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Unofficial evolving MetaFilter group sing-along chord-and-lyric songbook

Problem: You're at a campout or other casual gathering with a bunch of MeFites. Some people have guitars and maybe other instruments. People want to have an old-fashioned sing-along. Sadly, nobody knows all the words or all the chords. What are good resources that can be brought together and cherry-picked to create a printable-for-sharing evolving, unofficial, fun songbook for such an event? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Lyrics to "Electric Boogie" (aka "Electric Slide")

Can anyone make out the words to the rapping portions of the song Electric Boogie? They occur at 0:28, 1:40, and 3:09.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Ok we can try again but don't break me this time lalala

What's a good song or songs that have a message along the lines of "yes things got really messed up between us due to your actions but I have thought about it and am willing to forgive your with the hope that things will be good again" or the closest approximation?
posted by jitterbug perfume on May 15, 2016 - 18 answers

An earworm old enough to drink

So there's a song that's been stuck in my head since about 1991, when I heard Alison Krauss (And Union Station) perform it. I heard her sing it a couple of times in that period, and never again. I'd love to know who wrote it, and if it's ever been recorded anywhere. I've tried googling the lyrics, to no avail. I'm not sure it matters, but I think they stopped playing this song around the time that Alison Brown left the band. [more inside]
posted by SobaFett on May 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Way Back Machine to Early 90's Techno Songs - Skinny Bumblebee

Desperately trying to find a techno / EDM song from the early 90's - all I can remember is a lyric that sounds something like: "skinny bumblebee", but kind of drawn out, like "ski-i-i-innnny bumblebee". High BPM dance song. Had it on a mix tape which is now lost to the sands of time.
posted by mysprocketisborked on May 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Songs about public housing or dilapidated housing

Can you think of any songs with lyrics about living in (or growing up in) poor-quality housing or subsidized housing? Any genre. I can think of Jay-Z ("I was raised in the projects, roaches and rats") and Notorious B.I.G. ("No more public housing/Thinking back on my one-room shack...We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us/No heat").
posted by southern_sky on Apr 6, 2016 - 44 answers

Can you help me find this "Sound of Silence" cover with a female lead?

I'm looking for a "Sound of Silence" cover I used to listen to ~7 years ago. The lead singer was female. I believe the band's name started with a W. The feel of the song was largely unchanged (not a rock/metal/etc cover if I remember correctly.) Not the Nouela version that's found on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Writing lyrics to Whiskey in the Jar: harder than it looks

Way back in 2013 I inadvertently managed to win a Best Comment contest here on MetaFilter, with the prize being a custom recorded song, courtesy of greenish. I knew immediately what I wanted it to be: I've long thought there needed to be a version of the traditional Irish song Whiskey in the Jar told from the woman's (Molly or Jenny, depending on the version) point of view. So I've been trying to come up with some lyrics for it, but hate everything I've written and have now taken entirely too long. Perhaps we can have a St. Patrick's Day miracle here? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Can you translate these Chinese lyrics?

Looking for a slightly more fluid translation of the lyrics (below the fold) to Hedgehog's lovely song Waiting for the Last Bus than any of the machine translators have been able to offer. They're quite short; can you help? [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on Mar 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Lyrics to "Sermon" by Ed Schrader's Music Beat?

My search fu is weak. Does anyone have the lyrics to "Sermon?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 26, 2016 - 3 answers

"The oysters were delighted" song lyrics?

Song detectives, can you crack this crazy-tough one? Way back in the early '90s we had a mixtape with a song that included the phrase (we think) "the oysters were delighted!" I think the mixtape's theme was moon-related. [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me identify the lyrics in this old Henry Thomas blues song

Shanty Blues by Henry Thomas (1874-1930) has long been on of my favourite songs, but some of the lyrics are very difficult to decipher. I have transcribed what I can hear. Can you hear any of the missing lyrics? Do you think I have made any significant errors? [more inside]
posted by jamaal on Jan 3, 2016 - 2 answers

My true love gave to me...what?

Ok, this has been traumatizing me since childhood. Well, not really, but you know how it is. What the HECK does my true love give to to me on the twelfth day of Christmas in this recording?! Can't understand the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Identifying a techno song that featured Carl Sagan's "Contact"

In the late 90s to early 2000s, I found on Napster a techno (possibly trance?) song which had a quote from Carl Sagan's "Contact". It was not a sample from the movie. This dialogue does not appear in the movie. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Songs about personal (and unapologetic) imperfection

Please suggest songs where the songwriter/singer/protagonist is talking about his or her own imperfections, but in a somewhat accepting and non-fatalistic way. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Oct 21, 2015 - 35 answers

Trying to find pop song w/ lyrics that sound like "I believe in my self"

Was at Planet Fitness and over the last week they kept playing a new pop song that has a refrain that sounds something like "I believe in my self" or "I be leading myself". It's a guy singing, and it's an upbeat pop song definitely issued very recently. Anyone know this one? I'm going insane trying to find it with no luck. I must have misheard the refrain.
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 17, 2015 - 5 answers

It coulda been a bonding experience

Please help me ID these two rap songs I heard at the gas station tonight. Yeah I shoulda just asked them but I didn't and now it's killing me. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Who sang this children's song?

I remember a children's song from my childhood (late 70's/early 80's) which sounded a bit like Raffi but I'm pretty sure isn't. It had the lyrics: "Oh, the very best people are sitting in a circle, sitting in a circle and..." and every time you went, around you built on this beginning and added a verse to it. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Sep 28, 2015 - 4 answers

What are your favorite quotable lyrics?

"But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need..." I need chunks of lyrics that you quote all the time. Or, at least, quotable lyrics. Bonus points if they're easily drawn or visualized. Double bonus points if they're on self-discovery & empowerment with a bit of life is good thrown in for good measure. [more inside]
posted by imbri on Sep 21, 2015 - 59 answers

In which song does the lyric sound like China a lot?

Which song has a lyric which sounds like "China, china, chinaaaaa...." I think it's from the 90s. Possibly Britpop or indie. I remember hearing it being sung emphatically in an advert for a compilation album.
posted by feelinglistless on Aug 31, 2015 - 24 answers

Loving you is . . . easy to forget?

What was that song from 2008 - 2009? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Aug 27, 2015 - 5 answers

And when I know precisely what is meant by "plating of the beans"

What does "no danger lowr's" mean in the lyrics to Poor Wandering One from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Songs without semantics

So, I'm looking for a thematic playlist, inspired by a few things I got back to back on a random listen: I'm looking for songs with a significant amount of vocals all of whose lyrics are not, and are not intended to be, in any comprehensible language, at least not in a way which makes any sort of sense. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Aug 16, 2015 - 47 answers

What did Otis Redding think "grain" shoes are?

What are "grain" shoes? What could they possibly be? And how do they relate to having no haircut and being "plain ol' country"? (I'm talking about "Announcement" by Otis Redding.) [more inside]
posted by cardioid on Aug 14, 2015 - 15 answers

"Shut Down" lyrics - why are the Pendletones "riding the clutch"?

In the Beach Boys' Shut Down from 1963 they sing "To get the traction I'm riding the clutch." How would that make you go faster? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Aug 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Remember when you put the stars into my eyes?

Please recommend me movies that would be the closest fit to the lyrics of Lianne La Havas’ song “Wonderful”. [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Same catchy pop song, better lyrics

Someone took a chatchy pop song and turned the lyrics into something way better. Not in a weird al way, more like this and this. Can you share more examples?
posted by divina_y_humilde on Aug 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Turkish Hip-Hop Translation: Roadside Picnic

I recently interviewed a Turkish band who introduced me to the group 'Roadside Picnic', who make fantastic, alluring left-field hip-hop. I've been hopelessly hooked on this live version of what I presume is a new song from the duo. It's titled "Bir Ustamızın Havası", and I'd love to know what the song is talking about. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Jul 28, 2015 - 0 answers

She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream

Many years ago, I heard a song that included the following lyrics: "She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream" and I haven't been able to find it again. [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Short, emotionally-mixed poems/lyrics needed

A colleague and I are starting some new research in which we are interested in whether we can influence people's interpretation of emotionally-mixed music and language. We easily found music of mixed emotional tone (studied in the article linked here; paywalled, but I can share if anyone is interested), but it's been far harder to find mixed-emotion language that meets our constraints. More details follow. [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on May 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Subterranean Flety Blues

I was recently gifted a tape of underground folk music from the Soviet hippies ("sistema") of the late 1970s. I'd like some help figuring out the lyrics to this Dylanesque tune. Hive mind, can you help? (Note: I don't know a word of Russian myself.)
posted by mykescipark on Apr 27, 2015 - 2 answers

"This is my house" -- name the song

The lyrics to this rock-blues anthem chorus are a frustratingly elusive earworm. I'm not sure where they came from. They are in a Lucinda Williams like style -- emphatic, anthem-like, similar to "Change the Locks". Google isn't helping me. Can you? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Apr 13, 2015 - 9 answers

What song features a chorus of "CEEEeeee JAAAaaay?"

I'm ashamed to be using a question on this, but what 70s (?) song features a chorus that is the band singing the name "CJ?" It's about a girl named CJ, I think, and all I can remember about it is that the refrain goes "CEEEEeeeee JAAAaaay." (I presumed it was called "CJ" or something similar but Google and Rdio fail me.)
posted by AgentRocket on Apr 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Songs with a twist?

What are some notable (or your favorite) songs with twist endings revealed through the lyrics? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 6, 2015 - 54 answers

Help me find new music with really good lyrics!

One of the things that I reliably love in music is lyrics that sound like good poetry. Help me find more musicians who reliably include this trait in their work! [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Apr 1, 2015 - 40 answers

Hey Jude, who does Flo think you are?

Asking for a young Florence and the Machine fan in my household: In the song "St Jude," is Florence Welch treating St Jude as a female saint? [more inside]
posted by third rail on Mar 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me find a 1980s pop/dance song based on this minimal criteria?

Can you review the criteria for a song I'm trying to track down, and help me find it? 1980s pop/dance sound, male vocalist, lyrics like "you shine so great". [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Mar 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What is the name of the gospel song performed by Mary Mary

Hi Mary Mary performed on Good Morning America today and sang a medley. The second song that was sung had these lyrics in them..........so I'm singing alleluiah, I'm not what I used to be........ I looked online and cannot find the name of this gospel song. Thank you. Lynn
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Mar 5, 2015 - 6 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Sing On! lyrics

What are the words to the song "Sing On" that is a standard in the dixieland band repertoire? [more inside]
posted by jackmcc on Feb 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Google Fails Me: What's a "Fresh Dry Skippy"?

In Mark Ronson's/Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," there's a reference to "smoother than a fresh dry Skippy" (or fresh-drawn Skippy). Does this actually mean something?
posted by WCityMike on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

No Cowboys in New Jersey

I'm looking for the lyrics of a Mary Chapin-Carpenter song called (I think) "Mama, there ain't no Cowboys in New Jersey". It never seems to have been officially released, and google turns up references to it but no words. I'm really mostly looking for the lyrics, not necessarily a copy. Any ideas?
posted by transient on Jan 19, 2015 - 2 answers

What Spanish-language song did I hear yesterday at Don Pablo's?

Try to identify the Spanish-language song I heard yesterday at Don Pablo's, a Tex-Mex chain restaurant. I'll list everything I remember about it. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Pitch Perfect lyrics question

Question about a musical number from the movie Pitch Perfect. Contains spoilers. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Dec 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Identify this Mexican folk song, performed by a mariachi band! (Spanish)

Here is the song Starting at one minute, ending at the two minute mark. My Spanish is terrible, especially with the elongated words. Can anyone identify this song?
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

What other songs have this same tune?

I recently heard A Piece of Ground by Miriam Makeba. I am certain that I have never heard these lyrics before, but I am almost equally certain that I know the tune. But I can't think of where I know it from, and it's driving me crazy! What other songs have this tune? Vague ideas about where I might know it from inside. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Dec 5, 2014 - 20 answers

Song Lyrics Translation

I'm working on a song where I'd like the chorus and the end of each verse to be in Spanish - can you translate the lines in italics? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Song-filter: 90s-00s high pitched male, break and minimalist ending

What is the song in my head? [more inside]
posted by anaelith on Nov 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a Guitar Wolf song where Seiji sings "Killer... KILLER!"?

The last time Guitar Wolf was in Chicago, he started off a song by screaming something like "Killer... KIIILLEEERRRR!" What is the name of this song? [more inside]
posted by millions on Nov 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Can anyone help with lyrics on these Congolese songs?

Long shot here. I'd love to perform these songs but have no idea on the words. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Oct 27, 2014 - 1 answer

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