From: Olympia, WA
The Oak Ridge Boys were always good. They started in gospel, as did alot of country stars, and then made it big.
I think ballads are my favorites, whether country or western or pop or rock. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "El Paso" (as Chez mentioned), "In the Ghetto," etc. Lots of memorable songs.
But there were ballads that I never figured out. Do songs like "Horse with No Name," "MacArthur Park," and "American Pie" actually have meanings?
I have read that "Horse" is an allegorical tale of recovery from heroin addiciton. Take it for what it's worth.
"Stairway to Heaven" is supposed to be about heroin addiciton going the other way.
And dude, you need to start another game!!!!
Edit: "American Pie" is a history of American rock and roll. The lyrics have been examined line by line in many places, first I think at the time in Life magazine (?) The Day The Music Died was the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly. The Jester is Bob Dylan. Mick Jagger is in there, as well as John Lenin. Look it up on-line. I'm sure there are lots of places which deconstruct the lines. Although nobody can explain how the levee was dry. But it rhymed.
Just looked at the lyrics agian. Girl who sings the blues is Janis Joplin. The devil is Mick Jagger (Jack FLash, Sympathy for the Devil.) The king is John Lenin I think. Sergrants is Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Do you remember the Boo of Love, famous do-wop era song. A White SPort Coat and a Pink Carnaiton is alluded to. Helter Skelter is both the Stones and Manson. The Byrds sang "Eight Miles High." The "scared store" refers to a famous rock venue I think, but I don't know which one--maybe Filmore East?
"February made me shiver: Holly's plane crashed February 3, 1959.
Them good ole boys were ... singing "This'll be the day that I die": Holly's hit "That'll Be the Day" had a similar line.
The Jester sang for the King and Queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean: ID of K and Q obscure. Elvis and Connie Francis (or Little Richard)? John and Jackie Kennedy? Or Queen Elizabeth and consort, for whom Dylan apparently did play once? Dean's coat is the famous red windbreaker he wore in Rebel Without a Cause; Dylan wore a similar one on "The Freewheeling Bob Dylan" album cover.
With the Jester on the sidelines in a cast: On July 29, 1966 Dylan had a motorcycle accident that kept him laid up for nine months.
While sergeants played a marching tune: The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
And as I watched him on the stage/ my hands were clenched in fists of rage/ No angel born in hell/ Could break that Satan's spell/ And as the flames climbed high into the night: Mick Jagger, Altamont.
I met a girl who sang the blues/ And I asked her for some happy news/ But she just smiled and turned away: Janis Joplin OD'd October 4, 1970.
The three men I admire most/ The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost/ They caught the last train for the coast: Major mystery. Holly, Bopper, Valens? Hank Williams, Elvis, Holly? JFK, RFK, ML King? The literal tripartite deity? As for the coast, could be the departure of the music biz for California. Or it simply rhymes, a big determinant of plot direction in pop music lyrics (which may also explain "drove my Chevy to the levee"). Best I can do for now. Just don't ask me to explain "Stairway to Heaven.""
Wow, Moose... you were in Athens during the best fall ever!!! That was my senior year at Georgia - a very fun time.Friends with military IDs were able to get kegs at the Navy Supply Corps School for the cheapest price in town.