captpackrat: (Cold Weather)
Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel.

"Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain;
Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I shall see him dine, when we bear them thither. "
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together;
Through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather.

"Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer. "
"Mark my footsteps, my good page. Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly. "

In his master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod which the Saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.
captpackrat: (I voted for Kodos!)


The time had come to elect a President,
And all the famous candidates thought they were heaven-sent.
They screamed and raved and pounded their hands above their hearts,
But soon their noble promises were hard to tell apart.

Waiting at the pumpkin patch, a dog sincere and brave,
And everybody hoped that soon the country he would save.
The pumpkin said, "The day has come for you to take a stand
For love has left the people across our native land."

Some wear the sign of the elephant,
And some wear the sign of the mule,
But we'll hold the sign of the beagle high,
And love will shine right through.

All the politicians, they swore he couldn't win,
But Snoopy only shook his head and flashed his famous grin.
He jumped into his faithful friend, the Sopwith Camel plane,
And bounced around the countryside from Washington to Maine.

Some wear the sign of the elephant,
And some wear the sign of the mule,
But we'll hold the sign of the beagle high,
And love will shine right through.

New York State was lookin' bad till Snoopy made a speech.
Soon Illinois and Tennessee were both within his reach.
He won the vote in Oregon but time was growin' thin,
And back at the convention hall, the votes were pourin' in.

Snoopy smiled his way into the hearts of everyone,
But when the votes were counted up, they found he needed one.
The winning vote for Snoopy came when a stranger raised his hand.
Snoopy turned, the stranger spoke, "Mein friend, vee meet again!"

Some wear the sign of the elephant,
And some wear the sign of the mule,
But we'll hold the sign of the beagle high,
And love will shine right through.

'39

Dec. 13th, 2011 08:02 pm
captpackrat: (Gadget Spacesuit)
A lot of people wonder about the Queen song '39.

"In the year of '39, assembled here the Volunteers in the days when lands were few.  Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn, the sweetest sight ever seen.  And the night followed day and the storytellers say that the score brave souls inside, for many a lonely day, sailed across the milky seas, ne're looked back, never feared, never cried."

A lot of people think the song is set in 1539 or 1639.  Nope.  It's not about a sailing ship.  This song is actually about a spaceship, and is set in 2039.

"In the year of '39 came a ship in from the blue, the Volunteers came home that day.  And they bring good news of a world so newly born, though their hearts so heavily weigh.  For the Earth is old and grey, little darlin' well away, but my love, this cannot be.  Oh, so many years have gone, though I'm older but a year, your mother's eyes, from your eyes, cry to me."

They left in '39 but return in '39.  2139, 100 years later.  The Volunteers have been traveling at near the speed of light, and because of time dilation, have only aged a single year while 100 years have passed on Earth.


Now if only someone would explain Seven Seas of Rhye to me.
captpackrat: (MLP Lazor)
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captpackrat: (Music Machine)
If you speed up Jimi Hendrix's Third Stone from the Sun, from 33-1/3 to 45 RPM, an interesting hidden dialog appears at the beginning of the song.

Star fleet to scout ship, please give your position.  Over.
I am in orbit around the third planet of star known as Sun.  Over.
May this be Earth?  Over.
Positive.  It is known to have some form of intelligent species.  Over.
I think we should take a look.


captpackrat: (Sims Firestorm)
Weird Al's latest album, Alpocalypse, is available from Amazon for $3.99 for the MP3 album!  Offer expires at midnight Pacific time!

http://www.amazon.com/Alpocalypse/dp/B0055DOV66/
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
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"We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" always gives me goosebumps.
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
I installed the latest versions of Shazam Encore and SoundHound Infinity on a Motorola Xoom.  I then selected 50 songs with varying degrees of obscurity, played them back one at a time and asked each app to identify it.  I tried to use the same segment of the song for each app, usually the very beginning.  If it couldn't identify the song from the beginning, I fast-forwarded to the chorus and tried from there.

Shazam properly identified 31 of the songs, claimed it could not identify 19 and made no incorrect guesses.
SoundHound properly identified 32 of the songs, claimed it could not identify 10, and made 8 incorrect guesses.

SoundHound was much faster when it was confident about a song, but slower if it wasn't sure.  SoundHound was able to identify the most obscure stuff more often than Shazam, but it also made a number of mistakes while Shazam made no errors.  SoundHound crashed once during the test; Shazam performed flawlessly.


For those who want more information about the songs used and the specific results I present this handy chart behind the cut )
captpackrat: (Milhouse Rat Mouth)
Ever wonder what the Chipmunks sounded like when they hit puberty?

The Real Witch Doctor.mp3

While screwing around with this song I noticed that the second and fourth lines of the chorus actually end with "walla walla bang bang", not "bing bang"
captpackrat: (Camera)
captpackrat: (Cold Weather)
[Poll #1660995]
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.  I really like the sound of the Lowrey organ and tamboura.  It has a wonderful psychedelic tone to it.
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
Waltzing Matilda is probably the most famous song to ever come out of Australia.  Contrary to popular belief, it is not their national anthem (that is Advance Australia Fair).  There is no official version, this one is the version used by the Seekers.


Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree.
He sang and he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Matilda, my darlin',
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
He sang and he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."



Swagman = itinerant worker or journeyman
Billabong = an oxbow lake formed by a river changing course
Coolibah tree = a type of eucalyptus
Billy = a makeshift kettle

Matilda is slang for a swagman's swag, or bundle, containing his possessions.
Waltzing is slang for traveling as a journeyman.
Thus waltzing Matilda is to travel with a swag

A traveling journeyman camped under a eucalyptus tree
along side a lake and started boiling water, probably for tea.



Well, down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong;
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
He laughed as he stowed the jumbuck in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Matilda, my darlin',
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
He laughed as he stowed the jumbuck in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."



Jumbuck = an unshorn sheep
Tucker-bag = a bag for carrying food

A sheep came up to the lake to get a drink and the journeyman caught it, presumably butchered it, and placed the meat in his food bag.



Well, up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred;
Up rode the troopers -- one, two, three.
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Matilda, my darlin',
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."



Squatter = a person who raised livestock on land he did not own.  Over time, a squatter could gain control of the land and become wealthy.
Troopers = policemen

A squatter, presumably wealthy because he can afford a thoroughbred horse, rides up with 3 policemen and accuses the journeyman of stealing his sheep, a capital offense at the time.



Well, up jumped the swagman and jumped into the billabong;
"You'll never take me alive," said he.
His ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Matilda, my darlin',
You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.
His ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."



The journeyman had little chance of escaping from 4 men on horseback, so he jumped into the lake and drowned.  His ghost haunts the lake afterward.
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
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The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) was originally recorded by Simon and Garfunkel, but I think the Harpers Bizarre version is a lot better.

captpackrat: (Music Machine)
I was listening to the Irish folk song Gilgarry Mountain (aka Kilgary Mountain, aka Darlin' Sportin' Jenny, aka Whiskey in the Jar).  The chorus goes:

Musha rig um du rum da
Whack fol the daddy o
Whack fol the daddy o
There's whiskey in the jar


Anyone here know what this means?  Google doesn't help much; I've found only two references to a possible meaning.  One person though it was some kind of nautical slang, but I'm fairly well versed in naval terminology, but I've never heard of anything remotely similar.  Another person thought it sounded like drunken Gaelic for "the work of the Devil".
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
I bought my copy of ELO's album Time long ago, before the re-release in 2001.  The version I purchased was identical to the original LP release in 1981; the 2001 version included as bonus tracks 3 songs that were cut from the original album.  I hunted these songs down on YouTube just to see what I was missing.  I didn't care much for "The Bouncer" (and I couldn't see where that would fit into the album) or "When Time Stood Still", but I really loved "Julie Don't Live Here".  It's a shame the song was cut from the original album, as it would have added considerably to the story.

The album Time, of course, is about time travel.  A man is brought from 1981 to the year 2095.  "Julie Don't Live Here" would have been roughly midway through the album, probably right after "The Way Life's Meant To Be".  It's about the protagonist trying to find his old girlfriend and coming to the realization that everything from his past is gone.  This is really a major turning point in the narrative and I can't understand why it was ever dropped.




I wander through the town
A town I knew so well but it seems so strange
The wind blows cold
I remember when I thought your street was paved with gold
I walked along the street
A street I walked along many times before
The things have changed
Everything I ever knew was gone or rearranged

CHORUS:
Julie don't live here anymore
(Julie don't live here anymore)
She moved away many years before
(Julie don't live here anymore)
How can it be, this I can't believe
Julie don't live here anymore

I walked up to your door
Last night I saw your face in the window
But it was different now
The lonely light where we used to be quite gone

I thought about your smile
Your laughing eyes and the things you said to me
I felt so sorry for you
For all the nights we spent hanging around with nothing else to do

CHORUS

CHORUS

Julie don't live here anymore
Julie don't live here anymore
Julie don't live here anymore
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I refuse to listen to Metallica ever since they sued Napster.  (On the other hand, I went out and bought the latest Mötley Crüe album when they did an animated video in support of Napster.)  I used to use Napster to find new music, and if I like it, I'd go out and buy the CD.  Since Napster got shut down, I've bought a lot less music.
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
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While I do listen to some fairly obscure music, like Bruce Haack, I doubt he's going to suddenly become popular, and even if he did, I'd still listen anyway because I like it.
captpackrat: (Music Machine)
This is some of the greatest guitar work of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tsYe4hdONY

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