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The best song of all time

By maxwell edison ·
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What's your nomination for the best song of all time, and why? Here's mine.

Graham Nash wrote this song for, and/or about, his good friend, David Crosby, who found himself wasting his life (both literally and figuratively) on his way to wherever he was headed. This could certainly apply to a lot of us, and Graham Nash puts the very thought-provoking message to a very catchy tune. Ironically enough, my nomination for the second best song of all time, is one also written by Graham Nash, Teach Your Children.

Wasted on the Way:

[Intro. (Acoustic Guitar and Electric Piano)]

Look around me
I can see my life before me
Running rings around the way it used to be

I am older now
I have more than what I wanted
But I wish that I had started long before I did

And there's so much time to make up everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

[Instrumental (Fiddle)]

Oh, when you were young
Did you question all the answers
Did you envy all the dancers who had all the nerve

Look around you now
You must go for what you wanted
Look at all my friends who did and got what they deserved

So much time to make up everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

So much love to make up everywhere you turn
Love we have wasted on the way
So much water moving underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away
Let the water come and carry us away

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I agree with Sweet Child of Mine

by Computer Dude In reply to Guns N Roses sweet child ...

But don't let Oz here you nominate a song by an American band. He'll probably call you uncultured or something.

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I oculd provide an endless list

by Oz_Media In reply to I agree with Sweet Child ...

Of US bands that were phenominal and actually had talent.

What does any of that have to do with politics?

Again, someone who feels disagreeing with Bush and the Iraq takeover is considered Anti-American everything.

No wonder you all get pigeonholed too.

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The American Band

by maxwell edison In reply to I oculd provide an endles ...

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The American Band was really Grand Funk, who was previously Grand Funk Railroad, who was a real to life "garage band" who made it big, who then went broke, and then made a successful go of it again.

Kidding aside, Oz is right. Music transcends both politics and borders. I'm not crazy about British politics, for example, but two of my top three bands are British. And look at Eric Clapton's influences - American Blues performers.

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That's a long list too Max

by Oz_Media In reply to The American Band

The British bands influenced by Howlin Wolf, BBKing etc. Just look at how many Led zepplin songs are actually covers of old blues tunes. Jimmy Page and Clapton were friends as children, both completely influenced by the US Blues bands of the day.

As far as modern rock, it ALL came form the Blues bands and roots of US music.

Ozzy Osbourne was a huge crooner fan, US crooners of course.

But that's really where the 'industry' began, you are 100% rightin the spearation of music and regional politics. Music is the universal language dating back to the dawn of time, it has no bias, it has no borders.

To quite Shakespeare: "If music be the food of love...play on"

I'll just pretend that CD was on a little defensive tangent there.

I think it was probably him that sent me peer mail complaining about my anti-GNR posts in this thread, if not, whatever.

But like I said, KEEP IT ONLINE! Peer mail is not a discussion group. :)

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Everybody stand back...

by Computer Dude In reply to I oculd provide an endles ...

...and let Oz have another self-induced temper tantrum and nobody will get hurt. I think he may already have a hernia. I'm going to see what I can do to help...

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I do not like this ether

by zlitocook In reply to I oculd provide an endles ...

Again, someone who feels disagreeing with Bush and the Iraq takeover is considered Anti-American everything.

But with the Repubicicans in charge there is no saying no. I voted for Kerry.

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Since you brought up Bush and Kerry - you force me to. . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to I do not like this ether
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Are you blind?

by Computer Dude In reply to I do not like this ether

I never supported the Iraq war. Why don't you read my posts yourself and not form your opinions on what someone else has said.

A mind - get one for yourself.

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Oz needs a hearing aid...

by Computer Dude In reply to I agree with Sweet Child ...

I didn't send you any peer mail. I prefer to argue out in the open.

But OZ obviously has a hearing problem. I've never once defended Iraq war, and I've said I'm not a Bush fan, and he continues to insist that I'm gung-ho about both. I think he wants to believe it so badly, that he's convinced himself of it.

Oz, go back through my posts and give me one freaking example of anything I've said or insinuated that would lead you to believe that I have a problem with people who oppose the Iraq war.

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I'm actually quite shocked Max

by Oz_Media In reply to The best song of all time

I assumed you would have dug up a Beatles tune!

But as for songs, what genre? There are so many, it's like picking a fav band, just can't be done.

But I will say Pink Floyd would be in my TOP list, though not neccessarily THE number one song there's just too many greats, one of the songs NOT included on The Wall CD but only the movie. A young boy (Pink)learnign about the loss of his father after finding a letter home from the military.

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black 'forty four.
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn.
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks held back
The enemy tanks for a while.
And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives.

And old King George
Sent Mother a note
When he heard that father was gone.
It was, I recall,
In the form of a scroll,
With gold leaf and all.
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away.
And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp.

It was dark all around.
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free.
And no one survived
>From the Royal Fusiliers Company C.
They were all left behind,
Most of them dead,
The rest of them dying.
And that's how the High Command
Took my daddy from me.


A couple of key phrases that add so much power to the song and speak voplumes.

"And the Anzio bridgehead
Was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives."

"And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp."

Just a wee tad of dry, bitter sarcasm at what he saw as a senseless waste of human lives. :)

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