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#1 jamesey

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:02 PM



we could probably re-write and truncate the first verse, or just sing it as it is. Everyone singing "LOS ANGELES IM YOURS" would be pretty cool

There is a city by the sea
A gentle company
I don’t suppose you want to
And as it tells its sorry tale
In harrowing detail
Its hollowness will haunt you
Its streets and boulevards
Orphans and oligarchs it hears
A plaintive melody
Truncated symphony
An ocean’s garbled vomit on the shore,
Los Angeles, I’m yours

Oh ladies, pleasant and demure
Sallow-cheeked and sure
I can see your undies
And all the boys you drag about
An empty fallow fount
From Saturdays to Mondays
You hill and valley crowd
Hanging your trousers down at heel
This is the realest thing
As ancient choirs sing
A dozen blushing cherubs wheel above
Los Angeles my love

Oh what a rush of ripe élan
Languor on divans
Dalliant and dainty
But oh, the smell of burnt cocaine
The dollar and decay
It only makes me cranky
Oh great calamity,
Ditch of iniquity and tears
How I abhor this place
Its sweet and bitter taste
Has left me wretched, retching on all fours
Los Angeles, I’m yours

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#2 RobertTheBruce

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 02:56 AM

Is that Rick Astley?

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

Listening to the Decembrists and standing in 137/138 use completely different parts of my brain. In fact, I'm not totally sure that they even know each other exist. I think singing about "Sallow-Cheeked Ladies" with LARS would make my head explode.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 06:42 PM

It meets the most important criteria of a soccer chant: a song everyone knows.
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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:59 PM

I would sing "Los Angeles, I'm yours". For sure. And the song and video are as real, and as tragic, as the beginning of this season.




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