Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 467 (The Sorry, Rivers Cuomo, Edition)

Embarrassed BabySo this is hilarious, y’all. Moreso than the fact that I always misspell “hilarious” (I want to add an extra “L”). The inspiration for last week’s quiz theme was “Buddy Holly,” which in fact was NOT Weezer’s first U.S. single with any legs. While more successful than “Undone (The Sweater Song),” it was not our first taste of Weezer. It was also the only song I didn’t cross-reference with some Wikipedia action, so sure was I of its inclusion in the theme at hand.

Go figure. More than one person pointed this out. And to (some of) them, I say, “Gee, thanks. Where are you the other 51 weeks of the year?”

Let’s do something this week that’s a little less controversial and not as prone to my own oversight. Songs that mention the great summertime hobby of swimming. For those of us that don’t have a pervasive fear of drowning.

Friday Lyric Quiz #467 [scroll down for answers to last week’s quiz]

1. “Using symbols, using words can be likened to a deep-sea diver who is swimming with a raincoat” (late 90s)

2. “Voices tell me, I should carry on. But I am swimming in an ocean all alone” (mid-2000s)

3. ” Can I come over, after school?  We can hang around, by the pool” (early 2000s)

4. “She swam by me, she got a cramp”  (late 70s)

5. “Boys in bikinis, girls in surfboards. Everybody’s rocking, everybody’s frugging”  (early 80s)

6. “Sometimes we swim around, like the dolphins in the ocean of our hearts”  (early 2000s)

7. “She was afraid to come out in the open, and so she sat bundled up on the shore” (early 60s)

8. “Her bikini – small; heels – tall, she said, she liked the ocean” (late 80s)

9. “All that night and all the next, swam without looking back, made for the Western pools, silly, silly fools”  (late 70s)

10. “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin, the water’s getting warm so you might as well swim”  (late 90s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #466 [The first notable U.S. singles by prolific artists]

1. “And I get discouraged ’cause you treat me just like a child. And they say I’m so shy but with you I just go wild!” (late 70s)
I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince

2. “Fingernails are pretty, fingernails are good” (mid-90s)
This is a Call, Foo Fighters

3. “Or a prisoner in the dark, tied up in chains you just can’t see Or a beast in a gilded cage, that’s all some people ever want to be ” (mid-80s)
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Sting

4. “And the waitress is practicing politics, as the businessmen slowly get stoned” (mid-70s)
Piano Man, Billy Joel

5. “I put myself in this position, and I deserve the imposition” (early 80s)
Burning Up, Madonna

6. “I can’t run and I can’t kick, what’s a-matter babe, are you feelin’ sick?” (mid-90s)
Buddy Holly, Weezer

7. “I don’t care if it hurts, I want to have control” (early 90s)
Creep, Radiohead

8. “The newspapers say … say … say it’s true, it’s true, and we can break through” (early 80s)
New Year’s Day, U2

9. “They’re made of lipstick, plastic and paint, a touch of sable in their eyes” (mid-80s)
Runaway, Bon Jovi

10. “I swam across, I jumped across for you” (early 2000s)
Yellow, Coldplay


One thought on “Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 467 (The Sorry, Rivers Cuomo, Edition)

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