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Song that goes something like AABBCCDD (literally)?
April 24, 2014 1:21 AM   Subscribe

I have part of a song stuck in my head. The lyrics I can remember are something that sounds like "A A, B B - CCDD, CCDD" - that is literally what is being sung, it's not the rhyme scheme. Who is the artist and what is the track called?

The B might be a D, possibly. Also, I am fairly sure it is a male vocalist. This has been driving me crazy, and it's really hard to search for. Thank you so much to anyone who can help me.
posted by 35minutes to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
What genre?
posted by empath at 1:52 AM on April 24


I think it's indie rock/pop.
posted by 35minutes at 1:56 AM on April 24


Long shot, but THE MOLDY PEACHES song "Anyone Else But You" has a line where they sing "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, "b", "a", start.
posted by bottlebrushtree at 3:25 AM on April 24


Rag Mop? The link is to the most famous version but it's been covered dozens of times, so there are probably rock versions as well.
posted by ROTFL at 3:39 AM on April 24


Abacab?
posted by fairmettle at 4:03 AM on April 24


The chorus of Those Magic Changes?

C-C-C-C-C-C / A-A-A-A-minor / F-F-F-F-F-F / G-G-G-G-seven
posted by DestinationUnknown at 4:14 AM on April 24 [4 favorites]


I came in to also suggest Those Magic Changes, because that is always the part that gets stuck in my head.
posted by Bailey270 at 7:00 AM on April 24 [1 favorite]


Were there other words, or were the letters all that was sung?

My looong shot indie rock male vocalist guess is Built to Spill - Joyride (starting at 1:13):
"this part of the song is called the second verse
sounds just like the first but with different words
it only has three chords and they are A and E and D
they are A and E and D
then it goes to D minor, D, uh, A, E, D

love is just a joyride, drink a lot of beer and climb inside"
posted by mean square error at 7:23 AM on April 24


It's definitely not Abacab (although that is very catchy) - the letters are pronounced individually. It's not Those Magic Changes, Rag Mop, Joyride, or Anyone Else But You.

I don't think there are any words connecting the letters. According to the bit that is stuck in my head, the vocalist just sings the letters. Basically A, A (more drawn-out), B, B (more drawn-out), C C, D D, C C D D.

I am pretty sure there were other verses with lyrics beyond AABBCCDD, but I cannot remember them at all.
posted by 35minutes at 8:29 AM on April 24


AEIOU by Ebn-Ozn?
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy5F4BwkSvE
posted by stillmoving at 8:42 AM on April 24 [1 favorite]


While the letters are different, the way you described them in your question and follow-up reminded me of this part from Jonathan Coulton's That Spells DNA. Specifically the last sequence.

If it says TGGTCGAAC
Then you might get the cancer
If it says GTCACGACAGG
Then you shouldn’t eat shrimp or nuts
If it says TATACACATATCCTCGT
Then you’ll probably wish that you didn’t know
posted by Ruki at 9:01 AM on April 24


There's a song on the Buck65 album 20 Odd Years which sounds like your description (may be a sample). I'm not in a place that I can look it up right now, but will check back in later if this seems like a possibility?
posted by eviemath at 2:22 PM on April 24


My boyfriend suggests Sweet Life by !!!. It's from the album Myth Takes.
posted by kate blank at 4:39 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


Oh my god, it was "Sweet Life" by !!!

Thank you so much, kate blank, and tell your boyfriend that a person from the internet thanks him greatly!! Thank you for the help, everyone else! A mystery has been solved today!
posted by 35minutes at 6:35 PM on April 24 [1 favorite]


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