09162000: MarkW's first lyric quiz

  • 1) Tears don't become me / pain ain't my friend. (Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again - Bonnie Raitt)
  • 2) Through eyes of love I see, I'm really lookin at a friend. (Tightrope - Stevie Ray Vaughn)
  • 3) She got two for a nickel, got four for a dime. (They're Red Hot - Robert Johnson)
  • 8) All the gifts of life are held within our walls. (Temples of Syrinx - RUSH)
  • 10) My home lies deep within you. (I Write The Songs - Barry Manilow)
  • 18) Hey son, you better get on back to town. (Lowdown - Boz Skaggs)
  • 25) Here I come, but I ain't the same. (Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Ozbourne)
  • 26) Londie, it could have not been done... (Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder)
  • 27) I'm on my guard / With all the exits sealed. (No Reply At All - Genesis)
  • 29) Killing with love and power in God's name. (Stop Hurting People - Pete Townsend)
  • 30) The money spent on bombs alone can build poor people a happy home. (Study War No More - Willie Dixon)
  • 32) What the papers say / Just seems to bring down heavier rain. (Another Tricky Day - The Who)
  • 34) Good things might come to those who wait / Not to those who wait to late. (Just The Two of Us - Bill Withers or Grover Washington Jr.)
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  • 4) They think our love is just a growin' pain. (Grease - The Bee Gees) (G:nadine)
  • 5) She's three miles of bad road. (Crush w/ Eyeliner - REM)(G:lbangs)
  • 6) You see time, time is our friend. (Have a Little Faith In Me - John Hiatt) (g: Anonymous)
  • 7) Now even when you're gone you can still be reborn. (Lost Ones - Lauryn Hill) (G:christy)
  • 9) The time will come when you'll be blue. (Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams)(G:lbangs)
  • 11) With love to lead the way, I've found more clouds of gray. (But Not For Me; vocals:Sinatra or Garland, lyrics: Ira Gershwin) (g:jenhowel)
  • 12) The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound (The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot) (g:Min)
  • 13) And everybody here would know what I was talking about.(Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon) (G:SFragile)
  • 14) He even made the teacher let him sit next to my baby. (Bird Dog - Everly Brothers) (G: AuntieM)
  • 15) I've got a freaky lady name o' Cocaine Katy. (Cover of the Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook) (G:sk)
  • 16) Looking out for another, Anyone will do...(Dancing Queen - ABBA) (G:jenhowel)
  • 17) I know it may sound selfish / But let me breath the air. (Cool Change - Little River Band) (G:DaveMog)
  • 19) Well you're slim and you're weak, you've got the teeth of the Hydra upon you. (Get It On, Bang a Gong; T-Rex) (G:anonymous Pete)
  • 20) I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. (What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong)(G:anonymous Pete)
  • 21) Do I what? Will I what? (Chantilly Lace - Big Bopper) (G: AuntieM)
  • 22) Tight dress and lipstick / She's sportin' high heal shoes. (Sweet Little Sixteen - Jerry Lee Lewis or Chuck Berry) (G:AuntieM)
  • 23) But we sure had a good time when we started way back when. (Photographs and Memories - Jim Croce) (G:DaveMog)
  • 24) Why, why some people break up. (Let's Stay Together - Al Green) (G:jenhowel)
  • 28) He was only ten years old when his daddy died in prison.(Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers) (G:anonymous)
  • 31) Before it's earned, our money's all been spent (I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher) (G:anonymous Pete)
  • 33) I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggar's Tomb. (Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead) (G:ender22d)
  • 35) Spreadin' on the mustard now, A-show me how.(My Balogna - Weird Al Yankovic) (G:anonymous)
  • 36) Look around everywhere you turn is heartache. (Vogue - Madonna) (G:jenhowel)
  • 37) Harmony and understanding / Sympathy and trust abounding.(Age of Aquarius - 5th Dimension) (G:jenhowel)
  • 38) Music would play and Felina would whirl. (El Paso - Marty Robbins) (g: anonymous reader)
  • 39) Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly. (Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice) (G:ender22d)
  • 40) I ain't ready for no family ties / Nobody's gonna hurry me. (Don't Get Hooked On Me - Mac Davis) (G:sk)
Author Comments: 

LBangs encouraged me to get my own quiz out. My first shot at a quiz, so here we go. Hope this works out okay.

There's a bit of range to these, but they're generally all well known songs. I've tried to introduce difficulty by crossing genres primarily. The songs themselves are (with some exceptions) pretty easy, IMHO.

9/21: Added a few easier (I hope) ones.

9/21: Rules (my quiz...my rules...LOL)

1) Correct answers are posted once they're entirely correct.

2) 1/2 right answers will be noted with the response as 1/2 right but get no formal credit. See rule 1.

3) First one to post the entire right answer gets the full credit.

4) Searching for song title and artist of best known recording. Knowing the lyricist is very impressive but receives no credit.)



I know that I know several of these, but I'm going to have to think a bit. The two that leap out at me are:

5 - Crush with Eyeliner - R.E.M.

9 - Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams

I'll guess on some of the others soon. So many of these ring bells; I suppose I just have to follow the peals.

Great quiz! I'm not used to being on this side of the questions, and I like it!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Nice job on those first two!

You're certain to know many of the others as well. Keep workin' at it.


If I'm not mistaken, number seven is Lauren Hill's Lost Ones from The Miseducation CD.

Nice catch!



Here's a few guesses:

4) The theme from Grease (I forget who sang it)

19) Get it on - T.Rex

20) What a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong

31) I got you babe - Sonny & Cher


#4 is easy enough that I'll feel justified in giving full credit when you remember the artist. Definite 1/2 credit at this point for getting the song right!

Nice job on 19, 20, and 31!


4. The artist to #4 is the BeeGees-- I think its really called Grease(is the word)?

Well done. Correct on the song title too. It's just "Grease" - not "Theme from ..."


Hey, #21 sounds like lyrics from the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."

And #14 sounds like the Everly Brothers, "Bird Dog."

Showing my age...

Right on both counts!


#33: Uncle John's Band - The Grateful Dead

I hope they were the orginal band, come to think of it....

oh, man...I must be wrong, but is #39 "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice? it sounds so unintelligibly familiar...

33 and 39 are both right. Nice job.

(The group slowly starts to realize my sick mind, putting the Dead and Vanilla Ice in the same list).


# 11 is "But not for Me" written by George Gershwin.

Right song, wrong lyricist. Who's made the best known recording? 1/2 credit so far.

I was just about to get this one, but I have no idea who the best known recording is> The one I know best is Harry Connick, Jr....

Dude, the song's on my Gershwin compilation! Are you sure it's not Gershwin? Anyway Judy Garland sings it on my compilation CD.


Here's the thing. Sinatra and Garland have made what I think of as the best known vocal recordings.

The lyrics are by Ira (not George) Gershwin. George did the music.

Out of the goodness of my heart, this one goes to jenhowel, due to the Garland reference.


#36 is "Vogue" by Madonna.

Well done.


Dude and #16 is "Dancing Queen" by ABBA, how did I miss that at first???

And #37 is "The Age of Aquarius" from Hair and/or the Fifth Dimension.

And here's my favorite song lyric, though probably way recognizable to fans:
"We are made to bleed and scab and heal and bleed again, and turn every scar into a joke"

Right on 16 and 37. Good work.


Buildings and Bridges - Ani DiFranco

Yeah, knew it was too recognizable!

13 could be Diamonds on the Souls of My Shoes by Paul Simon, and 17 is Cool Change done by Christopher Cross.

13 is right. 1/2 credit on 17.


28: Coward of the County, Kenny Rogers
35: My Bologna, Weird Al Yankovic

Right on both counts!

(Nuts...someone got my W.A.Y. lyric!)


I just read these this morning, scanning the entire list very quickly, so I was surprised (especially given Jim's warning about how difficult this list is) to know two right off the bat, without even thinking about it.
17 Cool Change (Little River Band)
23 Photographs and Memories (Jim Croce)
I have always loved both of these songs.

Nice job.

Just as I've said, these are all pretty familiar songs. If the list is difficult for some, it's due to the fact that I put some decent variety in it.


24. is Let's Stay Together by Al Green.



Is #22 from "Sweet Little 16" by Jerry Lee Lewis??

Hmmm...Guess I'll give that one to you. JLL's recording is pretty well known.

Was looking for Chuck Berry as the artist, but don't have the heart to not give credit for JLL as well.


Hmmm...things are slowing down a bit. This quiz isn't THAT hard, is it?


I'm 100% sure I'm wrong, but I'm going to take a stab in the dark anyway. #6 Time by Hootie and the Blowfish?? Don't laugh at me.

Sorry, that's incorrect.

No laughing...I promise. At least *someone* posted a guess...(grin).


Some of this makes one not so nostalgic. #15 "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone"...Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. #40 "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me"... Mac Davis

Outstanding!...nice job.


Hey now! I never promised that some of the songs wouldn't turn your stomach.

So far, here're the properly-guessed artists: BeeGees, REM, Lauryn Hill, Hank Williams, Sinatra/Garland, Paul Simon, Everly Bro's, Dr. Hook, ABBA, Little River Band, T-Rex, Louis Armstrong, Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis / Chuck Berry, Jim Croce, Al Green, Kenny Rogers, Sonny & Cher, Grateful Dead, Weird Al, Madonna, 5th Dimension, Vanilla Ice, Mac Davis.

Variety is a good thing,


How about #12, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot. Don't give up on us yet!! :-)

Well done! Surprised this one stood unanswered as long as it did.

#18 isn't a Johnny Cash song.


Ok, a shot in the dark here, but #18 sounds a bit like Johnny Cash--can't think of the name of the song though, and I definitely could be wrong!

#6 is Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt...also covered by Jewel for the Phenomenon Soundtrack

Very nice!


10/17/2000: Moved all of the unanswered ones up to the top. Kept the numbering in place, though.


Sorry don't have a login name:

38. El Paso - Marty Robbins

Bravo! Another classic that I'm surprised stood unanswered as long as it did. Nice job!


I think "Grease" was performed by Frankie Valli not the Bee Gees. White falsetto singer nonetheless.

Ah...right you are.


MarkW, are you still with us? I've missed ya lately!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'm still here in the wings...just haven't had the time to put much into it, so I'm lurking.

Glad to know you're still with us. You'll have to post occasionally, even if only comments. I for one have missed you being around.

I hope all is well.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs