August 21, 2006

14 songs whose lyrics consist mainly or entirely of lists

8 Responses to “14 songs whose lyrics consist mainly or entirely of lists”

  1. Michelle said:

    How about Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”?

  2. Joe Kissell said:

    Michelle: Good call! Yes, that certainly counts. I knew when I wrote this list that I could only barely scratch the surface. There must be plenty of other songs that just didn’t occur to me. Please feel free to point out others in the comments!

  3. John Cooper said:

    “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3” by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. (“Summer Buddy Holly, the Bolshoi Ballet, Good Golly Miss Molly, and boats…”)

    “People Who Died” by the Jim Carroll Band (“Teddy sniffing glue he was twelve years old / Fell from the roof on east two-nine / Cathy was eleven when she pulled the plug / On twenty-six reds and a bottle of wine…”)

    “88 Lines about 44 Women” by the Nails (“Sarah was a modern dancer / lean pristine transparency / Janet wrote bad poetry / in a crazy kind of urgency…”)

    “Happiness Is” from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Clark Gesner, composer

    Bonus points to you if you can closely estimate my age from these answers… : )

  4. Mercury said:

    One of the first songs we all learn as kids, is The ABCs :

    Tom Lehrer wrote a song with all the names of the elements, that had been discovered, at the time of his composing the piece. The Elements is animated here: whence you can click a link to Amazon, to buy Tom Lehrer CDs.

  5. Joe Kissell said:

    John and Mercury: Thanks for those excellent additions!

    And John, you’d be…let’s see…over 21. Close? 🙂

  6. Melissa said:

    Violent Femmes – Kiss Off

    “i take one one one cause you left me and two two two for my family and three three three for my heartache and four four four for my headaches and five five five for my lonely and six six six for my sorrow and seven seven no tomorrow and eight eight i forget what eight was for but nine nine nine for the lost gods ten ten ten ten for everything everything everything”

    How was this forgotten?

  7. Moe said:

    Savage Garden – Affirmation


  8. jdzlaw said:

    It’s the end of the world as we know it. by REM