I'm different and I don't care who knows it
Somethin' about me is
Not the same
I'm different and that's how it goes
Ain't gonna play your goddamn game.
When I walk down the street in the mornin'
Blue birds are singin' in the tall oak tree
They sing a little song for the people
And they sing a little song for me.
Do we all want to be different, and yet also fit in? Maybe, maybe not. The style and perspective on wry narcissism now from yesterday’s postpunk Magazine is certainly a contrast, here the piano the light tread of this Randy Newman number, in which there the songwriter evokes walking down a sunny street with a spring in your step and female backing singer refrain.
Many of Newman’s songs contain a playful irony, and this parody of braggadocio is a crisp example. In fact many of his songs have fooled audiences, particularly in America, where irony finds less of a sure footing, such as his song Short People, which was misunderstood as a cruel depiction. Newman’s sense of humour contains a variety of subtle tones, just like his music, which generally appears upbeat no matter how dark with musical theatre, and also Ray Charles and a major influence. A multi-award winner for his film music, particular You’ve Got A Friend in Me for Toy Story, Newman has a uniquely gentle but satirical voice finding a place in commercial market. So perhaps there’s no irony at all. Or is there?
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