"She will never make me jealous, gives me all her time as well as, loving, don't ask me why."
One of my very favorite lyrics, courtesy of Sir Paul. It was the first lyric that came to mind after talking with my friend, Alan. And today, he is guest blogging. Please welcome, a good man, a great friend, all around cool cat, Mr. Alan Brickman from New Orleans.
There are many things that mark a great song lyric: emotional honesty, universal truths revealed, the perfect put down...and great rhymes! But...how many fundamentally good songs are ruined by the too-obvious clunkers like "moon in June," "love from above." and "Rufus is a doofus." I'm kidding about the last one, but it allows me to segue to my point.
There are many great songs made great by a clever and unexpected rhyme that fits perfectly and seamlessly into the song. Steve Goodman has a boat load of'em, inclduing this gem from "Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request"--
"The law of averages says anything will happen that can/but the last time the Cubs won the National League pennant, was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan."
Bob Dylan probably broke his rhyming dictionary, producing some great ones and some groaners. Jackson Browne gets an honorable menton for stamina in "The Pretender."
"All his hopes and dreams begin and there...junkman pounds his fender...the ice cream vendor...only to surrender...legal tender...heart and soul of the spender."
When he wrote it, he was probably laughing to himself, "I could do this all day."
I propose the Calamine Lotion Awards for great lyric rhymes, named after, of course, the immortal line in The Coasters' masterpiece, courtesy of Leiber & Stoller, "Poison Ivy."
"You're gonna need an ocean...dum, de dum duh dum...of calamine lotion."
And the nominees are....