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(Some Guy)   Ever wondered the meaning of Terry Jacks' "Season in the Sun"? Wonder no more: "It was about an old man who was dying of a broken heart because his best friend was screwing his wife," Jacks said   (songfacts.com) divider line
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2019-07-13 4:48:35 PM  
The Kingston Trio did a good English translation of the Jaques Brel song:
KINGSTON TRIO - Seasons in the Sun (Best Version Ever!) 1964
Youtube GLfRtK0oxYE
 
2019-07-13 4:57:22 PM  
No, it was about Terry Jacks' friend who dies of leukemia.

Damn, I know this is Fark and reading TFA is a non-starter, but you really should read at least half of the article before you farking post it.
 
2019-07-13 5:49:46 PM  
Jacques Brel Le Moribond Live English Subtitles - YouTube.flv
Youtube h02pNUKInBo
 
2019-07-13 7:10:28 PM  
No.
 
2019-07-13 9:04:30 PM  
I had a Rod McKuen album. When I was a starving grad student, it became a bet among my friends--we would buy a six-pack (I said I was starving) for anyone who could listen to both sides of that album. No one made it through one side. For complicated reasons (involving Stop & Shop gin) the album ended up nailed to my porch.
 
2019-07-13 11:44:07 PM  

jasonvatch: The Kingston Trio did a good English translation of the Jaques Brel song:
[YouTube video: KINGSTON TRIO - Seasons in the Sun (Best Version Ever!) 1964]


Yeah, I loved that version. Father was a big Kingston Trio fan, had all their records from the original trio.

I was always a folk/rock kinda kid.
 
2019-07-14 1:06:21 AM  
Yeah, I loved that version. Father was a big Kingston Trio fan, had all their records from the original trio.

I was always a folk/rock kinda kid.
 
2019-07-14 2:07:38 AM  
We had joy. We had fun. We had chicken on a bun.
 
2019-07-14 2:24:24 AM  
We had joy. We had fun. We had streakers on the run. But the cops had some guns and they shot 'em in the buns.
 
2019-07-14 2:42:24 AM  
Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

(The 'B' side was slightly better -- it was called "Put The Bone In".  I don't know what it was about, but it wasn't about Leukemia I'm pretty sure.)
 
2019-07-14 2:48:35 AM  
Headline would have been better with llama.

Really obvious where to put it.

-won't headline read again.
 
2019-07-14 3:09:11 AM  
And now I have to repeatedly hit my head with a small hammer to rid my mind of that insipid tune.
 
2019-07-14 3:15:43 AM  
My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."
 
2019-07-14 3:55:22 AM  
Sinatra recorded an entire album of McKuen material. Some of it spoken.  My parents had this on 8-track when I was wee.

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2019-07-14 4:01:34 AM  

Clarence Brown: I had a Rod McKuen album. When I was a starving grad student, it became a bet among my friends--we would buy a six-pack (I said I was starving) for anyone who could listen to both sides of that album. No one made it through one side. For complicated reasons (involving Stop & Shop gin) the album ended up nailed to my porch.


Where did you goto grad school?
 
2019-07-14 6:04:29 AM  

joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.


This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.
 
2019-07-14 6:14:02 AM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."


Eerily similar to me around the same age and time, playing "Delta Dawn" over and over because I didn't feel like changing the record. Mom screamed up the stairs, "PLAY SOMETHING ELSE!"
So I played the flipside.
That 45 disappeared shortly thereafter.
 
2019-07-14 7:02:52 AM  

troyz99: Pop and Miracle Whip: My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."

Eerily similar to me around the same age and time, playing "Delta Dawn" over and over because I didn't feel like changing the record. Mom screamed up the stairs, "PLAY SOMETHING ELSE!"
So I played the flipside.
That 45 disappeared shortly thereafter.


I player Fox on the Run by Sweet over and over. That 45 disappeared for a few years until I randomly found it.
 
2019-07-14 7:09:25 AM  
Seasons In The Sun - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Youtube DXWvb3sDVlo

Here, a more upbeat version.
 
2019-07-14 7:36:13 AM  
We had joy, we had fun, we had finger in the bum.

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2019-07-14 7:51:49 AM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."


Huh. Ya know, I just had an epiphany. When I was a wee little tyke at a single-digit age, I had a cheap little plastic portable record player and a 45 of "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron," which I played relentlessly and obsessively. And then, one day, the record player didn't work anymore. My mom told me I had worn it out from using it too much, and that sounded reasonable to sad little me. And, you know, it still sounds reasonable, because it really was a cheap-ass thing undoubtedly not meant for industrial-strength use, but  now, I wonder...
 
2019-07-14 8:41:57 AM  
Yeah, I knew the original source of the song and knew enough french to understand the lyrics. They are a depressed people.
 
2019-07-14 9:29:54 AM  

Peaceboy: Sinatra recorded an entire album of McKuen material. Some of it spoken.  My parents had this on 8-track when I was wee.

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did he cover this?
Rod McKuen - Celebrity Twist
Youtube yT_HGfvsLbk
 
2019-07-14 10:07:54 AM  

Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.


Michael Murphy gets a pass from me for Geronimo's Caddillac.
 
2019-07-14 10:35:22 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: jasonvatch: The Kingston Trio did a good English translation of the Jaques Brel song:
[YouTube video: KINGSTON TRIO - Seasons in the Sun (Best Version Ever!) 1964]

Yeah, I loved that version. Father was a big Kingston Trio fan, had all their records from the original trio.

I was always a folk/rock kinda kid.


You do of course realize that "Kingston Trio" is an anagram of "STINKING ROOT", right?
 
2019-07-14 11:04:55 AM  

Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.


"Billy Don't be a Hero".

To this day, the only thing that eases the pain is imagining that Billy died of cholera in a North Vietnamese internment camp.
 
2019-07-14 11:10:51 AM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.

"Billy Don't be a Hero".

To this day, the only thing that eases the pain is imagining that Billy died of cholera in a North Vietnamese internment camp.


Did K-Tel ever put out a Monsters of Wimp Rock album? This would be on it, along with Wildfire, Sister Golden Hair, and everything by James Taylor and Loggins & Messina.
 
2019-07-14 11:31:44 AM  

toddalmighty: We had joy. We had fun. We had streakers on the run. But the cops had some guns and they shot 'em in the buns.


Damn. I hadn't heard that gag since '75.
 
2019-07-14 11:49:53 AM  

Group W Bench: Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.

Michael Murphy gets a pass from me for Geronimo's Caddillac.


Geronimo's Cadillac is one of the best songs.
 
2019-07-14 12:47:50 PM  
Back in my "listening to radio" days that's one of the few songs that would actually get me running to the radio to change the station because I hated that horrendous song so much. Still do. That song, played repeatedly, would have to be classified as a torture device.
 
2019-07-14 1:16:01 PM  
much better song than

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2019-07-14 1:32:57 PM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."


I desperately want to believe this.  But then again, I desperately want to not.
 
2019-07-14 1:38:09 PM  
Back in my high school days, any local radio station that had a evening request segment would get swamped with what we would refer to as "Hurtin' Songs".  You know, those tunes that you listen to after a breakup.  Oddly enough for the late 1980s, the main one around here was Nazareth's "Love Hurts".  Right before I reached mental meltdown stage, I found "Hair of The Dog" by the same group.  It's nice when you can get a curse and cure from the same source.
 
2019-07-14 7:20:23 PM  

Pop and Miracle Whip: My repetitious playing of this song back in '74 drove my poor grandmother to madness. When you're nine, you're mostly unaware of what your actions do to those around you. To my poor grandmother, "Seasons in the Sun" was like slow torture and the poor woman was subjected to around one hundred plays over the course of three weeks. All I can remember was the shock of watching her stiff walk into the room, yanking the power cord out of the wall and hearing Terry Jack's voice winding down while singing "it's hard to die when all the birrrrrdddssss arrrrrre ssssssssiinngiiingggg..."  Without ever taking here too wide eyes off me, she broke the plastic arm that held the stack of singles, yanked them all off from the spindle before slamming the lid down on the record player. All I could manage was a fish like gaping. Then she calmly said, "Go play with your Legos."


My mom does not let me forget, to this day (most recently, about 3 weeks ago) that when I was little, I had a record (probably a 45) of a Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck sketch that I played constantly.  It ends up with Daffy stranded in the ocean, and Bugs yells out "Do you want a life boat?" "No!" "Do you want a life vest" "No!" "Well, what DO you want?"  "Food!  I'm starving!".

I have no idea what the rest of the skit was, nor what happened to the record or the player.  It might have been passed onto my younger brother.

Hmmm... Now I must ask my mom.
 
2019-07-14 8:18:10 PM  

dittybopper: Darth_Lukecash: jasonvatch: The Kingston Trio did a good English translation of the Jaques Brel song:
[YouTube video: KINGSTON TRIO - Seasons in the Sun (Best Version Ever!) 1964]

Yeah, I loved that version. Father was a big Kingston Trio fan, had all their records from the original trio.

I was always a folk/rock kinda kid.

You do of course realize that "Kingston Trio" is an anagram of "STINKING ROOT", right?


I do now! Dad would have gotten a chuckle out of that!
 
2019-07-14 8:49:49 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.

"Billy Don't be a Hero".

To this day, the only thing that eases the pain is imagining that Billy died of cholera in a North Vietnamese internment camp.


I guess we're all about the same age. (Though also Mr. Lego up there, the outlier.) These songs were so horrifying and menacing. To round things out, I submit "Run, Joey, Run." Though there could easily be made a list of ten.
 
2019-07-14 9:57:23 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.

"Billy Don't be a Hero".

To this day, the only thing that eases the pain is imagining that Billy died of cholera in a North Vietnamese internment camp.


If you force yourself to pay attention to the lyrics, I think it's more of an American Civil War story.
 
2019-07-14 10:21:12 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: Thong_of_Zardoz: Ed Grubermann: joepennerlives: Great Lord in All His Terrible Glory and Righteousness, how I hated hated HATED this song.

This and that God damned "Wildfire" were the banes of my childhood. My sister loved both of them and would play them endlessly.

"Billy Don't be a Hero".

To this day, the only thing that eases the pain is imagining that Billy died of cholera in a North Vietnamese internment camp.

If you force yourself to pay attention to the lyrics, I think it's more of an American Civil War story.


It's a general anti-war song. The video was set the civil war.
 
2019-07-14 11:18:16 PM  
 
2019-07-15 12:07:47 AM  
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes - Lyrics
Youtube 8YdQBkxf4kU
 
2019-07-15 1:19:30 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Worst Mix Tape EVAR!


Great set for a strip club.
 
2019-07-15 6:29:44 AM  
A what?
 
2019-07-15 9:14:57 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: dittybopper: Darth_Lukecash: jasonvatch: The Kingston Trio did a good English translation of the Jaques Brel song:
[YouTube video: KINGSTON TRIO - Seasons in the Sun (Best Version Ever!) 1964]

Yeah, I loved that version. Father was a big Kingston Trio fan, had all their records from the original trio.

I was always a folk/rock kinda kid.

You do of course realize that "Kingston Trio" is an anagram of "STINKING ROOT", right?

I do now! Dad would have gotten a chuckle out of that!


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2019-07-15 9:44:05 AM  
When I were a wee lad, it was "Billy Don't Be A Hero", "Delta Dawn", "Seasons in the Sun" and "One Tin Soldier". Of those, only "One Tin Soldier" stands as a favorite.

/Listen Children, to a story...
 
2019-07-15 11:37:07 AM  
Let's not leave Gilbert O'Sullivan's masterpiece out of this celebration of the mawkish.

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (original version)
Youtube D_P-v1BVQn8
 
2019-07-15 11:45:32 AM  
I had a friend who, when he got drunk, used to either fight or listen to 'Seasons in the Sun' over and over again and cry.  Fark Terry Jacks.
 
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