Ever hear an unbeat song with very depressing lyrics?
Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics, The Moody Blues
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We've already said, ... goodbye.
Since you gotta go, oh, you had better go now.
Go now. Before you see me cry.
I don't want you to tell me just what you intend to do now.
How many times do I have to tell you, Darlin'
Darlin', I'm still in love with you now. Whoaaa.
Back in 1965, the Moody Blues were much more of jazzier rockin' blues group than they would later become and were the new English crossover to America find. Although their U.S. Top 10 hit, "Go Now!" had already been a #1 hit in the UK back in 1964, and originally it was recorded in the 1920's by American jazz/blues artists, Bessie Banks (the song is written by Bessie's husband, Larry Banks and Milton Bennett). The song had an obvious upbeat tempo (good dance tune) but is obviously about the depressing feeling someone gets (in the Moody Blues' case, from the perspective of a man) when their lover breaks things off with them, but then won't leave them. And the Moody Blues made it even more poignant with the vocal stylings of then lead singer, Denny Laine and the pounding keyboards of Mike Ponder and the sharp stylings on the tambourine of percussionist Ray Thomas. In the early 1990's, the Moody Blues' version of "Go Now!" got new life when the British TV comedy show, "Splitting Image" used it in an episode regarding the feelings many Brits felt at the time that then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should resign. "Go Now!" was also later recorded by Ozzy Osbourne. Unfortunately, the Moody Blues have been one of those few progressive rock artists of the 1960's and 1970's (into the 1980's and 90's) not to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Submitted by: Peter
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