Lyrics Talk:Can't Keep Johnny Down

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The song reminds me of a rhyme I once saw scrawled on a bathroom wall. Started off with: " There once was a Gal named Sally Brown, who swore no man would take her down. " Don't remember the rest of it verbatim,... no doubt a good thing. --Captaincaustic 6 April 2011

"And" vs "but"[edit | edit source]

Thank goodness, it wasn't just me! I was insisting it was "and" and my boyfriend insisted it was "but" and I let him have it. But I just couldn't hear it. Glad someone agrees with me :-) --BlueCanary 18:56, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

I actually think it's neither. I think it's "Really thinks he's better than me." I hear it pretty clearly. I've changed it. It anybody disagrees, feel free to change it back. --Propman 23:57, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Sounds like "and" to me. I hear it very distinctly after jerking around the EQ while looping that portion. I'm sure I'll change my mind after listening to it again... --Captaincaustic 04:42, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

I pretty easily hear Really but it looks like I'm outnumbered. --Propman 06:13, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

"And he" as opposed to "Real-ly"; now you have me hearing it, if you keep listening to it, it can go either way, but to me,"Really" doesn't make as much sense in the context of the verse. --Captaincaustic 13:40, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

The way I was thinking...The sentence starts with "some dude" not "there's some dude" I'll show you how that affects my opinion by filling in what I call "invisible words" with possible ones in parentheses.

1. (There's) some dude hitting golf balls on the moon (with a) bathroom in his pants "and he" thinks he's better than me.

2. Some dude hitting golf balls on the moon (with a) bathroom in his pants "really" thinks he's better than me.

See what I mean? It fits if you look at it that way.--Propman 14:26, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

Looks like my "logic" was wrong. (official lyrics) My case sounded good though! --Propman 10:07, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

It certainly sounds to me like "bet he thinks he's better than me", which makes more sense than "and" and "but" and "really". Here's my logic: If the narrator is saying that Alan Shepard definitely thinks he's better than him, that means Alan Shepard must have met the narrator, which doesn't fit with the story. I think it's more likely that the narrator is talking about the general idea of an astronaut, so why would he be so sure about what a vague idea thinks? The guy's a jerk but I don't think it's been shown that he's so delusional that he'd claim to know exactly what an astronaut who hasn't met him thinks of him; he's merely making a pseudo-educated guess. It just doesn't fit, I say. If the line is "and he thinks he's better than me", then clearly John Linnell hasn't thought about this as much as I have.

Anyway... the person who wrote above me many months ago makes a mysterious mention of "official lyrics", and I don't know what that's about. Oh, maybe lyrics came with the EP? Hmm. In any case, the whole CD is being released real soon so then we'll know for sure how wrong Linnell is.--Mandaliet 15:57, 18 July 2011 (EDT)

Well, the digibooklet that comes with the MP3 version of Join Us has that part listed as "and he". So I guess that's that. Grabbo 16:04, 18 July 2011 (EDT)

Gosh!--Mandaliet 16:06, 18 July 2011 (EDT)