Words to live by

This is another of those MP3 shuffle memes, but it’s from Michele, so you know it’s extraordinary:

Put your MP3 player on shuffle, write down the first lines of the first twenty-five songs that come up, and then have people guess which songs they are.

Conditions: This is the player in question; it contains 776 songs, mostly Sixties/Seventies stuff, with a smattering of Eighties. I have altered the premise slightly, in that if the title is given away in the first two lines, I provide the next two lines.

  1. I know you’re feelin’ blue / ‘Cause I feel blue like you
  2. You act like you were just born tonight / Face down in a memory but feelin’ all right
  3. ‘Cause I’m lonely and I’m blue / I need you and your love too
  4. It’s poetry in motion, when she turned her eyes to me / As deep as any ocean, as sweet as any harmony
  5. Come on, let’s fall in love / It’s easy (it’s so easy), like taking candy from a baby
  6. You’re always dancing down the street with your suede blue eyes / And every new boy that you meet, he doesn’t know the real surprise
  7. I get weak, I can’t eat / Since you walked out on me
  8. Sitting on the doorstep of the house I can’t afford / I can feel you there
  9. Well, East Coast girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear / And the Southern girls with the way they talk, they knock me out when I’m down there
  10. I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon but to settle down and write you a line / I been meaning to phone ya, but from Minnesota, hell, it’s been a very long time
  11. I can’t wait forever even though you want me to / I can’t wait forever to know if you’ll be true
  12. I have a picture, pinned to my wall / An image of you and of me and we’re laughing, we’re loving it all
  13. There is something, baby, about you, that’s really attracting me, yeah / And your sweet love, darling, really got a hold on me
  14. You have so many relationships in this life, only one or two will last / You go through all the pain and strife, then you turn your back and they’re gone so fast
  15. One month ago today, I was happy as a lark / But now I go for walks, to the movies, maybe to the park
  16. Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand / With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands
  17. Oh, I can’t take another heartache / Though you say you’re my friend, I’m at my wits’ end
  18. Well you’re dirty and sweet, clad in black, don’t look back and I love you / You’re dirty and sweet, oh yeah
  19. Hearts go astray leaving hurt when they go / I went away just when you, you needed me so
  20. I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather / But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won’t escape my attention
  21. I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine / I knew he musta been about seventeen
  22. You are all the woman I need, and baby you know it / You can make this beggar a king, a clown or a poet
  23. Now you always say that you want to be free / But you’ll come running back (said you would baby), you’ll come running back (like I told you so many times before), you’ll come running back to me
  24. If I had told her that I loved her she would have stayed ’til who knows when / But I guess she couldn’t understand it when I said I wanna be your friend
  25. Finished with my woman ’cause she couldn’t help me with my mind / People think I’m insane because I am frowning all the time
  26. [Bonus track]  Cat’s foot iron claw / Neuro-surgeons scream for more / At paranoia’s poison door

Any transcription errors are, of course, my fault.


  1. McGehee »

    26 September 2007 · 9:41 am

    Huh. I recognize the second line of #2 — can hear it in the proper meter and rhythm — but it’s all I can recall of that song, whatever it is.

    <ding> Just got it: about the only Roseanne Cash tune that was still getting airplay back when I listened to radio.

  2. McGehee »

    26 September 2007 · 9:43 am

    …if I ever can sit still long enough I’ll have to give this meme a whirl myself.

  3. the localmalcontent »

    26 September 2007 · 9:57 am

    Wow. Of these, I’m 6 for 26.
    Don’t know if that’s good, or bad. Now if it was TV themesongs, or casino gaming machine jingles, watch out!
    Silence becoming less easily identifiable as well…

  4. aka_monty »

    26 September 2007 · 10:32 am

    Crap, I was halfway through and my browser went wonky!!

    You know how I love your taste in music, mostly because a large number of these songs are in my own music library. :)

    2. 7 Year Ache, Roseanne Cash
    3. Rescue Me, Aretha
    4. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
    5. 1-2-3, Len Barry
    6. My Best Friend’s Girlfriend, The Cars
    7. Holy Cow, The Band
    9. California Girls, Beach Boys
    10. You Wear It Well, Rod Stewart
    12. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
    14. Mmmbop, Hanson (I’m tickled that you have this one)
    15. Have You Seen Her, Delfonics(?)
    18. Bang A Gong, T. Rex
    19. Everlasting Love, Gloria Estefan(that’s my version, anyway)
    20. Head Over Heels, Tears For Fears
    21. I Love Rock & Roll, Joan Jett
    22. Bend Me Shape Me, The American Breed
    23. Time Is On My Side, Rolling Stones
    24. I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (this is a personal fave of mine!)
    25. (this is on the tip of my mind, but I can’t quite get it)

    Are you going to tell me the ones I missed? Because I might need to hear those. :)

  5. Melessa »

    26 September 2007 · 10:48 am

    3. Rescue Me-Aretha Franklin
    4. She Blinded Me with Science-Thomas Dolby
    5. I know this one, but can’t name it.
    6. My Best Friend’s Girlfriend-The Cars
    8. Valotte-Julian LennonSitting on the doorstep
    9. California Girls-Beach Boys
    10. You Wear It Well-Rod Stewart, one of my all-time favorite songs!
    11. Time Won’t Let Me-?
    12. Hold Me Now-Thompson Twins
    15. Have You Seen Her?-?
    18. Bang A Gong-?
    19. Everlasting Love-several artists have recorded it, but I can’t think of a name for any of them
    20. Head Over Heels-Tears for Fears
    21. I Love Rock n Roll-Joan Jett
    23. Time is On My Side-?
    24. I Wonder What She’s Doin’ Tonight-

    Thanks for posting-I LOVE these!

  6. robert Hawk »

    26 September 2007 · 2:48 pm

    26. Twenty First Century Schizoid Man

  7. Francis W. Porretto »

    26 September 2007 · 4:06 pm

    26. “Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man,” King Crimson

  8. michele »

    26 September 2007 · 4:33 pm

    Out of the ones people didn’t get yet:

    16. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
    17. Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind

  9. Brian J. »

    27 September 2007 · 8:36 am

    I got 7, which is far better than I did at Michele’s list.

  10. CGHill »

    29 September 2007 · 8:53 am

    #1, by the way, is the 4 Seasons’ “Save It For Me.”

    I figured someone would nail the Black Sabbath track quickly enough, but apparently no one understands a word Ozzy is saying.

    And Fontella Bass got to “Rescue Me” before Aretha did, but credit for either. (Similarly with “Holy Cow,” a Lee Dorsey treat before it was a Band bounce.)

  11. The McGehee Zone »

    1 October 2007 · 4:56 pm

    I’m Late to the Party

    …but I ain’t leaving ’til they throw me out. From Charles, who got it from Michele, an .mp3 shuffle meme that I’m finally willing to pitch in on. Put your MP3 player on shuffle, write down the first lines of the first twenty-five s…

  12. CGHill »

    6 October 2007 · 10:15 am

    The answers have now been posted.

  13. But I digress... »

    6 October 2007 · 10:19 am

    Music Monday

    I’m doing something a little different this week. I’m copying Chaz and Monty who were copying someone else when they did this meme last week.

  14. Anywhere But Here »

    7 October 2007 · 6:29 pm

    The mp3 meme

    Another dumb meme: this time, you’re supposed to put your iPod on “shuffle” and, for the first ten songs, write out the first two lines and see who can guess the song/artist first. So here goes:

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