Oh My Oh My

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Oh My Oh My

Postby dreamermusic » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:44 pm

Oh My Oh My,one of the Popular Problems tracks, has THE VERY SAME tune, melodic line, arrangements, chords, pattern, solo....EVERYTHING AS BANJO but the lyrics.

Isn't it a little bit odd to record 2 songs in 2 different records (and one after the other) which differ only in the lyrics?
Wish Cohen has changed everything for Oh My Oh My to have the chance to listen to a new one of his masterpieces!

Judge yourselves!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olgo3xg ... JvPXEq_Smp
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Re: Oh My Oh My

Postby jerry » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:59 pm

dreamermusic wrote:Oh My Oh My,one of the Popular Problems tracks, has THE VERY SAME tune, melodic line, arrangements, chords, pattern, solo....EVERYTHING AS BANJO but the lyrics.

Isn't it a little bit odd to record 2 songs in 2 different records (and one after the other) which differ only in the lyrics?
Wish Cohen has changed everything for Oh My Oh My to have the chance to listen to a new one of his masterpieces!

Judge yourselves!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olgo3xg ... JvPXEq_Smp
The video above is four years old! I'm sure the the song won't sound like Banjo on the new album.
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Re: Oh My Oh My

Postby Mabeanie1 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:59 pm

This is the 2010 Ghent soundcheck version of My Oh My. We all thought that the song had become Banjo. Probably Leonard kept the lyrics and has recorded a new tune, arrangement etc for the Popular Problems version of the song. We will know soon enough anyway.

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Re: Oh My Oh My

Postby RainDog1980 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:42 pm

Just listened back to see if the lyrics are the same.

I feel Pat Leonard's music is does this song so much more justice.
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Re: Oh My Oh My

Postby its4inthemorning » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:11 pm

This is one of my favorite songs on Popular Problems, music and lyrics suit each other perfectly. A short song that won't let go of you.

The lyrics perhaps demonstrate the premise that a good writer can convey his point with a paucity of words. By my count, "Oh My Oh My" is composed of only 29 different words. Granted, many of the lines repeat and the song is not a long one, but 29 is a very small word count! By comparison, another of LC's songs that is also very short, "I Tried to Leave You," has more than twice the word count.

The music is so pretty I thought, "why didn't he add another verse to lengthen it," but I guess he felt that it said all he wanted to say, no more, no less.
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