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Old 12-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #81
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Oh those retched lyrics. Is that the song the guy on the stairs was singing in Animal House when John Belushi smashed his guitar!
I remember him singing "I gave my love a cherry that had no stem...." right before the guitar massacre and the great little "sorry" apology I think Belushi then said. I don't know if that was a real song or just a sendup of all the pretentiously stupid folk songs.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:34 AM   #82
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I remember him singing "I gave my love a cherry that had no stem...." right before the guitar massacre and the great little "sorry" apology I think Belushi then said. I don't know if that was a real song or just a sendup of all the pretentiously stupid folk songs.
That song is basically Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair", based on Old English/Scottish folk songs that have many different lyric variations. They all involve some impossible task.

Scarborough Fair - Folk Song Hisotry of Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel Scarborough Fair

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1. Can you make me a cambric shirt,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Without any seam or needlework?
And you shall be a true lover of mine.

Can you wash it in yonder well,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Which never sprung water, nor rain ever fell?
And you shall be a true lover of mine.

....

If she tells me she can't, I'll reply
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Let me know that at least she will try
And then she'll be a true love of mine.

Love imposes impossible tasks
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Though not more than any heart asks
And I must know she's a true love of mine
A cherry w/o a stem is just a variation.

Here 'ya go (it's actually cherry/no-stone, chicken/no-bones, story/no-end...SMASH, sorry!)



Further edit - Scarborough Fair is close, bit this is it exactly:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riddle_Song



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Old 12-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #83
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A cherry w/o a stem is just a variation.

Here 'ya go (it's actually cherry/no-stone, chicken/no-bones, story/no-end...SMASH, sorry!)


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So it is also an example of a misheard/misremembered lyrics song in my case as I was going from memory and not a Google search. I can even misremember a line about a hammer that had no nail....
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Not sure if they quite qualify as a One Hit Wonder or not; but, darn close in my memory and appropriate for the season, The Waitresses singing Christmas Wrapping:
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:29 PM   #86
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Louie Louie - the Kingsmen


Red Rubber Ball - the Cyrcle


Actually, the Cyrcle had two hits, so not technically a one-hit wonder
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Thought I'd revive this thread, as I was watching a BBC miniseries called Exile (starring John Simm) on Netflix recently, and this song played in one of the segments. It was Tasmin Archer's first single, and the only one of hers ever to chart in the US. She's still making music - her most recent album can be streamed from her website. It makes for good listening.

This song references the Apollo moon missions. When it first came out I really liked it, but assumed it was a relationship song. I wonder how many of us get songs into our heads but don't delve into the meanings of the lyrics?

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Haven't seen these guys mentioned. Think this was released around the time Kansas was making it big. These guys had 3 albums, toured with some big names, but never made it to the "big money".
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Here's a couple more
The Electric Prunes:

and The Seeds:
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