A music meme for the weekend

I saw this over at Addy's and absolutely should not have spent the time on it. But I did. And here you go.

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike through when someone gets them right I'm doing italics
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.

Some of these are not very hard - particularly for the song title - though the artist to which I'm listening might require a bit more guessing. A few of these will be impossible. I'll try to check back at least once a day through the weekend and let you know how it's going.

1. on my way up north / up on the ventura

2. They say that richard cory owns one half of this whole town,

3. T'was on one bright March morning I bid New Orleans adieu

4. You think that we connect / That the chemistry's correct

5. Would your love in all its finery / tear at the darkness all around me

6. My love is not a compromise*

7. SATURDAY night! (Artist is still up for grabs)

8. Once my lover, now my friend. / What a cruel thing to pretend.

9. Charlie you're not my Charlie anymore / You're screwing it up

10. I don't go to therapy to find out if I'm a freak (The artist is Dar Williams)

11. Heaven bent to take my hand / And lead me through the fire

12. And you know you're gonna lie to you

13. The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

14. All through the night I delight in your love

15. wanting you the way I do / I only want to be with you

16. I used to carry the weight of the world

17. I gave my love a cherry that has no stone

18. If only tonight we could sleep

19. Maybe it's intuition / But some things you just don't question

20. Farewell Angelina / The bells of the crown

21. You've got such a pretty smile / Its a shame the things you hide behind it

22. Well there's a light coming from the window

23. You're like a cool breeze, on a summer's day

24. One fine day, you'll look at me

25. O come, O come, Emmanuel (Chanteuse is still up for grabs)

(*This one is absolutely impossible, even with google)

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13. The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot, unless you're listening to a cover version.

24. One fine day, you'll look at me

One Fine Day, Carol King

7. SATURDAY night!

(Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers???)

2, Richard Corey (i think there's an 'e') is Simon and Garfunkel

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, check.

btw, you should turn on moderation for comments until people have all had a chance to play....

I think No. 4 is Spider webs by No Doubt.

3. T'was on one bright March morning I bid New Orleans adieu
Lakes of Pontchartain, The Be Good Tanyas (love them!!)

By volcano girl (not verified) on 25 Apr 2008 #permalink

Kim - 13. check
24. check.
7. Right song, but wrong group for the version on my iPod.

DrugMonkey - No "e", I googled it. No comment moderation, just don't read the comments if you don't want to know the answers.

SeanF - yep.

volcano girl - yep. I love them too. They played in Portland while I was post-docing in Utopia, but I couldn't find anyone to go see them with me. Wish you'd still been around.

8. Fiona Apple - shadowboxer

By Sarah White (not verified) on 25 Apr 2008 #permalink

Betraying my children's chorus background:

#14 Cole Porter. This song was used in one version of "Anything Goes," but its been used a lot of places and sung by a bunch of people. I believe the title is "All though the night".

#17 This is a traditional "riddle" song. "I gave my love a cherry that had no stone, I gave my love a chicken that had no bone, I gave my love a baby with no cryin', I gave my love a life with no dyin'. How can there be a cherry with no stone?, how can there be a chicken with no bone, how can there be a baby with no cryin', and how can there be a life with no dyin'?" Unfortunately that as far as my memory goes.

#19 The title on this is a gimme. O come, O come Emmanual...I believe its based on a Georgian chant.

1. check.
8. check.
11. check
14. check.
17. check. I won't make anyone try to guess that I have the "wee sing" version on my iPod.
19 - I think you meant 25. Yes, that's the title. But what chanteuse is singing it into my earbuds? (And why is it still on an active playlist in late April?)

Thanks for the correction. I don't know why I saw 25 and wrote 19. As for what version you have I have no clue. I've got at least two versions on my playlist because I haven't bothered to separate the "Classical" from "Christmas Music", but I'm pretty sure you don't have either unless you're into obscure children's choirs or a rabid Virgil Fox fan. :-)

For number 25, is the chanteuse Sarah MacLachlan ?

By Muriel Lobier (not verified) on 25 Apr 2008 #permalink

Is the artist for O Come O Come Emmanuel Carter's Chord (it was a free download on itunes last year)? I recognize a few but can't place them :)

20 - Angelina by Buffalo Creek?

Number 19-I knew I loved you by Savage Garden

By Robert M. Bradford (not verified) on 25 Apr 2008 #permalink

I think 10 is a Dar Williams song.

5 check.
10 - yep, it's a Dar Williams song, but which one?
15 check on the song, but not even a guess on the artist?
18 check.
19. check
20. check. Joan Baez.

None of the guesses for 25's chanteuse are correct.

#25: Amy Grant?

#12: Tori Amos- Siren

#12. check.
#25 - still not right. But now I have quite the list of people who have recorded one of my favorite carols!

#9 is Buy Now, Pay Later (Charlie No. 2) by The Whitlams. Fantastic song, on a fabulously eclectic list!

#9. Yeay! someone got that one. It's one of my favorite songs, but such a singable band.

21. Check. I believe its on the City of Angels soundtrack. Weepy movie, but a pretty great soundtrack.

#10 is "What Do You Hear In These Sounds" By Dar Williams. (A great song I might add!)

#25: I have a version by Blackmore's Night. At least that's a chanteuse!

22. There's a light
16. Carry the weight
23. Cool breeze

(In my experience, a bit over 10% of songs have titles that are the first line, or part thereof)

Hmmm...but none of these do.

Remaining answers are:

6. Endings by Brian Jacobs (a self-released album by an acquaintance of mine)
16. Weight of the world by Chantal Kreviasuk
22. Good ol' Acapella by one of those ubiquitous college acapella groups
23. Always on my mind by India.Arie
25. My version is sung by Bette Middler.