Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 473 (The “Aging British Rocker” Edition)

Roger Taylor Duran Duran

Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor, circa my bedroom wall, 1985

Psst, guys.  I’m going to give you all the best gift of your life.  My favorite boy’s name.  It’s been my favorite for a number of years — the better part of two decades, really — and I have yet to convince any friend to use it.  So I’m appealing to the masses in an odd attempt to bring it back.  Ready?


It’s classic, but far from common. I’ve met exactly two people with this name in my life, and those were tertiary at best — my friend’s ex-boyfriend, and my friend’s ex-husband’s friend.  Now, the connotations of this name are the same for many — it sounds “old” and/or “British.”  Well, think of the famous Rogers we know … Moore.  Taylor (Duran Duran). Taylor (Queen).  Waters. Daltry.  If we force our minds Stateside, we are left — with the lone exception of Ebert (R.I.P.) — only with athletes of varying reputation: Maris, Staubach, Clemens.

Anyway, there you have it.  Pregnant readers, use it.  You’ll have a name that says “Damn glad to meet you,” and that won’t show up on the “Most Popular of 2014” list.  Oh, and today’s lyric-quiz theme, if you couldn’t guess, is “Boy’s Names.”  Roger, sadly, is not among them.

Friday Lyric Quiz #473 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1. “I think you need some counselin’ — to help your ass from bouncin’ off the walls when you get down some” (early ’00s)

2. “And all I want from tomorrow, is to get it better than today” (mid-’80s)

3. “His horse and his cattle are his only companions” (early ’70s)

4. “With a friend to call my own, I’ll never be alone. And you, my friend will see, you’ve got a friend in me.” (early ’70s)

5. “He looks around, around, he sees angels in the architecture” (mid-’80s)

6. “And if I seem to be confused, I didn’t mean to be with you” (early ’90s)

7. “No, his mind is not for rent, to any god or government'” (early ’80s)

8. “Your eyes have died, but you see more than I” (early ’70s)

9. “All the downtown ladies call him treetop lover, all the men just call him sir” (early ’70s)

10. “And I’m not ashamed to say, the roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry” (mid-’70s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #472 [Potpourri]

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

2. “But I believe the world is burning to the ground. Oh well, I guess we’re gonna find out.” (late ’00s)
How Far We’ve Come, Matchbox 20

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

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

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

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

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

8. “You know that if we are to stay alive, then see the love in every eye” (late ’90s)
I Don’t Want to Wait, Paula Cole

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

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


2 thoughts on “Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 473 (The “Aging British Rocker” Edition)

  1. Regarding “Down Under”: I always assumed it was, “Are you trying to tempt me because I come from the land of plenty?” But perhaps your punctuation makes even more sense.

    2. This song makes me sad because, as seen in this lyric, Bruec Hornsby (its author, but not its most famous singer) is living so nose to the grindstone that any thought of spiritual uplift seems beyond reach.
    5. The details of the song seem to come from the experiences which led to the recording of this particular Grammy-winning album, so I wonder where his idea for the putative names of the man and woman came from.
    7. More songs should have a 7/8 section.
    8. Why do so many of this author’s songs, including this one, repeat the first verse as a third verse? This song actually was written with a real third verse that ties the song to Vietnam.
    9. This song seems like a lesser cousin of another song by the same author. Both end up with the bully getting beaten up.

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