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Five Parenthetical Songs (Pt. 1)

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You may have noticed that I'm a big proponent of parenthetical rock (that's music where the best stuff seems to happen within the parentheses). I've long been attracted to the idea that one (Can't Get No) Satisfaction with simply stating what needs to be said. For example, what possible reason could there be for James Brown to record a song called "I Got You (I Feel Good)" when every living person on earth knows it more by its parenthetical aside? (Some things don't have an answer. Don't bother trying.)

It's as if the music industry is one big lottery of chance where you can enter as many times as you like (but some restrictions may apply). What does this all mean? (For reasons unknown, there has never been [to my knowledge] any use of "Footnote" songs, though asterisks are occasionally applied to let you know when something has been "previously unreleased.")

Just by doing a little research (and I mean a little), I was able to come up with more than enough songs to qualify for this column. So, I will from time to time (don't ask me when) jot down the five best (or, heck, the five I think of at that moment ) songs with a heavy use of the parentheses.

I thought I'd start with Bing Crosby himself because it's December and inevitably this guy will be everywhere from the annual showing of The Bells Of St. Mary to endless replays of "White Christmas" (and whatever those other awful songs I dread each year--and for which I am thankful that I do not work in retail.)

"(There'll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin (When The Yanks Go Marchin' In)"--Bing Crosby: Bing Crosby made his living with parenthetical songs. I'm listing a few more as bonus material (don't say I don't deliver if not quality at least quantity). This one has got to be his top number since it begins and ends in parenthesis.

"Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby)": (That's also called PHONETICS.) I love the explanatory note. As someone who is often mistaken for a leprechaun, I can't even begin to figure out what the hell this all means. I have family members who speak of the "old country" fondly. (Even though they've never been there.) Unless the "old country" they're referencing is Newark, New Jersey.

"I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)": One word for you then, EBAY!

"Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)": (Tell me this guy didn't have a future selling soap!)

"(Yip Yip De Hootie) My Baby Said Yes": The usage of non-words in the () works for me. Don't even try to suggest that this is where Hootie of Hootie & the Blowfish fame got his nickname. (That would somehow make things even worse.)

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