Songs about boys

Well, the last post, although clearly entitled Songs about girls, featured a song about a car and included reference to a well-known tune very much about a boy. The next song was actually written for a boy – for Julian Lennon. I’m sure you know it and will sing along at the end, possibly with an arm waving and maybe a lighter gently flickering somewhere above your head. Careful.

It was being recorded on this day in 1968 at Abbey Road.

I won’t apologise for choosing two Paul McCartney songs in as many posts. I just won’t.

If you haven’t yet gamely played along with the last random topic, as there are just so many songs about girls, there might as well be another post in a week or so which should hopefully mop up all those ladies momentarily forgotten about. If you think of any in the meantime, do jot them down.

That’s about it for another week. As promised, in the interests of fairness, I leave you with ten chaps to identify from the lyrics below. Can you name them all, and can you similarly give a tired brain something to reach for?

01. “We miss you day and night
You left town to live by the rifle
You left us to fight”

02. “In the stone, under the dust
His name is still engraved
Some things need to go away”

03. “He goes out
He don’t have no doubt
He don’t have to know
What the world’s about”

04. “My brother, you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal?
Your eyes have died, but you see more than I”

05. “Never used your head
To find out what this whole thing meant
It’s not what it seems
But it is”

06. “You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule, if you dare”

07. “We’ve got to get on with the film show
Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow
Who cares what it’s about as long as the kids go?”

08. “I got a cupboard full of fleshy, fresh ingredients
I’m very careful, at the same time, quite expedient”

09. “A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth”

10. “With his long tail hanging down
He quietly sits under every tree
In the folds of his velvet gown”

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

128 thoughts on “Songs about boys”

  1. 02. “It’s a Shame About Ray” – Lemonheads
    04. “Daniel” – Elton John
    07. “Not Now John” – Pink Floyd
    08. “Dirty Frank” – Pearl Jam
    09. “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” – R.E.M.
    10. “Jack in the Green” – Jethro Tull

    Great songs. 🙂

    Here are mine.

    “I’m going down to shoot my old lady
    You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man”

    “Well, tell him I was calling, just to wish him well
    Let me leave my number, Heartbreak Hotel”

    “The door it opened slowly,
    My father he came in,
    I was nine years old”

    “At home
    Drawing pictures
    Of mountain tops
    With him on top
    Lemon yellow sun”

    1. Hi Alessandra!

      “Hey Joe” is first, the second lyrics are from Dire Straits “Calling Elvis”.

      CU
      Herbert

    2. Alessandra,

      Your first one is Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix) and your last one is Jeremy (Pearl Jam).

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. I recognised the same two Herbert did, I looked up the other two.

      I only relatively recently discovered the work of this band (because of my kids), on the “B” side of the single of the fourth song, there is a track which Hendrix fans should seek out and listen to. I was startled to hear it and really thought it was something by Jimi that I’d never heard before. 🙂

      ash

    4. Ooooops, realised that Andrew has already named Pearl Jam’s Jeremy so now I can use the names. 🙂

      The very Hendrix sounding track is called Yellow Ledbetter.

      ash

    5. To me Yellow Ledbetter is one of the best songs that Pearl Jam ever did. In fact, it is one of the only songs I really like by that band.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    6. The very Hendrix sounding track is called Yellow Ledbetter.

      Ash,

      I also like that one very much.

      You can find it also in their B-sides and rarities 2003 album, called “Lost Dogs”.

  2. Hi, good evening!

    #1 I have in mind, that Kate Bush has something to do with this, but that’s all I know

    #4 is Daniel by Elton John

    #6 Major Tom? by David Bowie

    Regards
    Herbert

  3. FEd,

    here are some extracts of boy-songs for you. I wish you have more luck than with my girl-songs

    —————–

    Let’s think of a game to play
    now the grown-ups have all gone away
    you won’t be much fun
    being……

    ————–

    Unlucky in love
    Least that’s what they say
    He lost his head
    And he gambled his heart away
    He still keeps searching
    Though there’s nothing left
    Staked his heart and lost
    Now he has to pay the cost

    ————————

    His mother told him “Someday you will be a man,
    And you will be the leader of a big old band.
    Many people coming from miles around
    To hear you play your music when the sun go down

    ————————–

    **** oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
    Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
    And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
    Your prison is walking through this world all alone

    —————————–

    Hey, that makes fun on a rainy summer evening to put a hand on some hundred CDs and listen to songs never heard for years.

    CU
    Herbert

    1. Much more luck with these, I recognise ‘Cousin Kevin, ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and ‘Desperado’.

    2. Well, FEd, it works. 😀

      The ones you named are right, what you didn’t know is from Little River Band, a song called “Lonesome Loser”.

      Have a nice weekend

      Herbert

  4. Hi Fed. I’m still in Leeds.

    I noticed you have a name for your car and you nearly bought a Suzuki swift. If you are a bloke don’t take it personally but its women who usually have a name for there cars and a Suzuki Swift is a bit of a girly car. :/

    Regards and fun only
    from Damian

    P.S. GET A MOTORBIKE, MAN!

    1. :)) Thanks, Damian. I thought the same about the Suzuki Swift, although they are fun to drive. Besides, wasn’t Cristiano Ronaldo advertising them at one point? (Yeah right, as if he drives anything that didn’t cost upwards of £100k and can show his reflection on all its surfaces at all times, the vain git.)

      I wanted something economical, a city car with low emissions, for ferrying the dogs around in. I don’t need any more than that. There are too many people driving large cars for the hell of it; polluting the air, hogging the roads, making parking a nightmare – I don’t get it. I have absolutely no vanity about this.

      I went for a Citroen C1 as it was that little bit greener than the Fiat 500, with the added advantage that I could effortlessly get my trusty Ford Ka scrapped at the same time and thus feel all the more smug when I see assorted people carriers and four-wheel drive eyesores. The only people that really need those are Mormons and farmers, surely.

      Both are quite girly, really. (The C1 and Fiat 500, not Mormons and farmers, obviously.)

    2. I wanted something economical, a city car with low emissions, for ferrying the dogs around in.

      I really hope your dogs get into the car by themselves. Ours always try to convince us to lift them and it’s not good at all, especially when they’re wet.

      Spoilt dogs in a spoilt society. 😉

      Have a good weekend. 🙂

    3. Personally I always liked the VW New Beetle – I’ve had two and can’t wait to get another one (I want my convertible back, your dogs would probably enjoy a convertible.). Many say that is a girly car too. To that I say, yes, the girls love it. What’s wrong with that??

      It is actually a very fun car to drive and very comfortable for a tall guy.

      Of course none of the cars you mention FEd are available here in the U.S. except the Suzuki Swift. I think the Fiat will be eventually introduced in the U.S. through Chrysler. Citroen I believe does not pass safety standards in the U.S. In fact I know the one model that has 3 lugs per wheel doesn’t pass because U.S. standards require at least 4 lugs per wheel. But I think some Citroen models are sold here as Peugeots. Ford Ka is not marketed here.

      But I am seeing more and more Smartcars in the U.S. and I think FEd should be driving a Bentley. After all, it could be his side job taking David and family around town when need be. :))

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    4. Personally I always liked the VW New Beetle – I’ve had two and can’t wait to get another one (I want my convertible back, your dogs would probably enjoy a convertible.). Many say that is a girly car too. To that I say, yes, the girls love it. What’s wrong with that??

      Absolutely, Andrew. A curvaceous car if ever there was one.

      My dogs would no doubt love a convertible, but one of them would be trying to jump out of it constantly at each passing distraction.

      And we’d get very wet. 😉

  5. Surprised FEd didn’t list the first one below.

    01. ___ ____ wasn’t old, but he was a man
    He lived in the sand at the Isle of Man
    The would all sing, he would take the wrong key
    So they rode on his head on their furry donkey.

    02. I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
    And I howled at my ma in the driving rain,
    But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!
    But it’s all right. I’m ____ _____ _____,

    03. I get up around seven
    Get outta bed around nine
    And I don’t worry about nothin’
    Cause worrying’s a waste of my time.

    04. _____ _____ had a strange hobby
    Collecting clothes
    Moonshine washing line
    They suit him fine.

    05. Pistol shots ring out in the bar room night
    Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall.
    She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
    Cries out, My God, they killed them all!

    06. His mother told him some day you will be a man
    And you will be the leader of a big old band
    Many people coming from miles around
    To hear you play your music till the sun goes down.

    07. Gave my baby a twenty dollar bill,
    If that don’t get her, sure my shot, shot, shot-gun will,
    Yeah, I gave my baby a twenty dollar bill.
    If that don’t get that woman, I’m sure my shot-gun will.

    08. A lovestruck _______ sings the street a serenade
    Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
    Finds a street light, steps out of the shade
    Says something like, “You & me babe, how about it?”

    I think there are a few challenging ones in there.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. _____ _____ had a strange hobby
      Collecting clothes
      Moonshine washing line
      They suit him fine.

      Andrew,

      you were faster than me. 😀

      The last one is Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet”.

    2. Good ones, Andrew.

      I know six. I see a couple of Jacks, an Arnold, a Johnny, a Romeo and a Rubin (not forgetting Arthur and Alfred, of course).

    3. Guess you’re stumped with 3 and 7??

      Hurricane is interesting to me cause I was born and lived in Paterson. Which by the way happens to be the birthplace of Lou Costello as well. Who remembers him??

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    4. “I was also raised by a toothless bearded hag and schooled with a strap right across my back”

      Don’t tell my Mum I said so. :))

      ash

    5. There is another Hurricane, another sportsman who was nicknamed Hurricane whose funeral is today.

      I know this is off topic but he popularised snooker to the masses because of his lightning speed and style of play and his rock and roll type bad boy reputation. Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins. Such a sad end for him.

      ash

  6. David Watts – The Kinks / The Jam
    Leader of the Pack – The Shangri La’s? (It is about a boy)

  7. 1. “Brothers In Arms” – Dire Straits
    2. “Danny Boy” – Frederick Weatherly
    3. “School” – Supertramp
    4. “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn” – Alison Krauss and Union Station
    5. “Tom Sawyer” – Rush

    Kind regards

  8. 1) Pick up the slack ____, get a little coy ___ and set yourself free.

    2) ____, honey. I’ve got some money.

    3) Johnny Angel- ?

    4) Cortez the Killer- Neil Young

    5) Peter Gunn Theme- Henry Mancini?

    6) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown- Jim Croce.

    7) Space Oddysey- David Bowie (Major Tom).

    Now, if you named your car Fed, it will still be Billie Jean. 8|

    1. Well the first song is Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    2. I racked my brains over your first one Frank, I knew it, could hear it but not identify the voice. Then I remembered another line:

      “Make a new plan, Stan”

      😀 That’s a good one because there are five boys names in there.

      ash

  9. R.E.M. – “Let Me In” is about Kurt Cobain
    Floyd – “Point Me At The Sky” is about Henry McLean
    Three Dog Night – “Joy to the World” is about a wine-drinkin’ bullfrog named Jeremiah, with a speech problem
    R.E.M. – “Man in the Moon” and “The Great Beyond” are about Andy Kaufman
    Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is about… some guy named Jack?
    Donna Summer -“Love To Love You Baby” (The full sixteen minute version sounds like she’s having WAY too much fun!)
    Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
    Pat Benetar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
    Heart – “Magic Man”
    Allman Brothers – “Ramblin’ Man”
    Barbara Streisand – “He Touched Me”
    Elvis – “He Touched Me”
    Crosby Stills & Nash – “Almost Cut My Hair”
    Elton John – “Levon,” “The King Must Die”
    Springsteen – “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
    Roberta Flack – “Killing Me Softly”
    Carly Simon – “You’re So Vain”
    Floyd – “Wish You Were Here,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” are about Syd
    Jill Souble – “I Kissed a Girl” is about… Ooops, wrong list!!
    Kinks – “Lola” (because I just couldn’t resist taunting you, FEd!!)

    1. R.E.M. – “Let Me In” is about Kurt Cobain

      Dan,

      I didn’t know that.

      Speaking about R.E.M., there is also “Monty Got a Raw Deal”. 🙂

    2. The story on “Let Me In” is that Cobain and Mike Stipe had been friends for years, and Stipe could feel that something was going terribly wrong with Cobain. They had plans to make an album together — it was Stipe’s idea as a way to reach out to him. But as Cobain got increasingly depressed, he became increasingly nonreceptive to Stipe’s friendship.

      “Let Me In” is about Mike Stipe trying to help Kurt Cobain, but failing. Because Cobain did not want the help.

    3. Thank you, Dan.

      Kurt Cobain must have been a desperate person.

      I’m sorry they didn’t make that album together. I’m sure it would have been interesting to listen to it.

      Can you imagine its lyrics? 8|

  10. O my. Who said there aren’t enough songs about boys/men/guys?? Here are some more for your guessing pleasure.

    01. Winter nights we sang in tune
    Played inside the months of moon
    Never think of never
    Let this spell last forever

    02. __ _____ what went on in your head
    (oh) __ _____, did you talk to the dead
    Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic
    With the thrill of it all
    You fooled all those people with magic.

    03. Never talking
    Just keeps walking
    Spreading his magic.

    04. Everybody’s hustlin’ just to have a little scene
    When I say we’ll be cool, I think that you know what I mean
    We stood on a beach at sunset, do you remember when?

    05. Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us!

    06. Sun streaking cold, an old man wandering lonely
    Taking time, the only way he knows.
    Leg hurting bad as he bends to pick a dog end
    He goes down to a bog and warms his feet.

    07. The deadly Yellow Snow from right there where the huskies go
    Whereupon I proceeded to take that mitten full
    Of the deadly Yellow Snow Crystals
    And rub it all into his beady little eyes
    With a vigorous circular motion

    And many women would call men this song title….

    08. You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need.
    You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you’re on the street.
    You got to be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed.

    :))

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. And many women would call men this song title….

      08. You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need.
      You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you’re on the street.
      You got to be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed.

      Good call, Andrew. :))

    2. 02. __ _____ what went on in your head
      (oh) __ _____, did you talk to the dead
      Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic
      With the thrill of it all
      You fooled all those people with magic.

      Oh, I just love ‘Mr Crowley’. I have always had a dream of playing the intro on my local church organ. ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ has always been one of my favourite albums.

    3. Ooooops, I put other lyrics for one of yours Andrew, you’ll no doubt recognise which one. 😀

      ash

    4. 06. Sun streaking cold, an old man wandering lonely
      Taking time, the only way he knows.
      Leg hurting bad as he bends to pick a dog end
      He goes down to a bog and warms his feet.

      ‘Aqualung’ by Jethro Tull. Great song.

    5. Andrew, regarding the song Pigs — which is what women say about men — it seems that you’ve met my wife!? She says that all the time! LOL.

  11. Some more songs. 🙂

    “Drinking all night
    Got into a fight
    Well I feel so broke up
    I want to go home”

    “On the wall hung a tall mirror
    Distorted view
    See through baby blue”

    “Lately I’ve been feeling low
    A remedy is what I’m seeking”

    “Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin’ for a train
    And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans”

    Little hint: the last one would have been good for the Independence Day topic, too. New Orleans, California and Kentucky are mentioned in it. 😉

    1. the last one would have been good for the Independence Day topic, too.

      Yes, I did mention it in that topic. 🙂

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    2. The other vehicle isn’t Bobby’s train though. 😉

      Just reminded me of another, ‘I wanna be Bobby’s girl…’

      “Anybody here seen my old friend (…….)?
      Can you tell me where he’s gone?
      I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill,
      With (……..), (…….) and (…..)”

      ash

    3. You are on a roll, Alessandra!

      The last one is the one and only Bobby McGee… major!!

    4. Just reminded me of another, ‘I wanna be Bobby’s girl…’

      Good one, Ash.

      Marcie Blane recorded it originally, but I think Susan Maughan’s version is the one many of us know best. Both from 1962.

      In continuing with the bubblegum theme, here’s one for you (if you don’t know it, or even if you do, click here for a video that’s always worth watching):

      “You’ve been around all night
      And that’s a little long
      You think you’ve got the right
      But I think you’ve got it wrong”

  12. I’ll nibble here just to say Happy Anniversary to Polly and David. Being they share the same anniversary as me and Christine it’s become quite simple to remember theirs.

    Cheers! Perhaps Polly has a song or two in mind for her man today. 🙂

  13. here’s one. it reminds me of a holiday romance!

    can you hear the drums, _______?
    i remember long ago another starry night like this
    in the firelight, _______
    you were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
    i could hear the distant drums
    and sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

  14. The greatest for me is “Comfortably Numb” (PF).

    But I like “Tommy” (Who), “Vegetable Man” (desperate song) and the wonderful “Incarceration of a Flower Child” written by Roger Waters for Syd.

    Have a very nice week end
    diana

    1. Incarceration of a Flower Child.

      It’s positively marvellous.

      Why has Roger Waters never sung this himself?

  15. Here’s an evergreen car’s song: 😀

    “When I take her to the track she really shines______
    She always turns in the fastest times_____
    My four speed dual quad posi-traction_____”

    Try to guess: Who is the Band and the title of song? 8)

    Bye, Hydrea

    1. When I take her to the track she really shines______
      She always turns in the fastest times_____
      My four speed dual quad posi-traction_____

      Hydrea,

      it’s “409”, by The Beach Boys. 🙂

  16. Steven Gerrard is our Captain,
    Steven Gerrard is a Red,
    Steven Gerrard Plays for Liverpool,
    Scouser Born and Bred.

    Then one night in Turkey,
    It was 21 Years to Come,
    With a Liverbird Upon His Chest,
    He Brought the Cup Back Home

    1. :)) Not forgetting my personal favourite (now that Luis Garcia’s gone and I’m still not sure that I’ll ever have a reason to sing the Torres song again):

      Steve Gerrard – Gerrard
      He’ll pass the ball 40 yards
      He’s big and he’s f*cking hard
      Steve Gerrard – Gerrard

      Come on, Red men.

  17. I got a James, Ray, Daniel and Tom – pretty poor.

    “I don’t need no Sunday sermon
    Need no Sunday shoes”

    “Oh she’s a slag and he’s a creep
    She’s a tart, he’s very cheap”

    “He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
    And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much”

    “They love us, don’t they?
    They feed us, won’t they?”

    1. Ah, I recognise your first one now. I knew I knew it.

      “He would sit in some dark corner
      Seemed to melt the shadows with his eyes…”

      The Kinks wrote the following about a boy with the same name:

      “He is the head boy at the school
      He is the captain of the team
      He is so gay and fancy free”

    2. I do like to improve my English with you, Lorraine. 😉

      Your #2:

      But I know he’s a moron, Gordon is a moron
      Gordon is a moron, Gordon is a moron

      Here we go, two three four

      Oh she’s a slag and he’s a creep
      She’s a tart, he’s very cheap
      She is a slut, he thinks he’s tough
      She is a bitch, he is a puff
      Yeah yeah, it’s not fair
      Yeah yeah, it’s not fair

      ‘Jilted John (Gordon Is A Moron)’ :))

  18. I only got three of yours Fed, by Bowie, Elton John and Free.

    Here are a few to have a go at everyone. 🙂

    ” Trudging across the Tundra, mile after mile”

    ” (….), you’re always running here and there
    You feel you’re not wanted anywhere
    If you ever look behind
    And don’t like what you find
    There’s something you should know
    You’ve got a place to go”

    ” The last time I saw (…………) was Detroit in ’68,
    And he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday
    Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe”

    Here is a really, really silly one (and I apologise because maybe only British people will recognise it, though I don’t expect anyone to admit it!) :))

    ” (……)(……),(…..)(…..) riding through the glen,
    (……)(…….),(……)(……) with his band of men,
    Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
    (……)(……), (……)(……),(……)(……)”

    ” Back in school again (………..) plays the fool again
    Teacher gets annoyed
    Wishing to avoid an unpleasant sce-e-e-ene
    She tells (…..) to stay when the class has gone away”

    ash

    1. That would be Robin Hood, of course, riding through the glen with his band of men, all kitted out in fetching Lincoln green.

    2. O Ash, you and I are probably the only ones here who know Nanook. Seems like we would get along quite well when it comes to music.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. #1 is Nanook on his way to St. Alphonso’s, after being provided such wise advice by his mother, but did he listen? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…! :))

    4. As Dan mentioned “some old band called The Beatles”, here’s another of theirs:

      “______ has his barrow in the market place
      Molly is the singer in a band
      ______ says to Molly, ‘Girl, I like your face’
      And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand…”

    5. I didn’t like to admit I knew Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, or that another band, Marmalade, had a bigger hit with it!

      (With any luck I will actually have remembered incorrectly. :)) )

      ash

    6. Yep, all correct. 🙂 The only ones not identified yet are by Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell.

      ash

    7. Desmond! My mental iPod is full of Beatles songs, Fed, you’ll have to do better than that! 😛

    8. ” The last time I saw (…………) was Detroit in ’68,
      And he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday
      Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe”

      “All good dreamers pass this way some day, hiding behind bottles in dark cafes.
      Dark cafes ~ only a dark cocoon before I get my gorgeous wings and fly away.
      Only a phase, these dark cafe days.”

      The Last Time I Saw Richard by Joni Mitchell ~ so good! 🙂

    9. Yep, all correct. 🙂 The only ones not identified yet are by Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell.

      As Gabrielle leaves me with only the Michael Jackson one left to identify, get your hankies out:

      “I’m sure they’d think again
      If they had a friend like Ben”

    10. We had the Robin Hood series on TV here in the U. S. as well. Staring Richard Green. Can’t recall who played Maid Marion unless it was perhaps Glynnis Johns.

      Was Basil Rathbone in it as well?

      Jan

    11. Jan, I hardly remember anything about it, I can see Robin’s face (and the green Fed). I watched it as a child and the theme tune and words are well and truly stuck in my memory. :))

      There have been many more Robins over the years, one of my favourites is the Monty Python one where he brought the poor people lupins!

      Anyone else remember their children sitting attentively for theme tunes and advertisements on TV but playing during the programme? My kids did this and I probably did too. Another interesting thing I learned over the years, children remember things much better if there is a song or rhyme attached.

      Anyone remember which two TV programmes used the William Tell Overture as a theme tune? :)) Aaaaaaargh!

      ash

    12. I don’t recall Robin Hood being in color. The series was back in 55 to 60. Also, I found no names in the cast that I knew except for Richard Green. He was a cutie. Right up there with Richard Todd in my book.

      So I am questioning the seeing of the ‘green’? :v

      Jan

    13. Ash:

      William Tell was used for certain for the Lone Ranger, but don’t recall the other.

      Jan

    14. Jan, you are not going mad, it wasn’t in colour, later Robins and cinema ones were and story books also had Robin and the merry men in green. 😀

      I looked up the Monty Python one. Here is a YouTube clip. Not immediately obvious it’s “Robin”, but watch.

      The William Tell Overture was used for the Lone Ranger, as you said, it was also used for another late 50s programme called The Adventures of William Tell. I expected someone to get that one rather than the Lone (“who was that masked man?”) Ranger, so well remembered, you. 😀

      I dunno about Basil Rathbone, I remember him mainly as a movie star and even then I only remember him as Sherlock Holmes, I think.

      ash

  19. Has anyone yet come up with ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ sung by… to???????!!

    Feeling horribly guilty as I couldn’t post earlier in the week but belated Happy Anniversary wishes to David and Polly and remembering Richard on what would have been his birthday on Wednesday.

    Best wishes to all
    Heather

  20. No one mentioned this one?

    “At night prowling sifting sand
    Hiding around on the ground
    He’ll be found
    When you’re around”

    I just remembered there is also Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”.

    No riddle for this one, its words are too hard to transcribe. 😛

    1. “At night prowling sifting sand
      Hiding around on the ground
      He’ll be found
      When you’re around”

      I just remembered there is also Pink Floyd’s “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”.

      That cat’s something I can’t explain…

      And don’t forget about Seamus the Dog. 🙂

    2. Then of course there is: ‘and it’s high time, Cymbaline’.

      For some reason, Pink Floyd changed the “e” into an “a” on ‘Cymbaline’ but some of the themes in this song coupled with the paraphrased lyrics in ‘Green is the Colour’ have come from Shakespeare’s play.

      Here is a link regarding the Shakespearean play ‘Cymbeline’ and just out of interest here is another link regarding the real Cymbeline – Cunobelinus.

      Sometimes I wonder if Mr Waters was trying to liken himself to Wagner. In ‘Point Me At the Sky’ reference is made to the ‘another Legendary Briton – Hereward the Wake who took refuge on the Isle of Ely. But that is another story.

      So we can see the clearly that ‘Cymbaline’ is a boy. 😀

    3. And don’t forget about Seamus the Dog. 🙂

      Right, FEd!

      It’s not one of my favourite Tom Waits’ songs, but speaking about dogs made me think of the poor Chihuahua Carlos, in the song “Frank’s Wild Years”.

    4. Horrible song, Alessandra. I hope, if there’s any justice in the land of story-telling, that Frank ended up careering off the Hollywood Freeway soon afterwards and was found much later, mangled, in a damp ditch.

      I never quite understood Tom Waits.

    5. Thanks JulieD: Cymbaline isn’t female? Did you feel it? I think the molecules of the universe just shifted. 8|

    6. Horrible song, Alessandra. I hope, if there’s any justice in the land of story-telling, that Frank ended up careering off the Hollywood Freeway soon afterwards and was found much later, mangled, in a damp ditch.

      :)) Yes, that’s exactly what he’d deserve.

      To be sincere, I don’t know Tom Waits’ lyrics well enough to decide if I like them or not.

      As for this song, I once read the lyrics while listening to it, but I couldn’t find the meaning of that sick story.

    7. Thanks JulieD: Cymbaline isn’t female? Did you feel it? I think the molecules of the universe just shifted.

      Excuse me for being a simpleton in this regard, but what do you mean, Sharon? 🙂 Did you think ‘Cymbaline’ was a she?

      ‘Heavy hung a canopy of blue, shade my eyes and I can see you’ is paraphrased from Act 2 Scene 2:

      ‘and would under-peep her lids,
      To see the enclosed lights, now canopied
      Under these windows, white and azure laced
      With blue of heaven’s own tinct.’

      So Mr Waters paraphrased his lyrics from the above in ‘Green is the Colour’ from the play entitled Cymbeline and the song is on the same album as ‘Cymbaline’ coupled with the smokey alters of the said play; it seems that is where he borrowed the title from.

      Iachimo’s symbol is the raven whilst Imogen’s is the Phoenix, etc.

    8. That’s interesting, Julie.

      I guess Shakespeare will always be a big source of inspiration for artists.

    9. ADDENDUM:

      If the lyric: ‘and it’s high time, Cymbaline, please wake me’ made you think that Cymbaline was a she, well, I saw it as this:

      Briton, the sleeping giant, will awaken with King Cymbaline’s help (the said play has a war between Briton and Rome going on). Kind of like a saying from a Richard the Lionheart film: ‘People are sleeping at the moment. When you need us, wake us up and we’ll be there ready to fight’ – very loosely translated as I saw Richard the Lionheart yonks ago and cannot remember the exact wording.

      However, once again, this is only my opinion so it doesn’t really matter. 🙂

    10. There’s a lot of gender-bending in these posts!

      8) It’s too cool to know the origin of those songs! I’m watching the BBC production of Cymbeline now.

      Can anyone here tell me whether the Quixotic-looking windmill on the cover of More contained anything more significant than a holiday frolic? Now there’s a tale of masks, costumes, roles and even gender assumed and exchanged!

    11. Don’t get me started on Dr Strange. I found out his whole background too.

      Anyway, Floyd’s ‘Cymbaline’ had such an impact on me that I even named my daughter after a character in ‘Cymbeline’. I too have the BBC production of the play and to see it live, well, it is absolutely great.

    12. There’s a lot of gender-bending in these posts!

      Does that mean you still think Cymbaline is a girl? I have never heard of a girl by this name before.

      The girl’s name in the film ‘More’ is Estelle. Is that what you mean?

      Here is a link.

    13. JulieD: you misunderstand my observation, I was simply commenting on the gender-bending contained in yours as well as 2 posts commenting on gender!

      Of which “Lola” and “A Boy Named Sue” are included!

      No I believe you! In fact, worried that Dr. Strange might in fact turn out to be female, I looked him up too and now have a magnifying glass on THAT cover!

    14. Apologies for me misunderstanding you, Sharon. I didn’t even think of ‘Lola’. 😀

      Sorry for the delay in responding to you, I just had 6 wonderful “sunny” days in Wales.

      Yes, I know Dr Strange is on the cover of ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ album cover and that he can be found in ‘Strange Tales’ and now his very own ‘Dr Strange’ comics. But I did some research on Dr Strange himself and found out his beginnings, in other words, how he became a mystic. It takes up about two pages, so I shall save it for another day.

  21. When are you going to cut a blues album? It’s about time, don’t you think? You’ve got more feeling in your music and solos than the hair the average person loses down their bathtub drain every morning.

    Please consider it.

  22. Hi from Symi. Such a beautiful and quiet Greek island.

    Can you identify this song by David (beautiful instrumental), named after his first boat in Greece?

    1. Would that be ‘Michael’ in English? 😉

      Hope you are having a wonderful time, Michèle.

    2. Michele Yassou! Opa! Sample the ouzo for me: no more than a sip or I’ll pass out! 😀

    3. Can you identify this song by David (beautiful instrumental), named after his first boat in Greece?

      Hi Michèle!

      That’s “Mihalis”.

      I hope you’re enjoying your holidays. 🙂

  23. Can you identify this song by David (beautiful instrumental), named after his first boat in Greece?

    Male and Greek form of your name?

    ash

  24. “Who’s that stomping all over my face?
    Where’s that silhouette I’m trying to trace?
    Who’s putting sponge in the bells I once rung
    And taking my gypsy before she’s begun
    To singing the meaning of what’s in my mind
    Before I can take home what’s rightfully mine.
    Joinin’ and listenin’ and talkin’ in rhymes
    Stoppin’ the feeling to wait for the times.
    Who’s saying baby that don’t mean a thing
    ’cause nowadays _______ can’t even sing.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “___ _____’s welcome home
    Didn’t last too long.
    He went to work when he’d spent his last dime
    And Sammy took to stealing
    When he got that empty feeling
    For a hundred dollar habit without overtime.
    And the gold rolled through his veins
    Like a thousand railroad trains,
    And eased his mind in the hours that he chose,
    While the kids ran around wearin’ other peoples’ clothes…”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
    _______’s eyes of China blue.
    Colors changing hue,
    morning fields of amber grain.
    Weathered faces lined in pain
    are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.
    And now I understand what you tried to say to me.
    How you suffered for your sanity,
    how you tried to set them free.
    Perhaps they’ll listen now.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Sweet ___ _______
    came in through the window
    in the night when
    the moon was in the yard.
    He took her hand in his
    and shook the long hair
    from his neck and he told her
    she’d been working much too hard.”

    1. I can see a ‘Vincent’ in there.

      I still reckon Picasso got the best deal on songs, all the best parties end with this one.

  25. “Downstairs at _____’s all-star joint
    They got a juke box that goes doyt-doyt;
    The vice is nice, they stay in the back all day
    But when the nighttime comes, hey-hey;
    There’s this cat down there that makes a bad kinda soup
    I come around struttin’ my luck in my shoop coupe;
    _____ gives me coffee
    And he won’t never take my coin;
    I say, ” I got thirty dollars in my pocket!
    Whatcha doin’?”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “______ was a warrior, from the land of the midnight sun
    With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
    The deal was made in Denmark, on a dark and stormy day
    So he set out for Biafra, to join the bloody fray.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Down on Cypress Avenue
    with a childlike vision leaping into view;
    clicking, clacking of a high-heeled shoe
    Ford and Fitzroy, ______ ______.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “_______ wakes you up with sweets,
    He takes you up streets and the rain comes down.
    Sidewalk markets locked up tight
    And umbrellas bright on a gray background.
    There’s oil on the puddles in taffeta patterns
    That run down the drain
    In colored arrangements
    That _______ will change with a stick that he found.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Though ____ was a friend of mine I did not know him long.
    And when I stood myself beside him, I never thought I was as strong.
    Still it seems he stopped his singing in the middle of his song.
    Well, I’m not the one to say I know, but I’m hoping he was wrong.”

  26. Who knows these ones? I love them all. 🙂

    1 – “_____, the two of us need look no more
    We both found what we were looking for”

    2 – “Got the _____ _____ blues
    And the _____ _____ shoes
    And my clothes and my hair’s in a mess”

    3 – Somebody called me _____
    Somebody called me _____
    Love me sublime, mangle my mind, do it in style,
    So we all know, oh yeah!”

    4 – “Non, _____, t’ es pas tout seul
    Mais tu sais qu’ tu m’ fais honte
    A sangloter comme ça
    Bêtement devant tout l’ monde
    Parce qu’une trois quarts putain
    T’a claqué dans les mains.”

    1. 2 – “Got the _____ _____ blues
      And the _____ _____ shoes
      And my clothes and my hair’s in a mess”

      That’s “Bob Dylan Blues”, by Syd Barrett. 🙂

    2. That’s “Bob Dylan Blues”, by Syd Barrett. 🙂

      “…and you know I just couldn’t care less.”

      A lovely, happy song. Who could ever hear it and not smile?

    3. I know the first one but I also sent it in so I can’t have a go at it. 😀

      This has been and is a good fun topic Fed.

      ash

    4. Well, I realise that #4 is too difficult to indentify here, so a clue: Jacques Brel. But what is the song title?

      A challenge for FEd. 😉

    5. A lovely, happy song. Who could ever hear it and not smile?

      I agree, FEd. There are many songs by Syd that really have the power to put me in a good mood.

      I’m thinking, for example, of “Love You”, “Wined And Dined” and “Here I Go”, that are some of my favourites, but there are many others I could mention. 🙂

      Speaking about Syd Barrett, I think Swan Lee (Silas Lang) should be good for this topic, too.

      I once read that Swan Lee was a Native American Indian girl, but I don’t think so, or how do you explain those “his” and “he”?

      “Swan Lee, his boat by the bank in the darkness,
      Loosened the rope in the creek is entwined.
      A feather from the wing of a wild young eagle,
      Pointed to the land where his fortune he’d find”

    6. Speaking about Syd Barrett, I think Swan Lee (Silas Lang) should be good for this topic, too.

      I once read that Swan Lee was a Native American Indian girl, but I don’t think so, or how do you explain those “his” and “he”?

      “Swan Lee, his boat by the bank in the darkness,
      Loosened the rope in the creek is entwined.
      A feather from the wing of a wild young eagle,
      Pointed to the land where his fortune he’d find”

    7. Well, I realise that #4 is too difficult to identify here, so a clue: Jacques Brel. But what is the song title?

      A challenge for FEd. 😉

      OK, I cheated. It’s ‘Jef’ and it’s here. 😛

    8. OK, I cheated. It’s ‘Jef’ and it’s here.

      Bravo!

      For putting the link, not for cheating, that is. :/

  27. Hey, _________ you’re so fine,
    You’re so fine
    You blow my mind.
    Hey __________, Hey _________.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  28. Well, I see that I have a job to catch up with the blog again.

    I haven’t let go of the girls names yet and while listening to Annie Lennox’s Medusa CD was thinking how some of these songs would be good for her to sing with David. Especially ‘No More ‘I Love You’s’. But the think that popped into my head was the theme from ‘Georgie Girl’. Certainly and oldie but a goodie.

    Jan

    (Guess I had better get caught up!)

  29. Favorite song: Wish You Were Here, as it reminds me of my mother, who I lost in 2001.

    Thank you for making music I can feel to.

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