Lyrical vocabulary: Return to the '70s

Vocabulary from the ""me" decade". Not "me" though, that's too easy.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. clench
    squeeze together tightly
    When my fist clenches, crack it open/
    Before I use it and lose my cool/
    When I smile, tell me some bad news/
    Before I laugh and act like a fool-"Behind Blue Eyes"
    The Who
  2. feckless
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
    How you get a rude and a reckless?/
    Don't you be so crude and a feckless-"Rudie Can't Fail" The Clash
  3. fray
    a noisy fight
    The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day/
    So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray- "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"
    Warren Zevon
  4. trinket
    cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
    She cracked one day at Cartier/
    When things came to a head/
    They put her trinkets away/
    And wrapped her up instead-" Wish I Were Born in Beverly Hills"
    Alice Cooper
  5. dumbstruck
    so surprised or shocked as to be unable to speak
    Treating me so cruel/
    There you go/
    with your fancy lies/
    Leavin' me lookin'/
    like a dumbstruck fool-"Jive Talkin'" Bee Gees
  6. languid
    lacking spirit or liveliness
    Languid and bittersweet-"Deacon Blues"
    Steely Dan
  7. dissipate
    cause to separate and go in different directions
    Race Relations
    Dispensation-"Pastime Paradise"
    Stevie Wonder
  8. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail
    Perfume came naturally from Paris/
    For cars she couldn't care less/
    Fastidious and precise- "Killer Queen"
  9. muster
    gather or bring together
    She musters a smile/
    For his nostalgic tale/
    Never coming near what he wanted to say/
    Only to realize/
    It never really was/- " What a Fool Believes"
    Doobie Brothers
  10. crestfallen
    brought low in spirit
    I'm crestfallen
    The world of illusion is at my door
    I ain't a-haulin' any of my lambs
    to the marketplace anymore-"Tough Mama" Bob Dylan

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