Monday, March 28, 2011

Dishonesty and Lies: Liar

First lie: This is not Three Dog Night; it's Argent!

Three Dog Night: Liar


Three Dog Night is the only group I know that had three lead singers. (Second lie. As some of you pointed out, there are many groups with 3 lead singers.) It's a testament to how bad my late 60s tween radio quality was—or to how clueless I was—in that I never realized this until much, much later. All I was aware of at the time was how cool I thought they were. Some things never change.

Liar, like most of Three Dog Night's top ten songs, was a cover tune. This one was penned in 1970 by Argent member Russ Ballard. They also managed to make hits out of tunes by Paul McCartney Williams (third lie!) (An Old Fashioned Love Song), a hit from the musical Hair (Easy to Be Hard), Randy Newman (Mama Told Me Not To Come), Harry Nilsson (One), Laura Nyro (Eli's Coming), Hoyt Axton (Never Been to Spain, Joy to the World), and Elton John (Your Song).

I want to be with you as long
As you want me to,
I won't move away,
Ain't that what you said?
Ain't that what you said?
Ain't that what you said?
Liar, liar, liar.

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