Song of the Day #3,281: ‘Lucinda’ – Randy Newman vs. The Rolling Stones

Here’s a nice meaty Round Two Montauk Madness matchup, pitting one of the greatest singer-songwriters against one of the greatest rock bands.

Randy Newman got here by defeating Adele with 90% of the vote in Round One, while The Stones took out Toad the Wet Sprocket in a unanimous vote. Pretty easy pickings for both of them.

Now it gets interesting.

While I love a lot of The Rollings Stones’ work, I’m going with Randy Newman here. There’s nobody as biting, or as touching, and I can’t stand the thought of him leaving the contest this soon.

We met one summer evening as the sun was going down
She was lying on the beach in her graduation gown
She was wrapped up in a blanket (I could tell she knew her way around)
And as I lay down beside her, you know she never made a sound

On down the beach came the beach-cleaning man
Scoopin’ up the papers and flattening down the sand
“Lucinda, Lucinda, Lucinda, we’ve got to run away
That big white truck is closin’ in and we’ll get wounded if we stay”

Now Lucinda lies buried ‘neath the California sand
Put under by the beach-cleaning man
Lucinda, Lucinda, Lucinda, why’d you have to go?

They sent her to high school
They sent her to low school
She just wouldn’t go further

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,281: ‘Lucinda’ – Randy Newman vs. The Rolling Stones

  1. Dana says:

    Easy pick for me. I appreciate the Stones, and like a number of their songs, but Newman is one of my all time favorites.

  2. Amy says:

    Easy pick for me, too. Randy Newman can command an audience while sitting quietly at the piano and playing the most plaintive, beautiful song or the most searing and sarcastic one. He’s one of a kind.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Perhaps not so surprisingly an easy decision for me too. The Rolling Stones are a legendary band but when it comes to my personal preference as well as who I think stands out as a more unique artist my vote goes to Randy Newman. You show me The Rolling Stones song that evokes the same kind of emotion as “Feels Like Home” and I’ll consider changing my vote :P.

  4. says:

    Mick Jagger and the Stones have survived the battle of the bands and ranks with the Beatles as my all time favorite band.

  5. Peg says:

    I can’t believe that there would be a contest on these two, Stones all the way!

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