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Monday, October 12, 2009

Musical Monday #112

Welcome to the 112th 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. Sorry to both players and co-host for missing my turn last week! Between the Jewish holidays and my non-voluntary work "holiday", I just didn't have the time or energy for it!

This week's MM has three sub-groups of songs, which all contribute to a single overall theme, though in somewhat different ways.

1) "Grease monkey, ex-junky, winner of the fight"
2) "It seems to me I could live my life, a lot better than I think I am"
3) "Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts"
4) "Rain pourin' down, I swing my hammer"
5) "If it ain't no pencil pusher, then it got to be a honky-tonk queen"
6) "Thought I could have my cake and eat it too"
7) "They hurt you at home and they hit you at school"
8) "Like the castle in its corner in a medieval game"
9) "You lazy mother, your hands are clean"
10) "Twenty five years have come and gone, and she's seen a lot of tears"
11) "You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right"

12) "How many people do I help, just by sitting on the shelf?"
13) "To any port or foreign shore"
14) "I lived the life of a drifter, waiting for the day"
15) "Breakfast where the news is read, television children fed"
16) "Tons of gold for which they'd kill"
17) "Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you"
18) "From F.L.A. to Frisco Bay, and everywhere in between"
19) "I've been waiting to awaken from these dreams"
20) "Take a drink from his special cup"
21) "All night long, we would sing that stupid song"
22) "And even though I'm full of sin"
23) "Eating from TV trays, tuned into to Happy Days"
24) "How was I to know, she was with the Russians too?"
25) "He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile"
26) "Through a glass eye your throne, is the one danger zone"
27) "In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler"
28) "A-through the back yard we'd go walkin'"
29) "Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me"
30) "Put out your problems with the cat"
31) "Don't ask me what I want it for"
32) "I won't toe your line today"
33) "Long shot at that jumping sign, invisible shivers running down my spine"
34) "Why's it takin' such a long time, for me to hear from that boy of mine?"
35) "A lifetime spent preparing for the journey"
36) "Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain"
37) "Alimony, alimony payin' your bills"
38) "And all this science I don't understand"
39) "Who never had time for a wife"
40) "A thousand miles can lead so many ways"
41) "Pretty eyed, pirate smile"

42) "Every morning about this time she get me out of my bed"
43) "My woman done left and took all of the reasons"
44) "Keeping my eye on the keyhole"
45) "Met our mothers at the USO"
46) "He came home too drunk from mixin' tanqueray and wine"
47) "Well, he hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime"
48) "Grandma's on the front porch swing with a bible in her hand"
49) "The man in the silk suit hurries by"
50) "The place that I was born, on the lakeside"

Good luck and enjoy!

29 Comments:

At 10/12/09, 9:37 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

6) Working my way back to you - Four Seasons, covered by the Spinners
22) Calling Dr. Love - Kiss
29) The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
34) Please Mr. Postman - The Chiffons (?), The Carpenters

 
At 10/12/09, 10:18 AM, Blogger Gail said...

6. Working My Way Back to You - Frankie Valle and the 4 Seasons
38. Rocketman -Elton John
41. Tiny Dancer - Elton John

 
At 10/12/09, 11:10 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

8. Dirty Work--Steely Dan
21. Dr. Wu (?) --Steely Dan
24. Lawyers, Guns, and Money--Warren Zevon
43. Take this job and shove it--don't remember the artist
47. Maggie's Farm--Bob Dylan ("I ain't gonna work on Maggie's Farm no more" . . . "I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more" . . . etc.)

The theme seems to be employment or lack thereof.

 
At 10/12/09, 11:42 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

7. continues "They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool"? I can't figure it out.
20. Taxman--Beatles
36. Don't Fear the Reaper--BOC
37. Heartbreaker--Led Zeppelin

 
At 10/12/09, 11:44 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

7. I figured it out, I think. "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon. Maybe you're supposed to say it's by the Plastic Ono Band.

 
At 10/12/09, 12:03 PM, Blogger LEL said...

11.We Can Work it Out-The Beatles
13.Soldier Boy-The Shirelles?
15.Unknown Soldier-The Doors
20.Dr.Robert-The Beatles
29.Homeward Bound-Simon and Garfunkel
31.Taxman-The Beatles
34.Please Mr.Postman-The Marvelettes, the Beatles
36.Don't Fear the Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult
37.Living Loving Maid-Led Zeppelin
38.Rocket Man-Elton John
39.Piano Man-Billy Joel
41.Tiny Dancer-Elton John
45.Allentown-Billy Joel
48.Rain on the Scarecrow-John Mellencamp

 
At 10/12/09, 12:03 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

43 is Johnny Paycheck. (I don't know what his real name is)

And Yitz, What's 36 in Yiddish?

 
At 10/12/09, 12:45 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

1 - Working for a Living - Huey Lewis & the News
2 - Working Man - Rush

16 - One Tin Soldier - Coven (?)
23 - Lawyers In Love - Jackson Browne
26 - Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John
27 - Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn (?)
28 - Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

44 - Blue Collar Man - Styx

Looks like the first group is about working, the second is various professions and the third is about unemployment.

 
At 10/13/09, 1:38 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

19 - Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne

 
At 10/13/09, 4:08 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I know that Elie included the lyric for 4 a few editions ago.

I also know that it wasn't the theme from the Mighty Thor.

 
At 10/14/09, 3:08 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

A few professional songs occurred to me:

Paperback Writer, though it doesn't appear to be included.

Though I wouldn't necessarily recognize the lyrics:

Don't pay the Ferryman
Ride Captain Ride

 
At 10/14/09, 3:10 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

A couple of other related songs occurred to me:

Get a Job
and
Summertime Blues

Would 18 be Ride Captain Ride?

 
At 10/14/09, 7:33 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Paperback Writer - How did I forget that one! It would have fit both category 2 and 3!

Don't pay the Ferryman - Yes

Ride Captain Ride - Not here.

Get a Job - Yes

Summertime Blues - I left that one out. It was kind of the converse of category 3 - someone who has a job and hates it. Probably a few other songs would fit that theme.

 
At 10/14/09, 10:43 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Some bonuses about working and jobs. Sorry if any are included already:

"A lot of them didn't, a lot of them died."

"If you can make sounds loud or mellow"

"It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!"

 
At 10/14/09, 11:33 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Another bonus:

"Just imagine someone/
Waiting at the cottage door."

 
At 10/15/09, 12:08 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Since Don't pay the Ferryman - by Chris DeBurgh - is confirmed, I'd have to guess #35.

 
At 10/15/09, 6:48 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Hows about a summary?

1) Working for a Living - Huey Lewis & the News
2) Working Man - Rush
3) "Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts"
4) "Rain pourin' down, I swing my hammer"
5) "If it ain't no pencil pusher, then it got to be a honky-tonk queen"
6) Working My Way Back to You - The Four Seasons, The Spinners
7) Working Class Hero - John Lennon
8) Dirty Work - Steely Dan
9) "You lazy mother, your hands are clean"
10) "Twenty five years have come and gone, and she's seen a lot of tears"
11) We Can Work it Out - The Beatles

12) "How many people do I help, just by sitting on the shelf?"
13) Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
14) "I lived the life of a drifter, waiting for the day"
15) The Unknown Soldier - The Doors
16) One Tin Soldier - Coven
17) "Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you"
18) "From F.L.A. to Frisco Bay, and everywhere in between"
19) Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
20) Doctor Robert - The Beatles
21) Doctor Wu - Steely Dan
22) Calling Dr. Love - KISS
23) Lawyers in Love - Jackson Browne
24) Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon
25) "He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile"
26) Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John
27) Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
28) Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
29) The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
30) "Put out your problems with the cat"
31) Taxman - The Beatles
32) "I won't toe your line today"
33) "Long shot at that jumping sign, invisible shivers running down my spine"
34) Please Mr. Postman - The Chiffons, The Carpenters, The Marvelettes, The Beatles
35) Don't Pay the Ferryman - Chris DeBurgh
36) Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
37) Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) - Led Zeppelin
38) Rocket Man - Elton John
39) Piano Man - Billy Joel
40) "A thousand miles can lead so many ways"
41) Tiny Dancer - Elton John

42) "Every morning about this time she get me out of my bed"
43) Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck
44) Blue Collar Man - Styx
45) Allentown - Billy Joel
46) "He came home too drunk from mixin' tanqueray and wine"
47) Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan
48) Rain on the Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp
49) "The man in the silk suit hurries by"
50) "The place that I was born, on the lakeside"

Bonuses:

B1) "A lot of them didn't, a lot of them died."
B2) "If you can make sounds loud or mellow"
B3) "It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!"
B4) "Just imagine someone / Waiting at the cottage door."

 
At 10/15/09, 6:50 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

B2 is Takin' Care of Business by BTO, BTW. :)

 
At 10/16/09, 1:18 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Other Beatles songs about jobs would be "Drive my Car" and "Lovely Rita Meter Maid." There is also an obscure Rolling Stones song called "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man."

 
At 10/16/09, 2:51 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Is B3 "Day-O/The Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte?

 
At 10/16/09, 7:49 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Clayton, yes on B3.

 
At 10/18/09, 11:46 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Great so far folks! Keep trying for the rest - I'll give it until tomorrow am. Meanwhile I've finally posted the answers for MMs 106, 108, and 110, so check those out if you're interested.

 
At 10/21/09, 10:57 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

3 - Working on the Highway - Bruce Springsteen

 
At 10/26/09, 9:00 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Great job, Soccer Dad, Gail, Yitzchak, Laura, and Clayton! Together, you ID'ed 33 out of 50 songs, as well as the theme, which was most clearly stated by Clayton above: "first group is about working, the second is various professions, and the third is about unemployment". Believe it or not, I had been planning a MM theme around groups 1 and 2 for a while, and added the (ironic) third section after my own recent "downsizing" made it seem relevant to do so.

The complete list of correct answers:
1) "Grease monkey, ex-junky, winner of the fight"
- "Workin' for a Living", Huey Lewis and The News
2) "It seems to me I could live my life, a lot better than I think I am"
- "Working Man", Rush
3) "Some going down to Stovell wearing trouble on their shirts"
- "Working On The Highway", Bruce Springsteen
4) "Rain pourin' down, I swing my hammer"
- "Working On a Dream", Bruce Springsteen
5) "If it ain't no pencil pusher, then it got to be a honky-tonk queen"
- "Workin' For MCA", Lynyrd Skynyrd
6) "Thought I could have my cake and eat it too"
- "Working My Way Back To You", The Spinners
7) "They hurt you at home and they hit you at school"
- "Working Class Hero", John Lennon
8) "Like the castle in its corner in a medieval game"
- "Dirty Work", Steely Dan
9) "You lazy mother, your hands are clean"
- "Dirty Work", The Rolling Stones
10) "Twenty five years have come and gone, and she's seen a lot of tears"
- "She Works Hard For The Money", Donna Summer
11) "You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right"
- "We Can Work It Out", The Beatles

12) "How many people do I help, just by sitting on the shelf?"
- "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor", The Yardbirds
13) "To any port or foreign shore"
- "Soldier Boy", The Shirelles
14) "I lived the life of a drifter, waiting for the day"
- "Soldier Of Fortune", Deep Purple
15) "Breakfast where the news is read, television children fed"
- "The Unknown Soldier", The Doors
16) "Tons of gold for which they'd kill"
- "One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)", Coven
17) "Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you"
- "Tin Soldier", The Small Faces
18) "From F.L.A. to Frisco Bay, and everywhere in between"
- "The Doctor", Doobie Brothers
19) "I've been waiting to awaken from these dreams"
- "Doctor My Eyes", Jackson Browne
20) "Take a drink from his special cup"
- "Doctor Robert", The Beatles
21) "All night long, we would sing that stupid song"
- "Doctor Wu ", Steely Dan
22) "And even though I'm full of sin"
- "Calling Dr. Love", Kiss
23) "Eating from TV trays, tuned into to Happy Days"
- "Lawyers In Love", Jackson Browne
24) "How was I to know, she was with the Russians too?"
- "Lawyers, Guns and Money", Warren Zevon
25) "He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile"

 
At 10/26/09, 9:00 PM, Blogger Elie said...

26) "Through a glass eye your throne, is the one danger zone"
- "Take Me To The Pilot", Elton John
27) "In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler"
- "Coal Miner's Daughter", Loretta Lynn
28) "A-through the back yard we'd go walkin'"
- "Son of a Preacher Man", Dusty Springfield
29) "Where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me"
- "The Boxer", Simon and Garfunkel
30) "Put out your problems with the cat"
- "The Actor", Moody Blues
31) "Don't ask me what I want it for"
- "Taxman", The Beatles
32) "I won't toe your line today"
- "Immigration Man", David Crosby and Graham Nash
33) "Long shot at that jumping sign, invisible shivers running down my spine"
- "Watching The Detectives", Elvis Costello
34) "Why's it takin' such a long time, for me to hear from that boy of mine?"
- "Please Mr. Postman", The Marvelettes
35) "A lifetime spent preparing for the journey"
- "Don't Pay the Ferryman", Chris de Burgh
36) "Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain"
- "Don't Fear The Reaper", Blue Oyster Cult
37) "Alimony, alimony payin' your bills"
- "Living Loving Maid", Led Zeppelin
38) "And all this science I don't understand"
- "Rocket Man", Elton John
39) "Who never had time for a wife"
- "Piano Man", Billy Joel
40) "A thousand miles can lead so many ways"
- "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock N Roll Band", Moody Blues
41) "Pretty eyed, pirate smile"
- "Tiny Dancer", Elton John

42) "Every morning about this time she get me out of my bed"
- "Get A Job", The Silhouettes
43) "My woman done left and took all of the reasons"
- "Take This Job and Shove It", David Allan Coe
44) "Keeping my eye on the keyhole"
- "Blue Collar Man", Styx
45) "Met our mothers at the USO"
- "Allentown", Billy Joel
46) "He came home too drunk from mixin' tanqueray and wine"
- "Johnny 99", Bruce Springsteen
47) "Well, he hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime"
- "Maggie's Farm", Bob Dylan
48) "Grandma's on the front porch swing with a bible in her hand"
- "Rain on the Scarecrow", John Mellencamp
49) "The man in the silk suit hurries by"
- "The Way It Is", Bruce Hornsby and the Range
50) "The place that I was born, on the lakeside"
- "Don’t Give Up", Peter Gabriel

 
At 10/27/09, 10:25 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

The answers to my bonuses:

B1. "Sixteen Tons"--Tennessee Ernie Ford. ("I owe my soul to the company store.")

B2. "Takin' Care of Business"--BTO

B3. "Banana Boat Song"--Harry Belafonte, the Kinks. A lot of folk songs are about jobs. The only thing is that the jobs are all menial ones like picking cotton.

B4. "Nice work if you can get it"--George Gershwin

 
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