October 21, 2009

Thin Lizzy: Inventing Words

What's the best made-up word, invented for the sole purpose of rhyming in a song? For me, it has to be "own-ee-oh" sung by Thin Lizzy bassist and lead singer Phil Lynott in the excellent "Romeo and the Lonely Girl." The word appears during the chorus: "Oh, poor Romeo / Sitting out on his own-ee-oh." Steve Miller's nonsensical "pompatus" from his staple "The Joker" is worth a mention, however, its invention was for the sake of rhythm rather than rhyme.

Thin Lizzy - "Romeo and The Lonely Girl" (from Jailbreak)

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1 comment:

  1. whew... that guitar-ee-oh solo-ee-oh !!