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  • zabadak
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    Not mentioned as far as I can see - Nirvana - Come As You Are

    "And I swear that I don't have a gun!"

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  • George 1978
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    Not quite an ironic lyric, but something involving Sir Cliff Richard which I thought I would share:

    In 1985 Mike Yarwood did a celebrity "old people's home" sketch for one of his Thames comedy shows, involving Bruce Forsyth and George Burns - the clip was repeated on Thames' End of the Year Show on New Year's Day in 1992 just before they were to hand over to Carlton. Cue Yarwood appearing as a youthful tennis-playing Cliff Richard:

    "How old are you now?" asked one of the other characters.

    "Seventy-eight", replied Cliff.

    Now, the irony is that Cliff is indeed 78 now, and so at the moment, any comedic irony is now lost. Mind you, talking about Sir Cliff, was Bachelor Boy supposed to be ironic about his lifestyle?

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  • zabadak
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    Originally posted by Clare View Post
    In 1986? It's from the film "Highlander" about an immortal chap. Also, Brian May wrote it, I gather.
    Ah yes, I was thinking of The Show Must Go On...

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  • tex
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    There are a whole load of Queen lyrics that are now ironic, especially almost all the words of Who Wants To Love Forever.
    Live not love

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Especially as Queen fan Barry Bulsara (he changed his surname to Freddy Mercury's real surname!) was originally found guilty of her murder.
    It was very controversial at the time, I know that.

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  • Clare
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    Originally posted by zabadak View Post
    "Imagine no possessions," sang John Lennon, while in his huge mansion and surrounded by possessions!
    Elvis Costello alludes to that in "The Other Side Of Sommer". He sings something like, "Wasn't it a millionaire who said 'imagine no possessions'?"

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  • Clare
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    Originally posted by zabadak View Post
    No irony there, he knew he was dying then...
    In 1986? It's from the film "Highlander" about an immortal chap. Also, Brian May wrote it, I gather.

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  • Richard1978
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    I used to mishear "do the fandango" in Bohemian Rhapsody as "do the fan Dando" Very ironic in the long run...
    Especially as Queen fan Barry Bulsara (he changed his surname to Freddy Mercury's real surname!) was originally found guilty of her murder.

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  • zabadak
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    There are a whole load of Queen lyrics that are now ironic, especially almost all the words of Who Wants To Love Forever.
    No irony there, he knew he was dying then...

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  • George 1978
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    Elton John's "Kiss the Bride" is also an ironic title considering that he now has a husband.

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  • George 1978
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    I used to mishear "do the fandango" in Bohemian Rhapsody as "do the fan Dando" Very ironic in the long run...

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  • Richard1978
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    Originally posted by Clare View Post
    Quen's first single was called "Keep Yourself Alive", but Freddie, sadly, didn't.
    There are a whole load of Queen lyrics that are now ironic, especially almost all the words of Who Wants To Love Forever.

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  • zabadak
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    "Imagine no possessions," sang John Lennon, while in his huge mansion and surrounded by possessions!

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  • Clare
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    Of course, "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette, who had several husbands!

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  • Clare
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    Quen's first single was called "Keep Yourself Alive", but Freddie, sadly, didn't.

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