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How do RTL languages work for lyrics to music?

What happens at the intersection of musical notation (written left to right) and languages written right to left? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

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

Song help - Trying to find a song with just a snippet of the chorus...

Songfilter - I caught the chorus of this song that has a woman singing in a very soft voice saying 'Girls, girls, girls' in a store a few months back and then heard it again today as a snippet while watching a random episode of 'United States of Tara.' Google only brings up Motley Crew and Jay Z songs - anyone???? I tried the USTara website and cant find it in the song list.
posted by thankyoujohnnyfever on Jun 10, 2009 - 7 answers

"Based on a story by my pal Shecky"

How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on May 28, 2009 - 14 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

Additional verses to All Things Bright and Beautiful?

I'm looking for the Asian verses for "All Things Bright and Beautiful", the classic english hymn. We sang it as children in Singapore, and my mother would like us to sing it for my dad's funeral tomorrow. All we can remember is that the additional verses were about the jungle and corals? It is *not* the Australian additional verses with the kookuburra.
posted by viggorlijah on May 9, 2009 - 3 answers

... Marx & Lenin ... stonewashed denim?

Was there a song with lyrics that rhymed 'Marx and Lenin' with 'stonewashed denim'? If I'm not imagining it, the song would probably date from the late '80s or early '90s. I'm thinking the band/singer was British, and was likely to have fallen somewhere under the alternative / indie umbrella. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on May 4, 2009 - 4 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

What is Fugazi's "23 Beats Off" about?

What is the Fugazi song "23 Beats Off" about, according to Fugazi? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Apr 13, 2009 - 1 answer

Or En Aye Ay? What does this song mean?

You may very well recognize this song. It is from this movie. What does it mean? Does the first stanza and/or chorus spell something? Please help! [more inside]
posted by crazyray on Apr 11, 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

Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahbaby

"I said yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah baby!" Who sings this song?! [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Apr 2, 2009 - 10 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

I've spent so many hours googling lyrics...

Please help me identify a song based on the following lyrics (could be out of order): "make it last" "if you go, make it fast" "before you forget me." [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex on Mar 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Song lyrics search--Humdrum Blues, unknown female singer

Heard a song at work on the Muzak, googled it, couldn't find it. It was a female singer, jazzy-sounding. I recall her mentioning the "humdrum blues." The lyric I wrote down was "work like a dog but I'm mighty poor." I googled "humdrum blues," but what I found was a different song, and googling the lyrics got me nothing.
posted by Slinga on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

I need help remembering a song...

So I've got this one lyric in my head. I am pretty certain its a female vocalist and the line is something like, "...screaming, 'nothing can hurt me'". "screaming" might be "saying" and "nothing" might be "no one" or "nobody". I'm pretty certain this line rhymes with the preceding line, and its sung in a very aggressive manner. I've been driving myself crazy with Google trying to find it, so I probably have one of the words completely wrong. Please help me!
posted by AaRdVarK on Mar 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Make you glad to see me!

What song is this? In a song by the Butthole Surfers, there is an a capella break (with the eventual addition of a base drum) where Gibby is singing in a very rhythmic style reminiscent of an old blues number, and the lyrics at this point include "glory hallelujah" as the main refrain with an occasional rejoinder of "make you glad to see me" and possibly "Jesus is a monkey" or "the Lord is a monkey". [more inside]
posted by idiopath on Mar 9, 2009 - 13 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

What did the Pearl Beer "waterfall billboard" in Dallas say in 1996?

What did the old Pearl Beer "waterfall billboard" on I-35 in Dallas say in 1996? Am I crazy in thinking that the lyrics in the chorus of the Butthole Surfers song "Pepper" made direct reference to the text of the sign? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Lyrics with meaning

I'm looking for sites that have music lyrics with explanations and discussions of the meaning of the lyrics.
What do you got, hive mind?
posted by allelopath on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 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

Identifying Incorrect iTunes Lyrics

I’ve been using various OS X Dashboard Widgets for some time now to automatically add lyrics to the iTunes tracks I’m listening to. One of the widgets lost the plot, though, and added the incorrect lyrics to some songs - lyrics to other songs I have, rather than other songs with similar titles (I’m guessing the widget was writing lyrics to the previous song). I'd like to output data I could skim to identify which songs to clean: song title, artist and first 500 or so characters of the lyric. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by boombot on Jan 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Where does this phrase come from?

What is the first usage in a song of "wave your hands in the air, like you [just] don't care"? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 19, 2009 - 10 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 is "sulphur preparation"?

What in the world is Bruce Willis singing about in "Coming Right Up"? Sulfur preparation?? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jan 6, 2009 - 4 answers

What is this song called?

Is there a hit song out now that has the lyrics "Give me one more chance?" [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Dec 28, 2008 - 11 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

Sister-In-Law?

SongFilter: What are the backup singers actually SINGING in "Be True To Your School" by The Beach Boys? [more inside]
posted by clcapps on Dec 24, 2008 - 11 answers

"I got a call last night from Washington (the president)"

In the late seventies or early eighties there was a song with a lyric something like:

I got a call last night from Washington/(the President)

Do you recognize it? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Dec 24, 2008 - 7 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

The Manul Song

Russian-speaking mefites, could you please help me with the lyrics to this Manul (aka Pallas Cat) Song? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Dec 19, 2008 - 3 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

Who is the gentleman from Rome?

What does this lyric from Irving Berlin's song "Sisters" mean? [more inside]
posted by lore on Nov 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Hey!

I'm looking for songs that have as their first lyric the word 'Hey'. For example there's that kinda-famous Beatles song 'Hey Jude', where the first sung word is 'Hey.' Hey me up! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Nov 14, 2008 - 144 answers

Second line's Dancing away

What's the song that has the lyric "The second line's dancing away"?
posted by Ollie on Oct 9, 2008 - 4 answers

"Donna Lee" lyrics, please.

Does anyone know [the] lyrics to "Donna Lee"? Yes, I know it's an instrumental, thanks. [more inside]
posted by lothar on Oct 1, 2008 - 3 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

Help me remember the name of this song.

Help me remember the name of this song. [more inside]
posted by althanis on Sep 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Pigeons and Cookies and Trash

What are the words to this Sesame Street Song? - We hear "Everybody loves [something], as sure as [something] loves [something], and googling for lyrics isn't helping fill in the blanks.
posted by Artw on Sep 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Where can I find the lyrics to Everything is Borrowed by The Streets

Where can I find the Lyrics to Everything is Borrowed the upcoming single by The Streets. Currently the first song on his MySpace
posted by therubettes on Aug 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Citizens of Glendale: Do not worry. He is dead.

What are the definitive lyrics to the chorus in the song "A Train Robbery" on Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer album? [more inside]
posted by Science! on Aug 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Where can I find complete lyrics to Mahalia Jackson song?

How do I find the complete lyrics of "Sometime I Wonder" aka "Will I Ever Rest?" I have a recording by Mahalia Jackson but cannot understand some of the words.
posted by woman on Aug 19, 2008 - 2 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

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