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Old 08-11-05, 08:45 AM
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Help identifying a song

I did a Google search with what lyrics I remember, but all that came up was I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. And that is a far cry from the song I'm trying to find.

It is an 80's synth band song - sounds a lot like New Order or When In Rome in its style, and here's some lyrics:

Are we united or are we just two...
and
Smile for the while and let me live (synch-synch) come along and share the goodtimes while we caaaaaaan

There's a blow whistle in the song (wheep-wheep) - the kind of whistle a gym coach would have.

Any idea?
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Old 08-11-05, 09:03 AM
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it is:
I Beg Your Pardon by Kon Kan

I'm stuck in the 80s - what can I say?

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There once was a time and there once was a way
We had something going and to my dismay
Attention to me seemed to drift though I don't know where

And when we're alone seems there's nothing to say
I bring up a topic and you push it away
You say that you do but I think it's just you don't care
Why do I feel you're using me

Are we an item or are we just two
I need some commitments all I ask of you
Your lifestyle can change
Don't be 'fraid what you think's in store

I know what's on your mind you've got lots to lose
Your shallow acquaintances what's there to choose
You won't get too deep even though I'm worth so much more

So think about it carefully

Smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

Do you want to hustle?
Do you want to salsa?

Do you want to hustle?
Do you want to salsa?

If that's how you want it; that's how it'll be
There's no use in trying or making you see
That love don't come easy you don't know what it's about

To get things together won't take any pain
Don't need to see/hear from you ever again
From this day on listen but no more
Please count me out, and you know what I'm talkin' about

Smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I know now's the time that I went to find something new
You know it's your crime that I'm out to find someone too

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Old 08-11-05, 02:23 PM
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...which is a take-off of this early 70's country song by Lynn Anderson:

Rose Garden

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time
When you take you gotta give so live and let live
Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well if sweet-talkin' you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time

[Brief Instrumental Interlude]

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that's what it takes to hold you
I'd just as soon let you go
But there's one thing I want you to know
You better look before you leap, still waters run deep
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I'm talkin' about
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
[Fade]
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time


(I hope Kon Kan gave songwriting credit where it was due)

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Old 08-11-05, 02:34 PM
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Thanks, man! That was quick!!
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Old 08-11-05, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by The_Infidel
(I hope Kon Kan gave songwriting credit where it was due)
Not sure about them issuing proper credits, but they do use Lynn Anderson samples from her original in the song, so I'm guessing they must have.
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Old 08-11-05, 05:18 PM
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Unfortunately, proper credit is not always issued. I think it's given more nowadays then it previously was, but I can give an example of where it's not given.

I'm a big Violent Femmes fan, and and never got into classic rock too much. Well, I was listening to a radio station one day that was playing some classic rock, and the singer of this one song started singing the following words:

"I tell by the way that you swish your walk
I can hear by the way that you baby-talk
I can tell by the way that you treat your man
I can love you baby, it's a crying shame."

I instantly recognized the lyrics as being from the Vilolent Femmes song "Gone Daddy Gone" from their first album, released in 1982. I called the radio station and found out the group who sang the song I heard was Foghat, and it was from the 70's. I checked my Femmes CD, and sure enough, they didn't give anyone else credit except the members of Violent Femmes. I was pretty shocked that someone would take that amount of lyrical content so blatantly from a song and not give proper credit.

(BTW...I may have not gotten those lyrics exactly right, but that's how I remember them off the top of my head when I was typing it earlier. Apologies to any Foghat fans. )

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Old 08-11-05, 08:55 PM
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Never heard that song before... interesting story Infidel ('bout the Femmes).
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