Friday Lyric Quiz, Number 454 (In Which I Leave Off the Too-Obvious ‘Baker Street’)

In this age of slant rhymes and auto-tuning and sample reliance and lyrical monotony, one thing is painfully clear: the musical landscape has changed. While some bands such as The Killers have offered a bit of a throwback, the classic 80s sound hasn’t been heard since, oh, one could say 21 years or so.

One factor that helped define the smooth audial identity of Hall & Oates, INXS, 80s Bowie, and others was the saxophone solo. Sometimes staccato and upbeat, sometimes plaintive, sometimes out of left field. A sax solo sounds wildly out of place in this day and age. But when I hear one on a classic tune, I realize I sometimes kind of miss the frequent participation of the coolest of all the woodwinds.

Check back here mid-week or so for my biting analysis on which solos I love, which I love to hate, and which just seem out-of-place or extraneous. For now, see if you can guess these 10 songs, all of which have a memorable sax solo contained somewhere within.

Friday Lyric Quiz #454 [scroll down for answers to last week’s quiz]

1. “There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find” (mid-80s)

2. “Now I see my world come tumbling down, now I see the road is bent” (late 80s)

3. “No flags of truce, no cries of pity, the siege guns had been pounding all through the night” (mid-80s)

4. “Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin’ out over the line, ho ” (mid-70s)

5. “We could live for a thousand years, but if I hurt you, I’d make wine from your tears” (late 80s)

6. “Things are okay with me these days, I got a good job, I got a good office” (late 70s)

7. “I’ll be your non-stop lover, get it while you can” (late 80s)

8. “When you said goodbye, you were on the run, trying to get away from the things you’ve done” (mid-80s)

9.  “At the end of the drive, the lawmen arrive” (early 80s)

10. “I want to hold you so hear me out. I want to show you what love’s all about” (late 80s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #453

1. “He tells me in his bedroom voice, ‘come on honey, let’s go make some noise'” (mid-80s)
Manic Monday, The Bangles

2. “You’re in the same boat with a lotta your friends, waiting for the day your ship’ll come in” (early 80s)
9 to 5, Dolly Parton

3. “Everyone’s hoping, it’ll all work out, everyone’s waiting, they’re holding out” (early 80s)
Workin’ For the Weekend, Loverboy

4. “Sometimes I catch myself starting into space, counting down the hours ’til I get to see your face” (mid-2000s)
Hey Julie, Fountains of Wayne

5. “Every day when I get home from work, I feel so frustrated, the boss is a jerk” (early 80s)
Bang the Drum All Day, Todd Rundgren

6. “Hundred dollar car note, two hundred rent; I get a check on Friday, but it’s all ready spent” (early 80s)
Working for a Living, Huey Lewis and the News

7. “My mother and father, my wife and my friends, you’ve seen them laugh in my face” (late 70s)
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights), Styx

8. “So the graduations hang on the wall, but they never really helped us at all” (early 80s)
Allentown, Billy Joel

9. “28 years have come and gone and she’s seen a lot of tears” (early 80s)
She Works Hard for the Money, Donna Summer

10. “I saved up my money and I put it all away, I went to see her daddy but we didn’t have much to say” (mid-80s)
Working on the Highway, Bruce Springsteen


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