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Peter, Paul & Mary TOO MUCH OF NOTHING Lyrics

Last updated: 06/28/2011 11:00:00 AM

Too much of nothin' can make a man feel ill at ease
One man's temper might rise, while the other man's temper might freeze.
In the days of long confessions, we can not mock a soul
When there's too much of nothin', no one has control.

Say hello to Valerie, say hello to Marion,
Send them all my salary, on the waters of oblivion.

Too much of nothin' can make a man abuse a king
He can walk the streets and boast like most but he don't know a thing.
It's all been done before, it's all been written in the book.
But when it's too much of nothin', nobody should look.


Too much of nothin' can turn a man into a liar
It can cause some men to sleep on nails, and other men to eat fire.
Everybody's doin' somethin', I heard it in a dream
But when it's too much of nothin', it just makes a fella mean.


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The polar opposite of "Big Rock Candy Mountain" | Reviewer: DL | 3/31/09

For an English Teacher like me, these lyrics make a great contrast with the famous depression-era standard,"Big Rock Candy Mountain".

"Candy Mountain" takes a humorous turn in its central "Hobo's fantasy" image, and the images of leisure and good fortune connected with it.

"Mountain" is a song from someone who still has humor, and as such, is not at the end of they're rope (i.e. ready for violence).

"Too Much", on the other hand,
has a fairly humorless lyric,
and admits to the grimmer side of human nature that cam be guided by despair,
or oppression, to violence.