13th Street, There’s No One Like You

Some things talk to me in English.

Some in French.

Others in Spanish.

A few in German.

Such is life.

I know it isn’t Friday, but in lockdown, the days blur. Besides, I’m bored of doom.

So the general drift of the song is that there are people who are bright, or dumb, fat or thin, etc. But there is no one who is like you.

Explain why I like it? No way. It just is.

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16 Responses to 13th Street, There’s No One Like You

  1. ossqss says:

    You started it :-)

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, I did. And Damn proud of it, too!

  3. ossqss says:

    Ok, I am out, but this is how we roll!>>

  4. The only good one is Alizee. She has a nice body as well as a cute voice.

  5. jim2 says:

    Shivers …

  6. Compu Gator says:

    Oooh! oooh! A wooden speedboat [*], probably featuring the soothing burbling of inboard engines! Nowadays for people who have enough money not to need a really practical vessel [†]. Faded childhood memories of summer excursions on a big lake in Georgia with friends of my parents who had 3 children, and were so close that he & his wife uniquely had the honorary titles “Uncle” & “Aunt”.

    They liked expensive things, e.g., Porschen und wenige Mercedes [#], plus living in a home on a SoCal ocean cliff. The “aunt’s” father was our family physician, and routinely made housecalls back in the mid 20th Century, in what I was told was an MG sportscar.

    Note *: Most likely a restoration; definitely one for the “they don’t make ’em like-
    that-anymore file. Disclaimer: Did not view Kid Rock: “All Summer Long”. Warner video. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSkFygPCTwE&gt;.

    Note †: Maybe upkeep of a wooden speedboat in temperate freshwater lakes wouldn’t have been a heavy burden: Manageable rust, no boring worms, maybe no fouling organisms. Which did remind me of Wm. F. Buckley’s lament that owning a cruising sailboat is like standing in foul-weather gear under a shower and tearing up $100 bills (or maybe it was $1000 bills).

    Note #: “Mercedeses”? Ugggh! Whatever is the proper plural of “Mercedes” auf Deutsch?

  7. philjourdan says:

    Sultans of Swing – I worked at a theme park from the year it opened, until the 3rd year (then I graduated college). They formed a swing band – the Kings of Swing (it was KINGS Dominion). That song always reminds me of them. I like it!

    Neun und Nuenzig LuftBalloons. – I hate the American version of that song, Only because I know the German version. Sometimes, songs should not be translated.

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    There’s a long history of a song making a splash on American charts in German, then they make an English version, and it dies. I like the German version better too.


    It isn’t that one is good and another not. It is just what the individual can like. I like things that have some unique or new character, so find many things I like, and it many languages. Growing up with a lot of immersion time at my Mexican friend’s house, I keyed in to Hispanic culture more than most Anglos.

  9. Compu Gator says:

    E.M.Smith [said] 18 March 2020 at 3:07 am [GMT]:
    There’s a long history of a song making a splash on American charts in German, then they make an English version, and it dies

    Right! Decades ago, some overseas rock band did a song called »Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand«, and when it was translated to English, it completely flopped in the U.S.A., as did the insect-namesake band that performed it. I especially remember the stoic reactions that the translation evoked from teen girls.

    What’s that? You say I’m not playing fair with the actual chronology?

  10. Compu Gator says:

    Ooops! My back-reference should’ve been shown as E.M. at “21 March 2020 at 5:43 am” [GMT]. An example of incomplete copy-&-paste.

  11. YMMV says:

    ‘Social Distancing’ should really be ‘Physical Distancing’. Social is still important, but it matters how you do it. To be safest yourself, avoid contact with others, or with their droplets, or with anything they touch. The problem is that you don’t know who is safe, you don’t know who they have been too close to, you don’t know what they have touched.

    With that in mind, here’s a song that is safe to listen to. Too old to have a video.
    You don’t know where the black dog has been.

    “Black Dog”, Jesse Winchester, 1970


  12. rhoda klapp says:

    I don’t know whether this band ever broke through in the USA. Probably it’s a bit English. The song was popular as an anti-Thatcher anthem, but it works pretty well following the total shutdown of all activity here..

  13. philjourdan says:

    Rhoda, no they never made it here, but is someone comforting to know that the English idiots are just as whacked out as the American ones.

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