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Monday, December 27, 2010

Musical Monday #166

Welcome to the 166th edition of Musical Monday, with the challenge, as always, to identify the title and artist of each song quote below, as well as the common theme of the entire set of songs. Sorry it's been a while since I've posted one of these! I hope to be getting to them out, if not weekly, then at least a bit more often than monthly. Meanwhile, here's today's! (The solutions to the last several MMs have finally been posted as well.)

Songs 31-35 this week form a separate sub-theme, similar but not quite the same as the main theme. Note also, song #30 bends the rules a bit.

1) "Hardly anyone has seen how good I am"
2) "But the point is probably moot"
3) "The National Guard stands around his door"
4) "Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean"
5) "Pisces, Virgo rising is a very good sign"
6) "With words that tear and strain to rhyme"
7) "Even though he could have smashed through any bank"
8) "Shreds of news and afterthoughts and complicated scenes"
9) "Suddenly the heavens rolled, suddenly the rain came down"
10) "There was a Checkpoint Charlie"
11) "I wanted to be the all American kid from New York"
12) "I open up the paper, there's a story of an actor"
13) "Conscience was related, man he was created"
14) "There was just enough room to cram the drums"
15) "I could tell she liked me from the way she stared"
16) "And the operator says, 40 cents more"
17) "I've gotta stand tall, you know a man can't crawl"
18) "There's a sadness hidden in that pretty face"
19) "Out on the train yard, nursin' penitentiary"
20) "Ohhh, to the hand that takes your dreamless soul"
21) "Wishing to avoid an unpleasant scene"
22) "Well, it hurt me so to see them dance together"
23) "But she grew up tall and she grew up right"
24) "I went to get some help, I walked by a Guernsey cow"
25) "Never mind the weather"
26) "I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggar's Tomb"
27) "Soldier on; only you can do what must be done"
28) "You're such a lovely audience"
29) "Laughing about the way they want him to be"
30) "Across from the medical center"

31) "But she knows what that'll get her"
32) "Her dog day's just begun"
33) "Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleecker Street"
34) "I look in the poolhall. Is he here?"
35) "I walked to Apollo by the bay"

Good luck and enjoy!

30 Comments:

At 12/27/10, 10:45 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

2) Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
4) Annie's Song - John Denver
16) Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook and the Medicine show (One of their Shel Silverstein songs)
23) Mary Jane's last Dance - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
28) With a little help from my friends - The Beatles and *gag* Joe Cocker

More and more 28 doesn't look like it fits. (i.e. I got it wrong.)

 
At 12/27/10, 12:44 PM, Blogger LEL said...

10.Oliver's Army-Elvis Costello
18.Candy's Room-Bruce Springsteen
21.Maxwell's Silver Hammer-The Beatles
28.Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-The Beatles
30.Movin'Out(Anthony's Song)-Billy Joel

 
At 12/27/10, 12:49 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

3) Maggie's Farm--Bob Dylan
24) is the Bob Dylan song about Captain Arab that appeared in a previous MM. It might be called "Bob Dylan's Dream."
28) is Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which segues into A Little Help. So it really doesn't matter if you're wrong/you're right.

 
At 12/27/10, 12:53 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

"Frank's Wild Years" by Tom Waits would fit the theme?

 
At 12/27/10, 12:56 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Is Alice's Restaurant in there somewhere?

 
At 12/27/10, 1:19 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Yitz,

Do you think that 24 could be Alice's Restaurant?

 
At 12/27/10, 1:23 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

5 - Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins
26 - Uncle John's Band - The Grateful Dead
29 - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross

31 - Jamie's Cryin' - Van Halen

 
At 12/27/10, 1:59 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

12 - Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega

 
At 12/27/10, 2:03 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Yitzchak Goodman said...
Is Alice's Restaurant in there somewhere?


Yes

 
At 12/27/10, 4:49 PM, Blogger LEL said...

17.Cathy's Clown-The Everly Brothers

 
At 12/27/10, 5:07 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Is Smokey Joe's Cafe in there somewhere?

 
At 12/27/10, 9:07 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Do you think that 24 could be Alice's Restaurant?

No, I'm pretty sure it's the Bob Dylan song that starts "I was ridin' on the Mayflower/when I thought I spotted some land."

 
At 12/28/10, 12:21 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet to be sure, but I'm leaning toward the idea that Alice's Restaurant is #14.

 
At 12/28/10, 3:55 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

A bonus: "We all chip in for a bag of cement"

 
At 12/28/10, 4:44 PM, Blogger LEL said...

31.Jamie's Crying-Van Halen

 
At 12/30/10, 1:08 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

If 24 isn't Alice's Restaurant maybe it's Junior's farm by Wings?

I also remembered another gerund (like Jamie's crying) but have now forgotten it.

 
At 12/30/10, 1:15 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Some responses:

#24 has already been identified.

Alice's Restaurant isn't #14 either, sorry Clayton!

Junior's Farm is not there - how did I forget that one??

#6 should be a gimme for Soccer Dad.

I'll provide some more hints shortly...

 
At 12/30/10, 9:11 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Two-part bonus:

1. "Either way you're bound to function"

2. The above song is about a musician. Name the title of one of his instrumental compositions that fits the theme.

 
At 12/31/10, 4:11 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

6 must be Simon and Garfunkel; I'll go with Kathy's Song.

 
At 1/1/11, 10:18 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's a review to start it off:

1) "Hardly anyone has seen how good I am"
2) Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
3) Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan
4) Annie's Song - John Denver
5) Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins
6) Kathy's Song - Simon and Garfunkel
7) "Even though he could have smashed through any bank"
8) "Shreds of news and afterthoughts and complicated scenes"
9) "Suddenly the heavens rolled, suddenly the rain came down"
10) Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello
11) "I wanted to be the all American kid from New York"
12) Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega
13) "Conscience was related, man he was created"
14) "There was just enough room to cram the drums"
15) "I could tell she liked me from the way she stared"
16) Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
17) Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
18) Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen
19) "Out on the train yard, nursin' penitentiary"
20) "Ohhh, to the hand that takes your dreamless soul"
21) Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
22) "Well, it hurt me so to see them dance together"
23) Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
24) Bob Dylan's Dream - Bob Dylan
25) "Never mind the weather"
26) Uncle John's Band - The Grateful Dead
27) "Soldier on; only you can do what must be done"
28) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
29) Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
30) Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) - Billy Joel

31) Jamie's Cryin' - Van Halen
32) "Her dog day's just begun"
33) "Cat somehow lost his baby down on Bleecker Street"
34) "I look in the poolhall. Is he here?"
35) "I walked to Apollo by the bay"

Bonuses:
B1) "We all chip in for a bag of cement"
B2) "Either way you're bound to function"
B3) The above song (B2) is about a musician. Name the title of one of his instrumental compositions that fits the theme.

 
At 1/2/11, 3:19 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

Aha - I think I know what 14 is now.

"...in the corner over by the Dodge" - Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa

 
At 1/4/11, 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15) Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne

 
At 1/5/11, 10:15 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

B2 - Parker's Band - Steely Dan

 
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At 1/11/11, 8:09 AM, Anonymous ral315 said...

27) St. Elmo's Fire, John Parr
32) Janie's Got a Gun, Aerosmith

A few more bonuses (4 and 5 are possibly obscure, and you could argue that 6 doesn't entirely fit the theme):

B4) "The poor druggist he was going insane"
B5) "In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow"
B6) "This girl was in my arms and swore to me"

 
At 1/11/11, 1:40 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

B4) - Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight - Bob Seger

 
At 1/11/11, 9:15 PM, Blogger Yitzchak Goodman said...

Another bonus:

B7) "The grasshoppers curl up and burst"

 
At 1/28/11, 3:45 PM, Anonymous Clayton said...

At last...

11 - Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie

 
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