First-line Lyrics Meme

Bookishly Fabulous had a good rainy-day meme today that I thought I’d copy.  The rule is put your iPod on shuffle and write the first line of the song and see if folks in your neighborhood can guess.  I chose our “Happy Hour” playlist, which includes songs from the 1940s until today.  A few are dead giveaways.  The only songs I skipped past were instrumentals (of course).

1. Well, you can’t turn him into a Company Man, and you can’t turn him into a whore… (Last DJ, Tom Petty, Saris)
2. Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away… (Come Fly With Me, Frank Sinatra, Hannahbanana)
3.  His head was a city of paper buildings and the echoes that remain…(Long Division, Death Cab For Cutie, Grandma-P)
4.  Heading up to San Francisco, for the Labor Day Weekend show… (Come Monday, Jimmy Buffet, Eli's Dad)
5.  Come up to meet you, and tell you I’m sorry.  You don’t know how lovely you are. (The Scientist, Coldplay, Saris)
6.  Well, well, well… here it is again. (Well Well Well, Lucinda Williams.)
7.  I may not always love you, but as long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it. (God Only Knows, The Beach Boys, Hannahbanana)
8.  The lights go out and I can’t be saved… tides that I tried to swim against. (Clocks, Coldplay, Joie)
9.  Don’t know why… there’s no sun up in the sky…stormy weather (Stormy Weather, Etta James, Kevin Wolf)
10. I’ve been a long, long way from here.  Put on a poncho, played for mosquitoes. (If It Makes You Happy, Sheryl Crow, Little Odd Me)
11.  Well, it’s been almost a year to the moment… when I finally realized it was over. (Bleed, Anna Nalick)
12,  People… keep on learning.  Soldiers… keep on warring… (Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder, Kevin Wolf)
13.  I hold you in my arms, as the band plays… (Brilliant Disguise, Bruce Springsteen, Little Odd Me)
14.  Here comes the weather… it’s looking like another storm (Angelyne, The Jayhawks)
15. Left behind everything I knew.  All the colors are bone-white and sky blue…(Antarctica, The Weepies)
16.  If you came to make some trouble, better make it good. (Trouble, Over The Rhine)
17.  You keep sayin’ you’ve got something for me… (These Boots Were Made For Walking, Nancy Sinatra, Bookishly Fabulous)
18.  So the saying says… an elephant never forgets…(People Have a Lot of Nerve, Neko Case)
19.  Sit back, matter-of-fact, tease and toy and turn and chat and charm and hiss and play the crowd (A Million Ways (To Be Cruel), Ok Go)
20.  Well, there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining, like a star that can’t wait for the night. (Fool In The Rain, Led Zeppelin, Bookishly Fabulous)

I'll mark them off as they're guessed.  Time's up — good job though — not many left.  Unguessed answers in blue.

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34 thoughts on “First-line Lyrics Meme

  1. I thought about doing this, but then listened to a few songs on shuffle and realized it would be impossible for most to guess. Besides, sometimes I can't even understand the first line.

  2. I am really bad at these. Let's see….
    #2. Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me
    # 7. God Only Knows – could be any number of artists. The Beach Boys? The Smiths?
    Yep, that's all I've got.

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