Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 477 (The “Winter Blahs” Edition)

SNL MrazIt’s a potpourri quiz, it’s late February, and there isn’t much to say about that. Rock on!

Friday Lyric Quiz #477 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1.  “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?” (early 2010s)

2. “It’s only in your head you feel left out … or looked down on” (early ’00s)

3. “I can be late for a date that’s fine, but he better be on time”  (mid-’90s)

4. “After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray, watching through windows, you’re wondering if I’m okay”  (early ’80s)

5. “We were falling in and out with lovers, looking out for others, our sisters and our brothers” (late ’80s)

6. “Listen baby, can’t you see, baby, you would bury me”  (late ’70s)

7. “They were counting down the ways to stab the brother in the be right back after this”  (early ’00s)

8. “Soft lips are open, knuckles are pale. Feels like you’re dying … you’re dying”  (late ’00s)

9. “I’m not a mind reader, but I’m readin’ the signs”  (mid-’00s)

10. “You marry me, your father will disown you,  he’ll eat his hat now” (early ’90s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #476 [“Heart” songs]

1. “Love can touch us one time, and last for a lifetime” (late ’90s)
My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion

2. “I’m here with my confession, got nothing to hide no more” (early ’00s)
Shape Of My Heart, Backstreet Boys

3. “If you gave me half a chance you’d see, my desire burning inside of me” (mid-’80s)
Open Your Heart, Madonna

4. “You are the move you make, take your chances win or lose her” (early ’80s)
Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes

5. “We took what we had and we ripped it apart, now here I am down in Kingstown again” (early ’80s)
Hungry Heart, Bruce Springsteen

6. “You’re the right kind of sinner, to release my inner fantasy” (late ’70s)
Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar

7. “Never break a sweat for the other guys, when you come around, I get paralyzed” (early 2010s)
Heart Attack, Demi Lovato

8. “Walking on the water, walking on the air, that was the heart of the love we shared” (late ’80s)
Heart and Soul, T’Pau

9. “This prison has now become your home, a sentence you seem prepared to pay” (mid-’80s)
Fortress Around Your Heart, Sting

10. “I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap” (early ’90s)
Heart Shaped Box, Nirvana

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Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 476 (The “Take Another Little Piece” Edition)

075eWell, it’s Valentine’s Day, everybody!  And it actually falls on a Friday this year, so restaurants are even MORE impossible to get into.  I was never one of those gals who got severely down in the dumps or angry at those in love when Feb. 14 rolled around and I was without a “special someone.” And quite frankly, I’m surprised by this, because any alumna from my (all girls’) high school should be saddled with a decades-long case of PTSD based on how Valentine’s Day was handled there.

Picture it: Chattanooga, Tennessee. The early ’90s.  

At the center of the school is an open, airy “rotunda.” For the occasion of Valentine’s Day, seemingly by magic,  it is filled with lengthy wooden tables. Those who receive flowers will have them displayed here. For the entire day. Those that don’t will keep checking — in vain — throughout the day to see if a secret admirer (or … sigh … one’s parents) came through with a bouquet.

Even those with boyfriends were set up for abject disappointment: “What did you get, Cindy?” I remember pathetically asking the most beautiful, popular girl in my class, who ALWAYS had an (older) boyfriend.  “Oh … just a dozen roses.”  Because, Bob-Vance (Vance Refrigeration) style, other guys would think above and beyond THAT traditional gesture.  In my four years of high school, I had a boyfriend on Feb. 14 exactly once, and yeah, it felt quite good to have something delivered to those tables.  But quite frankly, it seems a little shaming and antiquated, right?

Hashtag whatever.

Today’s lyric quiz fits with the theme of the day, as all song titles include the word “Heart.”  Good luck, and have a great day, whether you’re headed out, staying in, celebrating with the love of your life, or enjoying some quality time with yourself or your friends. And hell … Earth Day is right around the corner.

Friday Lyric Quiz #476 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1. “Love can touch us one time, and last for a lifetime” (late ’90s)

2. “I’m here with my confession, got nothing to hide no more” (early ’00s)

3. “If you gave me half a chance you’d see, my desire burning inside of me” (mid-’80s)

4. “You are the move you make, take your chances win or lose her” (early ’80s)

5. “We took what we had and we ripped it apart, now here I am down in Kingstown again” (early ’80s)

6. “You’re the right kind of sinner, to release my inner fantasy” (late ’70s)

7. “Never break a sweat for the other guys, when you come around, I get paralyzed” (early 2010s)

8. “Walking on the water, walking on the air, that was the heart of the love we shared” (late ’80s)

9. “This prison has now become your home, a sentence you seem prepared to pay” (mid-’80s)

10. “I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar pit trap” (early ’90s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #475 [Potpourri]

1. “A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart, and a washed-out dream” (late ’80s)
Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson

2. “My thoughts are with you, holding hands with your heart to see you” (late ’70s)
September, Earth Wind & Fire

3. “I will hold it back again, this passion inside. Can’t run from myself, there’s nowhere to hide” (early ’90s)
I Have Nothing, Whitney Houston

4. “Sweet 16, ain’t that peachy keen, now it ain’t so neat to admit defeat” (early ’80s)
I Don’t Like Mondays, The Boomtown Rats

5. “There’s no ice in your lover’s walk, you don’t look twice, ’cause you move so fast ” (early ’80s)
The One Thing, INXS

6. “Moon appears to shine and light the sky, with the help of some fireflies” (mid-’70s)
Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton

7. “I’m trying keep my hands off, but you’re begging me for more” (early 2010s)
I Like It, Enrique Iglesias f/ Pitbull

8. ” Is it d-d-destiny, destiny. Or is it just a game in my mind” (late ’70s)
My Sharona, The Knack

9. “And after I’d wipe away the tears, just close your eyes, dear” (mid-’90s)
Possession, Sarah McLachlan

10. “I don’t ever want to play the part, of a statistic on a government chart” (early ’80s)
Invisible Sun, The Police

Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 475 (The “Well.” Edition)

Winona et al

Super Random Clue.

Sakes alive. Worst. Super Bowl. Ever? That was a rough one, and I was barely vested in the thing. Halftime was as weird as I figured it would be, though not wholly unpleasant.  Anyway, on, on, on to the next one.

This week is another potpourri of sorts, and I really have nothing to riff on.  All of the big pop-culture stories are depressing — Woody Allen, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the piss-poor conditions of the Olympic host city.  Last night was Jay Leno’s “last” broadcast (again), but I’ll believe it when I see it, chubby man.  NEVER FORGET.

So without further ado, let’s rock this thing up and down the coast. Picture is a clue to one of today’s songs.

Friday Lyric Quiz #475 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1. “A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart, and a washed-out dream” (late ’80s)

2. “My thoughts are with you, holding hands with your heart to see you” (late ’70s)

3. “I will hold it back again, this passion inside. Can’t run from myself, there’s nowhere to hide” (early ’90s)

4. “Sweet 16, ain’t that peachy keen, now it ain’t so neat to admit defeat” (early ’80s)

5. “There’s no ice in your lover’s walk, you don’t look twice, ’cause you move so fast ” (early ’80s)

6. “Moon appears to shine and light the sky, with the help of some fireflies” (mid-’70s)

7. “I’m trying keep my hands off, but you’re begging me for more” (early 2010s)

8. ” Is it d-d-destiny, destiny. Or is it just a game in my mind” (late ’70s)

9. “And after I’d wipe away the tears, just close your eyes, dear” (mid-’90s)

10. “I don’t ever want to play the part, of a statistic on a government chart” (early ’80s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #474 [Football]

1. “And football teams are kissing queens and losing sight of having dreams” (early ’00s)
Calling All Angels, Train

2. “Jack Black, the clown, Brad Pitt, the quarterback. Seen it all before, I want my money back” (mid-’00s)
High School Never Ends, Bowling For Soup

3. “The rhyme is a football, y’all, and I went and threw it” (early ’90s)
Boom! Shake the Room, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince

4. “So I’m ready to attack, gonna lead the pack, gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out” (mid-’00s)
Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani

5. “He wear no shoeshine, he got toe jam football” (late ’60s)
Come Together, The Beatles

6. “And I can see you years from now in a bar, talking over a football game” (late ’00s)
Mean, Taylor Swift

7. “Then there was the ever-present, football-player rapist” (mid-’90s)
Pepper, Butthole Surfers

8. “You must be a football coach, the way you got me playin’ the field” (early ’00s)
Ignition (Remix), R. Kelly

9. “You finally wake up, Doc’s gone to town, round his back, through the hoop, then you scream ‘touchdown!'” (mid-’80s)
You Be Illin’, Run D.M.C.

10. “I got a letterman’s sweater, with a letter in front, I got for football and track” (early ’60s)
Be True to Your School, The Beach Boys

Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 474 (The “Pigskin” Edition)

Here we are, folks!  This Sunday’s the Super Bowl!  (Or am I supposed to call it the “big game”?  Whatever, no one reads this thing.)  I kinda don’t know who to root for.  On one hand, we have the Broncos, who have Peyton Manning.  A New Orleans boy — who spent time in Tennessee — and seems like a pretty nice fellow.

Or the Seahawks, who toppled New Orleans in the second round of the playoffs.  I’m always the type that wants whatever team that beat my team to then win the whole thing.  The logic goes that if whoever knocked us off is ultimately victorious, then we might actually be the second-best team.  There’s just  NO TELLING.

I think the Bruno Mars decision is a weird one, and also think his catalog has gone steadily downhill since his debut single, which was “Just the Way You Are (Amazing),” for those keeping score at home. The fact that RHCP are playing second fiddle is even more weird, as is that whole pairing anyway.

Mostly, I’m looking forward to the Bud Light commercials.

Today’s songs all technically make mention of (American) football, even if the terms happen to be used in symbolic fashion.  Enjoy, and may the best team win on Sunday.  Be careful out there, boys.

Friday Lyric Quiz #474 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

1. “And football teams are kissing queens and losing sight of having dreams” (early ’00s)

2. “Jack Black, the clown, Brad Pitt, the quarterback. Seen it all before, I want my money back” (mid-’00s)

3. “The rhyme is a football, y’all, and I went and threw it” (early ’90s)

4. “So I’m ready to attack, gonna lead the pack, gonna get a touchdown, gonna take you out” (mid-’00s)

5. “He wear no shoeshine, he got toe jam football” (late ’60s)

6. “And I can see you years from now in a bar, talking over a football game” (late ’00s)

7. “Then there was the ever-present, football-player rapist” (mid-’90s)

8. “You must be a football coach, the way you got me playin’ the field” (early ’00s)

9. “You finally wake up, Doc’s gone to town, round his back, through the hoop, then you scream ‘touchdown!'” (mid-’80s)

10. “I got a letterman’s sweater, with a letter in front, I got for football and track” (early ’60s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #473 [Men’s Names]

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

2. “And all I want from tomorrow, is to get it better than today” (mid-’80s)
Jacob’s Ladder, Huey Lewis & the News

3. “His horse and his cattle are his only companions” (early ’70s)
Sweet Baby James, James Taylor

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)
Ben, Michael Jackson

5. “He looks around, around, he sees angels in the architecture” (mid-’80s)
You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Roger.

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

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

Friday Lyric Quiz, No. 471 (The Fleur De Lis Edition)

Pickpockets and Loose WomenI just returned from a long-overdue trip to New Orleans, which has always been my home-away-from-home.  Mom grew up there, and Dad’s hometown is about an hour up I-55, so both my grandmothers were there for much of my life, and many aunts/uncles/cousins remain. It’s pretty much the perfect city in which one can have free lodging.  The food, the laidback attitude, the architecture, the spirit of its residents.

This trip was a little unusual. Because I tend to bring historically significant meteorological phenomena with me wherever I go (record snowfalls, an end to weeks-long droughts, etc.), it went without saying that New Orleans was destined to suffer record-setting low temperatures.  And then my cousin’s house — in which I was staying — lost heat for the third time in a month, despite the system being brand-spanking new.  So there wasn’t a lot of Quarter time.  Or shuffling around.  I ate nary a proper beignet. But plenty of seafood and Abita and good family time was had.  And I need to get a spring or fall trip on the calendar.

In light of my recent adventure, and to peripherally support the Saints before they take on the Seahawks (at home) in the playoffs tomorrow, today’s quiz features songs that reference The Big Easy.  Number 2 is an absolute gimmee. Actually, I shall dare say a lot of these are easier than most.  Maybe because all of the songs have been around since the early ’70s?  ‘Twas a popular time to try rhyming things with “Orleans.”

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #471 [scroll down for last week’s answers]

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

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

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

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

5. “My father was a gambling man, down in New Orleans” (mid-’60s)

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

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

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

9. “Halfway home, we’ll be there by morning. Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea” (early ’70s)

10. “Pumped a lot of ‘pane down in New Orleans” (late ’60s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #470 [Winter Weather]

1. “Love is a bird, she needs to fly, let all the hurt inside you die”(late ’90s)
Frozen, Madonna

2. “From the coastline to the city, all the little pretties raise their hands” (mid-’70s)
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Bruce Springsteen

3. “Seasons change with their scenery, weaving time in a tapestry” (mid ’60s, late ’80s)
Hazy Shade of Winter, Simon & Garfunkel/The Bangles

4. “We, used to be, just like twins, so in sync” (late ’00s)
Hot N Cold, Katy Perry

5. “You’re digging for gold yet throwing away, a fortune in feelings but someday you’ll pay” (early ’70s)
Cold as Ice, Foreigner

6. “Step from the road to the sea to the sky, and I do believe that we rely on” (mid-’00s)
Snow (Hey-Oh), Red Hot Chili Peppers

7. “Well, maybe just a cigarette more … Oh, never such a blizzard before” (early ’60s)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Various

8. “I’m the burning bush, I’m the burning fire, I’m the bleeding volcano” (early ’80s)
She’s So Cold, The Rolling Stones

9. “Gonna take her home cause she’s over romancing, don’t wanna hold hands and talk about her plans alright” (mid-’00s)
Cold Hard Bitch, Jet

10. “She bit my lip and drank my warmth, from years before, from years before” (mid-’00s)
Love Like Winter, AFI