Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Turn, Turn, Turn

I think its time to pick on another old song. You see, I like to take songs we are familiar with and hold them under a scrutinous (my word, don’t look it up) microscope to point out just how dumb they are. It’s juvenile and unfair but so is my blog so that’s ok.

Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds

First of all…the Bryds? Hey, the Beatles already did the thing with the twist of a name from a normal creature to use for a rock band. You were just too late!!!

If you haven't heard it before...here's the YouTube link: Turn, Turn, Turn
Careful though...there's a bunch of that damn screaming again...

Now the song does have a nice melody/harmony and all. I have no idea what the difference is between melody and harmony other than they have an o-something-y in them and it has something to do with music.

The guitar playing is good for the time. Look for it on “Guitar Hero 18 – Songs We Have to Resort to Because We’ve Used Everything Else Already” in the future.

It’s the song writing that has me wondering. It sounds like it’s so profound and deep but here’s how I think it went down (and don’t even start with me that this is Pete Seeger’s song and Pete is still alive at 89 and is beyond mocking…). We’re going to pretend it is actually the Byrd’s song and this IS how it all went down:

Roger McGuinn: I want to write a real deep meaningful song

David Crosby: Those have to just come to you. You can’t just sit down and write one.

Roger McGuinn: But nothing is coming to me and we need a hit that doesn’t make us look stupid.

David Crosby: Then just fill it with a bunch of opposites. That always sounds profound.

Roger McGuinn: Opposites? What do you mean?

David Crosby: You know birth-death, plant-reap, kill-heal, laugh-weep, love-hate

Roger McGuinn: Perfect! I’ll give it a shot.

Days go by…

David Crosby: How goes the songwriting?

Roger McGuinn: Not too good. None of it rhymes. It’s hard to make this stuff rhyme!

David Crosby: You need to trick the listener then.

Roger McGuinn: How do you do that?

David Crosby: Add some ridiculous catchy phrase to the end of every song verse.

Roger McGuinn: You mean like: To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn. There is a reason Turn, Turn, Turn?

David Crosby: Perfect. You’re done. The listener will be too mesmerized by the Turn, Turn, Turn and the ying/yang oppisite words that don’t make any sense to realize they’ve been bamboozled.

Roger McGuinn: I’m gonna buy a Porsche with my first million…

20 comments:

Kurt said...

In the 60's, people didn't know yet that things turned turned turned and everything had a season. We know that now thanks to this song.

Maureen said...

Well, the Byrds cheated. They used the Bible for this one...

GC (God's Child) said...

I was just about to say what Maureen said
King Solomon should be collecting royalties

VE said...

kurt - It was so dark and primitive back then. We didn't even have remotes for our TVs!

maureen - Sort of like when George Harrison stole "She's so Fine" to create "My Sweet Lord" and then promptly got sued?

gc - True...but at least King Solomon didn't add some catchy Turn Turn Turn phrase to turn it into a song!

Roy Scribner said...

This song was so successful, I wonder why more bands don't turn (heh) to old religious manuscripts for their material?

Keep up prayer from the declining of the sun till the darkness of the night
Yeah, yeah, yeah
And the morning recitation
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Surely the morning recitation is witnessed
Ohhhhhh, yeah!


It's like screen-scraping an RSS feed - there's nothing to it!

VE said...

roy - Man, you should have been writing everyones songs!!! Let's turn revelations into a Loca-motion type fun song!!!!

bitchlet said...

Readers request: Next post with a song a little more recent.

VE said...

bitchlet - Will do. I'm all over the board when I make fun of songs. My last one was a song from 2007 I believe. The more recent stuff tends to lose a good portion of my readers just because music is so fragmented these days that people tend not to hear a lot of it. I listen to alternative and more core rock so therefore I couldn't relate to RAP or Hip Hop at all. Back in the day though, everything played on the same radio station for the most part.

Jacki said...

Yes, well...that last sentence sums it up. Like many of the "artists" today, they are making millions off of stupid, ridiculous songs. Miley Cyrus, anyone?

Dee said...

it's my contention that these "music genius' " were high all the time and laughing at us because we all loved there songs. I'm sure they had a good laugh after they were done playing .

Megan said...

Isn't the Age of Aquarius over yet?

:)

tackyraccoons.com said...

VE--
What's the Age of Aquarius in dog years? (Turn turn turn.)
--Bunk

Serena said...

I always liked the Byrds. Of course, I am ancient.:-)

Annie Ha said...

this made me think of that bob dylan song, "the lonesome death of hattie carroll," where he ended one sentence in "table" and then didn't know what to do, so he ended the next two in "table" as well. Hey, table rhymes with table, right?

padraig said...

... except, of course, the glaring error that the first million would be spent on mind-expanding drugs instead of a car, excellently done.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

AARGHH. Now I can't get that stupid song out of my head.

justacoolcat said...

For every Byrds song Post Post Post

Quickroute said...

Closely followed by Burn - baby Burn!

MJ said...

I imagine it went like this:

"I am totally out of ideas for songs.."

"Try turning to a random verse in the Bible.."

"Okay... turn... turn... turn... ah, here we go, Ecclesiastes 3...."

:D

VE said...

Jacki – As long as I get my million first…

Dee – Playing is indeed the right word!

Megan – It should be at retirement age by now…

Bunk – Dead! Ha ha ha

Serena – Don’t get me wrong, I did like the music too. Doesn’t stop me from poking fun at them though

Annie ha – Ha! Bob was obviously doing too many drugs for that song!

Padraig – One million…that’s a lot of drugs! I think only Keith Richards could tolerate that much…

Arizona – Could be worse, could be “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…”

Justacoolcat – Excellent…

Quickroute – Pulled right out of the disco era too!

Mj – Ah, that’s where the TURN part came from. Good idea…