Just for fun...Name That Tune

Nick1962
By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2015-01-07 07:47:05 -0600
Started 2014-01-25 19:12:52 -0600

Time for a little diversion.
Following is a list of 15 lines of song lyrics plucked randomly from songs that were on the Billboard’s Top 20 year end charts between the years of 1942 and 2013. This means you should each be able to get at least one. To make it a little tougher, they’re not listed chronologically.

I’ll give you one point for song title, and one for group/artist. Three of them (I’m not telling which) come with an extra bonus point, for a total of 33 points. Keep score yourself, and anyone who gets them all gets………..my undying admiration.

1. Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
2. Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep. They just lie there and they die there
3. I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand
4. She said you were to know, that she almost lost her mind.
5. But had me believing it was always something that I'd done
6. I told myself it's best that I forget you
7. Am I dreamin'. I can hear her screamin'
8. Love remained a drug that's the high and not the pill
9. Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling, tell me baby where did I go wrong
10. One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy
11. I hear you whisper & the words melt everyone
12. Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
13. I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
14. So lift your eyes if you feel you can, reach for a star and I'll show you a plan
15. That is why all the girls in town follow you all around


62 replies

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-01-06 18:20:04 -0600 Report

My claim to fame would be I know the words to the original Spiderman theme. Not much, but it impressed my grandsons when they were little. Lol

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-01-06 18:09:53 -0600 Report

Would #15 be the Carpenters? That one is running through my head and I think it's Karen Carpenter. The only other one I can think of is #1…could that be Rainy days and Mondays by the Mama's and Papa's

Nick1962
Nick1962 2015-01-07 07:47:05 -0600 Report

Yup, #15 is the Carpenters, but I'd also accept B.J. Thomas.
And #1 - Simple Minds from 1985. Pretty much a one-hit wonder

eristar
eristar 2014-01-31 05:36:04 -0600 Report

Now if these were showtunes, I'd be right there! (Feel kinds dumb this morning, though, and couldn't name any of those…)

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-31 07:59:33 -0600 Report

So what’s stopping you? Start one with show tunes! I might get one as long as it’s West Side Story.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-27 14:35:17 -0600 Report

You know, we could do one of movie quotes too. I might do better at that? But then again....

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-27 14:59:57 -0600 Report

I'm out on that one - don't do movies - my attention span is limited to the 3+ minutes a song lasts.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-27 15:20:07 -0600 Report

Oh so The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is not in your top picks, then?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-28 06:43:17 -0600 Report

I bought the single as a kid and listened to it over and over. Wrote down the words of it and pretty much drove the family crazy.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-28 08:40:53 -0600 Report

I'm sure I had some interesting words added to the songs as doing it by ear is often skewed by current situations and knowledge of vocabulary, both of which were limited as a kid. I should have kept some of those to see how off I really was.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-28 08:39:11 -0600 Report

Yes, I came from up there as well.
Born in Minnesota and grew up in Illinois.
I like story telling music.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-01-28 11:50:55 -0600 Report

Midwestern story telling music, somebody has to mention Bob Seger. If the shows didn't sell out in like 3 minutes…gotta see him once

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-28 15:02:59 -0600 Report

I have never followed him. I may have to give him a try out there on Youtube and see how it goes. Thanks

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-30 09:35:03 -0600 Report

Nice! I knew his "Against the Wind" as soon as I heard his voice. Now I am listening to his play list....thanks.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-30 10:06:34 -0600 Report

I didn't know I knew so many of his songs....listening to his play list, I am finding some old familiar songs on it. I am bad that way, like a song, but don't pay so much attention to who sings it.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-27 13:38:33 -0600 Report

We have to do this again. I liked it, even though I sucked at it. LOL

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-27 14:04:58 -0600 Report

What triggered it was a friend of mine passed in December (I’m reminiscing), and we’d often repeat complete songs “conversationally” when we started feeling our beers. One of us would just start in a standard speaking voice “I write the songs that make the whole world sing” then the other “but I write the songs of love and special things” ….. “but I write the songs that make the young girls cry” …..“ I write the songs”…. “no, I write the songs”
This could go on competitively all night until someone failed a lyric (or those around us had enough).

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-27 14:31:11 -0600 Report

Those are special memories indeed. That kind of "play" is great. I had a friend in college who did that minus the beer. Anything you would say, he would have a lyrical comeback. How do people remember that much stuff? LOL

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-26 19:40:38 -0600 Report

I am embarrassed....I don't know any of these.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-26 19:49:47 -0600 Report

C'mon Gabby, you've got #14, I know it. Just sing it to yourself.
It's…right…there…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-26 20:01:29 -0600 Report

I like the words, but have no idea where they come from. Now if I asked my step daughter, I bet she would know them all. She has a mind trap for that stuff.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-27 07:55:18 -0600 Report

Who knows where they get this stuff. I got drawn to Rachael Yamagata's "Elephants" which seemed really strange and dark, but once I learned the meaning behind it, could identify with the song on a personal level. Was thinking about getting the last line as a tatoo somewhere.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-26 18:26:09 -0600 Report

#1 is from Simple Minds song Don't You
#4 She Loves You The Beatles
#9 Sinead Oconnor Nothing Compares to You
#11 Smooth Rob Thomas/Santana

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-26 19:42:53 -0600 Report

Ding ding ding! Another winner!
#1 Simple Minds from 1985
#4 Beatles from 1964
#9 Sinead O'Conner from 1990 (a tough one there!)
#11 Santana's Smooth from 2000 plus the extra point for Rob Thomas who actually sang the lyric.
Excellent work, but there's still points on the table!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-26 21:58:04 -0600 Report

Nick my sister said I should be ashamed of myself for missing Santana. She bought the CD to add to her part of the collection

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-26 21:11:25 -0600 Report

only knew 1 and 9 because my daughter was a teenager in the 80'S … seems I heard Sinead O'Connor non-stop for months
now had there been Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin lyrics, different story

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-26 16:38:24 -0600 Report

Nick this was easy. I listen to Internet Radio all day nearly everyday and I listen to all genres. I have all but Gotye in my vast collection of music.

1. Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling (Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head-Ella Fitzgerald)
2. Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep. They just lie there and they die there (Mona Lisa-Nat King Cole)
3. I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand (When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars)
4. She said you were to know, that she almost lost her mind. (Don’t Take Her-I think that is the name of the song)
5. But had me believing it was always something that I'd done (Someone That I Use To Know-Gotye)
6. I told myself it's best that I forget you (Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool La Vern Baker)
7. Am I dreamin'. I can hear her screamin'(I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo-Kate Smith/Benny Goodman)
8. Love remained a drug that's the high and not the pill (Kiss From a Rose)
9. Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling, tell me baby where did I go wrong
10. One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy (Memories Are Made of These-Dean Martin)
11. I hear you whisper & the words melt everyone( Words of Love had to look this one up)
12. Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar (Hey There Deliah No clue who sings this)
13. I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway (Rhinestone Cowboy-Glen Campbell)
14. So lift your eyes if you feel you can, reach for a star and I'll show you a plan (I’ll Take You There) Had to check that one. Think it was Dionne Warwick
15. That is why all the girls in town follow you all around (Close to You-B.J. Thomas)

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-26 18:16:46 -0600 Report

Oh so close Joyce, but a really impressive shot! You know your music!

#1 Try again
#2 Correct! 1950
#3 Correct! 2013
#4 Try again
#5 Correct! 2012 For the extra point – who actually sang the lyric?
#6 Correct! 1960 (but I had Connie Francis’ version)
#7 Correct! 1942 For the extra point – who actually sang the lyric?
#8 Correct! 1995 but still need the artist/group
#9 No answer, but that’s a tough one
#10 Correct! 1956
#11Try again
#12 Correct! 2007 but still need the artist/group
#13 Correct! 1975
#14 Try again
#15 Correct! 1970 (but I had the Carpenter’s version)

That's 18 out of a possible 33 points

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-26 21:55:38 -0600 Report

#7 If it is Glen Miller's version the singer might have been Marion Hunter.
#8 Seal
#12 Plain White T's
#9 I think the name of the song is Nothing Compares to You probably S. O'Conner. Coworker subjected me to her for a week. Was horrible.

#14 I really think Dionne Sung that song
My Brain is Fried!!!!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-27 08:41:52 -0600 Report

#7 I'll give you the extra point becuase I think Marion Hunter was part of the Modernaires (the group who sang it) at the time
#12 Correct
#9 correct
#14 nope, it's not "I'll take you there" (by the Staple Singers) and Dionne's "Somewhere" has the lyric …Just hold my hand and I'll take you there Somehow Someday, somewhere…which does sound like it fits

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-27 09:32:34 -0600 Report

I knew it wasn't the Staple Singers. I know the lyrics to just about all of their songs.

OK who is it…lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-27 12:06:58 -0600 Report

OMG Nick. Song came on the radio. I am now banging my head on the computer desk.

Let me sing the chorus for you
Lost In Love and I don't know much
Was I thinking aloud and fell out of touch?
But I'm back on my feet and eager to be what you wanted.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-26 17:02:53 -0600 Report

Wow, Joyce, thats impressive! You've made me look terrible! You got 100%, and I got 0 %. That's it, I quit!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-26 17:23:05 -0600 Report

LOL jigsaw. I grew up listening to all kinds of music. My music collection in alphabetical order starts with Fred Astaire and ends with ZZ Top. Most people are shocked to hear what I have in between. It drives my friends crazy because we can be somewhere and I know the music on the sound system.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-26 18:22:23 -0600 Report

Sounds a lot like me. I listen to a lot of newer stuff too, and it's been kind of a joke that I download a song and tell the wife it will be in a commercial by the end of the year (and usually does).

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-26 22:04:30 -0600 Report

Nick my sister was home with a broken leg many years ago. She was watching Santa Barbara (a Soap) and discovered Michael Finestein. We bought his Isn't It Romantic Album . Then joined his Fan Club. A senior citizen wrote to the fan club that she stood in the rain for 12 hrs just to get tickets. We sent in our experience. We had been to 7 concerts in 4 states in 5years and that we went to one of his concerts during a major snow storm. His producer called us. Michael ordered him to give us tickets to his show at Resorts in Atlantic City. We already had purchased the tickets by phone. He then called back and told us that Michael wanted to meet us. We went back stage after the show. It was awesome.
I should have been born when Irving Berlin and Gershwin was writing music. I love music from the WW2 era.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-27 09:39:24 -0600 Report

I had a similar experience and got to see Ingrid Michaelson back in 2010. An office girl for a contractor I was working with got tickets and didn’t know who she was (none of them did) so they were just going to throw them away. Of course I was one of the oldest people there, and concerts these days aren’t like they were “back in the day” but still, I would’ve paid dearly for the tickets.

Lots of artists, because of rights and royalty issues, often end up “losing” their songs to things like commercials where they might not want them (or are even appropriate). Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and Preparation H is a prime example. In a lot of cases it “waters down” or diminishes the whole meaning and sentiment behind the song, but, on the flip-side can really be a money maker for an artist.

Being a huge music fan, I signed on with Pledge Music http://www.pledgemusic.com/, and organization that basically allows artists to get albums funded by directly asking their fans for money. This way they keep all rights to their songs/music. Usually, during a campaign, an artist will give away premiums for donations (as little as $10) like signed CD’s, sheet music, signed guitars, all the way up to private performances. Some are new, first time artists, and there are other well established ones too. Often funds raised beyond the cost to produce the album are also donated to charity.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-27 10:26:23 -0600 Report

My sister and I got to see Bette Middler. Ticketmaster use to give the college a pair of tickets to give away for concerts. She was responsible for Ticketmaster. The student working posted a sign for free tickets. None of the students wanted them so we went. The performance was execellent.

I have an Album Earth Wind and Fire never released. A dj was at a flea market selling music. I bout the album for a buck. Pretty good songs on it that were never played on any radio station.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-26 15:52:30 -0600 Report

I couldn't remember one, At least I can still remember my name ! By the way, who are you anyway? LOL