Monday, March 31, 2008

I Can Name That Tune in Three Words

I’ve been out of town for the past week, and traveling always generates fodder for posts of the “I’m surrounded by idiots” type.

But I’ll spare you the tales of the moronic airline check-in counter “help,” my crappy hotel, and the waitress who thought I was her personal spill receptacle.

Trust me, you’re better off not hearing me vent. This wasn’t my best trip. I even lost my computer while going through security. (Yes, I found it. I’m hugging it lovingly even now.)

But I did take advantage of the opportunity to have my iPod do a whole lotta shufflin’.

Among the tunes it chose to share with me were several songs with remarkable lyrics—or, to be more precise, with some odd words spread out in the song.

Without resorting to lyrics websites—which would be sad given that this is a contest without any reward—can you identify these Amulet iPod songs from only three words?

Hints: I’ve listed the words in the order in which they appear in their songs, and because they came from my iPod the answers are well known songs are in the classic rock, '80s, and/or metal genres.

Good luck!

(1) Brussels, vegemite, Bombay

(2) glitters, songbird, hedgerow

(3) Scylla, Mephistopholes, alabaster

(4) preachers, fools, dropouts

(5) Brando, scared, swastikas

(6) Ukraine, Georgia, comrade

(7) fuel-injected, Wendy, velvet

(8) bookmarking, staffroom, Nabokov

(9) colitas, Tiffany-twisted, Mercedes-Benz

(10) Scaramouche, Galileo, Bismillah

(11) Anastasia, biltzkreig, Kennedys

(12) blacksmith, philosophers, plowmen


At March 31, 2008 7:39 PM, Blogger LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

The question is: is your computer hugging you lovingly back? That's what I want to know!!!

Glad you're back and blogging...

At March 31, 2008 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I'm just going to quickly guess. Not gonna put alotta thought into these.

1) Land Down Under by Men at Work

4) could any early Springsteen tune

5) Bowie or Springsteen

6) Back in the USSR

7) Van Halen? Panama?

10) duh?

12) what, no magician?

At March 31, 2008 9:38 PM, Blogger Dr. John replied to my musings ...

1) Land Down Under
2) Stairway to Heaven
3) No clue
4) No clue
5) No clue
6) Back in the USSR
7) Rosalita?
8) Don't Stand So Close to Me
9) No clue
10) No clue
11) No clue
12) Close to the Heart

At March 31, 2008 9:56 PM, Blogger Barbara - Layla replied to my musings ...

Oh Super Fun! Love this kind of stuff even though it was painful that the commenters above me are OBVIOUSLY not into Bruce :)

1) Land Down Under
2) Stairway to Heaven
3) ???
4) ???
5) China Girl
6) Back in the USSR
8) Don't Stand So Close to Me
9) Hotel California
10) ???
11) Sympathy for the Devil
12) ???

I think I did pretty damn good if the ones I got are right, I feel quite confident, Amulet, final answer!

At March 31, 2008 10:35 PM, Blogger Bruce replied to my musings ...

(1) Down Under- Men at Work

(2)Stairway....Led Zep


(4) Crazy Train- Ozzy


(6) Back in the USSR- The Beatles

(7) Born to Run- Springsteen

(8) Don't Stand...- The Police

(9) Hotel California- Eagles

(10) Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

(11) Sympathy for the Devil- The Stones


At March 31, 2008 10:36 PM, Blogger Bruce replied to my musings ...

Oh, and if I didn't give the full name of the song; I was too lazy to type it out.

At March 31, 2008 11:20 PM, Blogger RAHM replied to my musings ...

3) Wrapped around your finger - The police

At April 01, 2008 8:05 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Lisa: No hugging back. That would be one hell of a computer.

WIGSF, Dr. John, Layla: The three of you make a great team. You got these right (or close enough):

#1: "Down Under," Men At Work
#2: "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin
#5: "China Girl," David Bowie
#6: "Back in the USSR," The Beatles
#7: "Born To Run," Bruce Springsteen
#8: "Don't Stand So Close To Me," The Police
#9: "Hotel California," The Eagles
#11: "Sympathy for the Devil," The Rolling Stones
#12: "Closer to the Heart," Rush

At April 01, 2008 8:06 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Bruce: Well done. In addition to those above, you also got:

#4: "Crazy Train," Ozzy Osbourne
#10: "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen

Rahm: You got the last one open:

#3: "Wrapped Around Your Finger," The Police

Very impressive, everyone! I should have gone with the songs that are less well known that came up, some album tracks from Queens of the Stone Age, old Genesis, Prince, and Iron Maiden!

At April 01, 2008 8:46 AM, Blogger The Mad Hatter replied to my musings ...

1 -
2 - Stairway to heaven, Led Zeppelin
3 - Wrapped around your finger, Police
4 - Crazy train, Ozzy
5 -
6 - Back in the CCCR, Beatles
7 -
8 - Don't stand so close to me, Police -- again!
9 - Hotel california, Eagles
10 - Bohemian rhapsody, Queen
11 - Sympathy for the devil - Rolling Stones
12- Closer to the heart, Rush

I probably don't like whoever 1, 5 and 7 are. Oh well. The Scaramouche lyric in Queen was great to see in writing. When do you ever see or hear that word except in that song? Oh Tom, stop acting like a Scaramouche!

At April 01, 2008 8:54 AM, Blogger Malcolm replied to my musings ...

Even though I am not good at lyric games, I still like to play. Since there are 9 wisecracks ahead of me, I made it a point not to look at any of the answers posted. Off the top of my head, the only ones I know are:

1. Down Under- Men At Work
3. Wrapped Around Your Finger- The Police
5. China Girl- David Bowie
8. Don't Stand So Close To Me- The Police
10. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

If you are into music video trivia, I have a game going right now. Here is the link:

I will post the answers on Friday.

At April 01, 2008 9:55 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Mad Hatter, Malcolm: You both did really well on this. I find it hard to guess songs by lyrics in isolation, but some of these are so unique (like "Galileo" and "Brando") that even i would have been able to guess.

MH: I remember hearing of Scaramouche as a novel or a character in a novel, but I don't know the details.

Malcolm: I'll try to check it out when I need a break later today or this week!

At April 01, 2008 3:18 PM, Blogger The Mad Hatter replied to my musings ...

It's weird, but because I don't listen to lyrics really, but those are some very distinct words.

At April 01, 2008 10:02 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

I'm musically challenged... I could only guess 1, 8, & 9.

At April 02, 2008 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

I have to say I'm really bad with lyrics. If I don't have a lyric sheet in front of me, I get completely lost.

At April 02, 2008 4:28 PM, Blogger zen wizard replied to my musings ...

Your quizzes are the only quizzes I know that make me feel stupider when I get a correct answer:

1) "Do You Come From a Land Down Under?"
5) "China Girl."
7) "Born to Run."
8) "Son't Stand So Close to Me."
9)"Hotel California."

Extra credit:

1) A "colita" is a "little tail" or in other words, a premium marijuana bud.

2) "A fried-out combie"--would be a really thrashed SUV or bus like a Volkswagen bus.

3) Nixon played the piano on "Laugh-In."

Wait, that wasn't on there--but it IS really worthless knowledge unless you are on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

At April 02, 2008 6:16 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

Looks like I was a little late on this quiz but I definitely like how it was done with using important words.

At April 03, 2008 11:17 PM, Blogger BeckEye replied to my musings ...

Averting my eyes from other comments:

(1) Brussels, vegemite, Bombay - "Down Under," Men at Work

(2) glitters, songbird, hedgerow - "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin

(3) Scylla, Mephistopholes, alabaster - "Wrapped Around Your Finger," The Police

(7) fuel-injected, Wendy, velvet - "Born to Run," Bruce Springsteen

(8) bookmarking, staffroom, Nabokov - "Don't Stand So Close To Me," The Police

(9) colitas, Tiffany-twisted, Mercedes-Benz - "Hotel California," Eagles

(10) Scaramouche, Galileo, Bismillah - "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen

(11) Anastasia, biltzkreig, Kennedys - "Sympathy For the Devil," Rolling Stones

At April 03, 2008 11:18 PM, Blogger BeckEye replied to my musings ...

Arrrgh - Crazy Train and Back in the USSR should've been easy!

At April 06, 2008 1:13 AM, Blogger Rhodeislandrock replied to my musings ...

1. 'Down Under - Men At Work
2. 'Stairway To Heaven' - Led Zep
3. 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' - The Police
4. 'Crazy Train' - Ozzy
5. 'China Girl' - David Bowie
6. 'Back In The USSR' - The Beatles
7. 'Born to Run' - Bruce Springsteen
8. 'Don't Stand so Close To Me' - The Police
9. 'Hotel California' - The Eagles
10. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - Queen
11. 'Sympathy For The Devil' - The Rolling Stones
12. 'Closer To The Heart' - Rush

I'm a week late and my browser wouldn't load the answer window so I wrote the answers on a piece of paper. By the time I finally typed them in, I noticed that all the answers were given above. Damn!

Heavy Metal Addiction

At April 10, 2008 9:24 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

1. Men At Work - Down Under
2. Led Zep - Stairway to Heaven
3. The Police - Wrapped Around your Finger
4. Ozzy - Crazy Train
5. Dunno
6. Beatles - Back in the USSR
7. Dunno
8. Police - Don't Stand so Close to Me
9. Eagles - Hotel California
10. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
11. Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
12. Dunno

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