Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Musical Monday #150

Welcome to the 150th 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.

The songs this week are broken into four sub-themes, 1-8, 7-10, and 11-15, and 16-22. Group #2 is somewhat of a double theme, and the four groups in sequence form an overall theme. The total number of songs is also significant (though this negated any "super-sizing" in honor of the Musical Monday's sesquicentennial, and though there are doubtless other songs that would fit most of the sub-themes).

1) "Watched his hair been turnin' grey"
2) "Tell me why you're looking so confused"
3) "A dog started crying, like a broken hearted man"
4) "She breaks down and cries to her husband"
5) "The millions of faces, but still I'm alone"
6) "You can see it in my eyes, I can feel it in your touch"

7) "All the lights are changing green to red"
8) "Turn that jungle music down, just until we're out of town"
9) "Required from us a song"
10) "It's a fact of life, now man and wife, work full time to just get by"

11) "Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear"
12) "And make them softer for her feet"
13) "Before I put on my makeup"
14) "I have no choice, I hear your voice, feels like flying"
15) "This is the year of the hungry man, whose place is in the past"

16) "Trying to forget you is just a waste of time"
17) "Take your time, I won't go anywhere"
18) "For some California grass"
19) "Found a note there waiting, it said, 'Daddy, I just can't wait'"
20) "Nothing left to chance, all is working"
21) "Times have changed and times are strange"
22) "Like emptiness in harmony"

Good luck and enjoy!

28 Comments:

At 7/19/10, 5:16 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) We gotta get out of this place - The Animals
6) Kiss you all over - Exile
13) I way a little prayer for you - Dionne Warwick
16) Baby Come back - Player
22) Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

 
At 7/19/10, 6:15 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

4 - She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
5 - Long Long Way from Home - Foreigner

8 - Babylon Sisters - Steely Dan

14 - Like a Prayer - Madonna

18 - Get Back - The Beatles
20 - Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling

 
At 7/19/10, 6:35 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

9. By the Rivers of Babylon--can't remember the artist-iDesmond Dekker? The theme must have something to do with Tisha B'Av

 
At 7/19/10, 6:57 PM, Blogger LEL said...

4.She's Leaving Home-The Beatles
5.Long Long Way From Home-Foreigner
11.Livin' on a Prayer-Bon Jovi
18.Get Back-The Beatles
21.Mama I'm Coming Home-Ozzie Osbourne

 
At 7/19/10, 9:55 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

19 - Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin

 
At 7/21/10, 2:34 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Now that I've eaten something . . .
Is "Babylon" by the New York Dolls in there? The sub-themes seem to be emerging. The last group would be returning from exile. The "Babylon" songs are in the second group. The third group is about prayer--praying to get out of exile? Maybe the first group is about going into exile.

 
At 7/21/10, 4:18 PM, Blogger trn said...

We were exiled to Babylon and prayer led to our return.

Probably there's a more concise way to state it.

And Elie says the second group is a double theme, so perhaps there is more to it than Babylon.

Also, the second half is maybe not only in the past.

Don McLean has a song called Babylon, but it's basically the beginning of Psalm 137 in English arranged in a round.

Relatedly, American Pie mentions singing dirges in the dark, appropriate for Tisha B'Av.

22 are the days of the Three Weeks, inclusive.

Happy sesquicentennial of Musical Monday!

 
At 7/21/10, 5:42 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I was going to write that 15 sounded like Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues," but that's the year of the expanding man, isn't it?

Yitz, is 9 The rivers of Babylon by Don McLean that TRN is referring to?

(I can't say that I remember all the Hebrew, but it doesn't seem far off.)

 
At 7/21/10, 6:23 PM, Blogger Elie said...

SD, Yitz, and TRN: There are songs with the titles referenced, but I have them by other artists. Could be different covers of the same two songs.

Think about what the 2nd part of theme two would be - given that the first part has been ID'ed.

 
At 7/21/10, 6:58 PM, Blogger trn said...

22 are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

22 are the verses of an acrostic based on the Hebrew alphabet.

22 are the verses of most of the chapters of Eicha and many of the kinot.

This edition of Musical Monday is a kinah!

Very impressive, Elie.

 
At 7/21/10, 7:06 PM, Blogger trn said...

Soccer Dad, Don McLean's Babylon doesn't include that part of the psalm.

 
At 7/21/10, 9:31 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Yitz, is 9 The rivers of Babylon by Don McLean that TRN is referring to?

No, it is a very familiar Reggae version of Al Naharos Bavel. It might be on the The Harder They Come soundtrack. We've all heard it. I just can't remember the artist--one of those reggae artists--like Desmond Dekker--from the period before Bob Marley achieved his greatest fame.

 
At 7/23/10, 2:27 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Time for a review:

1) We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals
2) "Tell me why you're looking so confused"
3) "A dog started crying, like a broken hearted man"
4) She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
5) Long Long Way from Home - Foreigner
6) Kiss You All Over - Exile

7) "All the lights are changing green to red"
8) Babylon Sisters - Steely Dan
9) By the Rivers of Babylon - Desmond Dekker?
10) "It's a fact of life, now man and wife, work full time to just get by"

11) Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi
12) "And make them softer for her feet"
13) I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
14) Like a Prayer - Madonna
15) "This is the year of the hungry man, whose place is in the past"

16) Baby Come Back - Player
17) "Take your time, I won't go anywhere"
18) Get Back - The Beatles
19) Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin
20) Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling
21) Mama I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
22) Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel

 
At 7/23/10, 10:11 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Yitz, is 9 The rivers of Babylon by Don McLean that TRN is referring to?

No, it is a very familiar Reggae version of Al Naharos Bavel.


And as Soccer Dad and I both noticed, the song/artist was in Israel-related news just this week! Though the Don Mclean version could be a cover.

Couple of hints:

#s 2 and 17 are new songs (mid-late 2000s).

#s 10 and 12 are by the same artist, a staple of my Musical Monday selections!

 
At 7/23/10, 11:25 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Where's King Tut?

"Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia."

:-)

 
At 7/25/10, 1:06 AM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Did anyone see Yaacov Lozowick's blog lately?

 
At 7/26/10, 11:27 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Yes, Yitz, that's what Elie was referring to a few comments ago.

 
At 7/26/10, 12:55 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

So the artist I was trying to think of is the Melodians. And now that Desmond Dekker isn't the answer to anything, I'm free to look him up, and it turns out that he recorded "The Israelites."

 
At 12/26/10, 8:34 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks all! Extremely overdue solution to follow:

Theme: Exileand redemption, with sub-themes
- Getting Out
- Babylon and Rome (the two Jewish exiles)
- Prayer
- Return home

Songs:
1) "Watched his hair been turnin' grey" - "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place", The Animals
2) "Tell me why you're looking so confused" - "Leave (Get Out)", Jojo
3) "A dog started crying, like a broken hearted man" - "Exit", U2
4) "She breaks down and cries to her husband" - "She's Leaving Home", Beatles
5) "The millions of faces, but still I'm alone" - "Long, Long Way From Home", Foreigner
6) "You can see it in my eyes, I can feel it in your touch" - "Kiss You All Over", Exile

7) "All the lights are changing green to red" - "Babylon", David Gray
8) "Turn that jungle music down, just until we're out of town" - "Babylon Sisters", Steely Dan
9) "Required from us a song" - "Rivers Of Babylon", Boney M
10) "It's a fact of life, now man and wife, work full time to just get by" - "When In Rome", Billy Joel

11) "Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear" - "Livin' on a Prayer", Bon Jovi
12) "And make them softer for her feet" - "Travelin' Prayer", Billy Joel
13) "Before I put on my makeup" - "I Say a Little Prayer", Dionne Warwick
14) "I have no choice, I hear your voice, feels like flying" - "Like A Prayer", Madonna
15) "This is the year of the hungry man, whose place is in the past" - "Praying For Time", George Michael

16) "Trying to forget you is just a waste of time" - "Baby Come Back", Player
17) "Take your time, I won't go anywhere" - "Come Back To Me", David Cook
18) "For some California grass" - "Get Back", The Beatles
19) "Found a note there waiting, it said, 'Daddy, I just can't wait'" - "Bring It On Home", Led Zeppelin
20) "Nothing left to chance, all is working" - "Major Tom (I'm Coming Home)", Peter Schilling
21) "Times have changed and times are strange" - "Mama, I'm Coming Home", Ozzy Osbourne
22) "Like emptiness in harmony" - "Homeward Bound", Simon & Garfunkel

 
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