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The Wonderful Pig

My wife has become infatuated with a learned pig from long ago, and now wants to play a historical song from 1785 honoring it on the piano, but we have only a fragment of the full song. Where might I find the full score? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jun 12, 2009 - 12 answers

What is this song by the Ethiopian Elvis about?

Ethiopia/Amharic Filter: I created a vacation video of my trip to Ethiopia and used the song, Mekeyershin Salawq by the famous Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete. What is the song about? (Link to song inside) [more inside]
posted by cptspalding on May 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Feel the lovely vocoder

What are the lyrics to the vocoder chorus in Cut Copy's Feel the love? [more inside]
posted by yourcelf on May 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Where do I go from here?

OldSongFilter: Help me find a song from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Apr 23, 2009 - 9 answers

I just wanna know, where did this song go?

Name-That-Tune Filter: uptempo pop/rock, female vocalist, and the hook contains the lyric "I just wanna know, where did she go?" Or something like it… [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Name this song?

Name-this-song-filter: Soft, acoustic, Augustana-esque song with vague descriptions of lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me with poetic devices....

In "Thunder Road", the lyric "Roy Orbison singing for the lonely, hey that's me and I want you only, don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again" can be interpreted differently depending on where you break the line, before or after the word "only". Is there a name for this particular poetic device? Do you know of other examples? [more inside]
posted by griffey on Mar 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Name this tune...

What is the name of this song we used to sing in music class? [more inside]
posted by aquariangirl06 on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Please help me find a country music song

I'm looking for a specific country music song that I don't know where I heard. [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on Feb 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Name that (Danish) tune!

[Name-that-tune-Filter] Looking for the name and/or general translation of a Danish song my mother learned from friends as a child. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Feb 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Mama's Got a Double Entendre

What modern song lyrics contain the best -- the cleverest, filthiest, most sustained -- sexual innuendo? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Feb 5, 2009 - 90 answers

Carrot on a stick

I'm trying to track down a song I remember hearing on the local college station about 10 years ago (WDBM in East Lansing, MI). I think some of the lyrics were along the lines of "Consider / all the carrots you've been fed / and now they're your ______ ______ / And consider"....etc. I'm 95% sure it was a guy singing, and I think the song had something to do with being led through life by "carrots" of dubious merit. Google hasn't yielded the answer - thanks!
posted by splendid animal on Feb 3, 2009 - 16 answers

The Green on "green"

JayZFilter: In the beginning of "Roc Boys," exactly what do the boys in blue put before the badge? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Jan 14, 2009 - 15 answers

What's it called what Poe does?

Is there a name for what Poe did in The Raven where there's lots of long, vowel sounds? And is there anybody in music writing lyrics in a similar fashion? [more inside]
posted by low affect on Dec 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Music Suggestion Thread Go: Multiple Simultaneous Vocals

I am interested in hearing more music with multiple vocals going on at once, with an effect like singing "Row, row, row, your boat" in the round except not with the "in the round" structure. Two examples are within. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Dec 23, 2008 - 57 answers

He did release it as "Fink" after all

Is there some sort of an explanation for Fink's seemingly super creepy lyrics that seem to cross into stalking/rape territory? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Dec 20, 2008 - 9 answers

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death..

I rarely pay attention to lyrics in a song - when I do, it's usually because of strong imagery or a really twisted message. I'd love to find songs now based on lyric recommendations - what are your favorites? Powerful, or hidden, or just especially memorable. And not limited to any particular genre nor subject, either. I just want songs that will make me pause and think over what I heard, rather than go "Ahh, pretty sounds!"
posted by Bakuun on Dec 18, 2008 - 79 answers

Mystery super-chill song ID

I guess the planets are aligned today: I have another song ID request. This is a chill song with only synth and drums, about 90-100 bpm, with a lazy, plainsong female vocalist singing something like "mix-ing a cake", "it won't bake". And an unintelligible recurring rhythmic sprechstimme lyric which I'll represent here as "drop the doctor for may". Any ideas? Google's giving me cake recipes.
posted by aliasless on Sep 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for songs describing mappable journeys

I am looking for songs that describe a mappable journey (ideally together with the map). For example here is a map of the destinations mentioned in "Route 66" and here is the wild journey described at the end of Tom Waits' "Don't Go into that Barn!".
posted by rongorongo on Aug 8, 2008 - 20 answers

This song is stuck to me like glue.

Help me find this indie pop duet that includes lyrics like "I'm gonna stick with you... stick like glue." [more inside]
posted by overglow on Jul 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Orange you gonna find a rhyme for that?

Help me find songs that use THE SAME WORD to make a "rhyme". [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 20, 2008 - 66 answers

What song lyrics define wordless emotions?

Where the streets have no name. A horse with no name. What I really want to say, I can't define. What other songs try to evoke the wordless and undefinable?
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 17, 2008 - 25 answers

What song did I hear?

Name of rap song that imagines if other genres of music had beef like hip hop? [more inside]
posted by swiffa on Jun 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Do you know? Do you know how it feels to not know this?

Song in my head for days, sounds very nineties. Singer is female, chorus something like "Do you know/do you know how it feels to be lonely? Do you know/do you know how it feels to be (small?)" No luck with Google. Help?
posted by juniper on Jun 6, 2008 - 11 answers

I don't listen to what they're saying because then I'd be crying instead of dancing...

I'm trying to put together a list of the happiest sounding songs with the saddest lyrics... can you help? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Apr 18, 2008 - 106 answers

How to make my own karaoke discs from scratch?

How do I take a song off a regular cd, add viewable lyrics (and whatever else is necessary) and turn it into a karaoke disc that I can hand to the kj at a karaoke joint? I already have evil lyrics and some other audio software, but I can only find reference to working with songs that are already on a cdg ... no references in my audio programs to exactly how to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl on Mar 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me be a better song writer.

Is the ability to write good lyrics to music something one can learn or pick up, or is it something you have to be born with? If it is the former, can you give me some tips, or at the very least direct me to some books or websites that might be of use? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Feb 28, 2008 - 17 answers

Billy Joel etymology

What does Billy Joel mean when he sings, “the most she will do is throw shadows at you”? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Feb 15, 2008 - 31 answers

Heard a great song at a US H&M...help me identify the name of it and the band who plays it.

Heard a great song at a US H&M...help me identify the name of it and the band who plays it. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Who wrote this song?

My mother used to sing a song to me as a child: "It's a rainy day / and we have to stay inside. / The rain is falling down / and we can't go out to play. / Why does it have to rain / anyway?" She swears it's from Sesame Street, but Google seems never to have heard of it. Who composed this song? Where could she have heard it from? Is it indeed Sesame Street?
posted by RobotHeart on Jan 30, 2008 - 7 answers

"Tokini mi ni to sa, mochi ni ku muta..."

What language is Cirque du Soleil's "Rivage" in? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Dec 29, 2007 - 1 answer

Music for the Forgetful

I'm considering making a mixtape (okay, not on actual tape, but "mixCD" just doesn't roll off the tongue) consisting of songs with one word or phrase only repeated in the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by captnkurt on Dec 18, 2007 - 65 answers

Maria maria es mi... what's that song?!

I once heard a song that started something like "Maria, Maria es mi sol, es mi sueno dolor" (with appropriate spanish accent marks). Any idea what this is?
posted by Malad on Nov 27, 2007 - 6 answers

What are the lyrics to the song "Brown Water" by 'Harvey Milk'?

What are the lyrics to the song "Brown Water" by the band 'Harvey Milk'?
posted by geos on Nov 22, 2007 - 1 answer

Translate song from Tigrinya to English (or Hebrew)

I'd like to find a translation for an Israeli song sung in Tigrinya called Siyaishaya Ingoma. [more inside]
posted by alona on Nov 19, 2007 - 4 answers

Zoom Out, Literally?

Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Anyone know this song?

Song Filter: All I remember from this song is the lyric in the chorus "nobody's baby, just a tom boy", from about 15 years ago, google showed me nothing, anyone?
posted by Cosine on Nov 12, 2007 - 3 answers

Well-known songs related to days/dates/calendars?

What widely-recognized lyrics could I imply in a calendar application tutorial video? I've found this previous AskMe, but I'm more interested in recognizable lyrics than titles. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Nov 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Trixie, Trixie, My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me

Is this a real song or a product of my imagination? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 28, 2007 - 2 answers

Does anyone know what Arthur Russell is singing at the beginning of "Tone Bone Kone?"

Does anyone know what Arthur Russell is singing at the beginning of "Tone Bone Kone?" I love the sound of that opening and feel a strong attachment to it but I have no idea what he is saying. [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Oct 6, 2007 - 3 answers

I'm a cyberspace commuter?

Here we go again: partial lyric, name the song. The phrase "I'm a cyberspace commuter" is repeated several times. The chorus goes something like "ooh-ooh then I see you smile, and everything's fine... Ooh-ooh then I look at the sky and I see the sun shine" [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Sep 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Help finding a song from Victorian days

Is there a real song with this lyric? "Where and how shall I earliest meet her? What are the words that she'll first say to me?" [more inside]
posted by bovious on Sep 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Another "what's this song?" question.

Another "what's this song?" question. Google-fu and music search engines failed me. Lyrics that I can remember of it are inside. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Sep 20, 2007 - 9 answers

A hilarious but faintly remembered celtic ballad

I'm looking for a song with little to go on: I'm nearly (but not entirely) certain it was sung by Andy Stewart; it's basically a humorous ballad (in the story-telling sense) which ends up with the protagonist making a hasty exit from town, quite possibly chased by men with swords, quite possibly pulling his pants up as he goes, with a genius lyric in there somewhere on the important of learning discretion as the better part of valor.
posted by Wolfdog on Jul 23, 2007 - 4 answers

What song did Paul and Storm sing about a house full of seamen?

A few months ago, I saw Paul and Storm in concert, opening for Jonathan Coulton. They sang a song about a pirate captain who brings his whole crew home, and his wife's dismay at discovering-- you guessed it-- seamen all over the house. The song isn't on either of their albums, and there's no mention of it on their site, so I don't even know if it's originally theirs or a cover. Google reveals message board posts from people who have heard them sing it, but nothing more conclusive. Please help me track down this song!
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 20, 2007 - 6 answers

On the radio, the radio

Looking for a song with the refrain, "On the raa-dee-oh, the raa-de-oh." [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Jul 18, 2007 - 23 answers

Help identify an awesome blues song sung by two guys.

Help identify an awesome blues song sung by two guys. It is performed by two men, the harmony resembles Taj Mahal's Queen Bee (and he may be one of the performers, but I couldn't identify the song by looking at his discography). I remember some of the lyrics... [more inside]
posted by andreinla on Jun 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Do you recognize these songs?

Do you know any of these songs? Do these lyrics sound familiar? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jun 28, 2007 - 3 answers

What is the name of this "yellow" 60s/70s song?

StonerMusicFilter: Please help me find the name of a 60s/70s song that has the line (I think) "shade of yellow". [more inside]
posted by solongxenon on Jun 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Hear My Prayer

Help me find the name of this song! [more inside]
posted by wafaa on Jun 21, 2007 - 12 answers

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