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Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann


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One of my all time favourites - 'Blinded by the Light' but never could understand the lyrics, here they are under the video.

 

 

 

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Madman drummers bummers,

Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat

In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat

With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older,

I tripped the merry-go-round

With this very unpleasin', sneezin' and wheezin,

the calliope crashed to the ground

The calliope crashed to the ground

But she was...

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I go what it takes

She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong,

play the song with the funky break"

And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe outside

And little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride

Asked me if I needed a ride

But she was...

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light

She got down but she never got tired

She's gonna make it through the night

She's gonna make it through the night

But mama, that's where the fun is

But mama, that's where the fun is

Mama always told me not to look into the eye's of the sun

But mama, that's where the fun is

Some brimstone baritone anticyclone rolling stone preacher from the east

Says, "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in it's funny bone,

that's where they expect it least"

And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner,

watching the young girls dance

And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone, reminding him of romance

The calliope crashed to the ground

But she was...

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light,

revved up like a deuce,

another runner in the night

Blinded by the light

Madman drummers bummers, Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat

In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat

With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older,

I tripped the merry-go-round

With this very unpleasin', sneezin' and wheezin,

the calliope crashed to the ground

Now Scott with a slingshot finially found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand

And some bloodshot forget-me-not said daddy's within earshot save the buckshot, turn up the band

Some silicone sister with a manager mister told me I go what it takes

She said "I'll turn you on sonny to something strong"

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Funny you should say that Algy, only the other day Mrs G and myself were both trying to work out what the heck they were saying. For “reved up” we heard wrapped up but it was the deuce that we couldn’t quite get. Anyhow a quick Google on the subject explains the record is certainly top of the pops when it comes to confusing people so it’s not just us!

 

Bill :)

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Isn't American Pie supposed to be about the death Buddy Holly? (The day that music died) :unsure:

 

found this -

 

Talking about how he composed this song when he was a guest on the UK show Songbook, McLean explained: "For some reason I wanted to write a big song about America and about politics, but I wanted to do it in a different way. As I was fiddling around, I started singing this thing about the Buddy Holly crash, the thing that came out (singing), 'Long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.'

 

go here -

 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1193

 

It gives a line by line interpretation of the words to American Pie

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Isn't American Pie supposed to be about the death Buddy Holly? (The day that music died) :unsure:

 

found this -

 

Talking about how he composed this song when he was a guest on the UK show Songbook, McLean explained: "For some reason I wanted to write a big song about America and about politics, but I wanted to do it in a different way. As I was fiddling around, I started singing this thing about the Buddy Holly crash, the thing that came out (singing), 'Long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.'

 

go here -

 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1193

 

It gives a line by line interpretation of the words to American Pie

 

Some good although ambiguous explanations regarding the meanings of the song!. :unsure:

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Isn't American Pie supposed to be about the death Buddy Holly? (The day that music died) :unsure:

 

found this -

 

Talking about how he composed this song when he was a guest on the UK show Songbook, McLean explained: "For some reason I wanted to write a big song about America and about politics, but I wanted to do it in a different way. As I was fiddling around, I started singing this thing about the Buddy Holly crash, the thing that came out (singing), 'Long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.'

 

go here -

 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1193

 

It gives a line by line interpretation of the words to American Pie

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Isn't American Pie supposed to be about the death Buddy Holly? (The day that music died) :unsure:

 

found this -

 

Talking about how he composed this song when he was a guest on the UK show Songbook, McLean explained: "For some reason I wanted to write a big song about America and about politics, but I wanted to do it in a different way. As I was fiddling around, I started singing this thing about the Buddy Holly crash, the thing that came out (singing), 'Long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.'

 

go here -

 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1193

 

It gives a line by line interpretation of the words to American Pie

 

 

Although it starts off about Buddy Holly it carries on as a vague & cryptic commentary on the sixties.

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Blinded by the Light, to me, is Bruce's way of explaining what its like to become a big musical star. Revved up like a deuce( deuce coup - fast car). At least thats how I see it.

 

As far as American Pie - I can relate to this song so much - I see it as how he saw the world and how it was changing around him. The sixties and early seventies, with the hippie ideal, turned out to be not what he thought it would be(nor what most people thought it would be).

 

But these are my opinions. :rolleyes:

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