Sunday, December 03, 2006

Great song lyrics

[The polls have now closed, and I must say that you've done very well, dear Internets. Only five songs went unguessed, and of those Joe in Vegas was close to one and Kirstin to another. Thanks for playing!]

Not unlike the First Lines music quiz in principle, just that the quoted lyrics aren't the first line of the song. These are lines that make me smile or catch my breath. There are some repeats, because clever words don't grow on trees.

We've done this before, you know the rules. Off we go:

1. All we have to do now, is to take these lies and make them true somehow.
    George Michael, Freedom '90 - Anxious

2. ... and high above the wedding guests he hung the ashes of her lovely wedding dress.
    Leonard Cohen, Joan of Arc - Rigmor

3. (But not a real green dress, that's cruel.)
    Bare Naked Ladies, If I had a million dollars - Rigmor

4. ... 'cause you can never really tell when somebody wants something you want too.
    David Bowie, Stay from "Station to station"

5. God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but the next time you see me comin' you better run."
    Bob Dylan, Highway 61 revisited - Alan

6. He said, "How come I don't love my woman?" then he took aim and died.
    Prince, Papa from "Come"

7. Hey man, you've got a real bum's eye for clothes.
    The Tragically Hip, Looking for a place to happen - Lib

8. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.
    John Newton, Amazing grace - Alan

9. I searched the seven seas and I looked under the carpet.
    Nick Cave, Get ready for love - Kirstin

10. I was running at the speed of life through morning's thoughts and fantasies.
    David Bowie, The secret life of Arabia - Rigmor

11. I'd rather have ham in my sandwich than cheese, but complaining wouldn't do any good.
    Elton John, Roy Rogers from "Goodbye yellow brick road"

12. I'm sitting in a cafe in Paradise, naked as a razor and as loaded as the dice.
    Be-Bop Deluxe, Sleep that burns from "Sunburst finish"

13. I've got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from.
    Pink Floyd, Nobody home - Kirstin

14. If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.
    Kenny Rogers, The gambler - Kirstin

15. Immortal and life-size ... I'll keep you 'til death sighs.
    Roxy Music, In every dreamhome a heartache - Alan

16. In my dreams I was drowning my sorrows, but my sorrows they learned to swim.
    U2, Until the end of the world - Noorster

17. Now I'm sitting here alone and sleepless, and wondering where you are.
    Bruce Cockburn, Coldest night of the year - Antonia

18. O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art & perfect our lives.
     Jim Morrison aka The Doors, An American Prayer - Antonia

19. Now the wintertime is coming, the windows are filled with frost.
    Bob Dylan, It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry - Alan

20. The guns shot about our heads, and we kissed as though nothing could fall.
    David Bowie, Heroes - Alan

21. There's so much shit in Texas, you're bound to step in some.
     Johnny Winter, Dallas - Joe in Vegas

22. They have sweated beneath the same sun, looked up in wonder at the same moon...
    Neil Diamond, Done too soon

23. They rioted in the streets of Montreal when they benched Rocket Richard.
    Jane Siberry, Hockey - Esben

24. Tire tracks all across your back, I can see you've had your fun.
    Jimi Hendrix, Crosstown traffic - Kirstin

25. We're going to have to hold ourselves a peace talk in some neutral cafe.
    Joni Mitchell, Blue motel room - Antonia

This was originally an "emergency post," one of several that I made up in case I ran short of real material for NaBloPoMo. As it happens, they weren't needed (my standards of blogworthiness are presumably lower than I thought they were). The best of them will be appearing this month.

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Blogger alan said...

5. dylan - highway 61 revisited
8. amazing grace
15. roxy music - in every dream home a heartache
19. dylan - it takes a lot to laugh
20. bowie - heroes

December 3, 2006 at 1:52:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Well done Alan! All of them right.

December 3, 2006 at 2:19:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Rigmor said...

2. Leonard Cohen - Joan of Arc
3. Barenaked Ladies - If I had a million dollars
9. I am quite certain is Nick Cave but wouldn't know the title
10. The secret life of Arabia - David Bowie.

You got some really good tracks here... ! (BTW, a variety of artists have had lines similar to 16, so I wouldn't start guessing on that one).

December 3, 2006 at 6:04:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Hello Rigmor, welcome aboard. Nice to see you here.

All four are right, #3 is indeed Nick Cave - but which one? No points without the title :-)

December 3, 2006 at 6:40:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Anxious said...

#1 - Freedom by George Michael

December 3, 2006 at 6:46:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Anxious: yes!

December 3, 2006 at 6:51:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

yes 9 is nick cave, but also not sure...abattoir blues?
17 is bruce cockburn: and wishing you were here on 'the coldest night of the year' (old insomniacsong, ha!)
25. Joni Mitchell 'Blue MOtelRoom'

December 3, 2006 at 7:44:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Antonia: "Abbatoir blues" is very close, but not quite the answer. The other two are right. How do you know that famous old Torontonian Bruce Cockburn?

December 3, 2006 at 7:57:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

ha! udge: no9.:
I dontr know really why i know the cockburn song...I was in fact shocked myself that I didnt discover heroes and also shocked that I know no.16 but I wont tell.

December 3, 2006 at 8:01:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Ach, Antonia, you're still only "very very close." We need the name of the song :-)

December 3, 2006 at 8:04:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous noorster said...

Sigh. I don't know most of these. In fact, the only two I recognise are #1 (already taken) and #16 by U2 (of course), "Until the End of the World."

December 3, 2006 at 9:00:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Noorster: right.

(I think this has come up in several of these quizzes, it's one of my favourite songs and the lyric is also a wonderful expression. This and #9 between them gave me the idea for this quiz.)

December 3, 2006 at 9:15:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Kirsten said...

13 Nobody Home by Pink Floyd I think Waters would have gotten the writing credit for this one.

14 The Gambler (and as I know it, sung by Kenny Rogers.)

24 - Hendrix I think, but I can't think of the title... Urgh.

December 3, 2006 at 9:42:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Oooh #9 title is Get ready for love. Nick Cave yay!

Is #6 Prince?! It must be... urgh... um... that song that I can't remember the title of.

December 3, 2006 at 9:49:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Kirstin: congratulations, all five are right! Unfortunately you only get three points: titles please :-)

heheheh, I'm loving this.

December 3, 2006 at 10:00:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Postmodern Sass said...

Number 7 is The Tragically Hip!! I keep forgetting you're Canadian, Udge. I don't know the name of the song but I can hear it playing in my head right now and it's them, all right. Another fantastic lyric of theirs is, "We live to survive our paradoxes." I miss hearing them all the time.

December 4, 2006 at 4:58:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Sass: you're right, but no points without a title :-)

The Hip are a national treasure, (as good as) unknown outside Canada.

December 4, 2006 at 9:24:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous idan said...

#24 is Jamiroquai, but I can't remember which song offhand. I think it's off Dynamite, their latest album.

December 4, 2006 at 2:57:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Hello Idan, welcome aboard. I think you're wrong, I googled Jamiroquai and "tire tracks" and think I found the song that you're thinking of; but it isn't the song I meant, the lyrics are different. If I'm wrong, if I found something other than what you meant, mail me with the details and I'll credit you.

December 4, 2006 at 3:32:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Kirsten said...

You made me listen to all the Hendrix mp3s I have to find Crosstown Traffic. 24.

I even downloaded some more. Just to be sure.

December 4, 2006 at 9:52:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Yay, Kirstin. Another one bites the dust. Are you still working on #6?

December 4, 2006 at 10:08:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous Lib said...

I fully, completely believe you're Looking For A Place to Happen with #7.

December 6, 2006 at 2:00:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Well done, Lib!

December 6, 2006 at 7:28:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Esben said...

#23 Jane Siberry, Hockey

December 7, 2006 at 9:35:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Esben: you're right. Glad to see I'm not the only Siberry fan around here.

December 7, 2006 at 10:22:00 a.m. GMT+1  

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