Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 472 (The ‘Whatever’ Edition)

A bit of history on what you are currently reading: Back when I started these quizzes in April 2001 (!), the lyrics were entirely random.  With the caveat that I limited the selection to songs that charted in one way or another (modern rock, country, traditional Hot 100) and were released after 1980.

Then I started a biweekly “theme,” based on the song itself or the artist.  Then I introduced songs from the entire rock era.  And I realized that if I want to keep this up until at least Quiz #500, I need to return to biweekly non themes, lest I run out of all ideas entirely.  (If you have a brilliant theme idea that would cover 10 songs or more, toss it in the comments or on Facebook.)

So today’s songs can come from any genre, any period of the rock era (1955 through yesterday).  And they all charted in one way or another.

Friday Lyric Quiz #472 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1. “Such a good actress hiding all her pain, trading in memories for fortune and fame” (late ’80s)

2. “But I believe the world is burning to the ground. Oh well, I guess we’re gonna find out.” (late ’00s)

3. “Girl, you’ve been giving me that line so many times, it kinda gets like feeling bad looks good” (mid-’90s)

4. “But I see his six strings laid against that wall, and all his things, they all look so small” (mid-’90s)

5. “Only emptiness remains. It replaces all, all the pain” (late ’80s)

6. “Baby I’ve been here before, I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor” (mid-’90s)

7. “I said to the man, ‘Are you trying to tempt me? Because I come from the land of plenty'” (early ’80s)

8. “You know that if we are to stay alive, then see the love in every eye” (late ’90s)

9. “Now sweat me when I’m done, we got the radio shook like we got a gun” (early ’00s)

10. “It’s only right that you should play the way you feel it, but listen carefully to the sound” (late ’70s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #471 [New Orleans songs]

1. “Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields, sold in a market down in New Orleans” (early ’70s)
Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones

2. “He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans” (mid-’70s)
Lady Marmalade, Labelle

3. “Deep down Louisiana, close to New Orleans, way back up in the woods among the evergreens” (late ’50s)
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry

4. “It was the summer I turned eighteen, we lived in a one-room, rundown shack on the outskirts of New Orleans” (early ’90s)
Fancy, Reba McEntire

5. “My father was a gambling man, down in New Orleans” (mid-’60s)
The House of the Rising Sun, The Animals

6. “Well, I read some books,  and I read some magazines, about those high-class ladies down in New Orleans” (early ’70s)
Honky Cat, Elton John

7. “Thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained. It rode us all the way to New Orleans” (early ’70s)
Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin

8. “I’m on my way to New Orleans this morning, leaving out of Nashville, Tennessee” (early ’70s)
Ramblin Man, The Allman Brothers

9. “Halfway home, we’ll be there by morning. Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea” (early ’70s)
The City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie

10. “Pumped a lot of ‘pane down in New Orleans” (late ’60s)
Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival


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