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Monday, October 04, 2010

Musical Monday #159

Welcome to the 159th 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.

There's a single theme this week, but the last four songs relate to it in a significantly different way than the rest. And again, sorry for being a day late, not to mention probably a few songs short, but here goes!

1) "And my LP records and they're all scratched"
2) "Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show"
3) "Left standing in the lurch, at a church"
4) "He freely gave to charity"
5) "That's what Mrs. Riordan said"
6) "Frameless heads on nameless walls"
7) "Lemon yellow sun, arms raised in a V"
8) "The worm he licks my bone"
9) "Through early morning fog I see, visions of the things to be"
10) "I don't care to know the hour, 'cause it's passing anyway"
11) "Hard to save money, when you're twenty years in debt"
12) "And the clocks waits so patiently on your song"
13) "Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker"
14) "Like the burning end of a midnight cigarette"
15) "Getting lost within myself, nothing matters no one else"
16) "Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk"
17) "You could cut ties with all the lies"
18) "So take your lies, get off my case"
19) "I felt the earth on Monday, it moved beneath my feet"
20) "And my last ditch, was my last brick"
21) "I started a landslide in my ego"
22) "A rift in my family, I can't use the car"
23) "She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous"
24) "Now she's a swinger, dating a singer"
25) "I need a lawyer for my medical bills"
26) "Get your carpetbaggers off my back"

27) "Wait in your corner until that breeze blows in"
28) "Don't throw your hand, oh no, don't throw your hand"
29) "But we all bleed the same way as you do"
30) "Need some affection - you got it!"

Good luck and enjoy!

28 Comments:

At 10/5/10, 8:57 PM, Blogger trn said...

Some are familiar, yet I can neither place nor "hear" any of them. I'll keep trying.

 
At 10/5/10, 8:57 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Cheery stuff.

The worm licks my bone.

4) I think is Richard Corey by Simon and Garfunkel
5) I think is A most peculiar Man by Simon and Garfunkel.
Both from the Sounds of Silence album.

 
At 10/5/10, 10:14 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

6. Starry Night or Vincent by Don McLean

 
At 10/5/10, 10:35 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

1 - Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
3 - Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
23 - 'Round Here - Counting Crows
24 - You're So Bad - Tom Petty

 
At 10/5/10, 10:42 PM, Blogger trn said...

With thanks to Soccer Dad for a suggestion of what the theme might be:

Could 9 be Suicide is Painless, from M*A*S*H?

 
At 10/5/10, 10:51 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

8. Yer Blues--Beatles

 
At 10/5/10, 11:14 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

27 - You're Only Human (Second Wind) - Billy Joel

If the overall theme is about being down, maybe the last 4 are about cheering back up?

 
At 10/5/10, 11:48 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

In light of on trn's guess about 9, a possible bonus:

"We will feed out flower habit, pushing daisies"

 
At 10/6/10, 12:53 AM, Blogger LEL said...

1. Can't Stand Losing You-The Police
7. Jeremy-Pearl Jam
8. Yer Blues-The Beatles
13. Suicide Solution-Ozzy Osbourne

 
At 10/6/10, 1:21 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Aha... I didn't catch on quick enough from the earlier hints.

22 - I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself - Elton John

 
At 10/6/10, 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 - Tomorrow is Today - Billy Joel
25 - Close to the Borderline - Billy Joel

 
At 10/6/10, 3:47 PM, Blogger Gail said...

2. Tallahatchee Bridge...Dusty Springfield? That's the wrong title and probably the wrong singer...but I know the song....

 
At 10/6/10, 4:10 PM, Blogger SJ said...

17 has the refrain "Why don't you step off of that ledge, my friend?" Not sure of the title or artist, though.

 
At 10/6/10, 4:28 PM, Blogger Gail said...

SoccerDad emailed me with the name of #2 - "Ode to Billy Joe." Still not sure who sang it though.

 
At 10/6/10, 4:45 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

"Ode to Billy Joe" is by Bobbie Gentry, I think.

 
At 10/6/10, 8:42 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Another bonus:

"Make sure you get it right the first time"

 
At 10/7/10, 1:05 AM, Blogger trn said...

A high school friend used to sing me some novelty song on the topic that is the theme for this edition. I recall a refrain that went something like, "Leave the bathroom just as you found it, for others are following you."

 
At 10/7/10, 5:59 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

TRN, That's as sensitive and caring as SJ's quote above, "Why don't you step off of that ledge, my friend?"

 
At 10/7/10, 8:26 AM, Blogger trn said...

Soccer Dad,

Not exactly love songs, are they?

 
At 10/7/10, 8:30 AM, Blogger trn said...

29) You can bleed on me . . . ?
30) Anything you want . . . ?

 
At 10/7/10, 8:29 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

159b1) Waitin' on the "double e"
159b2) The rats keep winnin the rat race
159b3) Drank a half a bottle of iodine.
159b4) "Tony, can you fly?"
159b5) And my lips are as cold as the sea

 
At 10/7/10, 9:26 PM, Blogger trn said...

159b1) Musical Monday 158, song 13, the opposite of I Feel Lucky

 
At 10/7/10, 9:57 PM, Blogger trn said...

6. Starry Night or Vincent by Don McLean

I checked my copy. The proper title is the latter of the two Yitzchak suggests.

If the overall theme is about being down, maybe the last 4 are about cheering back up?

Clayton is on to something; looks like the last four are songs that are supportive. They must, however, be supportive in a specific way, otherwise Lean on Me and You've Got a Friend would be included.

 
At 10/8/10, 8:55 AM, Anonymous Clayton said...

159b2 - I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight - Atlanta Rhythm Section ("tomorrow I might go as far as suicide, but...")

 
At 10/9/10, 10:44 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Whoops! Sorry for the delay. And now, on to the review:

1) Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
2) Ode to Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry
3) Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
4) Richard Corey - Simon and Garfunkel
5) A Most Peculiar Man - Simon and Garfunkel
6) Vincent - Don McLean
7) Jeremy - Pearl Jam
8) Yer Blues - The Beatles
9) Suicide is Painless - ?
10) Tomorrow is Today - Billy Joel
11) "Hard to save money, when you're twenty years in debt"
12) "And the clocks waits so patiently on your song"
13) Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne
14) "Like the burning end of a midnight cigarette"
15) "Getting lost within myself, nothing matters no one else"
16) "Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk"
17) "You could cut ties with all the lies"
18) "So take your lies, get off my case"
19) "I felt the earth on Monday, it moved beneath my feet"
20) "And my last ditch, was my last brick"
21) "I started a landslide in my ego"
22) I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself - Elton John
23) 'Round Here - Counting Crows
24) You're So Bad - Tom Petty
25) Close to the Borderline - Billy Joel
26) "Get your carpetbaggers off my back"

27) You're Only Human (Second Wind) - Billy Joel
28) "Don't throw your hand, oh no, don't throw your hand"
29) "But we all bleed the same way as you do"
30) "Need some affection - you got it!"

Bonuses:

"We will feed out flower habit, pushing daisies"
"Make sure you get it right the first time"

159b1) Waitin' on the "double e"
159b2) I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight - Atlanta Rhythm Section
159b3) Drank a half a bottle of iodine.
159b4) "Tony, can you fly?"
159b5) And my lips are as cold as the sea

 
At 10/10/10, 11:29 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

As TRN noted, 159b1 also appeared in MM #158. I'm amazed no one's gotten this. There are (at least) two well known versions of the song. The original was by a man (who also wrote the song), but I don't think it was released as a single. The cover, by a woman made it to the top 40.
159b4 is one of the sickest songs I'm aware of. I have it on an anthology CD and really don't like to listen to it. After that you might be surprised to learn that - it was featured in the movie E.T.

 
At 12/26/10, 8:56 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Thanks all! Extremely overdue solution to follow:

Theme: Suicide. Note: The choice of this grim theme was not only the event
at Rutgers (which is down the block from me) that past week, but also a tragedy that occurred in my workplace a few weeks earlier.

The first group are songs about suicide, the second group songs specifically written with anti-suicide themes.

1) "And my LP records and they're all scratched" - "Can't Stand Losing You", The Police
2) "Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show" - "Ode to Billie Joe", Bobbie Gentry
3) "Left standing in the lurch, at a church" - "Alone Again Naturally", Gilbert O'Sullivan
4) "He freely gave to charity" - "Richard Cory", Simon & Garfunkel
5) "That's what Mrs. Riordan said" - "A Most Peculiar Man", Simon & Garfunkel
6) "Frameless heads on nameless walls" - "Vincent", Don McLean
7) "Lemon yellow sun, arms raised in a V" - "Jeremy", Pearl Jam
8) "The worm he licks my bone" - "Yer Blues", Beatles
9) "Through early morning fog I see, visions of the things to be" - "Suicide Is Painless (M*A*S*H Theme)", Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman
10) "I don't care to know the hour, 'cause it's passing anyway" - "Tomorrow Is Today", Billy Joel - lyrics are from the text of his own suicide note from 1972!
11) "Hard to save money, when you're twenty years in debt" - "Shotgun Blues", The Blues Brothers
12) "And the clocks waits so patiently on your song" - "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide", David Bowie
13) "Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker" - "Suicide Solution", Ozzy Osbourne
14) "Like the burning end of a midnight cigarette" - "Whisky Lullaby", Brad Paisley
15) "Getting lost within myself, nothing matters no one else" - "Fade to Black", Metallica
16) "Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk" - High and Dry", Radiohead
17) "You could cut ties with all the lies" - "Jumper", Third Eye Blind
18) "So take your lies, get off my case" - "Loser", 3 Doors Down
19) "I felt the earth on Monday, it moved beneath my feet" - "World Wide Suicide", Pearl Jam
20) "And my last ditch, was my last brick" - "Like Suicide", Soundgarden
21) "I started a landslide in my ego" - "A Day Without Me", U2
22) "A rift in my family, I can't use the car" - "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself", Elton John
23) "She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous" - "Round Here", Counting Crows
24) "Now she's a swinger, dating a singer" - "Yer So Bad", Tom Petty
25) "I need a lawyer for my medical bills" - "Close To The Borderline", Billy Joel
26) "Get your carpetbaggers off my back" - "For You", Bruce Springsteen

27) "Wait in your corner until that breeze blows in" - "You're Only Human (Second Wind)", Billy Joel
28) "Don't throw your hand, oh no, don't throw your hand" - "Everybody Hurts", R.E.M.
29) "But we all bleed the same way as you do" - "Hold On", Good Charlotte
30) "Need some affection - you got it!" - "Don't Try Suicide", Queen

 
At 12/27/10, 1:17 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

My bonuses:

"We will feed out flower habit, pushing daisies"--"Lemmings' Lament"--National Lampoon

"Make sure you get it right the first time"--"Suicide Chump"--Frank Zappa

 

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