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U2 feature in worst lyric top ten|
Posted on Tuesday, May 08 @ 09:46:25 UTC by Macphisto
(BBC.co.uk) -- Dublin rockers U2 have lost out to 90s songstress Des'ree in the vote for the worst pop lyric of all time.
The four piece's Elevation track came fifth in the listener poll for BBC6 Music's Marc Riley Show.
However, a line from Des'ree hit song Life which unimaginatively ryhmes ghost with toast was the runaway 'favourite'.
It laments: "I don't want to see a ghost/It's the sight that I fear most/I'd rather have a piece of toast/Watch the evening news."
The second supposedly worst ever lyric was from Snap's Rhythm Is A Dancer: "I'm as serious as cancer/When I say rhythm is a dancer."
Current chart darlings Razorlight came third in the poll they'd presumably rather not have featured in.
On their 2005 hit Somewhere Else, Johnny Borrell sings: "And I met a girl/She asked me my name/I told her what it was."
Other entries in the ten of terrible lyrics, which was counted down on Marc Riley's Monday night programme, included student anthem Champagne Supernova by Oasis: "Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a canonball/Where were you when we were getting high?"
Duran Duran, ABC, Human League and Black Sabbath also got a mention in the poll for which listeners to Riley's programme voted for over three weeks.
Top 10 Worst Pop Lyrics
1 DES'REE - LIFE
I don't want to see a ghost
It's the sight that I fear most
I'd rather have a piece of toast
Watch the evening news
2 SNAP - RHYTHM IS A DANCER
I'm as serious as cancer
When I say rhythm is a dancer
3 RAZORLIGHT - SOMEWHERE ELSE
And I met a girl
She asked me my name
I told her what it was
4 ABC - THAT WAS THEN BUT THIS IS NOW
More sacrifices than an Aztec priest
Standing here straining at that leash
All fall down
Can't complain, mustn't grumble
Help yourself to another piece of apple crumble
5 U2 - ELEVATION
I've got no self control
Been living like a mole now
Going down, excavation
High and high in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
6 TOTO - AFRICA
The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
7 OASIS - CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA
Slowly walking down the hall
Faster than a cannonball
Where were you when we were getting high?
8 DURAN DURAN - IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?
And fiery demons all dance when you walk through that door
Don't say you're easy on me you're about as easy as a nuclear war
9 HUMAN LEAGUE - THE LEBANON
Before he leaves the camp he stops
He scans the world outside
And where there used to be some shops
Is where the snipers sometimes hide
10 BLACK SABBATH - WAR PIGS
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses