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The Music Meme

I’m totally stealing this meme from Dennis at More Than My Luggage, because it’s fun and because I’m at home with Parker today and might not post much. Feel free to join in.

Meme rules:

Step 1: Put your iPod/MP3 player or iTunes on random.

Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.

Step 3: Post it on your blog and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from. (Instrumental songs removed for obvious reasons.)

Step 4: Update the list with the song title when someone guesses correctly. (I will identify any unidentified songs by sometime later this week.)

Step 5: For those guessing the songs (this is where you come in): make your guess by leaving a comment or emailing me via the contact page. I need title and artist! (Some tricky covers will probably slip through.) Honor system: No Googling or other internet-aided search engine!

So, out of 4,001 songs, here’s what I got.

  1. “Oh, something’s got me so excited, baby …”
  2. “See reflections on the water, more than darkness in the depths …”
  3. “Skip the light fandango, turn cartwheels cross the floor …” – Whiter Shade of Pale by Annie Lennox
  4. “Somewhere there’s a child a’ crying …”
  5. “I seen ya ’round for a long long time, I remembered ya when ya drank my wine …” – Why Can’t We Be Friends? by War
  6. “There she goes talkin’ all her mess, all around town causin’ distress …”
  7. “When I’m feeling lonely, someone telephone me …”
  8. “Learn to love me, assemble the ways …”
  9. “But if only you could see them, you would know them by their faces …”
  10. “Met my old lover in the grocery store …” – Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
  11. “Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone …” – Like a Prayer by Madonna
  12. “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky …” – Stormy Weather by Lena Horne
  13. “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair …” – Hotel California by the Eagles
  14. “High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man …” – Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears
  15. “It’s been seven hours and fifteen days, since you took your love away …” – Nothing Compares to You by Jimmy Scott
  16. “Everybody’s looking for a reason, making time and calling it love …”
  17. “Working all day, 9 to 5 for my money …” – Wild Thing by Tone Loc
  18. “I can remember stories, those things my mother said …”
  19. “He tends to get carried away, like a talkshow he’s got drama every day …”
  20. “You walked in on the sly, scoping for love …”

Some of the songs have been successfully guessed. Since there were some covers that could trip people up (like 5 & 15) I decided to accept answers if the song was right but the artist was wrong. There’s still more to go! I’ll update the rest this evening.


  1. 3–Whiter Shade of Pale

    12–Stormy Weather

    13–Hotel California

  2. 13 is easy, Hotel California by the Eagles

    I think 11 is “like a prayer” by Madonna and others.

    I’m going to do this….

  3. 3. Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harem

    10. Another Auld Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg

    11. Like a Prayer – Madonna

    12. Stormy Weather – Lena Horne

    13. Hotel California – The Eagles

    15. Nothing Compares to You (U) Sinead O’Connor/Prince

  4. 14. Sowing the Seeds of Love – Tears for Fears

  5. 17 Tone Loc – Wild Thing

  6. 5. Why Can’t We Be Friends? – War

  7. Fun! Here’s my list, most of which will be readily identifiable to anyone who listens to their local “Oldies” station: