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Internet Lyrics Rant!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MasterMonkeyMan, Jan 16, 2017.


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  1. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Where do you guys look for ACCURATE lyrics? I was just looking up some lyrics for a song. I know most of the lyrics, there are just a couple of lines that are hard to make out.
    I have to say, this search sure made clear how lame the Internet has become. Someone at some point must've posted a really bad set of lyrics to this song and subsequently every singe lyrics site just picked 'em up, didn't verify and just put then up as "accurate". What a joke. Kinda parallels this "fake news" meme that we have been experiencing lately. Frustrating waste of time.

    If anyone knows "Law of the Land" by the Temptations, go look up the lyrics for a real good laugh. The ones posted don't even make sense in the context of the song.

    When they can't even get a simple line like this correct:
    "You must play your cards on top of the table
    When you gather you either win or lose"

    When you gather? Gimme a break.

    Good grief!!
     
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  2. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    My thoughts exactly! I was hoping I wasn't the only one!

    Example: The Bar-Kays' "Holy Ghost"

    There's a line that clearly says, "This feelin' that sets my soul on fire."
    According to several internet sites, the lyric says, "This feelin' that sucks my soul over." Sucks my soul over?!o_O:rollno:

    Wow. Just...wow. And that's just one example. You best bet nowadays is to find the song yourself and listen carefully. It's bound to be more accurate than relying on internet copycat sites.

    Yeah...I know there are more important things, but I sure wish we'd get out of the unfortunate habit of lowering the bar when it comes to information, even relatively trivial information. Either get it right or don't have a site devoted to it.
     
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  3. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Reno/Tahoe
    "Count the head lice on the highway"

    - Tiny Dancer / Elton John
     
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I am guessing some is just computer recognition The other option is doing it yourself. If you want to take the easy way, that's what you get.
     
  5. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    Scrap that song and do Kenny Roger's "The Gambler." You can figure those lyrics out just by listening.
     
  6. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    I love the liner-notes when they deliver up the lyrics. Getting lines right on the net is a nightmare - at least, it's a starting point. Robots!
     
  7. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Well I can make out about 90% of the lyrics and can't figure out just a few (have listened since the song came out - 1973), u just trying to get a little help from some friends. Not really the easy way out. Quite amazed with how far bad info propagates. Thanks.
     
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  8. Is knowing the exact lyrics that important?
    I worked with one professional vocalist who was always spot on with lyrics and pitch.
    I asked how she remembered all those lyrics. She said she doesn't. A lot of times she'll ad lib
    if she forgets. As long as the words have the same cadence, length and pitch, no one notices.
    I certainly didn't and was impressed.

    Here's a classic ad lib by Ella Fitzgerald. Mack the Knife.
    She completely forgot verse 4 & 5 yet made it sound like it was intentionally written that way...or was it?

     
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  9. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Wow, Liner notes! I remember those. You are showing your age!
     
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  10. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Not really important. It's just been slightly bugging me since 1973. Just one of those things one might expect the wealth of information known as the internet to be able to answer. It often is.
     
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  11. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    This one's from their liner notes - most recent one I've transcribed.


    BRIGHTER THAN GOLD

    by The Cat Empire


    Four steps in the morning
    Two steps in the day
    Three steps in the evening then
    The darkness is ablaze and all the
    Angels, sikhs, and soldiers
    Come step to the parade

    Run out like a cheetah
    Monkey's in the blood
    What a piece of work is man
    Who screams the name of love but all his
    Brothers, cousins, sisters, and others
    Hear is fuzz

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I'm with you
    In the moonlight I'm with you brighter than gold

    Born on the horizon
    Beaming through the sky
    Some have seen what none can dream
    But light calls it a lie and all the
    Sinners, saints, and winners
    Just wink and walk on by

    But Brando's in the forest
    And Nancy's in the flood
    The black swan makes a pirouette
    The gods cry from above, and all the
    Rain keeps falling
    On bare feet in the mud

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I'm with you
    In the moonlight I'm with you brighter than gold

    Come northern lights of Norway
    Come sunrise to the east
    Come wicked witches in the west
    We're southbound with the beat and all the
    Lions, brides, and preachers
    Come down into the street

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I'm with you
    In the moonlight I'm with you brighter than gold.


    (try the net :smug:)

     
  12. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Nice.
     
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  13. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    The name of that song is Tony Danza...
     
  14. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Nice, it is :) Especially when 'the banana makes a pirouette' :woot:
     
  15. whatizitman

    whatizitman

    Sep 9, 2014
    If you know what the lyrics are, why do you need to search the Internet?

    Yer prolly gonna have to copy and paste the lyrics, anyway. Just edit your copy.

    Same goes with tabs, midi files, charts, recipes, programming code snippets, etc... or anything else you google up that ain't quite right.
     
  16. Inky13

    Inky13

    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    How many here remember rewinding a cassette tape a bazillion times trying to figure out what the lyric was? You do? Then you are old.
     
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  17. Robroy

    Robroy

    Jun 21, 2006
    Central Kentucky
    I remember the first time I looked up lyrics on line I was elated. Then I noticed, after a few weeks, that a lot of them are dead wrong. It got to the point where I was beginning to wonder if most of them are created by some guy in South Korea. However, just as one gets a feel for how to use Google to drill into what they need, I sort of got a feel for using the sites to get what I really need. Ultimate guitar can be pretty accurate or not. It really goes for all of them, but some of them have multiple versions of the same song, often changing the lyrics to what they should be.

    BTW, There's a bathroom on the right.
     
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  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    What I generally do is download the lyrics from the on line source, and then listen and make corrections - saves the most time while being as accurate as possible.

    There are also times when I can't figure out all the words...
     
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  19. Biggbass

    Biggbass

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Even if internet lyrics sometimes aren't exactly correct,
    it still beats the heck out of dropping the needle on the record over and over
    to figure out lyrics.
    and always remember, "there's a bathroom on the right"
     
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  20. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Looking up lyrics on what's supposed to be a lyrics site is "the easy way"? People look up information all the time.

    The OP ended up finding out that the sites aren't reliable, but at least he checked it out. There's nothing lazy about that.
     
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