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Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Hugh23 » 5/23/2018, 10:21 am

I have always been a big The Tragically Hip fan, so I was naturally drawn to this song. Please tell me what the lyrics are to this part (it isn't published in the CD lyrics insert):

I said New York or Berlin
It's just a Small Town Bringdown, kinda happenin'
With conviction etched upon his face
Like Lenny Bruce or some fucked up ....... ?????

I don't why this line is missing in all lyric sites and the CD insert.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby faninor » 5/23/2018, 12:39 pm

William Blake, I think.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Tinman » 5/24/2018, 1:34 pm

I hear William Blake too. Poet/painter, so i think the lyric fits.

Also, I hear the lyrics as;

This ain't New York or Berlin
It's just a Small Town Bringdown (burn down?), kinda happenin'
he had conviction etched upon his face
Like Lenny Bruce or some fucked up William Blake

I see some some sites suggest the line is not "like lenny bruce", but "Like any verse from some fucked up William Blake". Not sure I agree with that, but it's hard to hear.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Hugh23 » 5/25/2018, 3:13 pm

Thanks for the help and corrections. I like the William Blake reference. I looked him up and I agree his philosophy and writings fit the theme of the song according to what I read. :D
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby xjsb125 » 5/25/2018, 4:30 pm

Just FYI if you look up the audio only tracks on their YouTube page, the lyrics are in the description for each song.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Tinman » 5/25/2018, 8:14 pm

xjsb125 wrote:Just FYI if you look up the audio only tracks on their YouTube page, the lyrics are in the description for each song.


The line in question is missing from the YouTube page.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby OLPManiac » 6/2/2018, 12:47 pm

The line is missing also on lyrics booklet.. :-)
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Hugh23 » 6/12/2018, 7:23 am

I'm only guessing, but I think that line was left off on purpose. The only reason I can think of is Raine knew his kids and other younger fans would read the lyrics insert and see him swearing. (lol)

I know a lot of OLP lyrics, but I can't think of any other songs Raine uses a swear word. Does anyone else know of other examples?
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby xjsb125 » 6/12/2018, 12:45 pm

Dirty Walls, Hello Oskar, Happiness and the Fish, and Dreamland are a few right off the top of my head.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Tinman » 6/13/2018, 9:50 am

Supersatellite too.

I'm still convinced he says "fuck pipe" in Birdman.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Hugh23 » 6/16/2018, 11:14 pm

Thanks, I'm going to listen to those songs again.
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby OLPManiac » 12/9/2018, 6:45 am

Today I was listening to this https://youtu.be/K8R_UhoTIv8 and I read the description, it seems that they put the full lyrics...there is the controversial verse:

"This ain’t New York or Berlin
It’s just a "Small Town Bringdown", kind of happening
Conviction etched upon his face

Like any verses from some fucked up William Blake
He was cloaked in denim head to toe
He traded words like souvenirs in stereo
Something different about this night
Cause it was happening right before our eyes"
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Long Jonny » 12/10/2018, 9:42 am

Maybe it’s just me, but since day one I’ve heard the lyric as:

“Like Lenny Bruce or some fucked up William Blake”
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Re: Lyrics Help: Ballad of a Poet

Postby Driven » 12/10/2018, 3:57 pm

Yeah I’d be shocked if it’s not Lenny Bruce
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