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Remeber the old songs with teens killing themselves or dying? What a weird period in music. Here is one:

Patches

Dickie Lee

Down by the river that flows by the coal yards.

Stands wooden houses with shutters torn down

There lives a girl everybody calls Patches

Patches my darling of Old Shanty town.

We plan to marry when June brought the summer

I couldn't wait to make Patches my bride

Now I don't see how that ever can happen

My folks say ?No,? and my heart breaks inside.

Patches, oh what can I do?

I swear I'll always love you

But a girl from that place will just bring me disgrace

So my folks won't let me love you.

Each night I cry as I think of that shanty

And pretty Patches there watching the door

She doesn't know that I can't come to see her

Patches must think that I love her no more.

I hear a neighbor tellin' my father

He said a girl name of Patches was found

Floating face down that dirty old river

That flows by the coal yards in Old Shanty Town.

Patches, oh what can I do?

I swear I'll always love you

It may not be right, but I'll join you tonight

Patches I'm coming to you.

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Got any?

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Another example:

The Shangrila's The Leader of the Pack back to LYRICS index

Is she really going out with him?

Well, there she is, Let's ask her.

Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing? Mm-hmm

Gee, it must be great riding with him

Is he picking you up after school today? Uh-uh

By the way, where'd you meet him?

I met him at the candy store

He turned around and smiled at me

You get the picture? (yes, we see)

That's when I fell for

The leader of the pack.

My folks were always putting him down (down, down)

They said he came from the wrong side of town

whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?

They told me he was bad, But I knew he was sad

That's why I fell for The leader of the pack.

One day my dad said, "Find someone new"

I had to tell my Jimmy we're through

Whatcha mean when ya say that ya better go find somebody new?

He stood there and asked me why, But all I could do was cry,

I'm sorry I hurt you

The leader of the pack.

He sort of smiled and kissed me goodbye

The tears were beginning to show

As he drove away on that rainy night

I begged him to go slow

But whether he heard, I'll never know

Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!

I felt so helpless, what could I do?

Remembering all the things we'd been through

In school they all stop and stare, I can't hide the tears, but I don't care

I'll never forget him

The leader of the pack

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

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Dead Man's Curve

dead man's curve lyrics by jan and dean

From the album yellow magic orchestra

I was cruisin' in my Stingray late one night,

When an XKE pulled up on the right

He rolled down the window of his shiny new Jag,

And challenged me then and there to a drag

I said "You're on buddy -- my mill's running fine,

Let's come off the line now at Sunset and Vine

But I'll go you one better, if you've got the nerve,

Let's race all the way -- to Dead Man's Curve"

(Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play

(Dead Man's Curve) you'd best keep away

(Dead Man's Curve) I can hear 'em say:

"Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve"

The street was deserted late Friday night;

We were buggin' each other while we sat out the light

We both popped the clutch when the light turned green,

You shoulda heard the whine from my screamin' machine!

I flew past La Brea, Schwab's and Crescent Heights,

And all the Jag could see were my six taillights

He passed me at Doheny then I started to swerve,

But I pulled her out and there we were - at Dead Man's Curve

(Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play

(Dead Man's Curve... [sounds of skids and crashes] )

(Spoken): "Well, the last thing I remember, Doc,

I started to swerve

And then I saw the Jag slide into the curve

I know I'll never forget that horrible sight,

I guess I found out for myself that everyone was right"

Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve...

(Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play

(Dead Man's Curve) you'd best keep away

(Dead Man's Curve) I can hear 'em say:

"Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve"

(Dead Man's Curve) is no place to play

(Dead Man's Curve) you'd best keep away

(Dead Man's Curve) I can hear 'em say:

"Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve" (fade)

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Notes from this Californian (JayDeeBee1@aol.com): This song's ill-fated drag

race takes place along L.A.'s famed Sunset Boulevard. "Vine," "La

Brea,"

"Crescent Heights" and "Doheny" are cross streets;

"Schwab's" is the

legendary drug-store-with-soda-fountain where movie stars hung out (since

torn down; but nicely depicted in the 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard"). Jan

Berry's (of Jan & Dean) near-fatal car crash (April 1966) ironically happened

on Sunset Boulevard, but further west than the locations mentioned in this

song; near Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills

Without Coffee

I Would Have No Personality At All

I'm Not A Complete Idiot Some Parts Are Missing

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http://users.cis.net/sammy/billyjoe.htm

Ode To Billie Joe

( Bobbie Gentry )

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day

I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was balin' hay

And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat

And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet"

And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"

"Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas

"Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"

"There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"

And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow

Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge

And now Billy Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe

Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show

And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?

"I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"

"I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"

"And now you tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"

"I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"

"That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"

"Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"

"He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"

"And she and Billy Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe

And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo

There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring

And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything

And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge

And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge

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Timothy

The Buoys

(Rupert Holmes)

Trapped in a mine that had caved in

And everyone knows the only ones left

Were Joe and me and Tim

When they broke through to pull us free

The only ones left to tell the tale

Were Joe and me

Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?

Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?

Hungry as hell no food to eat

And Joe said that he would sell his soul

For just a piece of meat

Water enough to drink for two

And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig

And then there's some for you."

Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you

Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?

I must have blacked out just around then

'Cause the very next thing that I could see

Was the light of the day again

My stomach was full as it could be

And nobody ever got around

To finding Timothy

Timothy...

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Timothy! ha, good one. That is one sick song.

Good thread Dot...I just happen to be doing an oldies countdown on the radio tonight so I'm loving this thread.

"The Stroke" by Clarnece Carter is another good song. The lyrics are nasty, but trust me it's a good one.

corrydj

NEVER KICK A COW CHIP ON A HOT DAY!!

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Oh my! What a cheery subject to bring in the New Year! icon_smile.gif:)--> Teenage tragedy songs.

There was a song called " Last Kiss" that was redone by Pearl Jam

Billy Idol did a cover of "Endless Sleep" (originally done by jody reynolds in the 50s)

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Cory DJ

So glad to see you one of my favorite posters!!!

Happy New year!

Yeah, Rottie - strange stuff.

Onegod

That Timothy thing was weird -- eating him and all...

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Here is one:

Seasons In The Sun( Terry Jacks )

Goodbye to you my trusted friend

We've known each other since we were nine or ten

Together we climbed hills and trees

Learned of love and A B C's

Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Goodbye my friend it's hard to die

When all the birds are singing in the sky

Now that the spring is in the air

Pretty girls are everywhere

Think of me and I'll be there

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the hills that we climbed were just seasons

Out of time......

Goodbye Papa please pray for me

I was the black sheep of the family

You tried to teach me right from wrong

Too much wine and too much song

Wonder how I got along.

Goodbye Papa its hard to die

When all the birds are singing in the sky

Now that the spring is in the air

Little children everywhere

When you see them I'll be there.

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the wine and the song like the seasons

Have all gone.

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the wine and the song like the seasons

Have all gone.

Goodbye Michelle my little one

You gave me love and helped me find the sun

And every time that I was down

You would always come around

And get my feet back on the ground.

Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die

When all the birds are singing in the sky

Now that the spring is in the air

With the flowers everywhere

I wish that we could both be there

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the stars we could reach

Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the stars we could reach

Were just starfish on the beach

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the wine and the song like the seasons

Have all gone

All our lives we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

But the hills that we climbed were just seasons

Out of time......

We had joy we had fun

We had seasons in the sun

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Dang CoryDJ

I just looked that up and it is one nasty nasty song - girl. Whhheeeeww, I need to take a shower after reading it!

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EL PASO

(written and performed by Marty Robbins)

from the 1959 Columbia LP, GUNFIGHTER BALLADS & TRAIL SONGS, CL 1349

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso

I fell in love with a Mexican girl

Nighttime would find me in Rosa's cantina

Music would play and Feleena would whirl

Blacker than night where the eyes of Feleena

Wicked and evil while casting her spell

My love was deep for this Mexican maiden

I was in love, but in vain I could tell

One night a wild young cowboy came in

Wild as the West Texas wind

Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing

With wicked Feleena, the girl that I loved

So in anger

I challenged his right for the love of this maiden

Down went his hand for the gun that he wore

My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat

The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Just for a moment I stood there in silence

Shocked by the foul, evil deed I had done

Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there

I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran

Out where the horses were tied

I caught a good one, it looked like it could run

Up on its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as

I could from the West Texas town of El Paso

Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless

Everything's gone in life, nothing is left

It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden

My love is stronger than my fear of death

I saddle up and away I did go

Riding alone in the dark

Maybe tomorrow a bullet will find me

Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart

And at last here

I am on the hill overlooking El Paso

I can see Rosa's cantina below

My love is strong and it pushes me onward

Down off the hill to Feleena I go

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys

Off to my left are a dozen and more

Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me

I have to make it to Rosa's back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel

A deep burning pain in my side

Though I am trying to stay in the saddle

I'm getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for

Feleena is strong, and I rise where I've fallen

Though I am weary I can't stop to rest

I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle

I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Feleena has found me

Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side

Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for

One little kiss and Feleena, goodbye

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A personal favorite:

Artist: Dinning Mark Lyrics

Title: Teen Angel Lyric

- Collector's Choice Music MSD 35800

- peak Billboard position # 1 in 1960

- Words and Music by Jean Surrey & Red Surrey

Teen angel, teen angel, teen angel, ooh, ooh

That fateful night the car was stalled upon the railroad track

I pulled you out and we were safe, but you went running back

CHORUS

Teen angel, can you hear me?

Teen angel, can you see me?

Are you somewhere up above

And I am still your own true love?

What was it you were looking for that took your life that night?

They said they found my high school ring clutched in your fingers tight

CHORUS

Just sweet sixteen, and now you're gone

They've taken you away.

I'll never kiss your lips again

They buried you today

CHORUS

Teen angel, teen angel, answer me, please

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"She Moves Through The Fair"

My young love said to me

My parents won't mind

And my father won't slight you

For your lack of kind

Then she stepped away from me

And this she did say

"It will not be long love,

till our wedding day".

She stepped away from me

and she moved through the fair

and fondly I watched her

Move here and move there

Then she went her way homeward

with one star awake

As the swan in the evening

moves over the lake

The people were saying

no two were e'er wed

But one had a sorrow

that never was said

She went her way homeward

with her goods and her gear

and that was the last

that I saw of my dear

I dreamt it last night

That my dead love came in

So softly she moved

That her feet made no din

Then she came close beside me

And this she did say

"It will not be long love,

till our wedding day".

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Donch' just love Celtic stuff...

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Ya see that Celtic is the essence of rok n roll and that country music is the perversion of celtic and that yoddling is the

predecessor to oprahhh singers and that disco is a John Travolta/Frank Sinatra look alike,,,

uh oh... have i dgressed from the intent and purpose of this thread

whoops

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I suppose the youngsters were in love and for some reason the lover girl passed beyound the barrior reef and her hubby to be misses her and finds her real in a dream of life in sleep or something like that...

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Who knows why these type of songs are written...

could it be loss of heart that keeps on???

Song

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See the tree how big it's grown

But friend it hasn't been too long it wasn't big...

And I laughed at her and she got mad...

The first day that she planted it 'twas but a twig...

Did I say twig??...Who said twig???...I'm not goin' to no twig.....

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Dig It Up - Hoodoo Gurus

Dave Faulkner

My girlfriend lives in the ground.

My friends ask why she's not around,

She won't come home.

I'm so alone (you'll never know!).

You can't bury love,

You've gotta dig it up.

Yeah, you've gotta live it up.

I take her flowers each day.

I place them over her grave.

I want her back

Because I look so bad, so bad in black

(Like a maniac)

You can't bury love,

You've gotta dig it up,

Yeah, you've gotta live it up.

Please, darling, come home to me.

Well, I'll make you so happy, you will see!

I'll paint your room

In pink and blue

(I'll even choose the colour scheme for you!).

You can't take away my love

I'll never give it up!

Yeah, I'm gonna dig it up.

(Don't!)

(Don't! I Don't want to know!)

My girlfriend lives in the ground.

My friends, you ask me why she's six feet down,

I can't tell you why 'cos if I even try

I'd fall down flat on my face

And I'd cry, "You can't take away my love!"

I'm gonna dig it up!

I'm gonna live it up, yeah,

I'm gonna dig it up, dig it up.

I'm never gonna stop

With that loving cup.

Gotta fill it up.

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Laurie (Strange Things Happen)

Dickey Lee

Last night at the dance I met Laurie

So lovely and warm

An angel of a girl

Last night I fell in love with Laurie

Strange things happen in this world

As I walked her home she said it was her birthday

I pulled her close and said,

"Will I see you anymore?"

And suddenly she asked for my sweater

And said that she was very very cold.

I kissed her goodnight at her door and started home

Then thought about my sweater

And went right back instead.

I knocked at her door

And a man appeared

I told him why I'd come

And he said,

"You're wrong, son

You weren't with my daughter

How can you be so cruel to come to me this way?

My Laurie left this world on her birthday

She died a year ago today."

A strange force drew me to the graveyard

I stood in the dark I saw the shadows wave

And then I looked and I saw my sweater

Lying there upon her grave

Strange things happen in this world.

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Is shannon a dog? They talk about a shady tree?

"Shannon" By Henry Gross

"Another day is at end

Mama says she's tired again

No one can even begin to tell her

I hardly know what to say

But maybe it's better that way

If Papa were here I'm sure he'd tell her

Shannon is gone

I heard she's drifted out to sea

She always loved to swim away

Maybe she'll find an island

With a shady tree

Just like the one in our backyard

Mama tries hard to pretend

That things will get better again

Somehow she's keeping it all inside her

But finally the tears fill our eyes

And I know that somewhere tonight

She knows how much we really miss her

Shannon is gone

I heard she's drifted out to sea

She always loved to swim away

Maybe she'll find an island

With a shady tree

Just like the one in our backyard"

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