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CXXV #7 (Songs)

Postby soxfan99 » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:11 pm

I wouldn't call songs that specify the age of someone in them very unique. In a couple of minutes, I've come up with:

"You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)" - Ringo Starr
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" - Sound of Music
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" - Meatloaf ("Cause we were barely seventeen / and we were barely dressed")
"Sixteen Candles" - The Crests ("You're only sixteen (sixteen) / But you're my teenage queen") - I'll admit, I had to look up the artist
"New England" - Billy Bragg ("I was twenty one years when I wrote this song / I'm twenty two now, but I wont be for long")
"Cat's in the Cradle" - Harry Chapin ("My son turned ten just the other day")

I'm sure there are countless others out there that didn't come to me right away. Anybody care to add to the list?

Others that may not count, because they're looking back at when the narrator was younger, instead of being in the present:

"Father of Mine" - Everclear ("I was ten years old / doing all that I could")
"Caps and Bottles" - Dropkick Murphys ("When I was thirteen I bought a scally cap")
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Re: CXXV #7 (Songs)

Postby Ken Jennings » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:16 pm

soxfan99 wrote:I wouldn't call songs that specify the age of someone in them very unique.


Neither would I. In fact, if there's more than one, they're not unique at all. I just called them "unusual" (i.e. vastly outnumbered by songs that DON'T mention someone's age).

I guess I should just cut and paste this response EVERY FREAKING TIME someone posts essentially the same complaint.

"New England" almost made my list, by the way.
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Postby skullturfq » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:21 pm

"Old Man", Neil Young (Old man look at my life, twenty-four and there's so much more)
"I Love Rock & Roll", Joan Jett (Knew he must have been about seventeen)
"Enid", Barenaked Ladies (And it's not fair to say that it's cause I was only fifteen years old)
"The Emperor's New Clothes", Sinead O'Connor (How could I possibly know what I want when I was only twenty-one)

There are also songs like "I'm Eighteen" by Alice Cooper that you probably wouldn't want to include in such a question, since the title would be a giveaway.
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Re: CXXV #7 (Songs)

Postby skullturfq » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:23 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:

I guess I should just cut and paste this response EVERY FREAKING TIME someone posts essentially the same complaint.




So.... it's not a very unique complaint?
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Postby soxfan99 » Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:48 pm

I didn't really mean it as a complaint, more of a way to start the topic and see what other songs people come up with. Sorry.
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Postby Cannon » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:57 pm

Is it bad that the first song I thought of that mentioned an age was Tim McGraw's first big hit, Don't Take the Girl?


Johnny's daddy, was takin' him fishin', when he was eight years old.....
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Postby Ken Jennings » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:08 pm

It's beyond bad.

One problem with finding these songs is that many of them (like "Sixteen Candles") tend to cue the age in the title. I can think of a dozen or so.
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Postby ArtVark » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:05 pm

skullturfq wrote:"Old Man", Neil Young (Old man look at my life, twenty-four and there's so much more)


And another Neil Young song "Sugar Mountain" (You can't be twenty, on Sugar Mountain).
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Postby skullturfq » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:44 pm

"What's My Age Again", Blink 182 (Nobody likes you when you're twenty-three)

It must be possible to assemble examples for a whole range of different ages.
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Postby Cannon » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:24 am

Ken Jennings wrote:It's beyond bad.

One problem with finding these songs is that many of them (like "Sixteen Candles") tend to cue the age in the title. I can think of a dozen or so.


True.

I'll try to redeem myself .... Five for Fighting 100 Years... LOTS of ages mentioned....

100 Years lyrics

I'm 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are
I'm 22 for a moment
She feels better than ever
And we're on fire
Making our way back from Mars
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live
I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way
A family on my mind
I'm 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I'm heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy, Time to lose yourself
Within a morning star
15 I'm all right with you
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live
Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...
I'm 99 for a moment
Dying for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are
15 there's still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you’re on your way
Every day's a new day...
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live
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Postby billiej » Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:40 am

"Running on Empty" Jackson Browne (In '65 I was 17...In '69 I was 21)
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Postby RingoOSU » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:40 am

This one is actually a spoiler:


Marie is only six years old. (Johnny Rivers' Memphis)
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Postby melissa » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:49 am

Okay, there was an oldie (my daddy used to sing this to us) and I couldn't think of the name. It's Perry Como's "Turnaround":

"Where are you going, little one?
Where are you going, my baby, my own
Turnaround, and you're two, turnaround and you're four
Turnaround, and you're a young girl going out the door."'

There are a couple other "Bobby Goldsboro" type songs with ages, I just can't think of them right now.
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Postby Isaac Cashman » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:48 am

"Where are you going ......." was a memorable Kodak commercial.

"I was was twenty--one years when I wrtoe this song."
Is the first line of "Leaves That Are Green by Paul Simon

And let me be the firsto add (lyics only) "I am a litte boy of five" from The Pirates of Penzance
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Postby skullturfq » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:52 am

"The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin has the age of 3 in it.

It must be possible to do the equivalent of this list:

http://www.speakeasy.org/~jmabel/songs.htm

with particular ages rather than particular years.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:38 am

I think some posters on this thread were compiling a similar list.
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Postby skullturfq » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:45 am

A couple of Eminem songs: "My Fault" mentions the age of 26, and "Guilty Conscience" with Dr. Dre has 21, 23, and 29.

"Ironic" by Alanis Morissette has 98.

"Closing Time" by Leonard Cohen has 100.
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Postby econgator » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:20 am

skullturfq wrote:"Closing Time" by Leonard Cohen has 100.


Even though it's been mentioned, I have to put up one from my favorite group:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Never_Th ... _a_Hundred :)
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Postby Lilly » Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:41 pm

Somebody emailed the tuesday trivia address and pointed out that Weird Al Yankovic's "The Saga Begins" (parody of American Pie) would qualify. "Ah, do you see him hitting on the Queen / Though he's just nine and she's fourteen". Now the song is stuck in my head, thanks to whoever sent that in...
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Postby melissa » Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:09 am

econgator wrote:
skullturfq wrote:"Closing Time" by Leonard Cohen has 100.


Even though it's been mentioned, I have to put up one from my favorite group:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Never_Th ... _a_Hundred :)

Everytime I've seen them, I've managed to get front row seats - eat your heart out! :wink:

(I love them, too, as my voicemail depicts)
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Postby skullturfq » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:39 pm

"What's Up" by Four Non Blondes has 25.

I thought a Rolling Stones song from the 1986 album "Dirty Work" (a forgettable time period for those guys, admittedly) had the age of 40 mentioned, but it turns out the lyrics are vaguer than that. (It says "over 40 years".)

We can assemble a good list here, people. I'm an academic, so I've got some time off coming up. I might actually try to put a list together a la that other website with the specific years mentioned in song.
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Postby skullturfq » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:39 am

25 -- "Fly", Sugar Ray
38 -- "38 Years Old", the Tragically Hip
42 -- "You're Pitiful", Weird Al Yankovic

I'll put a webpage together soon where these can be assembled in a more organized way.
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Postby skullturfq » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:06 pm

A recent topic here made me realize that the age of 92 (and the age of 1) is mentioned in that song that starts "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" -- is it just called "The Christmas Song"?
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Postby econgator » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:32 pm

skullturfq wrote:A recent topic here made me realize that the age of 92 (and the age of 1) is mentioned in that song that starts "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" -- is it just called "The Christmas Song"?


Yep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_Song

Didn't realize who actually wrote it.
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Postby Cannon » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:23 pm

econgator wrote:
skullturfq wrote:A recent topic here made me realize that the age of 92 (and the age of 1) is mentioned in that song that starts "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" -- is it just called "The Christmas Song"?


Yep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Christmas_Song

Didn't realize who actually wrote it.


Also the answer to the question, what singer's photo is displayed in the judge's office on Nightcourt.
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