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Monday, December 29, 2008

Musical Monday #74

Welcome to the 74th 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 divided into two groups: 1-18 and 19-34. These represent two separate sub-themes which together comprise the overall theme of the quiz.

1) "Arms entwined, the chosen few"
2) "I seem to lean on old familiar ways"
3) "I'd swallow the pain and pride"
4) "And the bus and the tourists are gone"
5) "He's the only reason we exist"
6) "Crumpled bits of paper, filled with imperfect thought"
7) "I swear you taught me everything I know"
8) "Nights are warm and the days are young"
9) "Your arms are hanging limp at your sides"
10) "The trip we made in Hollywood is etched upon my mind"
11) "Blind aspires of fortune, each have separate weight"
12) "But what if I'm a mermaid in these jeans of his?"
13) "It's the first time that you haven't made the bed"
14) "Your stupid girlfriends tell you that I'm to blame"
15) "Too many kingdoms, too many flags on the field"
16) "There'll be scary ghost stories"
17) "We'd hide from the lights, on the village green"
18) "Watching the wide world riot and hiding out"

19) "I'm just glad to be here, happy to be alive"
20) "Lenny Bruce is not afraid"
21) "Offer up your best defense"
22) "You and me were free, we do as we please yeah"
23) "Some are born to sweet delight"
24) "I took the money, I spiked your drink"
25) "Is your conscience at rest if once put to the test?"
26) "The sounds of the city sifting through trees"
27) "Everyone's hoping it'll all work out"
28) "You might see me on the East side, ha, the West side!"
29) "Seven long years for the same corporation"
30) "Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are"
31) "Two-roomed apartment on the second floor"
32) "The snake is long, seven miles"
33) "The love you take"
34) "Some nights I wake up, I look at your pillow"

Good luck and enjoy!

39 Comments:

At 12/29/08, 10:23 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

10) Reelin' in the years - Steely Dan
32) The end - The Doors
33) The End - The Beatles

 
At 12/29/08, 10:42 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

26) I'm pretty certain that it's Simon and Garfunkel. I can't place the tune but think that it's A Hazy Shade of Winter.

 
At 12/29/08, 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 - Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
4 - Year of the C at - Al Stewart

20 - It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far, the songs guessed in the first group all have the word "year" in the title, and the second group have "end", so I'm betting the theme, what with this being the last MM of 2008, is the end of the year.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

19 - End of the Line - The Taveling Wilburys

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 12:21 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Ah, thanks Clayton.

26) Right group, right album, wrong song.

Simon and Garfunkel - Book Ends Theme.

 
At 12/29/08, 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 - Golden Years - David Bowie

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

34 - Don't Let It End - Styx

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 1:18 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

22) "Til the end of the day"--Kinks

 
At 12/29/08, 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

21 - The End of the Innocence - Don Henley

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 1:29 PM, Blogger LEL said...

1.New Year's Day-U2
5.All those years ago-George Harrison
20.It's the end of the world as we know it-REM
32.The End-The Doors
33.The End-The Beatles

 
At 12/29/08, 2:01 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Ambrosia had a song "Holding back the years," didn't it?

 
At 12/29/08, 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about Ambrosia, but Simply Red had a song with that title...

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 2:24 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Maybe Ambrosia's was "Holding on to yesterday," I stand corrected.

 
At 12/29/08, 2:39 PM, Blogger trn said...

8) I can hear this. Run through the shadows?

21) End of the Innocence

33) Beatles

 
At 12/29/08, 2:51 PM, Blogger trn said...

Nice job on the theme.

Hmm, is In The Year 2525 one of the songs in the first group? It is by Zager and Evans.

 
At 12/29/08, 2:55 PM, Blogger trn said...

9) It looks like "Your arms are hanging limp at your sides" could fit In The Year 2525.

 
At 12/29/08, 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 - Ten Years Gone - Led Zeppelin

-- Clayton

 
At 12/29/08, 4:38 PM, Anonymous ral315 said...

16) It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams and others

 
At 12/29/08, 7:45 PM, Blogger LEL said...

21.The End of the Inocense-Don Henley.

 
At 12/29/08, 7:47 PM, Blogger LEL said...

22.Till the End of the Day-The Kinks

 
At 12/29/08, 8:29 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

TRN

Clayton's the resident expert on In the year 2525.
:-)

Is "All those years ago" in there someplace?

Maybe 17?

 
At 12/30/08, 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Clayton's the resident expert on In the year 2525."

I suppose I should know it better than I do... but unfortunately, the best I can do is to agree that it does seem like it could fit #9. Couldn't say for sure without cheating, though. :)

LEL ID'd "All Those Years Ago" at #5.

-- Clayton

 
At 12/30/08, 6:50 PM, Blogger trn said...

Aw, I want to be some sort of expert too.

In The Year 2525 is one of my favorite songs, and yet I don't know all the words.

 
At 12/30/08, 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you know more of the words than "In ithe year 2525...something...man is still alive" you're more of an expert than I. :-D

-- Clayton

 
At 12/30/08, 8:28 PM, Blogger trn said...

Aw, Clayton.

I do know a bit more:

In the year 2525/If man is still alive/If woman does survive/They will thrive . . . In the year 3535 . . . You pick your sons/Pick your daughters too/From the bottom of a big glass tube . . . Some machine's doing it for you . . . o-oh oh . . . Now it's been ten thousand years/Man has cried a billion tears . . .

Some of that is probably wrong.

Also, the years continue after 2525 and 3535 following that format, though at some point the format changes, reducing the scanning by a syllable.

I remember the first time I heard that song. It really caught my attention.

But then why does Soccer Dad call you the resident expert on this particular song?

 
At 12/30/08, 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some time ago, Soccer Dad sent me a link to a website -- http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInhistory/selectMonth.htm -- that can tell you the number one song on the Billboard chart for any date (going back to the 1890s! Not sure where that info comes from.) I mentioned to him that "In the Year 2525" was #1 the day I was born, and later on he used it in a MM and teased me a bit for not guessing it right away. But in reality, an "expert" I am not. Guess I need to study up on it for next time. :)

-- Clayton

 
At 12/30/08, 11:46 PM, Blogger trn said...

Ah, I see. Thanks for letting me in on the joke.

 
At 12/30/08, 11:52 PM, Blogger trn said...

Also, thanks also for the link. Neat site. The FAQ page explains the source of the earlier records.

 
At 12/31/08, 6:12 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Believe it or not, I heard "In The Year 2525" on my car radio this morning. Can't remember the last time it was played, but it must have been years ago.

 
At 12/31/08, 10:36 PM, Blogger trn said...

What a cool and enjoyable coincidence, Elie.

Were you listening to a "Classic Rock" station doing some sort of Top $X Countdown?

I was surprised to learn from Clayton's comment that In The Year 2525 had actually been a #1 Billboard hit, given its "Lost Classic" status these many, many years.

 
At 1/1/09, 12:17 AM, Anonymous Sherman T. Potter said...

Here's to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the last one.

 
At 1/1/09, 12:19 AM, Anonymous Sherman T. Potter said...

Here's to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one.

 
At 1/1/09, 9:34 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Were you listening to a "Classic Rock" station doing some sort of Top $X Countdown?

No, actually it was the "oldies" station, and they just happened to play it that morning.

Happy 2009, all!

 
At 1/1/09, 10:23 PM, Blogger trn said...

Elie, it was actually on CBS-FM, I believe, that I first heard In The Year 2525!

 
At 1/2/09, 12:15 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I'm guessing that The end of my world by Skeeter Davis isn't one of the songs is it?

It's funny when I'm thinking of ideas for MM and I hear a song that I wasn't familiar with or had forgotten that fits a theme.

 
At 1/2/09, 12:28 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Good guess!

Here are the remaining unguessed quotes:

3) "I'd swallow the pain and pride"
6) "Crumpled bits of paper, filled with imperfect thought"
7) "I swear you taught me everything I know"
12) "But what if I'm a mermaid in these jeans of his?"
13) "It's the first time that you haven't made the bed"
14) "Your stupid girlfriends tell you that I'm to blame"
15) "Too many kingdoms, too many flags on the field"
17) "We'd hide from the lights, on the village green"
18) "Watching the wide world riot and hiding out"

23) "Some are born to sweet delight"
24) "I took the money, I spiked your drink"
25) "Is your conscience at rest if once put to the test?"
27) "Everyone's hoping it'll all work out"
28) "You might see me on the East side, ha, the West side!"
29) "Seven long years for the same corporation"
30) "Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are"
31) "Two-roomed apartment on the second floor"

Of these, I think #s 3, 6, and 27 would likely be the most familiar for a classic-rock hits audience.

 
At 1/2/09, 2:57 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

31. "Dead End Street"--Kinks

 
At 1/4/09, 8:13 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Soccer Dad, Clayton, Yitzchak, Laura, TRN, and ral315! Together, you ID'ed 18 out of 34 songs, and Clayton was first to get the theme(s), "year" + "end", = goodbye, 2008! Though given the timing, the theme may have been a bit obvious, I think some of the quotes were harder than usual, including not one but two Obscure Billy Joel Songsā„¢, as well as several others that step far outside my usual classic rock territory.

Anyway, here's the full set of correct responses:
1) "Arms entwined, the chosen few"
- "New Year's Day", U2
2) "I seem to lean on old familiar ways"
- "Still Crazy After All These Years", Paul Simon
3) "I'd swallow the pain and pride"
- "I'd Wait a Million Years", The Grass Roots
4) "And the bus and the tourists are gone"
- "Year Of The Cat", Al Stewart
5) "He's the only reason we exist"
- "All Those Years Ago", George Harrison
6) "Crumpled bits of paper, filled with imperfect thought"
- "The Living Years", Mike & The Mechanics
7) "I swear you taught me everything I know"
- "Through The Years", Kenny Rogers
8) "Nights are warm and the days are young"
- "Golden Years", David Bowie
9) "Your arms are hanging limp at your sides"
- "In the Year 2525", Zager and Evans
10) "The trip we made in Hollywood is etched upon my mind"
- "Reelin' In The Years", Steely Dan
11) "Blind aspires of fortune, each have separate weight"
- "Ten Years Gone", Led Zeppelin
12) "But what if I'm a mermaid in these jeans of his?"
- "Silent All These Years", Tori Amos
13) "It's the first time that you haven't made the bed"
- "Good Year for the Roses", George Jones, Alan Jackson, Elvis Costello, etc.
14) "Your stupid girlfriends tell you that I'm to blame"
- "14 Years", Guns N' Roses
15) "Too many kingdoms, too many flags on the field"
- "Two Thousand Years", Billy Joel
16) "There'll be scary ghost stories"
- "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", Andy Williams
17) "We'd hide from the lights, on the village green"
- "It Was A Very Good Year", Frank Sinatra
18) "Watching the wide world riot and hiding out"
- "Next Year", Foo Fighters

19) "I'm just glad to be here, happy to be alive"
- "End Of The Line", The Traveling Wilburys
20) "Lenny Bruce is not afraid"
- "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", R.E.M.
21) "Offer up your best defense"
- "The End Of The Innocence", Don Henley
22) "You and me were free, we do as we please yeah"
- "Till the End of the Day", Kinks
23) "Some are born to sweet delight"
- "End of the Night", The Doors
24) "I took the money, I spiked your drink"
- "Until The End Of The World", U2
25) "Is your conscience at rest if once put to the test?"
- "Childhood's End", Pink Floyd
26) "The sounds of the city sifting through trees"
- "Old Friends/Bookends", S&G
27) "Everyone's hoping it'll all work out"
- "Working for the Weekend", Loverboy
28) "You might see me on the East side, ha, the West side!"
- "Livin' For The Weekend", O'Jays
29) "Seven long years for the same corporation"
- "Weekend Song", Billy Joel
30) "Drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are"
- "Wake Me Up When September Ends", Green Day
31) "Two-roomed apartment on the second floor"
- "Dead End Street", The Kinks
32) "The snake is long, seven miles"
- "The End", The Doors
33) "The love you take"
- "The End", The Beatles
34) "Some nights I wake up, I look at your pillow"
- "Don't Let It End", Styx

Thanks again all! Look for MM #75 at Soccer Dad tomorrow 1/5, and then #76 back here on 1/12.

 

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