Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Random Lyric Thing My Sister Did

...because I don't particularly have anything else I need to ramble about today.

Random Song Lyric Meme:

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song. (Skip the instrumentals, the remixes and the mashups)
Step 3: Let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

Talk about a random assortment of songs. I'm pretty big on variety. This mix is from putting my ipod on random:

1. "Gold teeth and a curse for this town / were all in my mouth. / Only, I don't know how / they got out, dear." - New Slang / The Shins - Identified by count-to-seven.

2. "You keep sayin' you've got something for me /Something you call love, but confess" - These Boots Were Made For Walking / Nancy Sinatra - Identified by Jonathan Lapper.

3. "I used to got out to parties / And stand around / 'Cause I was too nervous / To really get down"

4. "I'm looking down the hole / You're looking up at me / You're cold and tired / That is easy to see / lower the rope to you / a bucket on the line" - Lotion / The Greenskeepers - Identified by count-to-seven (that's right! It's a song ABOUT THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which is bizarre and SO disturbing but ohmygosh it's so catchy. Seriously).

5. "I've got a Dungeon Master's Guide / I've got twelve sided die / I've got Kitty Pride / and Nightcrawler, too"

6. "Each morning I get up I die a little / Can barely stand on my feet / (Take a look at yourself) Take a look in the mirror and cry (and cry) / Lord what you're doing to me" - Somebody to Love / Queen - Identified by Jonathan Lapper.

7. "Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweedily deedily dee, / Tweet, tweet, TWEET TWEET / He rocks in the treetops all day long, / rockin' and a-boppin' and a-singin' his song" - Rockin' Robin / Michael Jackson (before or after the Jackson Five??) - Identified by The Guy.

8. "I won't let you down / I will not give you up / Gotta have some faith in the sound / It's the one good thing that i've got" - Freedom 90 / George Michael - Identified by Jonathan Lapper (ahem. Hahahaha. But, then, I LOVE this song so who am I to talk?).

9. "(spoken) Really? From where I'm standing, the sun is shining all over the place.
(humming) Doo-de-doo doo Doo-de-doo-de-doo-doo...
(singing) I'm singing..."
- Singing In The Rain / Gene Kelly - Identified by Tracey (Yay! I love old musicals and I love that you got this one!).

10. "Billy Ray was a preacher's son / when his daddy would visit he'd come along / when they gathered round and started talking / that's when Billy would take me walking" - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield - Identified by Jonathan Lapper.

11. "Shook it up / I never loved nobody fully / Always one foot on the ground / And by protecting my heart truly / I got lost in the sounds" - Fidelity / Regina Spektor - Identified by KateP!

12. "I've wined and dined on Mulligan Stew, and never wished for Turkey / As I hitched and hiked and grifted too, from Maine to Albuquerque" - The Lady is a Tramp / Ella Fitzgerald (hers was the version I had loaded on my ipod) - Identified by Jonathan Lapper.

13. "I like / Where we are, / When we drive, / In your car. / I like, / Where we are; / here."

14. "Sometimes I feel I've got to run away / I've got to get away / from the pain you drive into the heart of me" - Tainted Love / Soft Cell - Identified by The Guy.

15. "I want love, but it's impossible / a man like me, so irresponsible / a man like me is dead in places / other men feel liberated" - I Want Love / Elton John - Identified by lynn.

16. "I need someone, a person to talk to / someone to care, to love / could it be you, could it be you? Situation gets rough / and I start to panic / it's not enough / It's just a habit" - Kiss Off / The Violent Femmes - Identified by The Guy.

17. "I certainly haven't been shopping for any new shoes and / I certainly haven't been spreading myself around / I still only travel by foot and by foot, it's a slow climb, / But I'm good at being uncomfortable, so / I can't stop changing all the time" - Extraordinary Machine / Fiona Apple - Identified by lynn.

18. "Old pirates, yes, they rob I; / Sold I to the merchant ships, / Minutes after they took I / From the bottomless pit. / But my hand was made strong / By the hand of the Almighty. / We forward in this generation / Triumphantly." - Redemption Song / Bob Marley & The Wailers - Identified by Nerka!

19. "Yo listen up here's a story / About a little guy that lives in a blue world / And all day and all night and everything he sees / Is just blue like him inside and outside" - Blue (DaBaDee) / Eiffel 65 - Identified by The Guy.

20. "It was Christmas Eve babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me, won't see another one / And then he sang a song / The Rare Old Mountain Dew / I turned my face away / And dreamed about you" - Fairytale of New York / The Pogues - Identified by The Guy.

So guess away! Post the name of the song and artist along with the number in my comments section. As the songs are correctly guessed, I will mark them off and indicate the first person to correctly name the song (along with a link to your blog or website if you include that information with your comment).

Edit: I forgot to tag anyone! I'm tagging Sheila, Nina, Tracey, Jonathan, lisachelle and Lola! ...but if it doesn't work with your format, guys, I totally understand. ;)


  1. The problem with guessing games nowadays is you can put the lyrics in google and search - but I shall not, I promise. The first two that popped out at me were "These Boots Were Made For Walkin" and "Freedom 90" which I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I have downloaded as well and ... um ... you know ... like. Yes, I like "Freedom 90" sue me. The other ones I recognize are "Son of a Preacher Man", "Somebody to Love", " and of course, "The Lady is a Tramp."

    That's five. Some of the others look familiar as well but I can't place them right now.

    And thanks for the tag. It's not a Cinema Styles thing but it would certainly fit on Syncfish. Problem is I have all my downloads categorized in separate folders so random only works for one artist at a time but I'll figure out something.

  2. Thanks for maintaining the integrity of the game. I know people CAN, but I figure it goes without saying that the whole purpose would be defeated by that.

    Good calls, all - particularly pleased that you got The Lady is a Tramp. I linked your "credit" to Syncfish, which I had not checked out perviously. Loving that "Oscar Party" circa the 1950's art! Totally call girls.

  3. Lessee....
    #7: Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson, but I think it was a remake...
    #14: Tainted Love - Soft Cell
    #19: Blue - Don't know who sings it. Some one hit wonder, no doubt...
    #20: Fairy Tale of New York - The Pogues (gotta love Shane MacGowan)

  4. Oh...

    and #16: Kiss Off - Violent Femmes

    Totally overlooked it!

  5. Hiya! First time commenter, here...

    #18 is "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley, which I also have on my ipod!

  6. Hello and welcome, Nerka! So tickled you were able to place that - I was worried no one would because the verses are not as recognizable to a lot of people as the tune and the chorus.

  7. Aaaaah. I can't believe I missed these recently identified ones. Rockin Robin, Tainted Love. It's weird, but without knowing what music to put to the words sometimes even the most recognizable songs seem unfamiliar.

  8. I know! That really does make it tricky.

    #9 is from a classic film and if I give ANY MORE of the beginning then it's absurdly obvious... but without the tune - Do-dee-do-do-Do-dee-do-de-doo-doo doesn't mean much! ;)

  9. #9!! "Singin' in the Rain"!! Doo-dee-do-do ...

  10. How did I miss that? Singin in the Rain? Aaarrrgghhh.

  11. I know #11 is Regina Spektor but I'm not sure of the title. Is it "These Words"? Cute song.

    Not that I've heard the song all the way through, but I'll take a stab at #5: "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al Yankovic?

    I have half the money saved for an iPod and I can hardly wait!

  12. 1 New Slang by the Shins and 4 is Lotion by the Greenskeepers.

  13. Marisa -- "Singin' in the Rain" is my favorite musical! It's the perfect pick-me-up movie.

  14. Also first- time commenter, great post idea!

    I had two that lept out at me...and I googled #3, but I shan't reveal it....

    The one's I got were #15 - Elton John! and the title is "I Want Love" I believe...

    also - #17 - Fiona Apple!! I think this is "Extraordinary Machine" -"if there was a better way to go than it would find me..." I love that line!

  15. Excellent! Thanks!

    I LOVE #3 but no one's going to get it because it's one of those songs where you have NO IDEA what the guy is singing!