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jw
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Here's an eclectic few;

Simon & Garfunkel - Kathy's Song
Jackson Browne - The Load Out
The Beatles - Ballad of John & Yoko
Tom Waits - Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis.
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Bob Dylan - Positively 4th Street
David Bowie - Space Oddity
Neil Young - After the Goldrush
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
And on a seasonal note...
The Pogues & Kirsty Mac- Fairytale of New York

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Bad Ronald
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How about my favorites, the good old Grateful Dead:
"Bird Song"
"Estimated Prophet"
"The Golden Road(To Unlimited Devotion)"
"Greatest Story Ever Told"
"New Speedway Boogie"
"Wharf Rat"

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Bloodhound Gang - "Three Point One Four Five"
Bloodhound Gang - "Magna Cum Nada"
Bloodhound Gang - "The Bad Touch"
Bloodhound Gang - "Right Turn Clyde"
Bloodhound Gang - "Fire Water Burn"
Bloodhound Gang - "Your Only Friends Are Make Believe"

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chillas
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Wow, most of the ones that popped into my head have already been mentioned. I'll just add:

"#1 Crush" - Garbage

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Supervixen by Garbage as well

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quote:
Originally posted by Spooky Cactus:

The Beatles:
Norweigan Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

According to the lyrics:

And when I awoke, I was alone
This bird has flown.
So, I lit a fire.
Isn't it good, Norweigan Wood.

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Andrew of Ware, England
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'The Wombling Song' by The Wombles. [Smile]

Do songs called 'The National Anthem' count?

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Dog Friendly
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There are several by Al Stewart. Off the top of my head I can name "Apple Cider Reconstituted", "Flying Sorcery" and "Roads to Moscow", but I'm sure there are a bunch of others.

Has anyone mentioned Paul Simon's "El Condor Pasa"? Or "Wednesday Morning, 9 a.m."? How about "Duncan's Song"?

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Doug4.7
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Rush had YYZ, but that was an instrumental, so I am not sure if it counts...

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"Clint Eastwood" by the Gorillaz
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ChelleGame
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Annie's Song -- John Denver

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NancyFancyPants
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"59th Street Bridge Song" by Simon & Garfunkel.

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"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" by Bob Dylan - the last five words do appear, but not the first two.
The Band, "The Weight" and "Chest Fever"
Procol Harum, "Toujours L'Amour," "A Rum Tale," and most of the songs on the A Salty Dog album (although the title track isn't among them).
Harry Chapin, "Mercenaries," "Mismatch," and I think "Sniper" also qualifies. Not sure, but I'm not going to sit through all eleven minutes of it just now to confirm that. [Wink]

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Here are a few I can think of:

"So You've Been Brainwashed Too" - New Radicals
"Strange Loop" - Liz Phair
"Divorce Song" - Liz Phair
"Nostalgia" - Cracker
"Jo Jo's Jacket" & "Hook" by Stephen Malkmus

A lot of the other ones I can think of have been mentioned already.

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"Good Riddance", Green Day

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Dog Friendly
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I don't know if anyone else has agreed to it, but it was pointed out on Page 1 that we're not counting intrumentals. The song has to have lyrics for the title not to be among them.

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NancyFancyPants
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I don't know how you could count instrumentals, since there aren't any words in them! [Razz]

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Dr. Dave
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"Tubthumping" by Chumbawonga

(No, it's not called "Whiskey Drink, Vodka Drink," nor is it called "Pissing the Night Away.")

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Radical Dory
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quote:
Originally posted by J.G. Walker:
The version I heard was that Ringo Starr was present when Eric Clapton and George Harrison wrote the song and mistook the word "Bridge" (as in the part of the song) for "Badge."

I know Harrison played on that song, but I've never heard or read where any of the "involved" parties told the story, so it may be an UL. Probably won't hear it from George now, either. Shame.

Actually, I first read the story in George's autobiography, I Me Mine. I'd say that's about as authoritative as it gets, unless he was pulling our legs.

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A Guy Named Goo
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By the Goo Goo Dolls:
"Acoustic #3"
"Iris"
"Hate This Place"

Most of their songs on that album (Dizzy Up the Girl) only mentioned the song's title once in a really random place (Slide and Broadway being the notable exceptions).

Also, my best friend contributes most anything by Panic! At the Disco. I have never heard anything by them myself, but she loves to babble on about how most of their song titles are really surreal and have nothing to do with their songs.

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L
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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:

The James Gang - Funk #49


And as they also did Funk #48, does that mean there are another few out there?
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DawnStorm
Let There Be PCs on Earth


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Trampled Underfoot
by Led Zep.

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Almost all of Type O Negative's "Slow, Deep, and Hard" album.
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Arlo Guthrie- Cooper's Lament & Gabriel's Mother's #13 Highway Blues.

Elton John- Hymn 2000, the Greatest Discovery, Talking Old Soldiers, and The Last Song--just to name a few [Smile]

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This song has no title...just words and a tune.

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J.G. Walker
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quote:
Originally posted by Radical Dory:
quote:
Originally posted by J.G. Walker:
The version I heard was that Ringo Starr was present when Eric Clapton and George Harrison wrote the song and mistook the word "Bridge" (as in the part of the song) for "Badge."

I know Harrison played on that song, but I've never heard or read where any of the "involved" parties told the story, so it may be an UL. Probably won't hear it from George now, either. Shame.

Actually, I first read the story in George's autobiography, I Me Mine. I'd say that's about as authoritative as it gets, unless he was pulling our legs.
Good enough for me. I have to read that autobiography. I miss George.

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A Guy Named Goo
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"The Logical Song" by Supertramp? They use the word "logical" in the lyrics, but never the full title.

ETA: Same with "Breakfast in America" by Supertramp. They use the words "breakfast" and "America" in the lyrics, but never the actual phrase "Breakfast in America".

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Can't believe I left out Janis Joplin - "Farewell Song" and "Intruder".

Also John Prine - "Spanish Pipedream" and probably a few others.

Cream - "Mother's Lament" and "SWLABR". Even though the latter is an acronym, only two of the words appear in the lyrics. Points for knowing which ones.

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quote:
Originally posted by NancyFancyPants:
I don't know how you could count instrumentals, since there aren't any words in them! [Razz]

Sorry. To make up for that goof, here are a few Rush songs (with lyrics):

Countdown
2112
A Farewell To Kings
A Passage To Bangkok
Afterimage
Circumstances
Different Strings
Distant Early Warning
Jacob's Ladder
Manhattan Project
Presto
Rivendell
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Okay, the list goes on and on. The list of songs WITH the title in the lyrics may be shorter for this band... [Roll Eyes]

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"Affirmation" by Savage Garden.

Many songs are subtitled so that you can identify them better, including a few that have been mentioned here. "Good Riddance" by Green Day is subtitled "Time of your Life" and "59th St. Bridge" is subtitled "Feelin' Groovy."

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Also, my best friend contributes most anything by Panic! At the Disco. I have never heard anything by them myself...

Count yourself as lucky.

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Bob Dylan- From a buick 8

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quote:
Originally posted by Monza305:
"Nostalgia" - Cracker

Also, "Teen Angst."

Front242 - "XXX Girlfriend"
Harvey Danger - "Flagpole Sitta"
Blink 182 - "Dammit"
Live - "Selling the Drama"
Nirvana - "About a Girl"
Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees"
The Smiths - "Shakespeare's Sister"
Talking Heads - "Life During Wartime"
Tool - "Aenema"

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quote:
Originally posted by Freshman:
Bob Dylan- From a buick 8

It's "From a Buick Six". That is the title of a STephen King book.

Sister "and I believe it's a short story collection" Ray

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From a Buick 8 isn't a short story collection. It's one continuous story, with flashbacks.

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Psihala
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Some of these I'm not sure about. I'm trying to run through them in my head without actually listening to them, and some of them are pretty obscure:

From the 'Songfacts' list - "What's Up?" - 4 Non Blondes

"Run Like Hell" - Pink Floyd
"Journey of Man" - Cirque du Soliel
"D.O.A" - Bloodrock
"Mephistophele's Return" - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
"After the Fall" - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Many of the "Adiemus" songs (Composer Karl Jenkins used made up words for the lyrics, and they aren't necessarily reflected in the titles)

And to really stretch it:
"Kiseki no Umi" (Sea of Miracles) - Sakamoto Maaya

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Monza305
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Gosh, how could I forget one of my favorite songs: "Ballad of the Sin Eater" By Ted Leo & RX

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