It's been a few days, and I can't sleep, so I guess it's time for some answers to that music meme!

1. Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey, you got to hide your love away
Hey, you got to hide your love away

Yes, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", originally by the Beatles. I was actually listening to a cover performed by Eddie Vedder from the I Am Sam soundtrack. I Am Sam: terrible movie, wonderful soundtrack. This song was guessed by [ profile] hammond and [ profile] sarianna. Not one of their more well-known songs. [ profile] en_ki theorized that this might be Carry on My Wayward Son because of the phrase "And I hear them say". That is indeed a line that (mostly) appears in Carry on My Wayward Son, but in the following context: Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man / Though my mind could think I still was a mad man / I hear the voices when I'm dreaming / I can hear them say.

2. Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way
I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, Shake it out! Oh-whoa-oh!

This is Shake it Out, by Florance + The Machine and yes I think the + is part of the band's name. I'm actually not 100% on this one. I checked a couple of lyric site to make sure I was hearing "strong" correctly, but the more I listen to it the more it sounds like "drawn", and I've found lyric sites supporting that too. I'm pretty sure it's drawn. Anybody have the lyric sheet handy to let me know?

Anyway, nobody got this one, which is a damn crime. So go click on that link on the song's name there and listen to it.

3. This dragon had a plaguey hide
That could the sharpest steel abide
No sword could enter through her skin
Which vexed the knight and made her grin

This one is from Sir Eglamore, by Kate Rusby. It looks like an old folk song, which is basically what it is except it isn't old yet. Give it time. Nobody got this one either, but I'm not too surprised. I haven't evangelized Kate Rusby quite enough yet.

4. Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks
Come back and take you home
I could not stop
That you now know
Come out upon my seas
Curse missed opportunities
Am I
A part of the cure?
Or am I part of the disease?

This was correctly guessed by [ profile] elyssa, [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] emmavescence, [ profile] hammond, synecdochic, and [ profile] coffeechica. azurelunatic correctly identified the band as Coldplay, but not the song. This is one of the most-guessed things on the list despite not actually containing the title of the song! Guess I have a lot of Coldplay fans hanging around here.

5. She's a Killer Queen
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind

Killer Queen, by, um, Queen. Successfully guessed by [ profile] elyssa, [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] emmavescence, [ profile] rho, [ profile] en_ki, [ profile] aardy, [ profile] sarianna, [ profile] kateshort, synecdochic, and azurelunatic. This one did well, too, which is good, because I would have been depressed otherwise.

6. They call me Doctor Worm
Good morning, how are you?
I'm Doctor Worm
I'm interested in things
I'm not a real doctor
But I am a real worm, I am an actual worm
I live like a worm
I like to play the drums
I think I'm getting good, but I can handle criticism
I'll show you what I know
And you can tell me if you think I'm getting better on the drums

I'll leave the front unlocked
'Cuz I can't hear the doorbell

Doctor Worm, They Might be Giants. Not one of their best tracks, but my son likes it. Guessed by [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] rho, [ profile] en_ki, [ profile] hammond, azurelunatic, and [ profile] coffeechica. Man, remember when TMBG used to make good albums for grown-ups?

7. Season's greetings in our so~ouls (yummy Fruity Pebbles in our bowls)
Uh-oh, here comes you-know-who
Yabba-dabba-fruit, delicious too!
Ho-ho-ho, I'm hu-hu-hungry
Santa? My Pebbles!
Your pebbles?!?
'Tis the season to be sharing, Fred...
Happy holidays, pal.
Awww, Fred.

Thiiiis. Is from a Fruity Pebbles commercial from the 80s. I didn't expect people to guess the artist on this one, because I seriously doubt anyone will step forward to take responsibility for it. Correctly guessed by [ profile] en_ki, [ profile] sarianna, and synecdochic. [ profile] elyssa guessed that it was from "a parody commercial" which is sort of right. [ profile] rebelsheart said he knew it and I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.


Let's just move on, shall we?

8. You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost at your windowsill
But if someone's climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill

'Cuz it's Christmas at Ground Zero
And if the radiation level's okay
I'll go out with you
And see all the new
Mutations on New Year's Day

Christmas At Ground Zero, by Weird Al back when he was actually Weird Al. Many a road trip was spent with this album turning merrily in the car's tape recorder. Or the tape recorder we brought in the car, which ran until the batteries ran out. Correctly guessed by [ profile] rho and [ profile] aardy. [ profile] kateshort guessed Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, another classic, while [ profile] en_ki and [ profile] coffeechica thought it was a Futurama song (which would be appropriate, but no).

9. Ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong iddle I po

The Ying Tong Song, originally recorded by the British radio show The Goons, but memorably covered by the Muppets (which is the version I was listening to). [ profile] rho got the name.

10. Hasof zroa kodshekha, vekarev ketz hayeshu'a
Nkom nikmat dam avadeikha me'uma haresha'a
Ki arkha hasha'a, ve'ein ketz limei hara'a

This is from Maoz Tzur, occasionally called "Rock of Ages". I do not actually speak Hebrew, so I had to look up the lyrics to this one. I've always liked it, but I was reminded of it recently while putting together music for a holiday party at work. (For the record, I didn't find many good versions on Youtube, which is what I was reduced to looking through at that point.)

The text I have up there, according to Wikipedia, translates to:

O bare Your holy arm, And hasten the time of salvation.
Wreak vengeance upon the wicked nation , On behalf of your faithful servants.
For deliverance has too long been delayed; And the evil days are endless.
O thrust the enemy into the shadows of death, And set up for us the seven Shepherds.

Anyway, nobody got this. SURPRISE!

11. I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel
Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world
Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol why haven't you listened to this GO LISTEN TO IT anyway, successfully guessed by [ profile] elyssa and [ profile] coffeechica, who I am giving credit for the title since she obviously knew the song.

12. There is a party
Everyone is there
Everyone will leave
At exactly the same time
When this party's over
It will start again
It will not be any different
It will be exactly the same

Oh, Heaven
Heaven is a place
A place where nothing
Nothing ever happens

Heaven, by the Talking Heads. This is about a bar which is probably a metaphor for heaven, but on the other hand there is apparently actually a bar called this, so I don't know what the hell. Like all Talking Heads songs, it is confusing and mysterious. Nobody got this one, which is okay because it's not their most well-known song (that would be either Psycho Killer or Once in a Lifetime).

13. Hi-o
We drift in and out
Sing into my mouth
I'm just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two

And you love me 'till my heart stops
Love me 'till I'm dead
Eyes that light up
Eyes look through you
Cover up the blank spots
Hit me on the head

This is another Talking Heads song, called Naive Melody. I had been listening to a lot of Coverville, okay? I don't remember exactly which cover it was, unfortunately.

Nobody got this one either. It's pretty good, though; I recommend listening to it. You've probably heard it at least once before; it's the one that starts "Home... is where I want to be... pick me up and turn me 'round".

14. Killing in the name of...
Killing in the name of!
And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
And now you do what they told ya
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under control (now you do what they told ya)
And now you're under controooooooool (now you do what they told ya)

Rage Against the Machine, Killing in the Name. Not much in the way of lyrics, but plenty of screwing around on the guitar. And exhortations to begin a race war? Something, anyway. It's good music for when I'm trying to stay awake. Correctly guessed by [ profile] elyssa, [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] emmavescence, [ profile] hammond, and [ profile] coffeechica. [ profile] en_ki guessed the band and referred to the song as "that one the marching band did".

My brother once told me a story about how he had to rehearse this when one of his bandmates had brought a kid to practice. Which is tricky because the last part of the song goes "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me", repeated over and over again, and the last word is just screaming "MOTHERFUCKEEEEEEERS!" at the top of your lungs. Good times.

15. Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' a

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people
Living just to find emotion
Hiding somewhere in the niiiiight

Yesss, Don't Stop Believing by Journey. This song is weird as all hell. See that last bit there? That's the chorus. The part that everyone remembers is basically a really, really extended coda on the song. I remember, before Glee made the song more popular again, [ profile] girlgonemad and I heard it on the radio and burst into loud singing at exactly the same moment, much to the consternation of our children.

Anyway, successfully guessed by [ profile] elyssa, [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] emmavescence, [ profile] en_ki, [ profile] aardy, [ profile] hammond, [ profile] sarianna, synecdochic, azurelunatic, jd, and [ profile] coffeechica. [ profile] kateshort knew it but couldn't come up with the name. That is to say, ALMOST EVERYBODY. I guess we're all closet Journey fans? Who knew?

16. When I worked down at the liquor store
Guy with a shotgun came raging through the place
Muscled his way behind the counter
I shot him in the face

This morning I went down to the Catholic Church
'Cause something just came over me
Forty-five minutes in the pews
Praying the rosary

When the last days come
We shall see visions
More vivid than sunsets
Brighter than stars

More vivid than sunsets
Brighter than stars
We will recognize each other
And see ourselves for the first time
The way we really are

Decorative grating on my window
Gets a little rustier every year
I don't know how the metal gets rusty
When it never rains here

A year or so ago I worked at a liquor store
And a guy came in
Tried to kill me so I shot him in the face
I would do it again
I would do it again

When the last days come
We shall see visions
More vivid than sunsets
Brighter than stars
We will recognize each other
And see ourselves for the first time
The way we really are

Against Pollution, by the Mountain Goats. Nobody guessed this, but [ profile] coffeechica did refer to it as "that depressing Mountain Goats song". Which is sort of like saying "that confusing Talking Heads song", but I have reproduced all of the lyrics here so that you can see she was correct. The particular lyrics I quoted are actually a reference to Acts 2:17-18, which read "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy".

17. Think of bombs
We're poised on the edge of disaster
Whether it's right or it's wrong
We opened the window
Played some Nintendo
Sang a few bars of some pretty old song

Irene, goodnight
Irene, goodnight
Goodnight, Irene
Goodnight, Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

The Drinking Song, by Moxy Fruvous. Everybody link arms with the person next to you. DO IT. Anyway. Correctly guessed by [ profile] rho, synecdochic, and azurelunatic.

18. Dead eyes
Dead eyes
And are you just like me?

Her eyes
Her eyes
Were as vacant as the sea
Dead eyes
Dead eyes
Are you just like me?
And all along
We knew we'd carry on
Just to belong

By starlight I know you
As lovely as a wish granted true

By Starlight, by the Smashing Pumpkins. Correctly guessed by [ profile] coffeechica alone. Come on, more of you were alive in the 90s than that. Also, I apologize for that video, but for some reason this song does not really have much of a presence on Youtube.

19. And I fear
That I'm ordinary
Just like everyone
To lie here and die among the sorrows
Adrift among the days

For everything I ever said
And everything I've ever done is dead
As all things must surely have to end
And great loves will one day have to part
I know that I am meant for this world
My life has been extraordinary
Blessed and cursed and won
Time heals but I'm forever broken

Muzzle by the Smashing Pumpkins and no I have no idea why I had two songs in a row by them in my quit messages. I must have been down that week. [ profile] coffeechica got this one, too. I actually figured it would be tricky, since this one is a bit more obscure.

And last, but not least:

20. Joan was quizzical
Studied pataphysical
Science in the home
Late nights all alone with a test tube

Maxwell Edison
Majoring in Medicine
Calls her on the phone
"Can I take you out to the pictures

But as she's getting ready to go
A knock comes on the door...
Bang, bang! Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head
Clang, clang! Maxwell's silver hammer made sure she was dead

This song is Maxwell's Silver Hammer, by the Beatles. Correctly guessed by [ profile] elyssa, [ profile] rho, [ profile] placeboweek, [ profile] en_ki, [ profile] sarianna, synecdochic, and [ profile] coffeechica. You all may be excused for a few minutes. Okay. For the rest of you. This is one of the most famous songs ever written, from one of the most famous albums ever written, by one of the most famous bands that ever existed, and the name of the song is actually right there in the lyrics I quoted. I'm not upset with you. I'm upset with whoever has so sorrowfully neglected your musical education. You poor things just need some help. Here you go:

So, totaling up the points, I see that [ profile] coffeechica is tonight's winner with 17 (eight straight out and one just the artist). You may read the credits in a style of my choosing.

...shit, forgot the credits. Oh, well. Next time.
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic

Pfft. you can't link to the actual album version.

Pittsburgh 1999-02-04, starting at 36:00, and you can see the entire audience miming along with Jian on "we opened the window, played some Nintendo" (which is what I was talking about)
Chicago 1997-11-28, crappy quality, but you get the awesomeness of the audience singalong being a lot clearer
Baltimore 1996-06-02, starting at 5:30 (but really, stop and listen to Dancing Queen first -- SO LONG, ANGEL OF HARLEM) (oh my god, Dave had hair)

(there are a few other versions on that channel, but that should do you *G*)
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From: [personal profile] synecdochic

also, i was once in a D&D game with a dwarf named Maxwell who did, in fact, fight with a silver hammer.
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From: [personal profile] jd

Huh. Guess there were a few more that I knew, just not by the lyrics. Also, the only Journey songs I know are the ones on Glee. Because that's pretty much where I first heard them. <_<


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