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Postby skullturfq » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:41 am

People might consider this too obscure, but "Bananas and Blow" by Ween starts with the line "Sancho brought a message from the fat man"
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Postby Russ » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:12 am

Son of a Preacher Man

Billy-Ray was a preacher's son and when his daddy would visit he'd come along...
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Postby rockgolf » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:21 am

Yea! At long last I found one!

Wooly Bully - first word is Matty.

Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw. Had two big horns and a wooly jaw.
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Postby Bill » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:15 pm

"We Gotta Get you A Woman" by Todd Rundgren ("Leroy, boy, is that you...")
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Postby TheConfessor » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:32 am

"House At Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins. (Christopher Robin and I walked along...)
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Postby Russ » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:34 am

"18 and Life" by Skid Row

Ricky was a young boy, he had a heart of stone.
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Postby grodney » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:49 am

The Road Goes On Forever -- I think by Robert Earle Keen, Jr.

Also performed by The Highwaymen.

"Sherry was a waitress at the only joint in town..."
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Postby rockgolf » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:17 am

Canadian content: Something To Live For - Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts

"Bobby drives a pickup for the corner store
Four bucks an hour and he's hoping for more
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Postby grodney » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:10 am

Gloria by Patti Smith:

"Jesus died..."
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Postby grodney » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:15 am

Spread Your Wings by Queen

"Sammy was low..."
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Postby Russ » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:10 pm

"Fly from Heaven" by Toad the Wet Sprocket

Paul is makin' me nervous...
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Postby A Wray » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:54 pm

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize ("Paul and Silas bound in jail")
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Postby marpocky » Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:38 am

skullturfq wrote:People might consider this too obscure, but "Bananas and Blow" by Ween starts with the line "Sancho brought a message from the fat man"


I love that song!

Came across another big one on the radio tonight.

"Holly came from Miami, FLA" - Lou Reed, Walk on the Wild Side
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Postby skullturfq » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:47 pm

Another Lou Reed one:

"Dirty Boulevard" starts with "Pedro lives out of the Wiltshire Hotel..."

Also, "Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty starts with "Eddie waited til he finished high school..."
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Postby Ponch » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:16 am

Butthole Surfers - Pepper

Mikey got with Sharon, Sharon got Sherie
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Postby grodney » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:35 am

rockgolf wrote:Oh, I smell a Sporcle quiz in this...


How would you structure it? Would you give title and artist, and ask for the name that starts the lyrics?
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Postby rockgolf » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:40 am

It would be clickable. The names would all be displayed and the song would appear as clues. As each title appeared, you would click on the name that starts the lyrics.
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Postby PhygLeGuy » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:36 am

These may be in the eye of the beholder, or whatever organ you be usin’ when you be beholdin’ song lyrics.

Safe and Sound by Carly Simon begins with Robert McNamara’s given middle name.

Van Lingle Mungo by Dave Frishberg seemed promising, as it consists almost entirely of an alternation of given names and surnames. As it turns out, the first word is Heenie, which probably shouldn’t count as a given name, although it might qualify as a name most likely to be returned.

Kitty’s Back In Town starts with Catlong. Most likely, Catlong was given the name Catlong at the exact instant that Catlong was conjured into existence by the songwriter.
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Postby skullturfq » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:23 pm

I'm Afraid of Americans by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails

"Johnny's in America, no tricks at the wheel..."

*if one is being a stickler, one could argue these aren't the first words, because there are some "na na"s before them
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby skullturfq » Sat May 07, 2016 7:27 am

"Mysterious Ways" by U2 starts with "Johnny take a walk with your sister the moon"

A few of these songs start with the specific name "Johnny".
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby Ken Jennings » Sat May 07, 2016 8:22 am

In "We Will Rock You," is Buddy a guy named Buddy or just a buddy?
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby grodney » Mon May 09, 2016 4:29 am

Ken Jennings wrote:In "We Will Rock You," is Buddy a guy named Buddy or just a buddy?


Great question.

Also,
The Cure - The Caterpillar
"Flicka Flicka Flicka
Here you are"
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby gwynn1984 » Mon May 09, 2016 12:51 pm

Or is it Buddy Guy?
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby skullturfq » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:45 pm

The first word of "Science Fiction/Double Feature" (the opening song of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is a first name.

(Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still...)
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Re: Songs whose very first word is a given name...

Postby skullturfq » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:51 pm

"Roses", by OutKast, starts with the name "Caroline"
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