YMMV / Ray Stevens

  • Acceptable Targets: The #1 with a Bullet album takes two very un-subtle jabs at Japanese. He uses a mocking Japanese Ranguage accent in "A Little Blue-Haired Lady" for no particular reason after suggesting that the title character is responsible for Pearl Harbor, and mercilessly pokes fun at their technological advances in "Workin' for the Japanese" (which also uses the accent at the end).
  • Anvilicious:
    • "We the People" hammers the listener over the head with Stevens' conservative Christian views, to the point that even if one agrees with the overall message, it's still pretty irritating.
    • This is nothing new. Witness "America, Communicate with Me" from the early 1970s.
  • Covered Up:
    • Robert Knight (best known for the original "Everlasting Love") had the hit version of "Isn't It Lonely Together."
    • He was the first artist to release "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", which would later become a big hit for Johnny Cash.
    • "It's Me Again, Margaret" was originally cut by its writer, Paul Craft.
  • Fridge Logic: In "Too Drunk To Fish", why did the protagonist bring a shotgun on a fishing trip? It wasn't the drunk that brought it either, considering the line says "grabbed my shotgun"?
  • Second Verse Curse: The last verse of "Ahab the Arab" (beginning with "All of a sudden, the Sultan walked in") is usually cut out. As a result, almost no lyric sites include it.
  • Special Effects Failure: The Laugh Track skips at one point in "The Streak".
  • Tearjerker: Ray Stevens recording a tearjerker? You'll hear one of his downright heart-wrenchers with his 1969 single "Isn't It Lonely Togther," where a young man regrets his decision to have sex with a young woman, gets her pregnant and then resolves the only way to atone is to marry her, even though they both know they are clearly incompatible with each other ... but is resigned to a lonely life despite their being married, all for the sake of the child. (Incidentally, the song's follow-up single was one of his goofiest: "Guitarzan.")