Talk:Killing Me Softly with His Song

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Infoboxes[edit]

Infoboxes were requested at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Missing_encyclopedic_articles/List_of_notable_songs/8 for both the Roberta Flack and The Fugees versions of "Killing Me Softly with His Song".

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Don McLean is a LIAR[edit]

He repeats the story that this song is about him in his live concerts! Why, if Norman Gimbel flatly denies it, does he continue to do this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 50.131.41.41 (talk) 02:35, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

From the article: However, the matter only reached an unequivocal conclusion when contemporaneous articles from the early 1970s were exhumed, all of them vindicating Lieberman. In an April 5, 1973 article in the Daily News, Norman Gimbel was quoted as follows: "She [Lori Lieberman] told us about this strong experience she had listening to McLean ................ I had a notion this might make a good song so the three of us discussed it. We talked it over several times, just as we did for the rest of the numbers we wrote for this album and we all felt it had possibilities". surfingus (talk) 11:14, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Original explanation in intro[edit]

As of this writing the intro says: "Don McLean does not wear his glasses when performing, thus the line "he looked right through me as if I wasn't there"". Looks like original research to me. The line in the song can stand perfectly well on purely poetic grounds, in my opinion - it makes a point about the relationship between the characters in the song. But that is, exactly, my opinion. We can argue endlessly about whether it's in there because of McLean's performing without his glasses (if he even does), or whether it's for a poetic reason, or what, and all of that will be OR unless there's specific evidence of the reasons the songwriters/poet wrote that line. I think the article would be better off without this line, unless it can be cited. 216.75.183.126 (talk) 00:38, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

External link suggestion[edit]

This page has very good information about this song: video, lyrics and meaning of the song. How about adding it to the External Links section? http://www.multimedia-english.com/htm/music/2008/killing-me-softly.htm Wikichap33 (talk) 23:08, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

No it is unnecessary information. Firstly the copyrights of the lyrics are held by record companies. Secondly, "meanings" of songs are fan interpretations and not classified as factual information. Wikipedia is a factual encyclopeida, and therefore it is not suitable. Reqluce (talk) 07:41, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
I disagree with Reqluce. The original poster (Wikichap33) had simply requested that the website be added as an external link to the article. He was not proposing to add the lyrics, meaning of the song, etc., as substantive content within the article. Those are two very different things. And, quite frankly, his proposal is exactly what external links are for. Thanks. (Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 11:07, 29 May 2009 (UTC))
Now there you are wrong, Joseph A. Spadaro. Also knowingly linking to material which is in violation of copyright is not allowed. See WP:COPYRIGHT. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:49, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Fugees - Relative success in US and UK[edit]

Does anyone else agree that the following sentence mistates the idea of "similar success"?

"Their version, titled "Killing Me Softly," became a hit, reaching number two on the U.S. airplay chart, and had similar success in the UK, reaching number one, becoming 1996's best selling single in the country"

I would think that the best selling single in the UK would trump being no 2 on an airplay chart in the US, and would reword this:

"Their version, titled "Killing Me Softly," became a hit, reaching number one and becoming 1996's best selling single in the UK. It also reached number two on the U.S. airplay chart."

However, as a Brit, I would check other opinions before changing this. Steveran (talk) 09:55, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

Parody song[edit]

Hmmmm.... no mention at all of the parody "Killing Me Softly (With Kung Fu)"? I came here looking for info on that, because I couldn't remember the exact name of the parody, or who made it. Doesn't seem to be an article on that song, either. Nomad Of Norad (talk) 22:18, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

The danish band Shu-bi-dua also made a parody called "Kylling med Softice og Pølser" (Which can be translated into "Chicken with Softice and Sausage"). I also think that deserves a mention, because it's way more famous in denmark than "Søgte mit indre" in Denmark. --95.166.1.218 (talk) 20:56, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Never mind, out of half a dozen cover versions in German, only two are mentioned, and they are in fact but one, as the titles are different, but the lyrics are exactly the same ;-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.0.81.9 (talk) 21:34, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Did Carly Simon actually cover this?[edit]

There's a song floating around the internet that says that it's Carly Simon singing KMS. Well, I'm pretty sure that it's not her, and I'm pretty sure that it shouldn't be on this Wikipedia page unless someone else can figure out where it appeared. And not on a "Greatest Hits" album since it doesn't appear on any of her Greatest Hits albums and, if it did, it would have appeared on another album first... it being a hit and all. It's not even on Amazon.com. So someone else should definitely fix this. Someone who's not me since all of my edits get reverted and reverted again for no reason by people who have more time and patience than me. So thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Doubledragons (talkcontribs) 03:11, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Title inspired by "hopscotch" by Julio Cortazar[edit]

The Argentinian novel mentioned in the article is "Hopscotch" by Julio Cortazar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.219.81.62 (talk) 22:50, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Was hearing Gordon Lightfoot the inspiration for this?[edit]

I once heard that the lyricist had gone to a Gordon Lightfoot concert and penned this afterward. I cannot find any corroboration for that. However, I would ask the listener to compare the melody of the first line with the melody of the first line of "If You Could Read My Mind" (here both transposed to C, and ignoring key, for comparison):
"Killing Me Softly": E - F - G - A - G - D - G
"If You Could Read": G - F# - G - A - G - D - G
...and note that the meter of the phrases is exactly the same. Just food for thought.
GregB (talk) 18:29, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Musicians on Flack single[edit]

I had added the musicians from the wikipedia album article, assuming that AllMusic is correct, with the guitar by Eric Gale and drums by Grady Tate. But the "Best Of" album credits at Discogs are these: [1], with Ray Lucas on drums and Hugh McCracken on guitar. Both sources give Ron Carter on bass. Which is correct? Martinevans123 (talk) 10:03, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

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Smooth soul[edit]

This song isn't soul, it's smooth soul.


LSM1204 (talk) 03:51, 12 July 2017 (UTC)