Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 455 (The Erin Go Bragh Edition)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today’s quiz honors bands and solo artists from the Emerald Isle but first, a quick flashback of a story.

In college, I dated a raging gaelophile. He would go to Irish pubs and ask when the hat would be passed so he could donate money to the IRA. He was upset my parents had a Union Jack tea towel. And he didn’t like me listening to any pop music unless it was Irish. He especially disliked the English acts that were among my favorite (Duran Duran, The Police). Suffice to say that I listened to a lot of U2 and Cranberries that year.

Anyway, his all-time favorite band was The Pogues, so imagine my surprise this week when I was researching Irish musical artists for this quiz and didn’t see their name mentioned anywhere. WHY, you ask? Because while Shane MacGowen, the snaggle-toothed, whiskey-drinking, marble-mouthed lead was born in Ireland, he transplanted to London, where he met his bandmates. Meh God. A year of that rubbishy music for nothing.

Spoiler alert: The Pogues are not part of this quiz.

Friday Lyric Quiz #455 [scroll down for answers to last week’s quiz]

1. “Her mother feels so shocked, father’s world is rocked” (early 80s)

2. “I got a house with windows and doors, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” (late 90s)

3. “He thinks I just became famous And that`s what messed me up” (early 90s)

4. “All that I am, all that I ever was, is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see” (mid-2000s)

5. “She’s all laid up in bed with a broken heart, while I’m drinking Jack all alone in my local bar” (early 2010s)

6. “And I can’t lie. From you, I cannot hide. I’ve lost my will to try, can’t hide it, can’t fight it” (early 2000s)

7. “Love … she’s slippy, you’re sliding down. She’ll be there when you hit the ground” (early 90s)

8. “The drink will flow and blood will spill, if the boys wanna fight you better let them” (mid-70s)

9.  “A totally amazing mind, so understanding and so kind” (mid-90s)

10. “And I want to rock your gypsy soul” (early 70s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #454

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

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

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

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

5. “We could live for a thousand years, but if I hurt you, I’d make wine from your tears” (late 80s)
Never Tear Us Apart, INXS

6. “Things are okay with me these days, I got a good job, I got a good office” (late 70s)
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, Billy Joel

7. “I’ll be your non-stop lover, get it while you can” (late 80s)
Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car), Billy Ocean

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

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

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


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