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Another "help me ID this song based on scant detail" question

Quite some time ago on another site someone posted the lyrics to a song (so I have never heard it, just read it) that has been rattling around in bits in my head ever since. Who is it by? No idea, but I am pretty sure it is one of the proto/nouveau/modern-celtic bands like The Waterboys, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Black 47, Fiddler's Green, etc. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Mar 25, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Baa Baa Black Sheep Little Star H I J K L M N O P

Baa Baa Blacksheep, Twinkle Twinkle, and the alphabet song are all the same tune. How is it that one song has been used for three well known songs? What are some other examples of songs being the exact same tune but with totally different lyrics? (I'll accept rip off/coincidence type things like Born This Way/Express Yourself, but I'm looking more for examples where the identical-song-different-lyrics thing was deliberate and done knowingly.)
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Need great songs about listening!

A friend is organising an event about protecting children from child abuse. Most cases where a child dies from abuse or is significantly harmed show a lack of professionals actually listening to the child - this event is to encourage agencies working with these children to listen more and listen better. She needs music (for background, as people are arriving and in between speakers) with a message of listening and hearing. There's lots of promising song titles out there but most are obviously about lost loves. Can anybody recommend some great songs which may fit the bill? Bonus points for songs likely to be familiar in the UK!
posted by razzman on May 18, 2013 - 15 answers

What music should I try on Spotify?

What bands and albums should I listen to now that I'm finally able to stream almost anything ever made? Extended information as to my taste preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 29, 2013 - 18 answers

What was this song?

Name this song: female singer, sounds kinda new, on an indie radio station. Lyrics say something about "the worst" or "what's worse?" and "people say I'm _____ because I have no plans to settle down." [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Self-referential song by Mason Williams?

Self-referential song by Mason Williams or Smothers Brothers 60's 70's; lyrics about the song structure, ex: "this is the bridge, it takes you to the end of the song", verse, chorus, etc., all in appropriate places. Saw it performed on U.S. television in that era.
posted by jchinique on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Well you help us find this song? Yes, my love.

Old song about a nagging wife who gets it in the end? Yes, my love. [more inside]
posted by phredgreen on Jan 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Salting the Earth

Can you help me find a good quotation about a piece of earth being cursed? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 15, 2010 - 12 answers

name that song filter

LyricFilter: "Hold on, brother brother hold on" - what's the song? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Jun 22, 2010 - 11 answers

It's not beautiful how much this is driving me crazy.

Help me remember a quote that features the word "beautiful" several times... Seriously, please help because it's driving me batty. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Who'd you rather be; The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

The song Gimme Sympathy by Metric has a line: "After all of this is gone, who'd you rather be; the Beatles or the Rolling Stones." What would you interpret that to mean? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Dec 5, 2009 - 26 answers

I found a song I like on TV.

Song on "Chuck" episode tonight (Monday 4/6/09) [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Apr 6, 2009 - 5 answers

I Own Every Bell That Tolls Me

"I own every bell that tolls me" What does this mean to you? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Feb 8, 2009 - 34 answers

GeekTool issues

Get GeekTool to print in columns? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Aug 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Is there a website that categorizes songs by mood or subject?

Is there a website that categorizes songs by mood or subject? Searching iTunes for title words and hoping the title then corresponds to the lyrics/mood doesn't always give the best results. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Apr 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Hey daddy who?

Hey daddy, daddy: song identification help requested. [more inside]
posted by roue on Dec 28, 2007 - 5 answers

And they're coming to the chorus now...

DissectingArtFilter: I'd like to start to understand how certain (in my eyes, fantastic) lyrics are devised. Specifically, Stephen Malkmus's lyrics, as a part of Pavement. For instance, Gold Soundz. I can pick out some slant rhymes, and certain other techniques but can't figure out how they work in the context of the entire piece. I know that melody plays a huge role in making the song what it is, but sort of focusing on the lyrics part - any words of wisdom. (and yes, I'm possibly writing lyrics for my band at some point)
posted by tmcw on Jun 10, 2007 - 5 answers

Need an epigraph!

Epigraphfilter: Help me think of something good (or, barring that, something funny) to kick off my senior thesis. The paper is about why nations sometimes sneak around the established, public, legally recognized way of writing treaties when they cooperate. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Mar 16, 2007 - 10 answers

Who's the biggest queen of them all?

Looking for a song a friend heard played at a club this time last year. The only thing he remembers about it is a lyric something like "Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the biggest QUEEN of them all?!" Anyone recognize it? Thanks in advance.
posted by awesomebrad on Nov 6, 2006 - 4 answers

Is this song lyric a real quote?

Elton John has a new album out. One of the songs contains this lyric: "And I don't recall who said it at this time / That 'your enemies grow strong on what you leave behind'". Is that a real quote from somewhere? Searching Google for more details just returns page after page of lyrics sites all with the lyrics for this song.
posted by Servo5678 on Sep 28, 2006 - 4 answers

Know this song?

(Songfilter) -- I never thought of using askme for this purpose, but I've seen it lately as such. And, let me just now that it's tough. But, I heard a great song at, off all places, when I was at a taping of the Daily Show. All I can remember was that it seemed like a mix of New Age + R&B. And the only lyric I can remember is "in the backseat" (it was part of the chorus). Anyone know what song or band it could it be? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Apr 13, 2006 - 17 answers

Gap ad "Daddy-O" song?

Asking for my wife... There's a Gap TV ad running in the U.S. this month, featuring a "Daddy-O" song. Any one know the artist and actual song title? Sorry I don't have more info.
posted by markmillard on Mar 24, 2006 - 10 answers

Are YOU marching in the light of God?

Can anyone translate a very simple song lyric into Hebrew and Arabic? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Jan 2, 2006 - 16 answers

Notation for Hip Hop lyric transcription

What is/could be a useful "notation" used to transcribe hip hop lyrics that would account for the lyrical delivery (i.e. syllables, accents, pauses, word length, etc.)...? [more inside]
posted by iamck on Dec 1, 2005 - 29 answers

John Cale Lyric

What John Cale song is this lyric from? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Nov 23, 2005 - 11 answers

You got the powwwer!

You got the powwwer! Which movie was this from? [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise on Oct 10, 2005 - 35 answers

Which textual message would you have tattooed on your body?

If you would have to choose a quote, verse, lyric, poem or other textual message to have tattooed on your body, what would it be? In what way is that text significant to you? Which body part would you put it on? Which representation system would you use?
posted by koenie on Jul 24, 2005 - 55 answers

Help me find the artist

SongLyricFilter : I heard a song on a local semi-indie radio show, and would like to know who it was. I remember precious few details, however. Sparse arrangement, just a singer and a guitar at first. I remember the phrase "space and time" coming up a lot, and something like "I could write a long letter."

Sorry to be so vague. Any ideas?
posted by mragreeable on Aug 28, 2004 - 8 answers

Elephant Riders Lyrics Question

Elephant Riders, by Clutch. I've been trying to figure out the meaning of the lyrics. I think it has to do with the King of Siam donating elephants to Abe Lincoln (a la The King and I), but I could be mistaken on that, and I have no idea where the trains come in.
posted by oissubke on Jun 8, 2004 - 1 answer

I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French

ForeignLanguageFilter: What tools (if any?) are available on the Internet for translating materials that are not prose into English? Specfically, I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French. Neither my pathetic high school slacker French nor the usual suspects are producing anything useful... Any suggestions?
posted by JollyWanker on Apr 26, 2004 - 9 answers

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