We Built this City on Rock and Roll

@pgiblett (6619)
Canada
May 28, 2016 6:24am CST
Listening to the radio this morning the song wit this line it was played. I think these words to be one of the greatest metaphors of all time. We know cities don't literally get built of the music playing on the radio, or do they? It could certainly be argued that the builders would have loved rock and roll music, maybe even the architects loved this music, Yes most cities are older than rock and roll music, so the original cities were not built on rock & roll music. Go figure? Yet building a city is more than building the physical constructs, it is about building a community and of course much of our modern communities grew up with rock & roll music, so maybe it is the people that are the heart of the city? What metaphorical song lines do you love?
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@Katlynn (378)
• United States
9 Jun 16
I haven't listened to 'We Built This City on Rock and Roll' for a long time. Thank you for the memory. I love the metaphorical line in 'The Dance' by Garth Brooks - the reference to 'the dance' isn't about an actual dance. 'And now I'm glad I didn't know The way it all would end The way it all would go Our lives Are better left to chance I could have missed the pain But I'd have had to miss The dance
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
I don't know the work of Garth Brooks but I have heard that said before.
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@Macarrosel (7599)
• Philippines
31 May 16
Maybe this one, "Speaking words of Wisdom, let it be."
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
31 May 16
Thank you, sometime simplicity is the wisest course, very true.
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@JolietJake (45302)
• Olney, Illinois
28 May 16
I have that particular album. I think this one is more philosophical that metaphorical, but.. "Today is only yesterday's tomorrow" From Uriah Heep's song 'Circle of Hands'
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
29 May 16
A lot of people would have that album as well. Yes it is philosophical as well, I simply added a few of the thoughts I have had over the years.
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• Preston, England
12 Jun 16
Detroit could be said to owe a sizable chunk of its economy to the music industry - so could Nashville
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
13 Jun 16
That is true, London, New York, Toronto and a few other cities could also make the same claim as well.
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• Preston, England
13 Jun 16
@pgiblett Liverpool too after Beatlemania
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
13 Jun 16
@arthurchappell True, but not one of them has rock and roll as the sole reason for their foundation. Not even Cleveland (where the Rock & Roll hall of fame is located).
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@just4him (99335)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 16
There's a song, I think it's country/western that has a line about a ring of fire.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
13 Jun 16
I have heard that one as well. Although it is probably meant metaphorically it also has practical inferences as well with stunt riders going through a ring of fire.
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@just4him (99335)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 16
@pgiblett I know the first time I heard it, it intrigued me.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
14 Jun 16
@just4him I can't remember the remainder of the song, country really isn't my thing, but the ring of fire stays memorable and always makes me think of Evil Kenevil and the motorbike tricks he did.
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@Ceerios (4765)
• Goodfellow, Texas
13 Jun 16
@pgiblett - Brother Peter - I go for "Stuck a feather in his cap and called it Macaroni." Whereas "love" may be too strong a word to use , I go for that song line because the vast number of people who have voiced that line do not have the foggiest notion of what it is actually describing. It is my sin of pride that causes my enjoyment of that line.
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@Ceerios (4765)
• Goodfellow, Texas
14 Jun 16
@pgiblett - Brother Peter - "Macaroni" was, at that time, a famous and "exclusive" Italian clothing maker. Sticking a feather in his cap was what the pretentious Yankee Doodle Dandy (another insult...) would do to pretend that he was wearing a real "Macaroni." I hope that saves you a lookup.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
14 Jun 16
@Ceerios Now you say I do recollect the Macaroni being a slang for an expensive Italian suit. Insults on songs actually take us dowen another path altogether though.
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@Ceerios (4765)
• Goodfellow, Texas
14 Jun 16
@pgiblett - Brother Peter - One must make a note of this ::: "Down the path we go, noting little, we're so slow.
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@jstory07 (60905)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Jun 16
I actually like that song.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
I like it as well.
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@quantum2020 (8373)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
9 Jun 16
Deacon Blues by Steely Dan. Is the unfullfilled dream of a simple man, living a dull life in the city.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
9 Jun 16
Why is it a metaphor?
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@Susan2015 (19627)
• United States
14 Jun 16
I still hear that song on the radio sometimes. It's a good one.
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
14 Jun 16
I listen to a classic rock radio station based in Toronto so hear a lot of the older music (from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s and enjoy it very much.
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
13 Jun 16
I love that song! Makes me want to go jogging lol
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@pgiblett (6619)
• Canada
14 Jun 16
I get that.
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