Unknown Song.
June 27, 2005 12:24 AM   Subscribe

I would like help with the identify of a song I heard on NPR a few years ago. It was something of a "metasong" with lyrics stating the part of the song currently being sung. Such as "this is the bridge" and "Here comes the chorus". I would like to hear this song again.
posted by Axandor to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You may find Wikipedia's list of self-referential songs helpful.
posted by jjg at 12:43 AM on June 27, 2005

Is it The Song Song?
posted by tellurian at 1:02 AM on June 27, 2005

Please have a look at this site and go to "Method 7".
Is that it? The songwriter has been interviewed on NPR, it seems.
posted by namret at 1:07 AM on June 27, 2005

Have you been looking for this song for a while ? I just stumbled across that post while looking for the lyrics for "Here Comes The Chorus". Was that not it then? And not "The Song Song" either?

On preview: seems like namret may have it.
posted by teleskiving at 1:10 AM on June 27, 2005

"Title of the Song" by Da Vinci's Notebook?
posted by obloquy at 2:06 AM on June 27, 2005

Is it the theme song to "It's Garry Shandling's show"?
posted by donkeymon at 2:13 AM on June 27, 2005

Try: "O, Caroline" by Matching Mole.
posted by JtJ at 2:51 AM on June 27, 2005

MP3 Here.
posted by JtJ at 2:53 AM on June 27, 2005

Actually....it's not how I remember it. I could swear they sung about bridges and choruses....oh, well....
posted by JtJ at 3:00 AM on June 27, 2005

Where's that confounded bridge?
posted by sagwalla at 3:04 AM on June 27, 2005

Hi (again). I've remembered now....the "song about the song" I recollect IS this track....or more exactly the one that follows it. It has the same tune....but "meta" words. Sorry....brain a bit rusty today. Hope of help.
posted by JtJ at 3:59 AM on June 27, 2005

You might also like "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot. (My favorite number in the show.)
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:14 AM on June 27, 2005

It's not This Song, is it? I didn't think so, but figured it needed to be ruled out.
posted by kimota at 5:58 AM on June 27, 2005

There's also a "Generic Uptempo Folk Song," performed by the Limeliters. I heard it on an NPR show called Salmagundy one morning. No lyrics online, but there's an excerpt in a review at Epinions.
posted by NickDouglas at 6:22 AM on June 27, 2005

Could it be Joyride by Built to Spill?
posted by bshort at 6:26 AM on June 27, 2005

Steve Goodman's recording of "You Never Even Call Me By My Name"?
posted by beowulf573 at 7:24 AM on June 27, 2005

Was it The Grunge Song by Corky & The Juice Pigs? I can't find the lyrics, but it's a song about itself "this is the part where we sing really quiet" etc.
posted by Capn at 8:10 AM on June 27, 2005

Sorry, slightly OT-

I always liked the eno song (sorry, can't remember the title- maybe Skysaw?)

All the thoughts turn to words
All the words float in sequence
No-one knows what they mean
Everyone just ignores them

I'd listened to the song for years before someone pointed out the lyrics to me (I'd always just ignored them)...
posted by carterk at 8:11 AM on June 27, 2005

It's not Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright is it?

I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
posted by wsg at 9:22 AM on June 27, 2005

Hallelujah is by LEONARD COHEN, covered by Rufus and many others and it's about another song, not about itself.
posted by Cosine at 9:30 AM on June 27, 2005

Probably not it, but NOFX's Please play this song on the Radio?
posted by mnology at 9:30 AM on June 27, 2005

Response by poster: It seems that "Metod 7" found by namret is the closet to what I remember.

This "metasong" idea seems to be a popular meme. And the simularity of the lyrics makes it difficult to ferret out the matches to vaugely remembered song.

Thank you for your help.
posted by Axandor at 12:26 PM on June 27, 2005

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