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Monday, December 01, 2008

Musical Monday #70

Welcome to the 70th 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 below, as well as the common theme of the entire set of songs.

This week, the song quotes are broken into three subgroups: 1-16, 17-50, and 51-55. All three groups relate to the same overall theme, but in different ways. I'll also add that several - though by no means all - of the songs in the first and last groups would qualify for the middle group as well (but not vice versa); in fact one or two songs from the first group would even fit all three. Also, as always, if a given song was covered by multiple artists, I'm looking for one particular version.

1) "I'm not one of those who can easily hide"
2) "All day long I think of things"
3) "Hung me on a line"
4) "Lived and learned from fools and from sages"
5) "Of his honor and his glory the people would sing"
6) "Better recognize your brothers"
7) "You were light and breezy"
8) "Do a ton or a ton an' twenty-five"
9) "Insufficient data coming through"
10) "Perfume came naturally from Paris"
11) "Really want to go with you"
12) "Please don't say we'll never find a way"
13) "Setting suns and lonely lovers free"
14) "Ran into a chum with a bottle of rum"
15) "You don't have to shout or leap about"
16) "Her hair is kinda' wild and free"

17) "Under electric candlelight"
18) "All the good times I've been misusin'"
19) "The future's uncertain and the end is always near"
20) "I've got values but I don't know how or why"
21) "Can you play their games?"
22) "Don't you think that love can last?"
23) "I'm alone in the dark, even though"
24) "Give me spots on my apples"
25) "A statue wearing high heels"
26) "Stop messin' round with your tricks"
27) "I've been lost now days uncounted"
28) "You make me sing like a guitar hummin'"
29) "All the branches of the learning tree"
30) "The music plays so nonchalant"
31) "They seek the truth before they can die"
32) "My body's aching and my time is at hand"
33) "In a castle dark or a fortress strong"
34) "Life is for us to keep"
35) "Her wild-eyed innocence is just a game"
36) "A kiss for luck and we're on our way"
37) "An overfed, long-haired leaping gnome"
38) "Friend only to the undertaker"
39) "You may get disgusted, and think I'm strange"
40) "Tall white mansions and little shacks"
41) "Lines form on my face and hands"
42) "Were gonna' stimulate some action"
43) "And I never drew one response from you"
44) "The breeze along the river seems to say"
45) "Let some air into this room!"
46) "You know she was a dancer, she moved better on wine"
47) "But in the grey of the morning my mind becomes confused"
48) "Leroy, boy, you're my friend"
49) "Seen a lot of things in this old world"
50) "Won't you hop inside my car?"

51) "I wake up to the sound of music"
52) "Then I'm laying out my winter clothes"
53) "You say your mom ain't home, it ain't my concern"
54) "Dialing for dollars is trying to find me"
55) "All the girls they try to take me away, take me away"

Good luck and enjoy!

42 Comments:

At 12/1/08, 10:40 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

9) I just heard this this morning on the way into work:
Sweet Talking Woman - ELO
20) The Seeker - The Who
28) Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
32) Fire and Rain - James Taylor
33) If you could read my mind - Gordon Lightfoot
38) War - Edwin Starr (Bruce Springsteen, too)
48) We got to get you a woman - Todd Rundgren
50) Vehicle - Ides of March

 
At 12/1/08, 11:15 AM, Blogger trn said...

11) My Sweet Lord, George Harrison
17) Lola, The Kinks
51) Let It Be, The Beatles

I can hear 32 but can't place it.

Could 42 be After Midnight?

 
At 12/1/08, 11:38 AM, Anonymous ral315 said...

1) Your Song, Elton John
8) In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry
10) Killer Queen, Queen
22) All Right Now, Free
41) Eighteen, Alice Cooper
42) After Midnight, Eric Clapton

I know 36, but I don't have it right now.

 
At 12/1/08, 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 - Dream On - Aerosmith
5 - Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
6 - Instant Karma! - John Lennon
10 - Killer Queen - Queen
14 - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes - Jimmy Buffett

19 - Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
23 - Make Me Smile - Chicago
24 - Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
25 - Lookin' Out My Back Door - CCR
31 - Teach Your Children - CSN
36 - We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
37 - Spill the Wine - War
45 - Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night

52 - The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
54 - Mercedes-Benz - Janis Joplin

-- Clayton

 
At 12/1/08, 1:08 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

12. Layla--Derek and the Dominoes

Hmmm, Layla and Lola. Is "Lulu's back in town" in there somewhere?

"Spill the Wine" should be credited to Eric Burdon and War.

 
At 12/1/08, 1:12 PM, Blogger Gail said...

7. It's Too Late - Carly Simon
13. Green-eyed Lady - Group ????
15. It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
30. Lonely Days - Bee Gees
44. Snowbird - Can't recall her name Anne something, maybe?

Several others are very familiar, but I can't recall them well enough....

 
At 12/1/08, 1:17 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Gail,

I haven't double checked the lyrics, but Green Eyed Lady is Sugarloaf (also famed for "Don't call us, we'll call you") and Snowbird is by Anne Murray.

 
At 12/1/08, 1:18 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Oh, and "It's too late" is a different Jewish woman singer, not Carly Simon.

:-)

 
At 12/1/08, 1:24 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

18. Whole Lotta Love--Led Zepplin
40. Southern Man--Neil Young
41. "18" or "I'm 18"--Alice Cooper

 
At 12/1/08, 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's Too Late" is Carole King.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/1/08, 1:28 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

22. Alright Now--Free

 
At 12/1/08, 1:30 PM, Blogger LEL said...

4.Dream On-Aerosmith
5.Lucky Man-ELP
6.Instant Karma-John Lennon
7.It's Too Late-Carole King
9.Sweet Talking Woman-ELO
10.Killer Queen-Queen
15.I Don't Come Easy-Ringo Starr
18.Whole Lotta Love-Led Zeppelin
19.Roadhouse Blues-The Doors
41.Eighteen-Alice Cooper
42.After Midnight-Eric Clapton
53.Fire-Jimi Hendrix

 
At 12/1/08, 1:36 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

25. Lookin' out my backdoor--Creedence

 
At 12/1/08, 1:44 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

39. Domino--Van Morrison

 
At 12/1/08, 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

47 - Question - The Moody Blues

-- Clayton

 
At 12/1/08, 3:26 PM, Blogger LEL said...

17.Lola-The Kinks

 
At 12/1/08, 3:31 PM, Blogger LEL said...

51.Let it Be-The Beatles

 
At 12/1/08, 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

46 - Mississippi Queen - Mountain

-- Clayton

 
At 12/1/08, 4:38 PM, Blogger Gail said...

Of course - Carole King, Anne Murray! Thanks SoccerDad and Clayton. : )

 
At 12/1/08, 5:07 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job on the song IDs so far, all! But no guesses at the theme yet? C'mon, I didn't make it *that* obscure! :-)

 
At 12/1/08, 5:11 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

"Your Song" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come" were both Three Dog Night cover versions. Some of these were also solo projects from people who had been in famous groups: the two Clapton songs, the Lennon, Harrison, and Ringo solo songs, the Eric Burdon sans Animals track. Does all of this have anything to do with the theme? And then, of course, there's the mysterious Lola-Layla thematic axis.

 
At 12/1/08, 5:16 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Yitzchak: Interesting theory, but it's much simpler than that!

 
At 12/1/08, 5:24 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

If someone would list the guesses in order it would help theme-wise.

 
At 12/1/08, 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask and ye shall receive! :)

1) Your Song - Elton John
2) "All day long I think of things"
3) "Hung me on a line"
4) Dream On - Aerosmith
5) Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
6) Instant Karma! - John Lennon
7) It's Too Late - Carole King
8) In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
9) Sweet Talkin' Woman - ELO
10) Killer Queen - Queen
11) My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
12) Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
13) Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
14) Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes - Jimmy Buffett
15) It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
16) "Her hair is kinda' wild and free"

17) Lola - The Kinks
18) Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
19) Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
20) The Seeker - The Who
21) "Can you play their games?"
22) All Right Now - Free
23) Make Me Smile - Chicago
24) Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
25) Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival
26) "Stop messin' round with your tricks"
27) "I've been lost now days uncounted"
28) Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
29) "All the branches of the learning tree"
30) Lonely Days - The Bee Gees
31) Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills & Nash
32) Fire and Rain - James Taylor
33) If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
34) "Life is for us to keep"
35) "Her wild-eyed innocence is just a game"
36) We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
37) Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon and War
38) War - Edwin Starr
39) Domino - Van Morrison
40) Southern Man - Neil Young
41) Eighteen - Alice Cooper
42) After Midnight - Eric Clapton
43) "And I never drew one response from you"
44) Snowbird - Anne Murray
45) Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night
46) Mississippi Queen - Mountain
47) Question - The Moody Blues
48) We Gotta Get You a Woman - Todd Rundgren
49) "Seen a lot of things in this old world"
50) Vehicle - The Ides of March

51) Let It Be - The Beatles
52) The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
53) Fire - Jimi Hendrix
54) Mercedes-Benz - Janis Joplin
55) "All the girls they try to take me away, take me away"

The only thing I'm getting so far, is that I *think* all of the songs here were released in the 1970s. Other than that I'm not making a connection yet...

 
At 12/1/08, 5:51 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

These are all songs on Cliff Klavan's iPod?

 
At 12/1/08, 5:59 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

One of my favorite comments in all my time blogging came from TRN a few weeks ago:

I like how some of the lyrics run together: And if your glass heart should crack, instead of kneeling in the sand,shoot an apple off my head!

:-)

I see some of that here with the solutions.

"Dream on, Lucky man."
"Instant Karma, it's too late."

 
At 12/1/08, 6:02 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

On a more serious note, a few weeks ago Elie did the first songs from first albums.

In the last group, I note that two of the songs were from the final albums of the Beatles ("Let it Be") and Simon and Garfunkel ("The Boxer" from "Bridge over Troubled Water").

Are the other songs from the last group from final albums?

 
At 12/1/08, 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"An overfed, long-haired leaping gnome, friend only to the undertaker..."

"The breeze along the river seems to say let some air into this room!"

 
At 12/1/08, 6:32 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Thanks for the list of guesses. I see a song anyway that nobody identified yet.

26. "Black Magic Woman"--Peter Green's Fleetwood Mack or Santana.

 
At 12/1/08, 7:10 PM, Blogger LEL said...

#15 should be IT don't come easy-Ringo Starr

 
At 12/1/08, 7:26 PM, Blogger trn said...

I am bursting with pride! Thank you, Soccer Dad.

 
At 12/1/08, 8:22 PM, Blogger trn said...

The theme seems to be 1970. Here is my thinking:

Clayton -- I think the Anonymous who compiled the list so far and noted the following was Clayton -- noted that the songs all seem to come from the 1970s. In fact, the final Beatles album Let It Be was released in 1970.

Soccer Dad notes that both Let It Be from Let It Be and The Boxer from Bridge Over Troubled Water were songs from final albums and puts forth the idea that the other songs in the last group could be from final albums.

This is Musical Monday #70. Could all the songs be songs from 1970?

Carole King, who has a song listed in the first group, is still alive, so no "final album" for her yet. I believe that Tapestry, which was her debut album, came out in 1970, and It's Too Late could have appeared on that album.

In the first group there are three songs by individual former Beatles. These would all certainly be from no earlier than 1970, and I think all four of them came out with solo albums fairly quickly following the breakup, though I thought the McCartney album had been first.

Other solo artists in the first group are still alive too, while Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are no longer with us and are in the last group.

So if the first group is of songs from debut albums released in 1970 and the last group is of songs from final albums released in 1970, what of the middle group?

The middle group cannot simply be of any song/album released in 1970, or else all and not only several of the songs from the first and last groups would qualify for the middle group as well. And it can't be of songs from albums that are neither debut nor final or else no songs from the others groups would qualify.

Perhaps the middle group has to do with rankings, like best-selling or top hits? My guess is this group is of Top 40 hits for 1970, for which some but not all of the songs from the first and last groups could also qualify.

 
At 12/1/08, 11:22 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

TRN,

You're probably on to something. However Green Eyed Lady was (I think) 72 or 73. Aerosmith, ELO and Queen I don't think released anything as early as 1970.

You might have the right idea, but it probably needs some tweaking.

What you suggest would explain why there are no Eagles or (Buckingham/Nicks) Fleetwood Mac songs in the list.

 
At 12/2/08, 12:04 AM, Blogger SJ said...

29. ABC - Jackson 5

 
At 12/2/08, 2:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRN: The first group can't be only debut albums, as "Sweet Talkin' Woman" is from ELO's Out Of The Blue, which wasn't their first. I'm pretty sure that the Queen and Jimmy Buffett songs are also from albums other than their respective debuts.

Nice pickup on their being 3 former Beatles' songs in that group, though. Anybody know if one of the remaining songs is by Paul McCartney?

-- Clayton

 
At 12/2/08, 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking about it a bit more, I wonder if the first group is artists who first recorded (either solo, or as that particular band) in the 70s? Some members of ELO, for instance, were first in a band called The Move at least in the early 70s and possibly the late 60s. I think the same applies to Emerson, Lake and/or Palmer, and of course that also covers the former Beatles.

Thus, the first group could be artists that debuted in the 70s, the second group 70s artists generally, and the third, artists that debuted in the 60s and disbanded (or died) in the 70s.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/2/08, 3:13 AM, Blogger LEL said...

1.Your Song-Elton John

 
At 12/2/08, 8:26 AM, Anonymous ral315 said...

The first group can't all be 1970 because of Queen and a few others. But Queen formed a few years before they put out "Queen I", under another name that I can't recall. I think Derek and the Dominoes formed in 1970. With three Beatles in here, perhaps this is groups formed in 1970, or artists who first released albums in 1970.

In the second group, I don't see many I can identify the date on, but I think "Eighteen" must have been 1970, "Roadhouse Blues" must have been 1970 as well, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" seems like a late 60s/early 70s song, Lola was very early 70s if I recall, "After Midnight" was 1970 or 1971, I think, and "Southern Man" must have been very early 70s because it was namechecked in "Sweet Home Alabama".

As for the third group, I think Clayton had it right that it's artists that died in the 1970's, but I think it can be pinpointed specifically to the "last songs" of artists, released in 1970. I think Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died in 1970 or early 1971, and the Beatles obviously released "Let it Be" in 1970.

So, I'll say that the first group are songs from bands who formed in 1970, the second group are songs released in 1970, and the third group are "final songs" from artists or groups that were released in 1970.

 
At 12/2/08, 12:25 PM, Blogger Gail said...

43. Long, Long Time - Linda Ronstadt

 
At 12/4/08, 3:12 AM, Blogger LEL said...

38.War-Bruce Springsteen

 
At 12/6/08, 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 - Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

-- Clayton

 
At 12/7/08, 7:24 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Soccer Dad, TRN, ral315, Clayton, Yitzchak, Gail, Laura, and SJ! Together, you ID'ed an amazing 47 out of 55 songs quotes, and, also with the collaboration of several, pieced together the theme, which was the year 1970. To be precise, the first set of songs were from groups who formed (even if they didn't yet start recording) or individual singers who debuted in 1970, the middle groups was songs that charted that year (using no more than one such song per artist), and the last, bands that broke up, or individual artists who passed on, in 1970. The songs I chose for groups one and three often were also 1970 hits, but when there were no such reasonable choices, I used later or earlier songs, respectively - hence the hint in the intro to this edition.

Given my musical "comfort zone", I suppose a similar theme, timed to match the MM edition number, would have been relevant anywhere from the mid-60s to mid-80s. But I specifically chose this one, since I've always felt that 1970 was a extremely pivotal year in rock history. Judging from several of the entries in the first and third groups, I hope you'll agree!

The full set of correct responses:
1) "I'm not one of those who can easily hide"
- "Your Song", Elton John
2) "All day long I think of things"
- "Paranoid", Black Sabbath
3) "Hung me on a line"
- "Maybe I'm Amazed", Paul McCartney
4) "Lived and learned from fools and from sages"
- "Dream On", Aerosmith
5) "Of his honor and his glory the people would sing"
- "Lucky Man", Emerson, Lake & Palmer
6) "Better recognize your brothers"
- "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)", John Lennon
7) "You were light and breezy"
- "It's Too Late", Carole King
8) "Do a ton or a ton an' twenty-five"
- "In the Summertime", Mungo Jerry
9) "Insufficient data coming through"
- "Sweet Talkin' Woman", ELO
10) "Perfume came naturally from Paris"
- "Killer Queen", Queen
11) "Really want to go with you"
- "My Sweet Lord", George Harrison
12) "Please don't say we'll never find a way"
- "Layla", Derek & the Dominoes (fits categories #2 and 3 as well!)
13) "Setting suns and lonely lovers free"
- "Green-Eyed Lady", Sugarloaf
14) "Ran into a chum with a bottle of rum"
- "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes", Jimmy Buffett
15) "You don't have to shout or leap about"
- "It Don't Come Easy", Ringo Starr
16) "Her hair is kinda' wild and free"
- "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", Edison Lighthouse

17) "Under electric candlelight"
- "Lola", The Kinks
18) "All the good times I've been misusin'"
- "Whole Lotta Love", Led Zeppelin
19) "The future's uncertain and the end is always near"
- "Roadhouse Blues", The Doors
20) "I've got values but I don't know how or why"
- "The Seeker", The Who
21) "Can you play their games?"
- "Share the Land", The Guess Who
22) "Don't you think that love can last?"
- "All Right Now", Free
23) "I'm alone in the dark, even though"
- "Make Me Smile", Chicago
24) "Give me spots on my apples"
- "Big Yellow Taxi", Joni Mitchell
25) "A statue wearing high heels"
- "Looking Out My Back Door", Creedence Clearwater Revival
26) "Stop messin' round with your tricks"
- "Black Magic Woman", Santana
27) "I've been lost now days uncounted"
- "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)", Grand Funk Railroad
28) "You make me sing like a guitar hummin'"
- "Cracklin' Rosie", Neil Diamond
29) "All the branches of the learning tree"
- "ABC", The Jackson 5
30) "The music plays so nonchalant"
- "Lonely Days", The Bee Gees
31) "They seek the truth before they can die"
- "Teach Your Children", Crosby, Stills & Nash
32) "My body's aching and my time is at hand"
- "Fire and Rain", James Taylor
33) "In a castle dark or a fortress strong"
- "If You Could Read My Mind", Gordon Lightfoot
34) "Life is for us to keep"
- "Make It With You", Bread
35) "Her wild-eyed innocence is just a game"
- "Temptation Eyes", The Grass Roots
36) "A kiss for luck and we're on our way"
- "We've Only Just Begun", The Carpenters
37) "An overfed, long-haired leaping gnome"
- "Spill the Wine", Eric Burdon & War
38) "Friend only to the undertaker"
- "War", Edwin Starr
39) "You may get disgusted, and think I'm strange"
- "Domino", Van Morrison
40) "Tall white mansions and little shacks"
- "Southern Man", Neil Young
41) "Lines form on my face and hands"
- "I'm Eighteen", Alice Cooper
42) "Were gonna' stimulate some action"
- "After Midnight", Eric Clapton
43) "And I never drew one response from you"
- "Long Long Time", Linda Ronstadt
44) "The breeze along the river seems to say"
- "Snowbird", Anne Murray
45) "Let some air into this room!"
- "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)", Three Dog Night
46) "You know she was a dancer, she moved better on wine"
- "Mississippi Queen", Mountain
47) "But in the grey of the morning my mind becomes confused"
- "Question", The Moody Blues
48) "Leroy, boy, you're my friend"
- "We Gotta Get You a Woman", Runt/Todd Rundgren
49) "Seen a lot of things in this old world"
- "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", Stevie Wonder
50) "Won't you hop inside my car?"
- "Vehicle", The Ides of March

51) "I wake up to the sound of music"
- "Let It Be", The Beatles
52) "Then I'm laying out my winter clothes"
- "The Boxer", Simon & Garfunkel
53) "You say your mom ain't home, it ain't my concern"
- "Fire", The Jimi Hendrix Experience
54) "Dialing for dollars is trying to find me"
- "Mercedes Benz", Janis Joplin
55) "All the girls they try to take me away, take me away"
- "Glad All Over", Dave Clark Five

Thanks again all! Look for MM #71 at Soccer Dad tomorrow 12/8, and then #72 back here on 12/15.

 

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