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December 14, 2021 10:46 am  #1


Revisiting - Titles NOT In The Lyrics

I know we've done this on the board's earlier version, but thought it might be worth revisiting. The most obvious of course is "Unchained Melody", but there are several other songs where the lyrics do not contain the song's title. My current favorite is John Prine's "Spanish Pipedream". 

Others??

 

December 14, 2021 10:51 am  #2


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I always liked Sunshine Superman by Donovan. Yes, he does refer to sunshine and he does mention Superman in the song - but never together. 

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is another one. I have no idea how they would work that title into the song, but the lyrics are so obscure already, you think they might have found a way!

 

December 14, 2021 8:21 pm  #3


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Rain Park And Other Things - Cowsills
Excerpt From A Teenage Opera - Keith West
My Back Pages - Byrds
For What It's Worth -  Buffalo Springfield

 

December 14, 2021 8:52 pm  #4


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aflem wrote:

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is another one. I have no idea how they would work that title into the song, but the lyrics are so obscure already, you think they might have found a way!

Sure, but they did something far more clever ... they put the title of the song that would take over from them at #1 in the lyrics instead. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
https://pop-culture.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_number-one_hits_in_the_UK_Singles_Chart_in_1976
 

 

December 14, 2021 8:58 pm  #5


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The main title of The Four Seasons' Don't You Worry 'Bout Me, Opus 17, is not heard in the song.

The original recording of "Come On Down To My Boat" by The American Breed was titled Come And 
Take A Ride In My Boat. That clumsy title was not sung.

In 1977 The Brothers Johnson sang Strawberry Letter 22 in their song's lyrics, but they do not mention 
the next one, Strawberry Letter 23, which was the title.

 

December 14, 2021 10:27 pm  #6


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Lorne wrote:

aflem wrote:

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is another one. I have no idea how they would work that title into the song, but the lyrics are so obscure already, you think they might have found a way!

Sure, but they did something far more clever ... they put the title of the song that would take over from them at #1 in the lyrics instead. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
https://pop-culture.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_number-one_hits_in_the_UK_Singles_Chart_in_1976 

https://i.ibb.co/THNZ6Jd/ma.jpg

 

December 15, 2021 10:48 pm  #7


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Here's a little known fact: Friend and Lover's "Reach Out Of The Darkness" never uses the line, "Reach Out OF The Darkness.  Instead the lyrics, repeatedly use Reach Out IN The Darkness.  Listening to the recording, they use the word, "IN", never use "OF". 
 

 

December 15, 2021 11:36 pm  #8


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Yes ... although that song hadn't immediately come to mind, I was thinking about mentioning that I find examples like that to be particularly noteworthy because they're more obscure and unexpected. There are others, although I can't bring any to mind right now,

 

December 15, 2021 11:48 pm  #9


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Ok, finally came up with one ... I wanted to show that I know what I'm talking about, once in a while anyway. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
In MacArthur Park, Richard Harris sings "MacArthur's Park" throughout the song. 

 

December 16, 2021 8:46 am  #10


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A Day in the Life - The Beatles
New York Mining Disaster 1941 - The Bee Gees
Lightnin Strikes - Throughout the song, Lou sings Lightnin Is Striking Again, but never the title.

 

December 18, 2021 2:35 pm  #11


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This is a list composed of the songs posted from this post and the last couple times this subject was posted.  Generally limited to Billboard Top Forty songs.  Also, compiled in accordance with “Alex Trebek Standards” (meaning that close does not count).  Songs with part of the title in parenthesis must have each sung, but not necessarily together.
 
Alvin's Harmonica - The Chipmunks with David Seville
Annie’s Song - John Denver
A Summer Song – Chad and Jeremy
Badge - Cream
Bad Man’s Blunder - Kingston Trio
Ballad of a Teenage Queen
Ballad of the Green Berets - S/Sgt. Barry Sadler
The Ballad of John and Yoko - Beatles
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
Blues Part II – Blood Sweat and Tears
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks
Come Softly to Me - the Fleetwoods
Concrete and Clay – Unit Four Plus Three
Creeque Alley - the Mommas and the Papas
Danny's Song - Anne Murray
A Day in the Life - Beatles
D'yer Maker (also true with original title: “Did You Make Her?”)- Led Zeppelin
Epistle to Dippy - Donovan
Excerpt From A Teenage Opera - Keith West
The Exodus Song - Pat Boone
Feel So Good - Johnny Preston
Fingertips, Part 2 - Stevie Wonder
Fifth Dimension - the Byrds
59th Street Bridge Song - Simon and Garfunkel / Harpers Bizarre
For What It’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield
He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
I’ll Save the Last Dance For You – Dimitra Jo
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Inside Looking Out - Animals
In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) – Zager and Evans
Jamaica Farewell - Harry Belefonte
Jenny Take a Rider-Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels
Land of 1000 Dances - Cannibal and the Headhunters
Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christy
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
Lovers Concerto – Toys
MacArthur Park – Richard Harris
Marian Boogie - Brownsville Station
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – The Buckinghams
Mr. Moon, Mr. Sun-Paul Revere and the Raiders
Moonglow and Theme from Picnic - Perry Como
My Back Pages - Bob Dylan / The Byrds
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
New York Mining Disaster (1941) - Bee Gees
#9 Dream – John Lennon
Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Woods
Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me) - Four Seasons
Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
Papa Gene’s Blues - the Monkees
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Popeye-Chubby Checker
Poor Side of Town-Johnny Rivers
Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan.
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
The Rain, the Park and other Things - the Cowsills
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
Rama Lama Ding Dong-The Edsels
Reach Out of the Darkness – Friends and Lovers
Rock the Joint – Bill Haley
School Day – Chuck Berry
Shut Down – the Beach Boys
Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen
Soul and Inspiration – The Righteous Brothers
Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Superstar ‑ The Carpenters
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
That’s Why – Jackie Wilson
The Three Bells - the Browns
Tijuana Jail-The Kingston Trio
Train in Vain – the Clash
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Uneasy Rider - Charlie Daniels Band
Valley of the Dolls – Dionne Warrick
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes
When You Walk In The Room - Jackie DeShannon/Searchers
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Young Turks - Rod Stewart

 

December 19, 2021 4:26 pm  #12


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How to kill a thread...

 

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