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Duranie Homework: Top 15 Best Lyrics

This blog post is beyond late. On top of having plans for the afternoon, I had a lot of errands to run and needed some much recovery from an intense week. This meant that I didn’t try to put pressure on myself about when this post would be written and posted. This lack-of-pressure resulted in a very tardy blog.

As I was driving home from a lunch meeting, I found myself thinking about that gold package. My thoughts turned to those lyric posters and t-shirt. Typically, Duran Duran merchandise focuses more on the band’s visuals, be it an album cover or group photo. This time, though, the merch focused on the band’s words, the lyrics. I like this idea as I am finding myself more and more drawn to lyrics over other elements of the band’s music. When I was a kid, I probably focused way more on Simon’s vocals. Then, as an adult, I appreciated the musical balance between all instruments. Lately, though, words have drawn me in. As I realized this, I wonder if it wouldn’t be fun to examine lyrics more. What if we did some homework? Now, the next question would be about what exactly the assignment is.

As I pondered the idea, I decided that I could either make it easier or more challenging. While I am sure that there are many Duranies who are up for a challenge, I wonder if more people would participate if it is on the easier side. I chose the easier version, knowing that we could always do the tougher later. Here are the details:

Assignment: Determine the best Duran Duran lyrics! List 15 Duran Duran songs that you believe have the best lyrics. It is up to you to determine what best means. Could a song have great verses and a terrible chorus or vice versa? That is up to you. Could it be a side project song? A solo song? Again, that is up to you. Could you pick a song that has just a really great one liner? Sure. You may decide to put them in order of the best, second best, etc. but you don’t have to.

How To Turn It In: As always, you may provide the list of the 15 best lyrics either by emailing us (dailyduranie@gmail.com) or through private messages on social media.

When Is It Due: All lists need to be “turned in” by Saturday, May 11th!!! After I receive all the lists, I will compile and share. I’ll probably give my thoughts, too!

I, for one, am looking forward to this homework and combing through some Duran lyrics. What about the rest of you? What do you think?

-A


Hold Onto This LIfe of Chains

If someone asked me the soundtrack of my life, I absolutely would say, “Duran Duran,” for more than the obvious.  It isn’t just because I write a blog about being a Duranie or because I have been a fan for so long.  No, I would say that because it seems like so many songs have just hit home whenever I am going through whatever life has thrown at me.

For example, the song, Before the Rain, completely expressed what I was feelings during the winter of 2010/2011.  “On the bomb ticks that is my heartbeat, In every life-flash, In every car crash, I hear the silence waiting to fall,” really spoke to me as I waited for my grandma to pass away.  The life flash lines reminded me of someone’s last breath.  The silence following a death is real.  Do I know what the song means or what Simon was writing about when he wrote it?  Absolutely not.  That is how I interpreted those lines when I was visiting my grandma and talking to hospice about how the end would be.  

I appreciate that Duran lyrics are open enough to be interpreted and that I can and have connected with them emotionally.  This week, I found myself connecting or reconnecting to another song.  In this case, the song was “Chains.”  In case you all have forgotten the lyrics, I posted them below:

An hour since the sundown
The ghosts are creepin’ in
Are gathering around me
Like starlings in the wind

Dark shapes gather round

Voices like my brother’s
Are whispering to me
But I don’t know these others
Who want to set me free

Come home you’re out of time

But the life cannot let go
It’s a chain cuts across my soul
Anchoring in this world

I put my hand into the flame
Burning but I feel no pain
Don’t speak, don’t speak my name
Hold on to this life of chains

The door is standing open
But I’m too tired to be afraid
My whole life’s in this moment
I’ve been fighting all the way

Just need a little more time’

cause the life just can’t let go
It’s a chain cuts across my soul
Anchoring in this world

This song spoke to me this week on multiple levels.  First, I thought it fit well for my dad.  Early Tuesday morning, my dad woke up in horrendous pain.  It was so bad that by 3:30, my parents called 911.  By 7:30, my dad was taken in for surgery.  Thankfully, surgery was successful but it was pretty scary for awhile.  After a few days in the hospital, not only is he better but he is already back home.  (Yes, he is amazing and he did not hesitate to tell people that he is not a “normal 80 year old” so his recovery would be way faster than expected.)  That said, these song lyrics still fit.  Those first couple of verses could definitely describe death, “dark shapes gather round.”  Being set free could be about no longer experiencing pain or the suffering that life brings.  Yet, my dad fought.  Life could not let go.  He definitely held onto to his life.  Now that we are settling into recovery time, we know that had he not had the surgery, he would have died within a week.  Thankfully, he got the right kind of help and quickly and that he was “anchored in this world.”  

On another level, the song lyrics felt fitting to my own life.  While this week has been my “Spring Break,” it has been anything but.  On top of responding to everything going on with my dad, I had other responsibilities that I had to tend to.  The campaign that I have been managing will be determined on Tuesday.  We had last minute tasks to complete along with the final forums and canvasses to reach as many voters as possible.  If all this stress was not enough, I have had a ton of grading to do due to not doing a lot of work related to school during evenings and weekends over the past month and a half.  As I sat in the Intensive Care Unit waiting for my dad to come up from surgery, while answering messages about the campaign while grading, I truly felt like I had hit my breaking point.  I can handle a lot of stress and working non-stop for months on end but even I have a moment when it all becomes too much.  Then, as I drove home later, this song came on.  I do put my hand in the flame a lot.  I make my life tougher for reasons that I believe in with every fiber of my being.   Sometimes, like now, when I’m really struggling, I question myself and my choices but I know that my choices, my work has not only led me to where I am but I believe has made an impact beyond myself (or so I like to believe!) As I realized this, I know that “I’ve been fighting all the way,” and will keep fighting.  As much as I want to throw it all away when it becomes too much, I know that I’ll “hold on to this life of chains.”  It is who I am.  

As I listen to this song in the car, not only did my heart swell a little as I teared up some, but I also found myself taking a deep breath and sitting up straighter.  I felt stronger just by acknowledging who I am and what I’m about.  For this, I thank Duran Duran for keeping me going and making me stronger in one of the hardest weeks of my life. 

-A

I know what it is coming over ya

Get in the system

Alright friends, it is time to get real. True confession time! My confession for today is that I never fell in love with “Danceophobia”.

I’m waiting for all of you to get over your shock. It’s okay. Take your time. I can be patient.

As difficult as that might be to come to terms with, it is true. Danceophobia is not on my “most played” list, even after I heard that Dom had writing credit on the song. For several months after the first listen, I only had to hear the first opening chord and I’d hit “skip”. I just couldn’t force myself to cringe my way through it, so I didn’t. Eventually, I started listening to the complete album to get the full experience, rather than skipping around.

Trying to get to you

As the muted sound for Danceophobia would begin, discomfort would settle into the pit of my belly. I’d have to fight the urge to turn up the volume because the sound was muted (I’d already made that mistake several times prior, nearly having my eardrums explode before remembering Duran’s cute little “trick” with first muting and then bringing the volume back to normal). Then I’d force myself to plow my way through it, trying to find something likable about the song.

The more I listened to it, the more I realized that the music itself wasn’t the issue. The lyrics are cheeseball and pretty cringy, but I’ve heard worse and still bobbed my head in time to the beat without a problem. Truthfully, I didn’t mind the music at all. It’s catchy, in it’s own sticky-sweet, popcorn ball sort of way. So what was my problem?

Look around

I can remember when that fateful picture of Nick and Simon with Lindsay and her sister first graced the internet. I was appalled. Why on earth would Duran Duran pick Lindsay, of all people on the planet, to do the voiceover for “The Doctor”? It was so gross. I saw it as a fairly blatant, desperate attempt to stay in the news. (I’m sorry!!) People certainly talked about the picture – Lindsay herself posted it on Instagram, and for whatever reason – people still follow her like she’s some sort of god. For a few weeks, that picture seemed to be everywhere. I still screw up my face and make squinty eyes whenever I think about it. I just couldn’t understand why this band needed Lindsay of all people. Wasn’t there anyone else with a throaty voice who could pull off the part?!?

I doubled down on my dislike when Lindsay appeared with the band at the O2 in London, and wasn’t quite able to remember all the words…and again in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, when once again she was a little stumped. I just didn’t get the hype.

You don’t dance

I think that in the back of my mind, I knew there had to be a good reason why Duran Duran wanted Lindsay on that album, and I definitely wasn’t buying Simon’s story that they were friends and that she texted him asking to be on the album. It all seemed just a bit too contrived for me to believe. Maybe the band wanted to attract more male fans by having her appear. (Really though??) Was Lindsay really attracting THAT many more first time listeners? In my mind – she was a fairly washed-up American actress (I use that word lightly). Sure, she had followers. However, were they following because they really adored her? Or, were they following because they were voyeurs, wanting to witness the next time Lindsay fell down? I felt, and still feel, it’s the latter.

At some point, I gave up asking myself questions and just went with it. I couldn’t figure out their line of thinking, but I didn’t think I’d ever really get it. Until yesterday.

Sometimes, one has to take a step back away from a painting to really see the big picture. And other times, we need somebody else to point out the obvious. I needed both.

Am I getting through to you

During a friendly discussion about Paper Gods, the topic of Danceophobia came up. I immediately admitted that it was my least favorite on the album. I explained my feelings about the song, and didn’t think much of it until someone offered up a reason I’d never considered for Lindsay’s appearance.

“Maybe she’s supposed to make you cringe. The idea of her being a doctor is incredibly ironic”


Wait, did you just use my favorite word?? IRONY.

The fact that she hasn’t really been relevant or “cool” in over a decade was never lost on me….but did the band know that? Maybe so. I thought about how she still has so many followers, and yet I was convinced the majority of people were simply just there waiting for the next “show”. Even the way the song begins so uncomfortably quiet – like you’ve got to sit up and take notice that it’s different – began to make more sense. It was as though the possibility existed that the band was trying to use Lindsay as a perfect example of a Paper God, and I missed the entire point.  

I am your doctor

To say I’m a little embarrassed wouldn’t be wrong. I don’t know why I didn’t think about this angle before now. I kind of feel like I should have listened more in school….

Duran Duran is a thinking band. Amanda and I have talked about that at length, and we’ve written about it on this blog many times over the years. The messages, and even the laughs and jokes are always hidden. If you think the video to Is There Something I Should Know is really about the military, for instance; or that Rio really IS just about a river in North America…or even that the video for Falling Down is ONLY about models in rehab, you’ve missed out on 90% of the message, and nearly 100% of the bands humor.

It is the same reason I chuckle when people tell me that Simon only writes about sex…”because that’s what he’s said in interviews for years.” (True, when he is avoiding questions about what his lyrics are about….)

You may be experiencing feelings of confusion

So, the next time you listen to “Danceophobia”, think about the irony of someone like Lindsay Lohan being brought in – someone who has had worldwide gossip paper notoriety and has millions of followers, to be “The Doctor”. Yet she hasn’t really been relevant beyond the crosshairs of the public eye for a long time, and I have to think the band knew that. While I don’t believe they purposely set out to make fun of Lindsay – I do think they may see her celebrity as a great example of what the word “Paper God” really is. When I think about the song in those terms, it makes so much more sense, and I can completely understand its placement on the album.

Paper is thin, is fragile, and can be destroyed easily. What is newsprint one day, becomes trash the next. I can think of several celebrities who have faced similar fates over the years, Britney and Lindsay among them. The irony of having someone with that sort of background (earned or otherwise) as “the doctor” makes far more sense.

We can beat this thing

I hang my head in shame only because I should have seen that coming. I was off my game and they got me good.

Bring it, boys.

-R


Fear Today, Forgot Tomorrow

One aspect of Duran Duran’s songs that I appreciate is how the meaning of their songs can mean different things to each individual person and can be interpreted in multiple ways even to the same person over time.  Even songs that seem obvious in terms of what they mean can be seen from different perspectives.  One song like that is Ordinary World.  We all know that the lyrics are about the loss of Simon’s friend, which means that the song can be easily applied to any situation of grief.  For me, personally, I have never listened to the song to deal with my own grief, but I have used the song to deal with what life has thrown at me.  For instance, I remember listening to the song when I had first moved to Madison.  I didn’t know anyone and was trying to figure out how this whole adulthood worked.  Needless to say, I needed to find my ordinary world.

Now, I find myself listening to the song in a new way.  If you are in the United States, I’m sure you know that Tuesday is Election Day.  While I have been working hard to ensure that candidates I support win, the reason for this is as much about the people themselves and my desire to find an ordinary world.  Since 2016 and even 2010, I feel like my ordinary world left me.  Here’s the deal.  The results of elections affect people.  They have consequences.  They did for me and they have for people I care about, including my students.  I feel like Simon in that the life that I recognized went away.  I am seeking a new less terrifying world, one in which people are not attacked for who they are, what they do for a living or how they want to find happiness and opportunity.

The thing about the song, Ordinary World, is that it seems to speak about a moment in which a life marker is placed, something to show something significant happened.  There is life before and life after.  That is how I feel about both 2010 and 2016.  The end of 2010 and 2011 was tough with family deaths and challenges at work and with work.  You know what got me through?  Duran Duran.  They helped me find as normal, as ordinary of a world as possible.  I had something to focus on that eased the pain, the grief.  Unfortunately, I did not have as much Duran related activities to distract, to help me get through since 2016.  Sometimes, I am thankful that I can just focus on my activism and what needs to be done.  After all, what happens in my community, state, country and world matters a lot to me and I refuse to be a spectator.  That said, having some fun helps give me the necessary breaks to keep going, to keep fighting.

Thankfully, I do have a few Duran related events that I can now look forward to.  I have a couple of shows in February and I suspect that Rhonda will be announcing that it looks like we will be able to plan for a mini-Durandemonium for February in Vegas.   Stay tuned for details.  All that said, I’ll be really excited if it feels like my ordinary world can return.  Tuesday will tell.  (If you live in the United States, please VOTE people.  I strongly believe that this is the most important election in my lifetime and your voice matters.)

-A

Words to Images: Next Set of Daily Questions

Tomorrow will be the last day that the daily question will focus on Duran Duran lyrics.  Over the last few months or so, our questions have asked fans about which songs feature the best lyrics and then what are those fabulous lyrics.  Let me offer a recap of the results.  First, what song has the best lyrics on each album, according to our voters?

  • Self-titled:  Careless Memories
  • Rio:  New Religion
  • Seven and the Ragged Tiger:  The Seventh Stranger
  • Notorious:  A Matter of Feeling
  • Big Thing:  Do You Believe in Shame
  • Liberty:  Serious
  • The Wedding Album:  Ordinary World
  • Medazzaland:  Out of my Mind
  • Pop Trash:  Someone Else Not Me
  • Astronaut:  What Happens Tomorrow
  • Red Carpet Massacre:  Falling Down
  • All You Need Is Now:  Before the Rain
  • Paper Gods:  What Are the Chances
  • B-Sides:  Secret Oktober

Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t stop to analyze those results.  First thing I noticed when I glanced at these results is how often more of the ballad-type songs were chosen as the ones with the best lyrics.  Some examples of that include the Seventh Stranger, Do You Believe in Shame, Ordinary World, Falling Down, etc.  The other way to say that is the more upbeat or rockier songs were often not chosen with the exception of Careless Memories.  The second thing I noticed is that frequently the songs chosen were the most well-known songs from the album.  There are many examples of this like Someone Else Not Me, Serious, and Ordinary World.  My last big observation is probably the most interesting one.  Over time, people have talked about Simon’s lyrics and how they used to be really obscure and poetic.  Frequently, that statement is followed by the idea that those types of lyrics are missed.  Many of those songs were not not chosen.  For instance, the Chauffeur wasn’t chosen.  There are a lot more poetic lyrics than Someone Else Not Me on the Pop Trash album, in my opinion.  It seems to me that people prefer those lyrics that they can relate to easily.

Let’s take a look at the lyrics chosen from those songs:

  • Careless Memories:  “On the table, signs of love lies scattered”
  • New Religion:  “I might just be right this time (searching for the undeniable truth that a man is just a fool)
  • The Seventh Stranger:  “Echoes growing in the heart of twilight”
  • A Matter of Feeling:  “Steal away in the morning, love’s already history to you”
  • Do You Believe in Shame:  “And it may seem selfish now but I’ll hold on to the memory until all this fear is washed away”
  • Serious:  “Don’t worry if you’re confused, we all tend to be sometimes”
  • Ordinary World:  “Still I can’t escape the ghost of you”
  • Out of my Mind:  “Without you what’s left to believe”
  • Someone Else Not Me:  “The hardest thing is to let go”
  • What Happens Tomorrow:  “There are times we punish those who we need the most”
  • Falling Down:  “Why has the sky turned grey”
  • Before the Rain:  “Lost hearts and words that are spoken to the wind”
  • What Are the Chances:  “Is it out of choice that you’re next to me or just the aftermath of moments as they pass”
  • Secret Oktober:  “And smile when the butterfly escapes the killing jar”

As of right now, we don’t know what lyric will be decided to be the best.  There are three lyrics left that people are choosing from, including the favorite lyric from Do You Believe in Shame, What Happens Tomorrow or the Seventh Stranger.  It will be interesting to see which one will win.

After that, we need to make a shift.  We have been focused on words for a long time.  It is time to appreciate the visual, the image, the videos.  While we have asked about favorite videos before, this time, we want to know which video is the sexiest, the funniest, the most clever, etc.  What should we ask when it comes to the videos?  Is there a question we should be asking?  If so, please let us know.  I, for one, am looking forward to the next set of questions!

-A