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Monday, June 30, 2008

Musical Monday #50

Welcome to the 50th edition of Musical Monday, the weekly quiz that Soccer Dad and I alternate hosting. As always, the challenge is to identify the title and artist of each song quote, as well as the common theme of the set of songs.

In honor of MM reaching its half-century milestone this week, I put in a bit of extra effort and came up with a corresponding 50 song quotes. And since I suspect the theme won't be all that difficult to find, please try extra hard to get as many of the songs/artists as possible this time. Let's go for a record percentage - or at least a record number - of correct identifications!

Just one more hint/warning before we start: I bent the rules - slightly - on #13 and #35.

1. "The weight on your shoulders that's breaking your back"
2. "We've lost our good old mama"
3. "Majordomo Billy Bojangles"
4. "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers"
5. "Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two"
6. "I'll be the Count of Monte Cristo, you'll be the Countess May"
7. "Well I'm just a lonely acrobat, the live wire is my trade"
8. "And still those voices are calling from far away"
9. "The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake"
10. "I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian Island dolls"
11. "If I didn't tell her, I could leave today"
12. "Will you tell the folks back home I nearly made it"
13. "Can't you just feel the moonshine?"
14. "Gorgeous enough to make an angel's heart run wild"
15. "Still in peaceful dreams I see the road leads back to you"
16. "Well you're pretty good, old son"
17. "And the judge said 'Guilty' in a make-believe trial"
18. "Bought a one way ticket to the life he once knew"
19. "The night is heavenly, and you are heaven to me"
20. "Don't go on the patio, beware of the pool"
21. "If a man ever needed dyin', he did"
22. "Gonna get my baby back home, yeah yeah"
23. "And a day that's all wrong looks all right"
24. "Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue"
25. "Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline"
26. "Something's telling me I must go home"
27. "Like a crazy fool I'm a digging in this frozen ground so cold"
28. "While the rest of them dudes were a-gettin' their kicks"
29. "Ain't big-headed from a little bit of fame"
30. "The road just ain't no place for whiners"
31. "Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss"
32. "Me and her went for a ride sir, and ten innocent people died"
33. "With some money in her pocket she's a rocket on the fourth of July"
34. "They're breaking out the tractors to build more interstates"
35. "I know a place where the dancing's free"
36. "I don't have any reasons; I left them all behind"
37. "And find I’m king of the hill"
38. "I get the news I need on the weather report"
39. "To the left and to the right, buildings towering to the sky"
40. "Well things were spinnin' round me, and all my thoughts were cloudy"
41. "How can you run when you know?"
42. "Where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet"
43. "Write it down, in your book, on your wall"
44. "Hollywood don't do what it once could do"
45. "My friend stole my sweetheart from me"
46. "We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping"
47. "Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew"
48. "The Sage in bloom is like perfume"
49. "Pennies in a stream, falling leaves, a sycamore"
50. "I sold my piano; it couldn't come with me"

Good luck and enjoy!

29 Comments:

At 6/30/08, 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 - Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar - The Doors
4 - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
8 - Hotel California - The Eagles
10 - California Girls - The Beach Boys
12 - It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
13 - Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor
16 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
28 - Mississippi Queen - Mountain
31 - Montana - Frank Zappa
36 - New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
38 - The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon and Garfunkel

Looks like the theme is songs with state names, which corresponds nicely with the 4th of July coming up this week. :)

-- Clayton

 
At 6/30/08, 10:16 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

38) Only living boy in New York. Simon and Garfunkel. (And one of my favorite lyrics.)
It could also be that 50 corresponds to the number of state in the Union.

 
At 6/30/08, 12:23 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

24. Blue Moon of Kentucky--not originally by Elvis, I believe, but famously recorded by him

25. Louisiana 19something--Randy Newman

41. Ohio--CSNY

46. Texas Radio and the Big Beat--Doors

 
At 6/30/08, 12:41 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.Alabama Song, Whiskey Bar-The Doors
4.Sweet Home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynrd
8.Hotel California-The Eagles
9.Going to California-Led Zeppelin
10.California Girls-The Beach Boys
18.Midnight Train to Georgia-Gladys Knight and the Pips.
28.Misssissippi Queen-Mountain
34.Ohio-The Pretenders
36.New York State of Mind-Billy Joel
37.New York, New York-Frank Sinatra
There are several others which are familiar that I can't recall right now.

 
At 6/30/08, 1:56 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

17) Night the lights went out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence (later Reba McIntyre)

 
At 6/30/08, 1:59 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Ah finally I found it
26) Massachusetts - The Bee Gees.

 
At 6/30/08, 2:10 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Since they're grouped by states it made this one a bit easier:
11) California Dreaming - Mamas and Papas

The lyrics aren't jogging my memory, so I have to think of the songs and work backwards.

 
At 6/30/08, 2:12 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I should have known
40) New York's not my home - Jim Croce

But I don't think that I see NY Mining Disaster 1941.

 
At 6/30/08, 2:57 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Laura,

The clues seem to be States in alphabetical order. I don't think that 34 is Ohio. (I think the Pretenders song is actually called "My city was gone.")

I'm guessing that 34 is about NJ.
:-)

 
At 6/30/08, 3:11 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Based on Elie's suggestion I've put together what we know already (Thanks Clayton, Yitz and Laura):
2 - Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar - The Doors
4 - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
8 - Hotel California - The Eagles
9.Going to California-Led Zeppelin
10 - California Girls - The Beach Boys
11) California Dreaming - Mamas and Papas
12 - It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
13 - Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor
16 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
17. Night the lights went out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
18.Midnight Train to Georgia-Gladys Knight and the Pips.
24. Blue Moon of Kentucky--not originally by Elvis, I believe, but famously recorded by him
25. Louisiana 19something--Randy Newman
26) Massachusetts - The Bee Gees.
28 - Mississippi Queen - Mountain
31 - Montana - Frank Zappa
34.Ohio-The Pretenders
36 - New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
37.New York, New York-Frank Sinatra
38 - The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon and Garfunkel
40) New York's not my home - Jim Croce
41. Ohio--CSNY
46. Texas Radio and the Big Beat--Doors

As I noted above I doubt that 34 is Ohio.

 
At 6/30/08, 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

42 - Oklahoma!

That's pretty cool how you guys managed to plan it out so that the 50th Musical Monday with a 50 state song titles theme would fall on the week of Independence Day. :-D

-- Clayton

 
At 6/30/08, 3:33 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Clayton,

It wasn't planned out. And it wasn't we "guys."

Elie's the clever one who saw the opportunity and exploited it.

But thanks!

David

 
At 6/30/08, 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, come on, you mean it wasn't planned all the way back at Musical Monday #1...?

Seriously though, nicely done, Elie. :)

-- Clayton

 
At 6/30/08, 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

47 - The Yellow Rose of Texas?

-- Clayton

 
At 6/30/08, 8:49 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Seriously though, nicely done, Elie.

Thank you! Glad y'all are enjoying!

 
At 7/1/08, 1:46 AM, Blogger Jack said...

I am always late to the party- the easy ones are already handled.

 
At 7/1/08, 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 - Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles

-- Clayton

 
At 7/1/08, 11:54 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Clayton,

If I were that prescient I'd have some really good stock tips for you.
:-)

 
At 7/1/08, 2:41 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Based on the alphabet and the lyric I'm guessing that 5 is about Alaska.

 
At 7/1/08, 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be "North to Alaska" by Johnny Horton?

-- Clayton

 
At 7/1/08, 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

48. Deep in the Heart of Texas.

 
At 7/2/08, 3:30 AM, Blogger LEL said...

11.California Dreamin'-The Mamas and the Pappas.

 
At 7/2/08, 3:33 AM, Blogger LEL said...

21.The Devil Went Down to Georgia-The Charlie Daniels Band

 
At 7/2/08, 9:58 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Not based on the lyrics (which I'm not familiar with) but based on Elie's disclaimer, the answer to #13 and the alphabetical order of the entries, I'm going to guess that 35 is Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen.

(Carolina could be North or South, so it went in with C. However there's only one Jersey, so it would fit before New York.)

 
At 7/3/08, 3:30 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Clayton, Soccer Dad, Yitzchak, and Laura! Together, you nailed a whopping 29 songs, as well as the theme, which was of course songs with US State names in their titles. Before I provide the complete set of correct answers, a word about the ground rules I set for myself in putting together this rather larger than usual MM:
- Total of exactly 50 songs - to match the number of this edition, obviously, as well as the 50 states.
- At least one song from more than half of the states. I think I ended up covering 28 of them in the end, though this did require stretching my usual classic-rock genre into the country music realm a number of times.
- No more than five songs from any one state. I hit this limit - and thus missed out on some good additional choices - for California, Georgia, and NY. Guess some states are more musically inspirational than others.

Without further ado:
1. "The weight on your shoulders that's breaking your back"
- "Alabama", Neil Young
2. "We've lost our good old mama"
- "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)", Doors
3. "Majordomo Billy Bojangles"
- "Alabama Getaway", Grateful Dead
4. "Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers"
- "Sweet Home Alabama", Lynyrd Skynyrd
5. "Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two"
- "North to Alaska", Johnny Horton
6. "I'll be the Count of Monte Cristo, you'll be the Countess May"
- "Arizona", Mark Lindsay
7. "Well I'm just a lonely acrobat, the live wire is my trade"
- "Mary, Queen of Arkansas", Bruce Springsteen
8. "And still those voices are calling from far away"
- "Hotel California", Eagles
9. "The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake"
- "Going to California", Led Zeppelin
10. "I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian Island dolls"
- "California Girls", The Beach Boys
11. "If I didn't tell her, I could leave today"
- "California Dreaming", The Mamas and the Papas
12. "Will you tell the folks back home I nearly made it"
- "It Never Rains in Southern California", Albert Hammond
13. "Can't you just feel the moonshine?"
- "Carolina In My Mind", James Taylor
14. "Gorgeous enough to make an angel's heart run wild"
- "Georgia", Boz Scaggs
15. "Still in peaceful dreams I see the road leads back to you"
- "Georgia on my Mind", Ray Charles
16. "Well you're pretty good, old son"
- "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", CDB
17. "And the judge said 'Guilty' in a make-believe trial"
- "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia", Vicki Lawrence
18. "Bought a one way ticket to the life he once knew"
- "Midnight Train to Georgia", Gladys Knight and the Pips
19. "The night is heavenly, and you are heaven to me"
- "Blue Hawaii", Elvis Presley
20. "Don't go on the patio, beware of the pool"
- "Private Idaho", The B52s
21. "If a man ever needed dyin', he did"
- "Indiana Wants Me", R. Dean Taylor
22. "Gonna get my baby back home, yeah yeah"
- "Kansas City", Beatles
23. "And a day that's all wrong looks all right"
- "Kentucky Woman", Neil Diamond
24. "Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue"
- "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", Bill Monroe/Elvis/etc.
25. "Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline"
- "Louisiana 1927", Randy Newman,
26. "Something's telling me I must go home"
- "Massachusetts", BeeGees
27. "Like a crazy fool I'm a digging in this frozen ground so cold"
- "Saginaw, Michigan", Lefty Frizzell
28. "While the rest of them dudes were a-gettin' their kicks"
- "Mississippi Queen", Mountain
29. "Ain't big-headed from a little bit of fame"
- "Mississippi Girl", Faith Hill
30. "The road just ain't no place for whiners"
– "Missing Missouri", Sara Evans
31. "Raisin' my lonely Dental Floss"
- "Montana", Frank Zappa
32. "Me and her went for a ride sir, and ten innocent people died"
- "Nebraska", Bruce Springsteen
33. "With some money in her pocket she's a rocket on the fourth of July"
- "Stop in Nevada", Billy Joel
34. "They're breaking out the tractors to build more interstates"
- "New Jersey Is My Home", Bruce Springsteen
35. "I know a place where the dancing's free"
- "Jersey Girl", Tom Waits, although Bruce's live version is the best known
36. "I don't have any reasons; I left them all behind"
- "New York State of Mind", Billy Joel
37. "And find I’m king of the hill"
- "New York, New York", Frank Sinatra
38. "I get the news I need on the weather report"
- "The Only Living Boy In New York", Simon and Garfunkel
39. "To the left and to the right, buildings towering to the sky"
- "Back in the New York Groove", Ace Frehley
40. "Well things were spinnin' round me, and all my thoughts were cloudy"
- "New York's Not My Home", Jim Croce
41. "How can you run when you know?"
- "Ohio", CSNY
42. "Where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet"
- "Oklahoma", Rodgers & Hammerstein
43. "Write it down, in your book, on your wall"
- "Pennsylvania 6-5000", Glenn Miller Orchestra/Brian Setzer
44. "Hollywood don't do what it once could do"
- "Tennessee Moon", Neil Diamond
45. "My friend stole my sweetheart from me"
- "Tennessee Waltz", Traditional
46. "We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping"
- "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)", Doors
47. "Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew"
- "The Yellow Rose of Texas", Traditional, covered by numerous country and other artists
48. "The Sage in bloom is like perfume"
- "Deep in the Heart of Texas", Ditto
49. "Pennies in a stream, falling leaves, a sycamore"
- "Moonlight in Vermont", Jo Stafford
50. "I sold my piano; it couldn't come with me"
- "Washington Square", Counting Crows

Thanks again for playing, and Happy 4th of July! Look for MM #51 at Soccer Dad's blog this Monday 7/7, and then back here on 7/14 for #52.

 
At 7/3/08, 3:32 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said...

42. "Where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet"

"Oklahoma," the title song of the Broadway musical, and later, movie, composed by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein (lyrics). ("Jewish geography," as they say: To the best of my knowledge, Rodgers was Jewish; Hammerstein's father, but not his mother, was Jewish.)

 
At 7/3/08, 3:38 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Notice that the song that I identified is one of the few songs on this list that's even older than I am. :) (According to Wikipedia, the Broadway version debuted in 1943.) We geezers are good for something, occasionally. :)

 
At 7/3/08, 3:40 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Shira, bet you could have gotten #'s 43, 45 and 49 as well - more oldies but goodies!

 
At 7/8/08, 3:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way - how did we do, as far as hitting either a record number or percentage of correct guesses?

-- Clayton

 

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