Second lines

A wee quiz to kick off the week and perhaps momentarily divert your mind from impending transfers of star players to clubs you most strongly detest, as well as that horrid little word that will be mentioned time and time again today: tax.

It’s second lines of song lyrics; the first would obviously give away the song title, which would not do. Can you identify the song from a solitary line? Please also offer up a few for others to ponder over and, hopefully, recognise. Keep us all distracted from the nauseating torture that is, for some of us, 31 January.

Happy Birthday to Phil Manzanera, who celebrates today. In tribute, here’s Roxy Music and the gorgeously groovy ‘Amazona’ – from 1973’s Stranded album.

Good year, 1973. Unlike 1976. (Sorry, but you were unable to convince me that, on reflection and on the whole, the year’s musical output was anything above ‘half-decent’, but thank you for trying and for reminding me of the highlights I’d overlooked. We’ll focus on the Eighties next time. That ought to make 1976 look remarkably better in an instant.)

So, those songs that need identifying today, if you please:

01. Do you miss me tonight?
02. The girl who once had me down
03. …that I wish you saw, sarcastic Mr Know-it-all
04. Anyway, I’d like to try; I can’t stop thinking of you
05. …that leads to your door will never disappear
06. Lately things just don’t seem the same
07. Watch it now, ’cause
08. Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
09. Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to money then you die
10. And freedom tastes of reality

This week’s chat is on Thursday at 3pm (UK). Hope to see you there.


  1. NewYorkDan

    #2: The Stones – “Under My Thumb”
    #10: The Who – “I’m Free”
    #5: The Beatles – “The Long and Winding Road”
    #3: Red Hot Chili Peppers – I didn’t know the name of the song

    I cannot identify the rest. Here, though, are some second lines to act as fodder for thought:

    01: I got an invitation to make a reservation
    02: Bye-bye happiness, hello loneliness
    03: Why don’t you come to your senses
    04: Had a wooden leg

    • Michael Kelly

      I can only identify the obvious one. #4 is Corporal Clegg.

      These are hard, man.

    • ash

      And an Eagles song. 😀

      Dan, I was hoping to catch you in the chat room last week to apologise for not sending you Birthday Greetings on the day. Hanging head in shame, I hadn’t checked the calendar. :v


    • FEd

      FEd, I should think you would recognize #4 on my list here.

      😛 I did. I’ve got a blog post about characters in songs coming up one of these days, so I thought I’d keep schtum.

    • KenF

      Here’s me thinking that #4 was ‘Jake The Peg’. D’oh…

      Thanks for putting me right, Alessandra.

      I’ll get me coat. 8|

    • NewYorkDan

      No one even guessed at my #01 and #03 above:

      #01 is The Beatles – “Magical Mystery Tour”

      #03 is The Eagles – “Desperado”

  2. Diamond (of Myztery)

    #1 is from “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Roy Turk and Lou Handman and sung by Elvis Presley. Thank you very much… 8)

    – Diamond, from the band Myztery

  3. lorraine

    As chance would have it we were at the Roxy Music concert in Glasgow last Thursday. Absolutely brilliant it was too. They done the most amazing version of ‘Like A Hurricane’. Phil even conducted a (not so) little choir at the front of the stalls chanting “Roxy, Roxy…”. Great band, great show and very sparkly shoes.

    Without cheating:

    – Long and Winding Road
    – Are You Lonesome Tonight
    – Bitter Sweet Symphony

    A few others:

    – It’s coming!
    – A fabulous creation
    – It’s that time of year again, I can taste the air
    – People think I’m insane because I am frowning all the time

    • FEd

      Well, I hear Stereophonics and ‘Local Boy in the Photograph’:

      “There’s no mistake
      I smell that smell
      It’s that time of year again
      I can taste the air”

      Love that track.

    • tim_c

      Nice to see that people’s lists include a few foibles.

      Bound to see Wee Kelly in there, but I think Paranoid is possibly a bit harsh. 😛

  4. tim_c

    I think the point of this game is not to use Google, so my offering is a bit thin.

    No 10 – The Who, “I’m Free” (Not Mr Humpreys, by the way) from Thomas the Rock Opera
    No 9 – The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony”
    No 6 – Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”
    No 5 – The Beatles, “The Long and Winding Road”

    This one leaves me in a little doubt about where the 2nd line ends and the third begins?

    No 8 – Beach Boys, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

    Hmm, I seem better at the second half … must be the Man U fan in me. 😀

    Can anyone place these little gems?

    – “He buzzes like a fridge, he’s like a de-tuned radio”
    – “The line that’s drawn between the good and the bad”

    And for the sheer randomness of it, up next on iTunes, DJ ….

    “Long black line of cars snakin’ slow through town”

    • FEd

      “He buzzes like a fridge, he’s like a de-tuned radio”

      I know it’s Radiohead. Good lyric, that.

    • Michèle

      “The line that’s drawn between the good and the bad”

      My favourite Deep Purple song, ‘Child In Time’.

      One for you: It really makes life a drag, I don’t think that’s right.

  5. Michèle

    Four songs to identify:

    1 – You should not treat me like a stranger
    2 – Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me?
    3 – It’s easy if you try
    4 – These are words that go together well

  6. lisa

    Hello FEd,

    08. Beach boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
    09. The Verve -Bittersweet Symphony

    One to think about…

    ‘If you told me all the lies I might deserve’

    Still think 1976 was OK really. People were being more creative ‘then’, LOL.


  7. Jill Racine

    I got three without using my magnificent Google-fu.

    5. The Long and Winding Road, The Beatles

    8. Wouldn’t It Be Nice, The Beach Boys

    10 I’m Free, The Who

  8. Taki

    … when I started this post it was still yesterday in my timezone, but internet (or my laptop) seem to be very slow today.

    Anyway: happy birthday Phil Manzanera and thanks for some very fine pieces of music. I love Amazona, too, FEd. I first heard it when I bought “The Music 1972-2008” from his homepage, which I’d suggest to all fellow bloggers to do.

    The quiz was really a quick one for me: I didn’t recognise a single song. :(

    Best regards


  9. Alessandra

    03. RHCP – Scar Tissue
    06. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
    08. The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice

    My second lines:

    01. Like a drunk in a midnight choir
    02. Now face North
    03. When I speak a piece of my mind
    04. To her place near the river
    05. Thought that was a good solution
    06. Don’t be afraid to care
    07. With tiny eyes and great big trunk
    08. And you’ve got two mirrors in your hand
    09. I gave all I could, but it left me so sore
    10. Who am I to disagree?

    • FEd

      I see Syd Barrett (#7), Jefferson Airplane (#8) and… two by Leonard Cohen (#1 and #4)?

      Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
      You can hear the boats go by
      You can spend the night beside her
      And you know that she’s half crazy
      But that’s why you want to be there

      One of my favourites.

    • Alessandra

      You guessed. :)

      “Suzanne” is also one of my favourites.

      I can’t believe you didn’t recognize #6. Maybe it’s because you consider that as the third line, instead of the second… or maybe because it’s actually the third? 😐

    • FEd

      I can’t believe you didn’t recognize #6. Maybe it’s because you consider that as the third line, instead of the second… or maybe because it’s actually the third? 😐

      Duh. It’s Pink Floyd and ‘Breathe’, of course. (Sorry, boss.)

      #5 is Tori Amos and ‘Cornflake Girl’. That was a good one.

  10. frank par

    1) Had a wierd hobby.

    2) Workin’ for the man every night and day.

    3) And Tuesday’s just as bad.

    4) And you know what I mean.

    5) Heaven from hell.

    Tough ones you had Fed. Hope you get some of these, especially #3, LOL.

    • FEd

      :)) Good one, Frank.

      “They call it Stormy Monday
      But Tuesday’s just as bad
      Wednesday’s worse
      and Thursday’s also sad”

      I couldn’t agree more.

    • FEd

      We’ve just been discussing it in the chatroom, Frank, and I reckon #4 is ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by the Beatles.

      Am I right and, if so, what do I win? It’s money, isn’t it?

  11. ash

    I got Elvis, Beatles, and Purple Haze.

    Aaaaargh, I didn’t recognise the Stones. :v I expect they’ll expel me from their fan club now.


  12. Michèle

    Will you reveal to us #7 ? Or maybe give us a clue? Yes, please, a clue would be more fun than the answer.

    Google didn’t seem to help anyone on that one… and Google doesn’t give clues either… 😉

    • FEd

      I knew that #7 would prove troublesome. It’s an early one by The Hollies, if that helps.

      Also, Whitesnake had a song with the same name. One of those that’s played on Planet Rock daily.

    • Michèle

      ‘Here I Go Again’!!! Oui? But you wanted to get us into trouble, didn’t you? I saw that the second line is Watch ME now, ’cause. No?

    • tim_c

      As the Hollies didn’t record “Fool For Your Loving’ (I hope) this has to be “Here I Go Again”.

  13. Pete - Coventry

    1976 may not have been a good year for songs but it was a great year for sunshine.

    I did Knebworth that year (Rolling Stones topped the bill when they eventually found their way to the stage) and I slept under the stars there for a few nights.

    I clearly remember being handed a free ‘Sounds’ magazine on the way into the venue and reading an article on the pub rock scene at that time and how a band called The Sex Pistols and the 101’s (just renamed The Clash) were making waves in London.

    I also remember getting home from Knebworth and my Mum had kept an aerial photo of the gig/crowd from her News of the World – ‘whereabouts were you then’ she asked. Not easy to spot yourself in a crowd of 200,000.

    The year before at Knebworth a band called Pink Floyd had played. I enjoyed it but I think it is fair to say that it was not there greatest gig.

    • ash

      Hiya Pete,

      Graham and myself were discussing Knebworth in the previous post. 😀 You were there too! I was the one with the jeans shorts and the long black hair. 😛

      I loved it. I thought it was amazing. Compared to what the Floyd have at their disposal and could do today, yes, it wasn’t their best gig. But compared to other bands at festivals/of the time and the dreadful sound (when the PA worked!) at festivals (even today), and those Spitfires, it was just incredible. I can’t recall another band of the time putting on such a spectacular show. Genesis, well Peter Gabriel mostly, gave us quite a bit of theatrics and there were odd nutters biting heads off chickens, but the Floyd… something else.

      How are you Pete? Hope you and the family are well. :)


    • Pete - Coventry

      Hi Ash,

      things still going in the right direction, ta!

      Knebworth 75 – of course that’s where I remember you from.

      I did make a return visit 1979/80-ish when Led Zeppelin played there. In fact I seemed to remember that they played 2 consecutive weekends there.

  14. Ralph

    It is past midnight here and February 3.

    Happy Birthday, Ash! Have a wonderful day.

    Waves to the gang.

  15. Bruce

    Happy Birthdsay Ash and Phil!!

    – You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
    – and both have said it all
    – and deep beneath the rolling waves in labyrinths of coral caves
    – and I reach out and touch your face, this earthly heaven is enough for me
    – circles thinning out his time

    Brrrrr… It’s cold outside but warm in here.

  16. Manukgr

    #3 RHCP- Scar Tissue
    #9 The Verve-Bittersweet Symphony

    I can’t remember the rest although I’ve heard most of them!