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Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby Whatsahoe » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:01 am

...and is not the title or part of the title

Queen -- Another one bites the dust (Steve)

Amy Grant -- Saved by love (Laura)
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:20 am

"Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi perhaps doesn't strictly qualify -- there are some spoken words (Once upon a time, not so long ago) before the sung portion begins, with "Tommy used to work on the docks"

Edit: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by the Beatles begins with the word "Joan"
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Postby Bill » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:21 pm

"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night ("Jeremiah was a bullfrog...")
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Postby SMWinnie » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:09 pm

skullturfq wrote:Maxwell's Silver Hammer by the Beatles begins with the word "Joan"
Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner; Desmond has a barrel in the marketplace.
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Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:16 pm

"Wedding Bell Blues" by Laura Nyro, or the 5th Dimension (Bill)
(an appropriate choice for the 5th Dimension to record, because lead singer Marilyn McCoo was soon to marry one of the other group members, Billy Davis Jr.)
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Postby Bill » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:17 pm

"Shooting Star" by Bad Company ("Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatles song...")
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Postby ArtVark » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:28 pm

SMWinnie wrote:
skullturfq wrote:Maxwell's Silver Hammer by the Beatles begins with the word "Joan"
Jo Jo was a man who thought he was a loner; Desmond has a barrel in the marketplace.


And a Mondegreen as well.


Would the Name Game by Shirley Ellis be cheating?
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Postby Don WW » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:32 pm

"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People begins "Robert's got a quick hand."
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Postby Bill » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:52 pm

ArtVark wrote:Would the Name Game by Shirley Ellis be cheating?


No, because it starts with the words "The Name Game!" and is therefore ineligible.

Cheating would be "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel ("Harry Truman...").
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Let's go to the judges...

Postby SMWinnie » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:07 pm

...for a ruling on whether "Fat Charlie the Archangel" constitutes a given name.

While Tom is not The Only Living Boy in New York, Joseph's face was in fact black as night.

(This evening's playlist question: Paul Simon. Did his writing go downhill immediately when he ditched Garfunkel or only when he stopped writing about being a kid from Queens?)
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Postby TheConfessor » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:07 pm

The Band Played On - written in 1895:
"Casey would waltz with a strawberry blonde
And the band played on..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23oePEVM1nE
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:10 am

Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Bill wrote:
ArtVark wrote:Would the Name Game by Shirley Ellis be cheating?


No, because it starts with the words "The Name Game!" and is therefore ineligible.

Yes. Losing does not constitute proof that you didn't cheat.
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Postby Whatsahoe » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:13 am

Billy Joel -- Leningrad (Victor)
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Postby Don WW » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:55 am

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" begins "Katie Casey was baseball mad."
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Postby grodney » Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:30 pm

Pop Goes the World by Men Without Hats

"
Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass.
Name of the band is The Human Race.
Everybody tell me have you heard? Pop goes the world.
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Postby grodney » Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:34 pm

Your Love by The Outfield

"
Josie's on a vacation far away
Come around and talk it over
"
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Postby TheConfessor » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:01 pm

The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key.
"Jose, can you see?"
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:21 pm

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Mack the Knife starts with Bo Diddley's given middle name, although it might be a homophone
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Postby rockgolf » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:42 am

Oh, I smell a Sporcle quiz in this...
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Postby Russ » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:47 am

I thought Movin' Out by Billy Joel would work, but its parenthetical subtitle, "Anthony's Song" screws that up. We Didn't Start the Fire works though (Harry).
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Postby Paucle » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:03 pm

skullturfq wrote:"Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi perhaps doesn't strictly qualify -- there are some spoken words (Once upon a time, not so long ago) before the sung portion begins, with "Tommy used to work on the docks"

In that same vein- "Games Without Frontiers." There's a background chorus saying the title in French before Peter starts singing. (Hans plays with Lotte/ Lotte plays with Jane.)
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Postby ArtVark » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:38 pm

Young Turks -- Rod Stewart
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Postby grodney » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:21 am

Perhaps opening a genre that doesn't count, but "Fairly Odd Parents Theme" starts with "Timmy".
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Postby grodney » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:33 am

Oh! 88 Lines About 44 Women by The Nails

Deborah was a Catholic girl,
she held out to the bitter end.
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Postby Bill » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:57 am

grodney wrote:Perhaps opening a genre that doesn't count, but "Fairly Odd Parents Theme" starts with "Timmy".


Fear of genre-opening made me hesitate to suggest "Glad to Have a Friend Like You" ("Jill told Bill..."), a children's song recorded by Marlo Thomas.
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