I was listening to an "oldies" channel on the radio the other day and heard a song that I had completely forgotten about and hadn't heard since I was a young boy. The thing is, I used to really like this song and remember playing it on the piano over and over again because I thought it was so good.
But when I heard it the other day, the lyric in the first verse was so hideous I nearly choked on my sandwich from laughing so hard. I guess when you're 10 years old, your perception of lyrical quality is slightly different from that of, oh I don't know - someone who knows crap when they hear it perhaps?
This song then caused me to think about a couple of other songs I think have "laughable" lyrics - in the "they're so bad they make me laugh" sense of the word. So with that in mind, here are my picks for the 3 worst lyrics in any song - the #1 worst being the song I'm speaking of above:
#3 - REO Speedwagon - I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore
And I can't stop this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore,
and throw away the oars, forever
- and -
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby I can't fight this feeling anymore
#2 - Jimmy Webb - MacArthur Park
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees
God help us.
And finally, my #1 pick for most laughable lyrics...
Bobby Goldsboro - Honey
See the tree how big it's grown
But friend it hasn't been too long
It wasn't big
She wrecked the car and she was sad
And so afraid that I'd be mad
But what the heck
Holy crap. What were people thinking? I mean, not only did Bobby Goldsboro write this garbage, but millions of people actually paid money to buy it! Wow.
So now I ask you...
What is your pick for Most Laughable Lyric?