I think I already have the winner. It occurs in an otherwise fantastic song--"Africa" by Toto. (Please note, that we're using the word 'fantastic' in a very specific way when we talk about 1980s Pop. Nevertheless, I will happily argue for hours with anyone mad enough to claim that "Africa" is NOT a great song. Because it is. GONNA TAKE A LOT TO DRAG ME AWAY FROM YOUUUUU)
|Toto in the 80s. How I Miss Them. (The Band and the Decade)|
This is not to say, however, that it doesn't contain an absolute disaster of a lyric. I refer, of course to this little doozy:
I know that I must do what's rightI was sure, last time I heard this song that lyric was "as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a LEPRESS above the Serengeti." I'm still not convinced that ISN'T the lyric, but I'm going to bow to the many sites on the Internet that claim it's Olympus. It's still awful. Way too many words have been crammed into the music, the simile is confusing, and the allusion to Olympus only confuses whatever is at stake in the song.
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
All right. That's my submission. The floor is open. I await to hear from all my fellow 80s music loving fans.
Wait, first. I can't help it--this lyric begs to be mentioned right away. This way, we can get it out of the way.
He sees her, he starts to shake and to cough.This should be a reference point for would-be poets on what constitutes a forced rhyme. To pick at just one of the lyric's many many problems--the protagonist of Lolita, Humbert Humbert, is not an old man; he's middle age, at the oldest. Also (need to stop--don't go down the rabbit hole) he is NOT at all embarrassed or ashamed of his love for young women. He revels in it; he would never start to 'shake and cough' on seeing a young girl; that suggest guilt.
Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov.
Man. I'm wondering if we should just limit this discussion to Sting lyrics. Because that is a rich vein to mine.
Anyway, now the floor really is open. Let's hear 'em!