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Monday, July 14, 2008

Musical Monday #52

Welcome to the 52nd 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 entire list of songs.

This week, as you can see, there are two sets of songs: #1-13 and #14-26. Both groups relate to the same theme, but approach it in different ways. Also, each of the groups may seem to suggest a somewhat more general theme, but the fully correct solution can be confirmed by the combination of the two.

Without further ado:

1) "On a warm summer's eve on a train bound for nowhere"
2) "Then you love a little wild one, and she brings you only sorrow"
3) "Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?"
4) "Turning on the charm, long enough to get you by"
5) "Moonlight - you're just a heartache in disguise"
6) "Well a railway man lay dying, with his people by his side"
7) "He had twenty-seven children, yet he never had a wife"
8) "There are unsmiling faces in fetters and chains, on a wheel of perpetual motion"
9) "Sleight of hand, hands of fate, chance you take, life's a snake"
10) "But I should have known from the tattoo on her left leg"
11) "All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel"
12) "Hey hey hey yeah, how unlucky can one man be?"
13) "Texas Billy finally made his play"

14) "I see it in your eyes, take one look and die"
15) "She'll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored"
16) "One floor below me, you don't even know me"
17) "There's no syncopation with any relation"
18) "The old get old, and the young get stronger"
19) "When I said that I would be his mate, it was December"
20) "Fear me, you lord and lady preachers"
21) "Some laughing, some just shapeless forms"
22) "He disrespected Mama and treated us like dirt"
23) "Blind stars of fortune, each have several rays"
24) "So you stand on the corner in your new English clothes"
25) "Caviar and cigarettes, well versed in etiquette"
26) "Cuando para mucho mi amore de felice corazón"

Good luck and enjoy!

14 Comments:

At 7/14/08, 11:46 AM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

1) The Gambler-kenny Rogers
3) Desperado- The Eagles
tooooo hard...what happened to tv trivia? :)

 
At 7/14/08, 11:50 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

2) Do it again - Steely Dan, suggests strongly that part 1 is scoundrels of some sort.

22) Papa was a Rolling Stone, the Temptations. (I'm unsure.)
Which suggests a different kind of scoundrel.

 
At 7/14/08, 12:39 PM, Blogger LEL said...

18.Five to One-The Doors
24.Captain Jack-Billy Joel
25.Killer Queen-Queen
26.Sun King-The Beatles

 
At 7/14/08, 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 - Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys
20 - Seven Seas of Rhye - Queen

-- Clayton

 
At 7/14/08, 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 - Still the Same - Bob Seger

It looks like the theme has to do with gambling and/or playing cards in general. I'm betting that the second group lists all the cards in order.

-- Clayton

 
At 7/14/08, 1:20 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

21. Eight Miles High--Byrds

 
At 7/14/08, 5:42 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

15. Knock Three Times, Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Agreed that the theme is gambling, and the card suits. We're missing the Ace, Four, Six, Nine and Ten.

 
At 7/15/08, 2:38 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

OK, so it wasn't Papa was a rolling stone.

I'm trying to think of gambling songs.

According to one interpretation, House of the Rising Sun was about a casino. (I know that's not the more common interpretation.)

Proud Mary has a reference to a riverboat.

Ramblin' man's father was a gambler wasn't he?

Do any of these songs fit?

 
At 7/16/08, 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think so, unfortunately. I also thought of Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" but I don't think it's in there either.

-- Clayton

 
At 7/16/08, 3:08 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Without giving the answers yet, if you focus on the specific theme of this MM (hint: what number MM is this? :-)) vs. a possible more general theme, that will help eliminate some of the incorrect suggestions above for the first set of songs, and may also suggest some other correct ones.

 
At 7/16/08, 7:28 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

The first theme appears to be cards specifically; each song so far has the word "card", or a specific card value. The second is the cards in order. Songs we've identified:

1. The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
2. Do It Again, Steely Dan
3. Desperado, The Eagles
4. Still The Same, Bob Seger
15. Little Deuce Coupe, The Beach Boys
16. Knock Three Times, Tony Orlando and Dawn
18. Five to One, The Doors
20. Seven Seas of Rhye, Queen
21. Eight Miles High, The Byrds
24. Captain Jack, Billy Joel
25. Killer Queen, Queen
26. Sun King, The Beatles

 
At 7/18/08, 9:53 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I checked out the lyrics of Do it Again and found this:
Your black cards can make you money ...

So are you looking for a specific reference to cards?

Desperado refers to the Queen of Diamonds and Queen of Hearts.

 
At 7/18/08, 1:30 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Probably won't get to post the answers until Sunday, so keep on guessing! Meanwhile, check out my new post today.

 
At 7/20/08, 10:09 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Cruisin-Mom, Soccer Dad, Laura, Clayton, Yitzchak, and ral315! Together, you ID'ed 12 out of 26 songs, and weeded out the theme, which was playing cards. Thus, the first group of songs all have lyrics that refer to specific cards or card games, while the titles of the latter group map to the thirteen cards in each suit, Ace through King, in order.

This MM was a bit trickier than usual, as the first group of songs could have fit a more general gambling theme as well, and at least some of the second group would fit a counting theme. In fact, one of my challenges in putting together that second group was to find reasonably non-obscure songs for 3-9, without reusing any of the ones from MM #28, which did have a counting theme.

Of course, besides the songs themselves, there was one more clue to the specific correct theme: MM #52, 52 cards in a deck! Admittedly, not quite as obvious a connection as in my previous edition.

The full list of correct answers:
1) "On a warm summer's eve on a train bound for nowhere"
- "The Gambler", Kenny Rogers
2) "Then you love a little wild one, and she brings you only sorrow"
- "Do It Again", Steely Dan
3) "Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?"
- "Desperado", Eagles
4) "Turning on the charm, long enough to get you by"
- "Still the Same", Bob Seger
5) "Moonlight - you're just a heartache in disguise"
- "Queen of Hearts", Juice Newton
6) "Well a railway man lay dying, with his people by his side"
- "Spanish Train", Chris De Burgh
7) "He had twenty-seven children, yet he never had a wife"
- "Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie", Bob Dylan
8) "There are unsmiling faces in fetters and chains, on a wheel of perpetual motion"
- "The Turn of a Friendly Card", Alan Parsons Project
9) "Sleight of hand, hands of fate, chance you take, life's a snake"
- "Draw of the Cards", Kim Carnes
10) "But I should have known from the tattoo on her left leg"
- "The Jack", AC/DC
11) "All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel"
- "Viva Las Vegas", Elvis Presley
12) "Hey hey hey yeah, how unlucky can one man be?"
- "Blackjack", Ray Charles
13) "Texas Billy finally made his play"
- "Louisiana Lou and Three Card Monty John", Allman Brothers Band

14) "I see it in your eyes, take one look and die"
- "Ace of Spades", Motorhead
15) "She'll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored"
- "Little Deuce Coupe", Beach Boys
16) "One floor below me, you don't even know me"
- "Knock Three Times", Tony Orlando and Dawn
17) "There's no syncopation with any relation"
- "Four Wheel Drive", BTO
18) "The old get old, and the young get stronger"
- "Five to One", Doors
19) "When I said that I would be his mate, it was December"
- "Six Months Out of Every Year", Damn Yankees score,
20) "Fear me, you lord and lady preachers"
- "Seven Seas of Rhye", Queen
21) "Some laughing, some just shapeless forms"
- "Eight Miles High", The Byrds
22) "He disrespected Mama and treated us like dirt"
- "Cloud Nine", The Temptations (so you did have the band right, SD!)
23) "Blind stars of fortune, each have several rays"
- "Ten Years Gone", Led Zeppelin
24) "So you stand on the corner in your new English clothes"
- "Captain Jack", Billy Joel
25) "Caviar and cigarettes, well versed in etiquette"
- "Killer Queen", Queen
26) "Cuando para mucho mi amore de felice corazón"
- "Sun King", The Beatles

Thanks again for playing! Look for MM #53 at Soccer Dad's blog tomorrow 7/21, and then back here on 7/28 for #52.

 

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