I'm looking for good Japanese songs or artists that will teach me new, useful words or phrases so that I can improve. I read articles in Japanese too, but words seem to 'stick' better when I am listening to a song and going over the kanji and hiragana at the same time. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Jul 24, 2014 -
In the Orange Juice song, Blue Boy, the lyrics go: "He wasn't listening to her lying tongue. He was listening to the words being sung by the blue boy".
Who is the Blue Boy? [more inside]
posted by goml
on Jul 7, 2014 -
I'd like to know the English translation for this specific song: Muoi Nam Tinh Cu
, however if there is a good site that has a listing of classic Vietnamese songs with English translations, I'd love to know!
posted by travellingincognito
on May 27, 2014 -
The lyrics in Lorn's Diamond
go from :15 to 1:10. What are they? I can kind of make out a few phrases. "So I stay in this...", "But the space I keep...just won't be there long" and "but the best advice", "to pave the road that's of stone". Can anybody tell what all the full lyrics are? I even took the song and sped it up in audacity and that is still all I could make out.
posted by cashman
on Mar 2, 2014 -
I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this?
We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord
on Feb 26, 2014 -
The song was sung by I think a male and female, in a very sweet light style. I remember them as British, but I may just associate that style of pop duo with Britain. It's a pre-2000 song, I'm pretty sure. The only specific lines I remember was that the chorus contained something about "our brother and sister who we love are on the stairs" (or possibly in the attic?), and there's a reference to a meteoroid crashing nearby. It was pretty entertaining the way the light poppy sound contrasted with the apocalypse/disaster being recounted, but I only heard it the once and I've never had luck googling the fragments I remember. [more inside]
posted by tavella
on Jan 23, 2014 -
Longest of long shots but does anybody recall hearing a rap/hiphop song on bandcamp with a Vanilla Ice sample? The beat may have had a bit of the "under pressure" bass line and some hand claps. About 3 times through the song they'd throw the vanilla ice sample in from "Ice Ice Baby" and right when the sample said ".....alright stop" the beat would cut out for a few seconds and then start back up.
posted by cashman
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I'm looking for songs which mention/ can be interpreted to mention self-harm, but in which SH isn't their focus.
Examples of what I'm looking for inside. They don't have to be any specific genre or mood, it's the lyrics I'm interested.
Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Braeburn
on Oct 10, 2013 -
Can anyone discern what is being sung at 0:30 in this song
? The line starts "Forget the books, forget the pictures your/you're..." but I do not know what the words that follow are, except that the line ends with "bottle of wine". Can you make them out?
posted by Quilford
on Aug 3, 2013 -
Does the Okkervil River song 'The War Criminal Rises and Speaks' have references to my local ice cream shop, or am I imagining this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise
on Aug 2, 2013 -
It's a country song. The only lyric I remember is something along the lines of "Cash has the lick America loves". Google is failing me.
posted by colin_l
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I really like metaphors and I really like song lyrics. Every once in a while I run across a particular type of cleverly extended metaphor in a song lyric. I'm trying to develop this idea a bit and looking for more examples of this particular thing. I've included some explanatory examples I've found. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Jun 22, 2013 -
I'm hoping someone can identify a mid-90s hip-hop track, which for a long time I assumed was by Thirstin Howl III, but now I'm not so sure. The only thing I recall, other than the rapper having what I would characterize as a laconic flow, is a line that rhymed Brooklyn Dodger
with Joe Cocker
. I distinctly remember the second part of this rhyme being delivered in a sing-song, "I la da da da da
like Joe Cocker". (Literally la da da
, not a placeholder for something I don't remember.) So, pretty specific right? Anyone?
posted by Lorin
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I like to sing traditional-styled songs to myself during my day. It helps me feel happy. I'd like to learn some new ones. The catch is I'm attracted to a specific subset of songs that I can't quite classify, so I'm having trouble finding new ones that really hook me. I like the songs that are very... bittersweet? Like, they demonstrate profound hope or love, but at the same time seem to understand how awful the world can be sometimes. Songs like Long Time Traveler
(or more properly "White"), The Parting Glass
, Peggy Gordon
, Down In The River To Pray
, etc. Do you know any songs that strike this chord? (They don't have to be Irish or American; as long as I can learn the words I'm excited about everything.)
posted by ictow
on May 23, 2013 -
There's a set of lyrics which appears in several different Roma folk settings, sometimes reversed, and usually with similar but not identical tunes; AFAICT, the urtext is called "Keren Chave" or perhaps "Keren šavořale". I'm curious about its history and how it derived multiple variations, and whether there's a canonical order for the verses. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop
on May 14, 2013 -
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 -
I just heard this on the local NPR station. Lyrics were about the opening of the seven seals and in the chorus, the singer sings "I'm the Revelator, I'm the Apostle John." And no, the song was not John the Revelator. The singer was pretty gruff, on a level with Tom Waits but I don't think it was him. I did lyrics searches on Google and found only a dozen versions of "John the Revelator".
posted by Ber
on Feb 11, 2013 -
What are the lyrics to "Moth Wings" by Pond? I don't think there's a complete set of lyrics floating around on the internet, and even the incomplete versions don't agree with each other.
posted by KChasm
on Jan 1, 2013 -
Could a discerning ear try to puzzle out the lyrics to "01-01-212" by the Vice Creems? They never made more than a couple of singles, so of course there isn't anything online. Still, the song's catchy.
posted by KChasm
on Dec 4, 2012 -
What are the lyrics to "Tabby and Lucy" by Boston Spaceships? I believe it's off their final album "Let It Beard".
posted by KChasm
on Nov 5, 2012 -
What does this Egyptian Arabic song mean in English?
Listen to the song here
Thanks! : )
posted by thatgirl1985
on Nov 2, 2012 -
Help me find this song! My wife and I have been trying to find a song we keep hearing in commercials and in Football stadiums, but can't figure out what it is. The main part of the song is a chorus singing "Whoa oh, whoa oh ohhh oh, woah oh ohhh oh, woah oh". [more inside]
posted by SeeTheTurtle
on Oct 30, 2012 -
My family has an ongoing joke about finding the Christmas spider. Help me find songs that mention spiders! [more inside]
posted by dorey_oh
on Oct 1, 2012 -
I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising
on Sep 24, 2012 -
I'm looking for a song I heard on the radio a couple of times about 6 or 7 years ago. The music was interspersed with a Spanish language lesson in it that started out seeming normal and got kinkier as it went on. Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Sep 11, 2012 -
What words are the chorus singing beginning here
in Knee Play 4 of Philip Glass's “Einstein on the Beach”? Alas much googling has failed me.
posted by nfg
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Does anyone know what the lyrics are to the Pearl and the Beard song "Donny and Johnny"? [more inside]
posted by Glambie
on Jun 19, 2012 -
I love the music
of [specific artists inside], but I don't like the lyrics
. Please suggest alternate artists for me to listen to. [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit
on Jun 15, 2012 -
Are there any song lyrics that directly mention cassette tapes? Wording doesn't have to include the exact phrase "cassette tapes"--could use the words tapes, mix tapes, cassettes, etc. The better-known the song, the better for my purposes. Thanks!
posted by GaelFC
on May 10, 2012 -
Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 20, 2012 -
Please explain any of the songs from the album Forever Now
by the Psychedelic Furs. [more inside]
posted by rouftop
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Songs with unreliable narrators?
posted by Trurl
on Apr 14, 2012 -
I'm trying to find a singer/song-writer who I heard for the first time 3 years ago. She had a soft, high, very feminine voice, and the lyrics were entirely nonsensical (although grammatically correct), detailed descriptions of bizarre circumstances. This might not be true of all of her songs, but I remember, many times, thinking "god this song is beautiful... /wait/ what's it about?!" [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Mar 20, 2012 -
I'm trying to figure out the lyrics to Sweet Life
by Roberto Cacciapaglia, off The Ann Steel Album. I've figured out most of them, but there are some parts that I can't quite make out. Can you help? I've put what I've made out of the lyrics below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Help me revel in the splendour of Canada. I'm looking for songs that reference Canadian provinces/territories by name. [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Feb 28, 2012 -
I'm trying to remember a song. Part of the chorus is "shiiiine on! Shiiiine on!" and has a very area-rock sound (similar to Autograph). Any ideas?
posted by Ikazuchi
on Jan 22, 2012 -
Trying to identify a song I heard on the radio with just a few lyrics - help please! [more inside]
posted by seesom
on Jan 1, 2012 -