Modern Poetry Edition #18, (Odes!)


In a fairly close race, the Rolling Stones edge LL Cool J for this
MPulitzer. Under My Thumb is perhaps the most popular tune yet 
awarded the coveted prize. Personally I prefer Sympathy for The
Devil, but we tried that once and it lost (to O.P.P. by Naughty
by Nature!). As in life and football, in Modern Poetry it is 
often about the matchups. UMT is a masterpiece of feminist-era
chauvinistic prose that manages to pay homage to the squirmin'
dog object of Mick's affection. It's down to me, the change has come, 
indeed.

Lauded by Camille Paglia and clearly the basis for the 
Seinfeld (upper) "Hand" episode, UMT will live forever in the 
public culture and in the annals of the MP.

Keith, Mick, Ron and Charlie, welcome to the club.

For more results on Odes, check the MP #19, Odes from the ladies

# 18 #
[10/7/04]
**Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Sorry for the Man - Black Uhuru
Lyin' Ass Bitch - Fishbone
Dear Yvette - LL Cool J

**Winner of MPulitzer

The Modern Poetry Staff has been researching the Odes.
Many excellent Odes exist in ancient poetry, Keats'
Ode to a Nightingale and Ode on a Grecian Urn;
Percy Bysshe Shelley did an Ode to a Skylark AND
an Ode to the West Wind; Ben Jonson wrote an Ode
to Himself, and Andrew Marvel's To His Coy Mistress
proves not all Odes must begin their titles with the
word Ode -- it helps though.

No Modern Odes include this literal titling. If they
did you might be reading the Ode to She who is held
down by my thumb, Ode to the fair maiden who sullies
the very name of love, Ode to a Lyin' Ass Bitch (that
one kind of catchy, I admit), Ode to a skank named
Yvette, and Ode to a heartbreaker who make many sorry.

I didn't read any of those ancient ones, at least not
in the last 15 years -- but it does seem all the ancient
one's are somewhat flattering to their subjects. At
the very least they're respectful. Not so the modern
equivalents.

Enjoy. Contemplate. Vote.

These are all odes to the ladies. Next week the women
get even.


Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones (M. Jagger/K. Richards)
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Under my thumb
The girl who once had me down
Under my thumb
The girl who once pushed me around

It's down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb

Ain't it the truth babe?

Under my thumb
The squirmin' dog who's just had her day
Under my thumb
A girl who has just changed her ways

It's down to me, yes it is
The way she does just what she's told
Down to me, the change has come
She's under my thumb
Ah, ah, say it's alright

Under my thumb
A siamese cat of a girl
Under my thumb
She's the sweetest, hmmm, pet in the world

It's down to me
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Ah, take it easy babe
Yeah

It's down to me, oh yeah
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Yeah, it feels alright

Under my thumb
Her eyes are just kept to herself
Under my thumb, well I
I can still look at someone else

It's down to me, oh that's what I said
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Say, it's alright.

Say it's all...
Say it's all...

Take it easy babe
Take it easy babe
Feels alright
Take it, take it easy babe.


You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
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An angelís smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through hell
Chains of love got a hold on me
When passionís a prison, you canít break free

Youíre a loaded gun
Thereís nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done

Shot through the heart
And youíre to blame
You give love a bad name
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name
You give love a bad name

Paint your smile on your lips
Blood red nails on your fingertips
A school boyís dream, you act so shy
Your very first kiss was your first kiss goodbye

Youíre a loaded gun
Thereís nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done

Shot through the heart
And youíre to blame
You give love a bad name
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name
You give love a bad name


Sorry for the Man - Black Uhuru
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Say I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you
Say I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you

There was a time when I used to hold you so tight

There was a time when I used to kiss you goodnight
Giving you all the loving to make you feel all right
But now you're gone for ever
Looking for a love as bright as ever as mine

Say I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you
Say I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you

But you walked out of my life and now you set my life on fire
And thought I know you ain't got no more desire
Now I'm in someone else's arms holding so tight
Trying to see things so right,

And I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you
Say I'm sorry for the man who love a girl like you


Lyin' Ass Bitch by Fishbone
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Lalalala Lalalalala
Lalalala Lalalalala
Lalalala Lalalalala
Lalalala Lalalalala

I knew her and she knew me
When she asks me to introduce him
When I did we were three
Until she tried to seduce him

I really thought our love was much too strong
But that little slut just proved us Wrong
I still care and that's my fatal flaw
Cause sharing you will surely kill us all !!

She's just a...
Lalalala Lalalalala

You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't
You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't
You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't
You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she really doesn't

She swears that her heart's for you
And she swears that her love never ends
She swears that she's all for you
As she messes around with your friends

I really thougth our love was much too strong
But that little slut just proved us Wrong
I still care and that's my fatal flaw
Cause sharing you will surely kill us all !!

She's just a...
Lalalala Lalalalala

You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't
You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she really doesn't

She's just a...
Lalalala Lalalalala

You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't
You're nothing but a little lyin' ass bitch !
You know she says she loves you but you know she doesn't




Dear Yvette by LL Cool J
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Yo Yvette, there's a lot of rumours goin' around
They're so bad, baby you might have to skip town
See something's smellin' fishy and they say it's you
All I know is that you made it with the whole damn crew
They say you're a man-eater during the full moon
Mascot of the senior boys' locker room
They said Yvette walked in, there wasn't too much rap
Her reputation got bigger, and so did her gap
Cuz girl your momma shoulda taught you better
I'mma sit down and write you a long letter.

Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette
Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette

I'm glad you ain't my sister, then again if you was
I'd have to treat you like you was my distant cuz
I'm not a news reporter, I don't mean to assume
What should I think? I seen ya comin' out the men's bathroom
You wasn't in there alone, wasn't usin' the phone
The door was locked for twenty minutes, all I heard was "Moan".

Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette
Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette

I don't really know if the story is so
I can either ask Curly, or Larry or Moe
or Earl, Shabazz, Lou, Mookie or Joe
Like Santa Claus said, you're a ho-ho-ho
In every disco you say hello
Like you're a little angel, but we all know
Since you was eleven you been actin' this way
You always got in bed when you wanted to play
You're a freak, you think you're Lady Godiva
Some freaks are live, but Yvette you're liver.

Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette
Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette

You're a back-seat queen, a elevator pro
A high-powered body makes your Levis grow
See the stories I've heard, they could amaze
I heard she did it on a motorcycle back in the days
So calm down freak, get a G.E.D.
That's a General Education on Decency
One day you'll see, and agree with me
unless you're gonna be a freak until you're 93
For you there's no fee, everything is free
This is from me to you, not you to me
Every night is your night, your leather pants are tight
You try to shake your butt with all your might
I don't really wanna dis nobody
You might think I had a little too much Bacardi
But that's not the problem, the problem's Yvette
How bad can a girl's reputation get?
See she's the kinda girl all the homeboys met
If you're desparate ask Yvette, cuz she'll say "Bet".

Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette
Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette

B-Boys are hard on the boulevard
The Reverend at the church said you was barred
Homeboys on the block love you a lot
You're a real famous freak whether you like it or not
So before you start walking and your beak starts squawkin'
let me explain to you who is talkin'
I'm L.L. Cool J from around the way
You boogie down to my records almost every day
Go a hundred miles an hour when you're standin' still
You're faster than my Caddy when it's goin' downhill
Won't forget that day in the Y.M.C.A.
The guy at the desk said it was OK
for you to come inside cuz he knew you'd stay
Greg G. and Garfield yelled "Hooray"

Dear Yvette -- Dear Yvette