Contrasting Two Songs


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By:  john-russell  •  7 months ago  •  24 comments

Contrasting Two Songs

I'd like to hear if anyone has any thoughts .

"If I Ruled The World" was written in 1963 by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Orandel for a London musical play Pickwick.  It became a solid hit for Tony Bennett on American charts in 1965. 

"Don't Tell Me How To Live" is a 2021 song by Kid Rock. 




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Professor Principal
1  author  JohnRussell    7 months ago

"If I Ruled The World"

If I ruled the world,
Every day would be the first day of spring,
Every heart would have a new song to sing,
And we'd sing of the joy every morning would bring.

If I ruled the world,
Every man would be as free as a bird,
Every voice would be a voice to be heard,
Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred.

My world would be a beautiful place,
Where we would weave such wonderful dreams.
My world would wear a smile on its face,
Like the man in the moon has when the moon beams.

If I ruled the world,
Every man would say the world was his friend,
There'd be happiness that no man could end,
No my friend, not if I ruled the world.

Every head would be held up high,
There'd be sunshine in everyone's sky,
If the day ever dawned when I ruled the world
"Don't Tell Me How To Live"
(feat. Monster Truck)

Fuck all you hoes
Detroit till I die motherfucker
Talking all that bullshit
Ain't nobody gonna tell me how to live

I'm a moonshine sipper straight slipping in the darkness
Far from heartless, I'm more like the sharpest
Tool in the shed, no I never been the smartest
But make no mistake, I hit the fucking hardest
Devil without a cause, you heard me scream it
And twenty years later, bitch I still fucking mean it
Bucka bucka, you ain't never met a motherfucker like this
Kiss my ass then you can suck a dick, sideways
My way or the highway, listen up
Ain't nothing changed here, I still don't give a fuck
So what the fuck's up with all the backlash
You snowflakes, here's a newsflash

Ain't nobody gonna tell me how to live

Years ago, we all thought it was a joke, see?
That every kid got a motherfucking trophy
But yo homie, here's the situation
A nation of pussies is our next generation
And these minions and their agendas
Every opinion has a millennial offended
But this amendment one, it rings true
And if you don't dissent, bitch, then see number two
Ain't nothing new, right church, wrong pew
Get a clue, a crew, your fake news and views
Can all get the bottom of my motherfucking shoe
I'm the last of a few still screaming fuck you

Ain't nobody gonna tell me how to live
Ain't nobody gonna tell me how to live

Oh, I'm gonna soar like an eagle
My wings will carry me away
I've got the heart of a lion
And I get stronger every day

You'll never tell me shit, you'll never flip my script
Because I'm more outrageous than the Vegas strip
You're like Mayberry bitch, I'm hard and crisp
High risk hillbilly but I'm filthy rich
You're like Milli Vanilli, kinda silly and shit
I'm like Shotgun Willie smoking phillies and shit
I'm like Reverend Run or David Lee Roth
Like Springsteen bitch, I'm the motherfucking boss
James Dean, shit, I'm more like Brad Pitt
A little less pretty but I sling more dick
I twang more riffs, I slide through grass
I rip more lines than a ten pound bass
Pass the mic, I'm like sloe gin fizz
It ain't nobody, it ain't nobody

Ain't nobody gonna tell me how to live
Professor Principal
2  Kavika     7 months ago

I favor Tony Bennett's song. It was not a difficult decision.

Professor Principal
2.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Kavika @2    7 months ago

Tony Bennett has advanced dementia and it is reported the only things he can remember now are song lyrics.  Of course he is in his mid 90's and has lived a great life, so that has to be taken into account too. 

Then we have Kid Rock, a piece of shit , semi talented attention ho, polluting the air waves with garbage. 

Anyone got a time machine? 

Professor Principal
2.1.2  author  JohnRussell  replied to    7 months ago

if I didnt listen to it once, I wouldnt know what it is, would I? 

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
2.1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.2    7 months ago

Why would you listen to such trash even once?

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    7 months ago

How many times have I posted on this site a plea to Scotty to beam me back to the early 1950s (but damn it, he's dead).  The kind of shit music that so many people drool over these days makes me sick.  There is only one rap song I ever thought was pretty good, in the movie Hustle and Flow, "It's Hard Being a Pimp".

Buzz of the Orient
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2.1.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.5    7 months ago

These days, to me, THIS is music  -  Hallelujah, written by my favourite singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, sung by the man who IMO has the most beautiful voice in the world, Andrea Bocelli.(link) -> 

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Duck Hawk
Freshman Silent
3  Duck Hawk    7 months ago

Well let's see, Bennett's song is very positive. The other song is all about ME, ME ME,MY, MY,MY. Fuck the rest of you, I got MINE. Very uplifting. (sarc)

Dismayed Patriot
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3.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Duck Hawk @3    7 months ago
The other song is all about ME, ME ME,MY, MY,MY. Fuck the rest of you, I got MINE.

So it's a right wing conservative anthem then, no wonder Kid Rock is a Trump fan.

Professor Principal
3.1.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3.1    7 months ago

I took the Kid Rock lyric as an objection to covid restrictions, among other things. 

Dismayed Patriot
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3.1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    7 months ago

Of course it is. Those who find Kid Rocks song inspiring don't love this nation. They don't love their fellow Americans, they don't love the American ideals of diversity and equality, they love themselves and they are proud of their selfishness, misogyny, ignorance, racism and destructive behavior.

Professor Quiet
3.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3.1.2    7 months ago

While I like some of Kid Rock's songs I don't care for this one. Too much profanity for my tastes.  Based on my upbringing and background, I prefer Tony Bennett's song much more.

charger 383
Professor Quiet
4  charger 383    7 months ago

I would rather live in a world described in Bennett's song than Kid Rock's song

Sparty On
Professor Principal
5  Sparty On    7 months ago

Lol, talk about trying to compare Apples and Atom bombs.

Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
6  Jeremy Retired in NC    7 months ago

So we are comparing 2 different genres of music, from 2 different periods in time.  This would make more sense if we were looking at an original version vs. a cover.  This?  I'll pass on both.  

Professor Principal
6.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6    7 months ago

more like two different eras of america

Sophomore Silent
6.1.1  Gazoo  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    7 months ago

Yep, bennett’s song from a time when America was more conservative.. Kid rocks from now, where liberalism runs rampant like a plague..

Jeremy Retired in NC
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6.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    7 months ago

And to compare them is asinine.  Is this supposed to compare what America was then compared to what it is now?  If so, I'd say the comparison is a flop.  

Junior Participates
6.1.3  GregTx  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.1.2    7 months ago

Right? Like comparing The Four Tops to Tupac...

Professor Quiet
7  Ronin2    7 months ago

Remember when the left was anti-Establishment? That is Kid Rock's song; rebelling against the power of the Establishment.

Not surprising now that the left prefers Bennet's song. It is filled with wishful sentiment, hopes, and dreams of a paradise that will never exist. Which is the place Democrats and the left are at in a fantasy realm pretending the US isn't burning down around them.

Professor Principal
8  CB     7 months ago
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