Anyone for tennis - by Cream

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  1. gutted

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    Heard this beautiful old Cream song yesterday from 1968. Rather intrigued so looked up the lyrics (see below). But what the heck does it all mean ?

    Anyone for Tennis? (Cream)

    Twice upon a time in the valley of the tears
    An auctioneer is bidding for a box of fading years
    And the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

    And the ice creams are all melting on the streets of bloody beer
    While the beggars stain the pavements with flourescent Christmas cheer
    And the Bentley-driving guru is putting up his price.
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

    And the prophets in the boutiques give out messages of hope
    With jingle bells and fairy tales and blind kaleidoscopes
    And you can tell they're all the same underneath the pretty lies.
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?

    The yellow Buddhist monk is burning brightly at the zoo
    You can bring a bowl of rice and then a glass of water too
    And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
    Anyone for tennis, wouldn't that be nice?
     
  2. Frodo Baggins

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    nice lyrics not a clue of what it means ??
     
  3. Kirko

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    Yeah,its right up there with "I'm so Glad".
     
  4. Dreadeye

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    Kinda like Yes lyrics..........back in the day they made sense, now I just scratch my head and go, "Huh?".

    Guess you had to be there.
     
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    They only made sense if the listener, like the musician who wrote the lyrics, was on some sort of psychedelic drug. Otherwise, it's just Summer of Love meaningless babble.
     
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    Phil, really - a dictionary is not only for spelling. The paragraph following the word is the definition - i.e., it tells you what the word means. Go look up Juxtaposition and Symbolism. Then remember that at the time this was written Arthur Ashe was controversial and tennis players were required to wear white; poverty and inequality were social issues.
     
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    Cypo - I have no idea what you're babbling on about, but if you think Cream lyrics are "poetic" and "symbolic" outside of the context of an LSD trip, then maybe you need to purchase a new dic-shun-aree and look up the word "Pretentious". Or better yet, buy a Bob Dylan album-for a dose of REAL symbolism and lyrical mastery.

    Tales of Brave Ulysses indeed...
     
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    "and the rainbow had a moustache"
     
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    Phil, You've got a lotta nerve (to say you are my friend), you're the one with God on his side, and now I'm crying buckets of tears, though it takes a train to cry. I guess it was a simple twist of fate that brought me to this board. So, go jump down the alley way, I'm all tangled up in blue. And tell me, how does it feel ? 'Cause I break, just like a little girl, but don't worry, any day now, any day now, I shall be released.

    (Boy that was fun !)
     
  10. Phil

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    Cypo - Break like a little girl, maybe, but do you make l-...oh, never mind.

    Good to see that you've taken my (sound) advice and broke out the Dylan. I'm glad that I could be of help in rounding out your education!
     
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    10 songs, and that's all you can think of, typical, typical, typical.

    Actually, I think Ian Anderson is a better poetic lyricist than Dylan.

    Qu'est-ce qui fait que les hommes courent toujours après les femmes, sans aucune intention de se marier ?

    La même raison qui fait que les chiens poursuivent les voitures sans pour autant avoir l'intention de conduire.
     
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    Didn't know that they had random word generators back then.
     
  13. Phil

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    I...I...well, ahhh, that IS all I could think of-at the moment at least. Ian Anderson-early stuff's good, but Dylan is an EPIC storyteller-he goes beyond poetry. Dylan is to Ian as Homer is to, let's say, Robert Frost.

    Oui, mais sur ce qu'incite une femme à continuer à mener des hommes, comme la voiture menant le chien dessus ? La femme de VANITÉ soit nom thy.
     
  14. magiset

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    Catullus is my Homer of address :wink:

    Now compare Jon Ashbery's "Tennis Court Oath" to Cream's "Anyone for Tennis?", look for nostalgic desires imitated through psychological tension. Two pages, due Friday.

    Most people, here, in the deep south, think Jethro (Tull), Homer, and Virgil are common names to give a young-in.
     
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    "Most people, here, in the deep south, think Jethro (Tull), Homer, and Virgil are common names to give a young-in."

    That's funny, Magiset!
     
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    Homer - where'd you get them rosey tipped fingers - what'cha been doing there boy ? You list'n to that Jackson Brown agin ? I done told you about that boy.....
     
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    "In the morning when you rise
    Do you open up your eyes,
    See what I see?
    Do you see the same things
    every day?
    Do you look for a way
    To start the day
    Getting things in proportion?
    Spread the news
    And help the world...
    Around.....

    Have you heard of a time
    That will help us get it
    together again?
    Have you heard of a word
    that will stop us going wrong?
    Well, the time is near
    And the word you'll hear
    When you get things in perspective.
    Spread the news,
    and help the world...
    Around...

    There's a time
    And the time is Now
    And it's right for me
    It's right for me
    And the time is Now.
    There's a word
    And the word is Love
    And it's right for me
    It's right for me
    And the word is Love."


    Seems pretty clear to me...

    ...and I don't do any drugs.
     
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    "...and I don't do any drugs." Says you...
     
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    Never have.
     
  20. Phil

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    Good man-would you like a medal.
     
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    Cypo,

    Jackson Brown Doctor My Eyes. Me's blind :cry:

    Deuce,

    How about:

    Caesar's palace, morning glory, silly human race,
    On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving anyplace,
    If the summer change to winter,Yours Is No Disgrace.

    Shining, flying purple wolfhound, show me where you are...
     
  22. gutted

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    YES magiset. Wonderful stuff. Yous really is no disgrace!

    Ahhh but Jethro Tull and Cream are long time favourites. Still have my first Tull LP and going to give it a thrashing right now.
     
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    The song's pretty much a surreal take on how whilst society is a load of tosh, a simple game of tennis can help forget about it briefly.
     

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