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 -
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 -
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 -
It may sound silly, but I regularly pay a personal trainer via paypal and I like to have witty subject lines instead of the typical 'you've got money!' [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith
on May 7, 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 -
Songfilter: I heard this pop song in a mall a couple of months ago and its memoryworming me in a particularly annoying way. The singer addresses a nerdy/geeky boy she knew in high school and essentially apologizes for the bad treatment he got from her and her popular friends. (At least in my memory its a girl singing. Could be wrong.) Seems like it should be Taylor Swift or something but googling lyrics is killing me and everyone I know is too old to ask.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy
on Apr 8, 2013 -
I heard a song today with the lyrics "Sharon I'm standing in a phone box on the corner of the street/Sharon my money's running out" What was it?
posted by the christopher hundreds
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Please help me with a list of popular songs in which the commonly accepted lyrics have changed over the years. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow
on Mar 8, 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 -
Can you help transcribe (I guess) a few lines of French from Lafayette Blues, by the White Stripes? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I can't believe I'm wasting a question on this, but searching the internet has failed to give me a definitive answer. In the song Some Nights by Fun, which is the proper lyric? [more inside]
posted by Ruki
on Jan 29, 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 -
A friend told me his baby was soothed quickly & consistently by Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely", despite its seemingly wildly inappropriate lyrics. What other songs have worked well as baby lullabies despite their actual meaning? [more inside]
posted by davebug
on Dec 22, 2012 -
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 -
I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 15, 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 -
I was in Ernie Tubbs Record Shop in Nashville a couple weeks ago and they were playing a song whose only lyric I can remember is something like "one of those nights when I miss Lester Black." The lyric was repeated often as part of the refrain. It was a country song, it sounded sort of old and had a melancholic feel to it. That is, unfortunately, all I can remember. I can't get that lyric out of my head and I really want to know what song it is. Google hasn't been any help. Please satiate my curiosity, it is driving me nuts!
posted by Falconetti
on Oct 25, 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 am designing my own holiday cards, with pictures of my family on the front. They are awesome looking so far, and I am really excited. A blank space on the back of the card is what I'm trying to fill; a 5" wide area, about 4-5 lines in 10-12 pt font. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Romantic song sung by female singer, with lyrics like, "Why do I need stars when I have you"? [more inside]
posted by catburger
on Sep 28, 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 -
In the song "So Long, Farewell
" from The Sound of Music
, why does Brigitta sing "I'm glad to go, I cannot tell a lie" (i.e. is she tired? is she bored by the grown-ups?), and why does Louisa sing "I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly" (does she, too, want to get out of there? is she half-asleep?)? Are their lines meant to be interpreted as somehow related, since they do a little dance together immediately afterwards? Yes, this is settle-an-argument filter, so I'm looking for canonical or otherwise authoritative info, not just casual speculation.
posted by No-sword
on Jul 29, 2012 -
For the past few days I have been trying to recollect the title of the song that has the line "You are like Gibraltar in a raging storm" or something similar, in it. And I believe this is followed by the line "Are you for real? " But this could also possibly be at the end of the verses of the song. [more inside]
posted by kryptos
on Jul 3, 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 -
What are the lyrics to these three Yello songs?: "Le Secret Farida", "Santiago", "Crash Dance" [more inside]
posted by XtinaS
on May 27, 2012 -
I'm looking for lyrics (in Russian/Cyrillic) to this song
. I'm not familiar enough with russian to do more than pick out a few words. I don't want the English lyrics, I would like to figure that part out myself. :) Any help at all would be appreciated.
posted by subarctic_guy
on May 11, 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 -