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ain't no need to get down, I'm already low

Please help me compile a list of rap songs that clearly illustrate what it is like to grow up and live in poverty -- for example, Brother Ali's "Only Life I Know" [YouTube, SoundCloud, lyrics] or The Coup's "Underdogs" [YouTube, lyrics]. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Poetry and dance

What songs fuse poetry or spoken word with music? The closest I can think of are Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" and Poe's "Hey Pretty". I'd be especially interested in mashups that do this.
posted by divabat on Jul 22, 2013 - 31 answers

Songs That Do Not Contain Rhymes

I'm looking for examples of songs that do not rhyme. [more inside]
posted by gt2 on Jul 22, 2013 - 59 answers

Forgotten song is driving me nuts

So it's that thing again where you half-remember a song ... It's by: I think an indie band from around 1996/1997 - I thought it was Laptop but it isn't (probably). I think British. Singing: a man with a mid-range voice, not high, not low. Kind of Gene like. Feels like he may have a skinny suit on somehow. There are MAYBE bits of answerphone message in there (but it's not the Laptop song with the answerphone) Video: do not recall one. Lyric: something to do with times through the night being mentioned "it's 3.59 and I'm on the street, it's 6.15 and ..." maybe with some answerphone messages. Several different times taking you through a night which seems not positive. What it's not: The Cure, 10:15 on a Saturday Night (ha - you all have that in your heads now); Mr Brightside (because of the narrative of an evening, but when I heard that song it reminded me of this mystery one). Come on Hive Mind, I know you can do this!
posted by LyzzyBee on Jun 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Please recommend songs that stop...................and then start again.

I like it when a song is powering along and then it comes to a complete stop and then starts again. Grandfather's Clock is an example. Faker's 'This Heart Attack' does the same thing. What are some others?
posted by h00py on Jun 18, 2013 - 77 answers

Looking for an old song with a chorus that starts, "Dear John..."

My Dad remembers a song he used to sing when he was a kid. The chorus, if his memory serves well, goes something like this: Dear John, I think the world of you, But I'm in love with someone new. I could marry one but I can't marry two, So farewell to you, dear John. I've included the complete song below. Anyway, I'm wondering if this was every sung by a famous or notable singer? Are there any notable recordings? Can anyone provide any more information about it? Many thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Jun 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Sorry mom.

Angry/intense/awesome/badass songs that prominently say motherfucker? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jun 12, 2013 - 91 answers

Let's get it on...

Need to find songs about sex for a funny mix-album as part of my brother's wedding present. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 4, 2013 - 65 answers

Songs for the dumper?

While coping with his decision to end a long-term relationship (and being vilified by his family and friends as a result), a friend of mine recently commented that "People only write songs about the guy being dumped. Nobody sings about the other guy." Intuitively, this feels untrue to me, but I'm having a surprisingly tough time coming up with counter-examples. Metafilter: Can you recommend some songs written for/about being the person who initiates the end of a relationship? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jun 3, 2013 - 128 answers

Need some great Summer 2013 songs for a playlist

I'm making a Summer Jamz 2k13 playlist for a few BBQs I'll be hosting this month, and I'm looking for more songs to add to the rotation. Despite my best efforts I'm a little out of both the indie/hipster loop and the R&B/rap/pop sensation loop, so I'm turning to you for help. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on May 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Musical evolution in a song

"Giorgio by Moroder" is a track on the new Daft Punk album that progresses through different eras of dance/electronic/club music, with the life and work of both Giorgio Moroder and Daft Punk themselves as musical and narrative framing devices. Are there any other songs, in any genre, that progress musically through various eras?
posted by capricorn on May 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Need great songs about listening!

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 - 15 answers

a change is gonna came

Hit me with some joyful, hopey songs that are less "everything is going to be all right" than "the bad shit is over -- everything is all right!" [more inside]
posted by threeants on May 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Hello darling!

I’m looking for songs that contain the word “darling.” The word doesn’t have to be included in the title. Bonus points if “darling” is part of the chorus. Thanks!
posted by turniphead on May 4, 2013 - 87 answers

"So long"/"Farewell"/"Goodbye" songs?

Please recommend songs along the theme of "so long"/"farewell"/"goodbye"/"we'll miss you". [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Apr 30, 2013 - 63 answers

Poetry in Song

A song request: occasionally when listening to (new to me) music I notice that I recognise a song and not because it's a cover but a poem! For example Yeat's 'Song of Wandering Aengus' seems to have been set to music by various artists (Waterboys, Donovan) or more recently I heard King Charles' album and suddenly realised I was listening to 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. I rather like it when this happens but I've found it a hard thing to search for, so what else is there? Interested in pretty much any genre or age - and mainly curious about more 'literary' poetry, although good versions of traditional ballads are definitely welcome!
posted by an opinicus on Apr 26, 2013 - 37 answers

Ethereal yet poppy electronic music?

Looking for more ethereal electronic (is that even what the kids call it these days?) music with a certain feeling to it - sort of happy, sort of sad, slightly otherworldly, all blending to create a dreamy, transcendant feeling. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 25, 2013 - 52 answers

Bar Exam Playlist

I am putting together a playlist for bar exam preparations. I am looking for songs that will help ease the pain of studying and have compiled a few from a range of genres. What else can I add to this to make it the ultimate inspirational list of songs? Here are some that I have already chosen: Isley Brothers - Work to Do Jay Z - 99 Problems LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out Beyonce - Run the World (girls) David Bowie - Under Pressure ODB - Got your money Fugees - Killing me softly
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

songs about kissing? catch: the word kiss is not in the title

Looking for songs about kissing, but without the obvious word 'kiss' in the title. Avoiding 'lips' would be good too.
posted by thatgirld on Apr 10, 2013 - 33 answers

Pop song about a girl who apologizes to nerdy high school boy?

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 - 6 answers

Radio-friendly songs by the Butthole Surfers?

What is the best song by the Butthole Surfers that is safe to play on the radio? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 22, 2013 - 35 answers

So what's in Veronica Falls' record collection?

So, lately I've been listening to the new Veronica Falls album. I'm drawn to songs like this [live version] and this: pure, jangly, motorik fuzz-pop. I need more, many more, songs along the same lines. So, who's mining this Black Tamourine-style vein of music at the moment aside from Veronica Falls? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Closing Songs for a Library?

I was talking with one of my student employees the other day and it turns out he's a member of one of the college's acapella groups. We thought it would be pretty cool for his group to record a song to be played before the library closes for the night. I can make this happen. What song(s) should they sing? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Mar 20, 2013 - 41 answers

Inspiring songs about Space and Space Travel

I am looking for inspiring songs about being in Space, or Space Travel, or even just Science! in general. I want to make a playlist. The only songs I can think of right now are Space Oddity and Rocketman, both of which are awesome songs but also completely depressing. I'm looking for songs that are more uplifting and inspirational. Please help.
posted by sandraregina on Mar 19, 2013 - 77 answers

Songs about (insert place here)

Looking for songs that express love for a particular place and capture the essence of it. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Mar 14, 2013 - 57 answers

Songs by a world-weary cowboy/girl required...

I have recently discovered that I really love the kind of music that is heartfelt, lyrically strong, with a wistful and melancholic vibe. The type that conjures up images of a world-weary cowgirl/boy (cowperson?) passing on words of wisdom as the sun sets in the distance... and I am looking for more! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Mar 14, 2013 - 50 answers

A party anthem that won't buzzkill the party

I'm trying to come up with a final song for my wedding playlist that will be a real showstopper (literally!) — something with a strong anthemic feel, something that evokes community and emotion and celebration and joy. I'm thinking everyone on the dance floor, singing along at the tops of their lungs and draping arms around each other and group-hugging and stuff like that. Think movie montage or closing scene. We Are Young by fun. is EXACTLY what I'm looking for, except that when you pay attention to the verses it's actually pretty depressing. Any suggestions for anthemic, bass-drum-y songs that are wedding-appropriate? [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Mar 13, 2013 - 51 answers

Mix Tape Filter: Seeking bouncy songs that make you want to dance!

I'm looking for mostly pre-2000s stuff. Not dancy necessarily, but very happy, poppy, stuff that you could dance in your seat to. So far I have; Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams Come True Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered George Michael - Freedom Cheesy is fine, if not encouraged. Thanks MeFi!
posted by heavenstobetsy on Mar 10, 2013 - 40 answers

Songs of the Labor Movement

For Camp NaNoWriMo, I am planning a sci-fi book in which labor politics play a significant role in the plot. I'd like to listen to music associated with the historical labor movement while I'm planning and writing. I only speak English, but will listen in any language. What have you got for me?
posted by gauche on Mar 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Songs by the month

Recommendations for (love) songs that mention one of the months in its lyrics? [more inside]
posted by demesne on Feb 23, 2013 - 50 answers

Give me songs that count

What other songs feature a series of numbers, either in or out of sequence? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Feb 16, 2013 - 91 answers

Songs that say "Hey!"

Please help me thrill my 4 year old daughter with suggestions of songs that have the singer saying "Hey!" more than once. She told us awhile back that she loves songs that have "Hey!" in them, so I want to make a playlist of "Hey!" songs. The "Hey!" should be punctuated and repeated at least once - preferably more than once. The songs don't have to be songs for children, but should be at least semi-appropriate for 4 year olds (i.e. profanity is out, but innuendo that they won't understand until they are much older is ok). Some examples of stuff that we already have: "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by the Beatles, "She" by the Monkees, "Get Off Of My Cloud" by the Rolling Stones, a couple traditional Greek songs. Any genre or time period is fine! ULTIMATE FOUR YEAR OLD HEY! PLAYLIST - GO!
posted by stefnet on Feb 10, 2013 - 116 answers

Songs that climax

I'm looking for songs that build to a climax or erupt into loudness and are also purely spectacular. These songs are epic. My best example is Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem.
posted by goosechasing on Feb 8, 2013 - 75 answers

Is there a 70's rock song with the same sentiment as Lisa Loeb's 'Stay'?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I'm not TOO familiar with many songs of that era and genre. I'm looking for a song that conveys a sentiment similar to Lisa Loeb's 'Stay' (link to lyrics here if it helps). [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jan 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Sing, Sing a Song, Keep it Simple

Will we know the words? [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jan 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Song with a beat that samples "Young, Gifted, and Black."

Looking for a hip hop or rap song that samples Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted, and Black." Any ideas?
posted by liketitanic on Jan 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Finding LL Cool J Song - "Leave It on the Floor"

There was a Gatorade commercial released in 2000 featuring an LL Cool J song, and I'm looking for a way to track it down. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 answers

What songs will make me want to be a better human?

I am making a "peace and love" playlist filled with songs that urge social consciousness and positive action. So far I have songs like "Man in the Mirror," "He Aint Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Get Together," "Imagine," etc. What are some good songs in that vein? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jan 11, 2013 - 62 answers

ISO a song called "Magazine" from the mid-late 90s

Asking for a friend, who says: I'm looking for a song called "Magazine" that I seem to recall was by a local San Francisco artist, popular in the 1996-1998 timeframe. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Songs about cops?

For my partner's birthday (happy birthday, dude!) I'd like to make a playlist of songs about cops. Help me make go beyond the obvious. [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jan 7, 2013 - 65 answers

Is itunes match limited to 25,000 songs or as many songs as itunes actually sells?

Question about Itunes Match....I just got off the phone with an Apple Care Specialist, but I have some doubts of the answers I received as the gentlemen never truly came across as confident in any answers he gave me, as well as a lot of it contradicts stuff I have read by looking around online...Looking for confirmation and clarification... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Jan 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Great lullabies, terrible lyrics.

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 - 52 answers

Kinky Friedman's Plastic Jesus

I want to find Kinky Friedman's version of Plastic Jesus on my Dashboard. Don't care what format, just want to get it. Anyone know where I can get it?
posted by nathanrudy on Dec 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Anyone want to help me find songs like these?

Musicfilter//: I love the following 2 songs: Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (Beastie Boys featuring Santigold) and 1977 by Ana Tijoux. What else should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Dec 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Anti-school songs

Know any good anti-school songs? [more inside]
posted by abcde on Dec 12, 2012 - 31 answers

cover version... where did u go?

looking for a cover version...? [more inside]
posted by swindlehorne on Dec 12, 2012 - 2 answers

What songs embody that 'spooky' country & western feel?

What songs embody that 'spooky' country & western feel - twang, tremolo, reverb, minor chords, dark vocals, preferably from the 1930s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Dec 2, 2012 - 37 answers

Looking for covers of American or British classic oldies (or even some classic rock tunes) in non-English languages

Looking for covers of American or British classic oldies (or even some classic rock tunes) in non-English languages--for example a cover of the Ronettes "Be My Baby" in French . THANKS! :)
posted by dottiechang on Dec 1, 2012 - 47 answers

Lyrics for Jean Lou?

I am looking for the lyrics for Jean Lou as sung by Gillian Hills and written by Charles Aznavour. I've looked all over google but am at a loss - please help!
posted by lasamana on Nov 29, 2012 - 1 answer

I have a bunch of undeletable podcasts on my iphone 4s that I would like to get rid off but can't.

I have a bunch of undeletable podcasts on my iphone 4s that I would like to get rid off but can't. this is what it looks like: http://imgur.com/oiNKY this happened because the downloads failed (blame the craptastic chinese mobile connections). I cannot redownload these episodes, I cannot play them, I cannot swipe-to-delete them, I cannot see them in itunes. a restore was no help because my last backup already had these "ghost files" on them. I don't want to wipe the iphone because maps in ios6 is even worse in china. do you know how I can still get rid of these unusable files?
posted by krautland on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

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