had met. After Paul used the phrase Scott wanted a royalty, however Paul insisted that it was a common phrase.

And while we’re at it: barrow?



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Re: Rarely used words in popular songs
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 25, 2021 09:43AM
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Steve G.
Tom Lehrer must get a mention for rhyming Das Lied von der Erde in his song 'Alma' [www.youtube.com]

Alma, tell us!
All modern women are jealous.
Which of your magical wands
Got you Gustav and Walter and Franz?

The first one she married was Mahler,
Whose buddies all knew him as Gustav.
And each time he saw her he'd holler:
"Ach, that is the fraulein I must have!"

Their marriage, however, was murder.
He'd scream to the heavens above,
"I'm writing Das Lied von der Erde
And she only wants to make love!"

Is it bad that I know who that song is referring to? Books and some papers from her collection were acquired for the university library I used to work for and in the closed collection handled by the department I was part of. I got the task of inventorying it when they decided to move the collection to storage.
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