Lately I've been fascinated by "smart" songs: songs with witty, intelligent lyrics, especially if the lyrics are literary. Can you recommend more music of this sort? [samples inside] [more inside]
posted by jdroth
on Oct 31, 2005 -
I am looking for the origin of the lyrics to the lullaby generally known as "Hush Little Baby". [more inside]
posted by page404
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Looking for the band/composer that created the songs on an old cassette tape I have from the early 90's. Song titles include "We can Rearrange the World
" and "Goddamn the Empty Sky
", "The Lament of the Corporate President's Wife
" among others. The tape had only a hand-written label on it calling it "Maestro Mix", and probably was copied 1991-92. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza
on Oct 21, 2005 -
Does anyone know what Pearl Jam's "Daughter
" song is about? I love their "Jeremy" song, and this one, too... but I can't parse the lyrics on "Daughter" for the life of me.
posted by silusGROK
on Sep 27, 2005 -
I am putting together a CD of "on hold" music for my law firm, and I want it to be made up of songs about lawyers and the law (e.g., "I Fought the law", "Send Lawyers Guns & Money", "Lawyers In Love", etc.). What other songs can you suggest?
posted by Carsey
on Sep 15, 2005 -
I am looking for a phonetic transcription of the lyrics to the Japanese punk song "Linda Linda" by the Blue Hearts. An English translation of the lyrics would be great, too.
posted by 23skidoo
on Aug 24, 2005 -
I'm looking for songs similar to Paula Cole's "Me." The best lines in that song are "me who is my enemy, me who beats me up." In other words, anything with introspective lyrics.
posted by madmath
on Aug 11, 2005 -
I like the song "Estupido Romantico" (Mazz, 1995), but I need the lyrics, so I can sing along (for more than the title). Got the words? Please, e-mail me. [By the way, love makes me feel both stupid and romantic!]
posted by Carol Anne
on Aug 7, 2005 -
Simple request: Does anyone have a Big Red Jake album with the lyrics to "Chili Bean's Final Carouse"? Please post them, if you have them...the internet is failing me.
posted by Kickstart70
on Aug 5, 2005 -
Tears for Fears has a "b-side" instrumental song called Pharaohs. Does anyone know what the narrator is saying or reading from?
posted by edjusted
on Jul 27, 2005 -
Name that tune!! It was used in commercials to advertise the HBO film "Empire Falls", and now to advertise a new show coming in the fall - E-Ring maybe? Anyway - it's kind of pop-rock sounding, male vocal. Lyrics: Something like - even when you cannot hear me ... I'll be right beside you dear.
posted by clh
on Jul 20, 2005 -
I am looking for songs with a psychiatric illness theme. 2 songs come immediately to mind, both by Simon and Garfunkel. One is Richard Cory
dealing with a suicide by a probable manic-depressive .The other is A Most Peculiar Man
which describes the suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning of a schizophrenic patient. i know it is rather morbid but I would appreciate hearing of other songs of the same ilk.
posted by kryptos
on Jul 14, 2005 -
What are the legal ramifications of sharing the lyrics of a song on an album that has not yet been released? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler
on Jul 9, 2005 -
My amnesiac brother heard a song maybe 15 years ago, about a radio DJ. He now has me hunting it down on the internets, but... he doesn't recall a single complete line of the lyric. There was something along the lines of "And his name was Max von Lowenstein/Guildensteen/Springsteen", and...er, that's it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on Jun 2, 2005 -
I am looking for the name of the girl in the song Rocky Raccoon by the Beatles (the one that called herself Lil and that everyone knew as Nancy). Lyric sites vary between Magil, Magill, and McGill, but I do not want to rely on the number of search results as the answer. Is there a definitive source for her real name?
posted by hindmost
on May 24, 2005 -
Some time ago, my girlfriend and I saw, or heard on NPR (we are debating that) a commercial for a musical. It was a lesser known show by a more famous composer. If I recall correctly, the subject was corruption in a city hall, possible chicago. All we really remember for sure was a catchy refrain we have both been singing ever since.
"Its a little tin box,
a little tin box,
that a little tin key unlocks.
There is nothing unorthodox
about a little tin box..."
posted by Manjusri
on May 13, 2005 -
Why are there two versions of the new Black Eyed Peas single? It (kinda) made sense to have a radio version of "Let's Get Retarded", but what's so bad about "Don't Phunk With My Heart"? [more inside]
posted by smackfu
on May 12, 2005 -
What the heck is the Gram Parsons song $1,000 Wedding about? (lyrics inside, mp3 of one version here
) The first two verses sound like she left the guy at the altar, but the chorus and the last verse sound more like she died. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Apr 4, 2005 -
I'm embarrassed to ask, but what's a "Hollaback Girl" (that which Gwen Stefani ain't)?
posted by puddinghead
on Apr 3, 2005 -
What recent song features a female vocalist, with lyrics like "The better you feel / The more you'll heal / The better you'll be / The more you'll see"
posted by rwhe
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Does anyone know what the song "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush is about?
posted by Muffpub
on Mar 25, 2005 -
I don't understand the lyrics of a Billie Holiday song and a Robert Johnson song. [more inside]
posted by rdr
on Mar 15, 2005 -
Boogie to the boogie say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie!
What songs use this lyric (or some clear variation of it?) I'm pretty sure it originates from Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'. At the very least this song popularized it. And it appears in, for example, Kid Rock's 'Bawitdaba', Will Smith's 'Freakin it', and 311's 'Welcome'
So what other songs make some use of this classic hip-hop lyric??? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Feb 28, 2005 -
A few years ago I recall reading a website where lyrics to several popular rap and hip hop tunes were posted with a line by line translation of the slang terms. It also had annotations of some of the more obscure culture references that were in the lyrics. I have searched on Google to no avail. Anyone know what I'm talking about or have seen something similar? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Trgnalafilter: I'm looking for the words to and preferably a translation of the Bulgarian folk song "Trgnala e malka moma." [more inside]
posted by The White Hat
on Feb 20, 2005 -
LyricsFilter: Regarding word usage in Queen's "Fairy Feller's Master-stroke" ... what does "quaere" mean? [more inside]
posted by Kosh
on Feb 19, 2005 -
I am hooked on this (semi-)sweet little song by French-Canadian indierock artist Lederhosen Lucil, Semi-Sweet
[cute, funny music video in Windows Media format]. But I can't figure out the lyrics -- which are in English, with a spot of French -- and my Canadian friend is stumped as well. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Feb 18, 2005 -
On the Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney album Superwolf
the song Blood Embrace features a sample of dialogue from...something. Could be a movie, tv show, play...anything. Anyone know what this dialogue is from?
posted by Doug
on Feb 11, 2005 -
AlmodovarFilter - Can anyone provide me with the English version of the re-written Spanish lyrics of "Moon River" as sung by Pedro Jose Sanchez Martinez in Almodovar's current film, "Bad Education?" They were in English in the subtitles, but I can't find them online.
posted by stonerose
on Feb 6, 2005 -
I'm compiling a list of misunderstood song lyrics as a gift for a friend who has an obsession with, well, misunderstood song lyrics. [...] [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie
on Jan 28, 2005 -
[RapidFireLyricsFilter] I love songs that are catchy
, and possibly educational
. But I love them even more if their lyrics clip along at such an alacritous speed that it takes many listenings and hours of practice to sing along, if indeed it's even possible
. Any recommendations for great, high-SPM (syllables-per-minute) songs?
posted by Ironwolf
on Jan 17, 2005 -
Does anyone know what the music played at the beginning of this year's MacWorld SF stream
is (while the copyright notice is displayed)? I ask because my usual tactic of Googling for relevant lyrics has failed due to it being the tail-end of the track. Thank you!
posted by danhon
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Rap lyrics often leave me quite baffled -- my English is clearly not good enough to get them 100%. Are there any good (online or dead-tree) resources to learn more American street/hip-hop slang? And what about websites offering translations of rap lyrics into plain English?
posted by matteo
on Jan 3, 2005 -
Musicfilter: does anyone know the name of the new Ying Yang Twins song where the guy is whispering? It's sort of the exception that proves the rule, if you know what I mean.
posted by symbebekos
on Dec 24, 2004 -
I'm looking for a site with complete lyrics to traditional Christmas carols like "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "The Wassail Song." Just one or two verses won't do-- I want the whole thing. Any suggestions?
posted by Faint of Butt
on Dec 24, 2004 -
The Mighty Hercules cartoon had a theme song that was parodied in my elementary school. Can you help me figure out the lyrics? (More inside Herc! Herc!) [more inside]
posted by joelf
on Dec 13, 2004 -
In the Bauhaus song "Party of the First Part", there is what sounds like a movie sampled wherein a woman sells her soul in exchange for a career in rock music.
Is this actually a sample from a movie, or did they just hire people to record it themselves? Googling isn't helping me.
posted by interrobang
on Dec 12, 2004 -
I've seen the lyrics to a UK band's song posted on a blog hosted in the US, without a copyright notice or a 'with permission' blurb. Is that legally OK in the US?
Previous search of ask.me questions reveal little.
posted by dash_slot-
on Nov 21, 2004 -
Christmas is coming up and I want to be a cool parent to my 10 year old. She wants to listen to, what I can best describe, hip-hop. Not really rap, but stuff that has a beat (she liked Black Eyed Peas "let's get it started in here"). Her current problem is I am uncool. I didn't let her watch Mean Girls—all the other kids got to. I don't let her listen to the local "cool" radio station—mainly because of the language and DJs. So any suggestions on what could keep a kid cool but let me feel like she's getting music of some quality? I don't have to like the music, but I don't want anything with questionable lyrics. Answers that accuse me of censorship will be ignored. When she wants to save her own money up and buy a CD she can, but I'm buying these.
posted by nramsey
on Nov 16, 2004 -
How come many lyrics sites try to install virii? LyricsDepot.com, eLyrics.com, LyricsFreak.com and so forth all suggest you download their dubious-sounding "plug-in". [more inside]
posted by dhoyt
on Sep 10, 2004 -
How do you sing in Chinese and other tonal languages? Does the music follow the notes as usual but deviate a little bit to express tones (which could explain the sort of warbly psychedelic sound of the Chinese singing I've heard), or does the music itself dictate what tones are used - in which case I'd guess lyrics are mostly limited to flat tones since singing is mostly level notes.
posted by abcde
on Sep 4, 2004 -
"...find someone else to beg..." This is a lyric from a song that last.fm played for me just as I was leaving yesterday. I couldn't get it to show me the title (server and browser troubles) nor did Google or lyrics.* have anything for that phrase. It sounded somewhat like Semisonic, but I'm not sure. Any ideas what this song might be? Don't make me beg.
posted by codger
on Aug 5, 2004 -
Musicfilter: Probably an easy one, but I'm stymied. I'm looking for the artist/song title of a classic rock song, and here's the only lyrics I can recall:
"My soul's on fire..you're the of my desire..."
Has sort of groovy, mellow T-Rex kind of feel.
Anyone? [more inside]
posted by tetsuo
on Jul 20, 2004 -
"Like an ice cold hand, without a glove...
I've searched for this and it turns up nowt. There's KFC ad running in the UK now which features a feckin' superb rare groove soul track.
The song is sweet, I'd guess late 60's or early 70's, Motown or Philly probably, and is set to a scene with a young man, choosing his 99pence sandwich, then throwing the penny change into the fountain with an unspoken wish.
As his dream girl appears, the hook line hits: "What do I wish, for on a clou-dy day..."
What is it called? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on Jul 5, 2004 -
I need a good lyrics site, something reliable that doesn't want to spam me with popup ads, doesn't want to install spyware all over my computer, doesn't want to give me worthless e-coupons. Googling for lyrics always leads me to slimy dens of crap. Any recommendations for lyrics sites that play nice?
posted by jdroth
on May 19, 2004 -