Game for May

Well, with apologies for the belated heralding of a new month now that its first week is nearing an end, May is already upon us and, is it just me, or is it hard to believe that we’re fast approaching the mid-point of 2011?

‘The charming month of May, when all the flow’rs were fresh and gay’, wrote Robert Burns. It has also been cheerily described as ‘the merry month of May; so frolic, so gay, and so green’ – by Thomas Dekker. All this gaiety seems to me to be a jolly good excuse to wrap up the week with some token blog silliness – a Game for May, why not? – so I hope you’ll add to the following list of corrupted song titles.

– Beatles, ‘May Jude’
– The Doors, ‘Strange Mays’
– Bob Dylan, ‘May Lady May’
– The Lemonheads, ‘Big May Heart’
– Paul McCartney, ‘May Be I’m Amazed’

Instead perhaps, should you prefer to be serious and celebrate the season’s many natural charms, you could continue the flow’ring theme with choice examples of dainty prose from popular music, the kind of which Messrs Burns and Dekker would likely appreciate. I’m reminded of Donovan’s graceful ‘Lullaby for Spring’:

The chatroom doors will be thrown open today from 2pm (UK), if you’re free to pop in for a natter. Ladies, do wear a flower in your hair for the occasion.

Have a very good weekend, all. See you next week.

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’.

52 thoughts on “Game for May”

  1. A Hard May’s Night – Beatles
    Mays – Kinks
    One of These Mays – Floyd

    Right, now to find a flower… Have a great afternoon, everyone!



  2. How about changing a few ‘mays’ to:

    Faces/Rod – Maggie Will

  3. Rainy May Women #12
    It Ain’t May, Babe
    What Do You Want from May?
    May You
    Speak To May
    May ruined
    Why Does It Always Rain On May?

  4. “When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall …”

    The Bee Gees – ‘First of May’

    All I have to add at the moment. 🙂

  5. Just a quick addition to my “every first of May” song above:

    Simon & Garfunkel’s April Come She Will (“May she will stay, Resting in my arms again”)

    Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now, It’s just a spring clean for the May queen”)

    1. I always think of this when I hear the Aerosmith song (on this occasion the roll is an added bonus).

      ash :))

  6. Anything featuring Nick May-son!

    Best wishes to all and have a good weekend

  7. Sorry Fed and everyone in chat, I got timed out whilst distracted by a neighbour who popped in. 🙂

    I’m hoping to be able to do something for your Game for May Fed, I kept getting carried away on the freedom one and getting angry and sad and serious. Lots of good song suggestions though and some very good reads.


  8. Can’t remember who sung “May Each Day”, was it Andy Williams?


  9. Now that I’ve had my “serious” moment, let me see if I can have some fun!

    May Joe – Jimi Hendrix
    That’ll Be the May – Buddy Holly
    Que Sera Sera – Doris May
    Give Me Novacaine – Green May
    Hero of the May – Metallica
    May Without Rain – Enya
    May, May, My, My – Neil Young
    Mayla – Eric Clapton
    May Bartender – The Blues Brothers
    May You – BTO
    New Year’s May – U2
    Four Season in one May – Crowded House
    Born This May – Lady Gaga
    Just the May You Are – Billy Joel
    May You, May Me – Lionel Ritchie
    Never Can May Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor
    The May City Rollers – Bye, bye May be, May be, bye, bye :))
    Moonlight May – The Beatles
    The Dock of the May — Otis

    Have run out of steam …

    Have a great weekend all.

  10. How about the Jazz standard, “MAY-be, It’s Cold Outside.” Anything from Queen’s Brian MAY. The Beatles, “MAY-be, you can drive my car (And MAY-be I love you!)” Anything from Iron MAYden. Syd, “MAY-be Lemonade.”

  11. Dawning is the May
    Mays of Future Passed
    Never Comes the May

    (I’m in a Moody Blues mood.)

  12. 1) May Be I’m A-May-zed: Paul McCartney
    2) Good May Sunshine: Beatles
    3) Something In the May She Moves: Beatles

    This is good. Need to think of a few more.

    Happy Mother’s May to all the Mama Bloggers. :v

  13. Rod Stewart “Maggie MAY”

    In my church’s hymnal there is a strange song called “MAY I Have This Dance?”

    Clapton “San Francisco MAY Blues”

    Otis Redding “Sittin’ On the Dock of the MAY”

    Anything from the MAY City Rollers

    In Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” there is the line about something being ‘Mellow as the month of May.’ That was not written this year, anywhere near here. It’s been a cold, rainy, windy May so far.

  14. Just an observation…

    Sky Arts this coming Friday (13th) are showing David Gilmour – Remember That Night… (as if we could ever forget).

    At least it will give the DVD a rest for the evening!


  15. By Pink Floyd:
    One Of These Mays
    A Great May For Freedom

    The Beatles :
    Can’t Buy May Love
    Please Please May
    Good May Sunshine
    While May Guitar Gently Weeps

    The Stones :
    Start May Up
    Anybody Seen May Baby
    Get Off Of May Cloud
    Saint Of May

    Jimi Hendrix :
    Rainy May, Dream Away
    The Wind Cries May
    May This Be Love 😉 (Too good to not mention)

    Paul Weller :
    You Do Something To May

    The Who :
    May Generation

    The Eagles :
    Best Of May Love

    U2 :
    Beautiful May

    Michael Jackson :
    The May You Mayke-a-May Feel

    ash :))

    Good fun Fed.

  16. May Joe by Jimi Hendrix 😮

    May You by The Floyd (I know, even worse!)

    May Your Hands On Me by Peter Gabriel OR Lay Your Hands On May by Bon Jovi

    Trouble Every May by Frank Zappa

    Love May Tender by Elvis

    Perfect May by Lou Reed


    You realise this trundles round my head All May and All of the Night… :! And when I wake to Another May in Paradise…

    1. Ash, to borrow a song title from Peter Frampton (or Big Mountain, if you prefer): Baby, I Love Your May. 😉

  17. A Great May for Freedom

    By the way, Happy Mother’s Day to Polly from Mississippi, USA.

  18. “The young people are destroying your way of life. The young people have always done that. Your job is to encourage it, not discourage it.” – Neale Donald Walsch

    hope the right “people” know the difference between “Law” and “Statutes” and “Acts of Parliament” and “consenting” to them in the first place??? 🙂

    hope all’s well at DGHQ FE’d?

    lots of interesting and ever so slightly “esoteric” things for the start of May… not least the Beltane “Festival of Fire” for May 1st (which is why we celebrate that particular day around the “western” world). 😉

    “See Emily May” – Pink Floyd, Piper at the Gates of Dawn


    1. Shame on May, I mean, me. 🙂

      I also forgot:

      – Night and May
      – May Blue Heaven
      – May and May Shadow
      – You Make May Feel So Young
      – Let May Try Again

  19. – ‘No May’, David Gilmour
    – ‘May-be Lemonade’, Syd Barrett
    – ‘On That May’, Leonard Cohen
    – ‘May, May, May’, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
    – ‘May Of Light’, Madonna
    – ‘Maydream’, Wallace Collection
    – ‘Happy Mays’, Simon 😉

    And don’t forget our idiom: “En Mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît” – Yippee!

  20. ‘Maymay’, written by Nick Laird-Clowes and David a few years ago to accompany a Greenpeace documentary, I think…

  21. It was so funny to read all the comments above. :))

    Some more songs:

    Pink Floyd – The Happiest Mays of Our Lives
    Pink Floyd – The Narrow May
    R.E.M. – Maysleeper
    The Beach Boys – Add Some Music To Your May
    The Beach Boys – A May in the Life of a Tree
    Elton John – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on May
    Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Damn May
    Nirvana – Something in the May
    Genesis – Your Own Special May
    The Who – Love, Reign o’er May
    The Who – See May, Feel May

  22. May 4 is a big day for Star Wars fans as…”May The Fourth Be With You.”

  23. What? No one remembers this classic?

    The Happiest Mays of Our Lives

    And then the opposite for some would be the Soundgarden song:

    Fell on Black Mays.

    Also, Van Halen had Judgement Mays and Tesla had the Modern May Cowboy.

    And for Michèle there is Bastille May by Rush.



    1. ‘Bastille May’ sounds perfect to May. May-rci, Andrew. 😛

      May-be you will celebrate our Bastille May in New York this year? 😉

  24. Here’s an A2Z I’ve MAYed up…

    AMAYzing Grace – Judy Collins
    Bend MAY, Shape MAY – Amen Corner
    Come What MAY – Vicky Leandros
    Don’t Leave Me This MAY – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
    Every Time You Go in MAY – Paul Young
    From MAY To You – The Beatles
    Give MAY Just A Little More Time – Chairman Of The Board
    Hit MAY With Your Rythmn Stick – Ian Drury & The Blockheads
    I’MAY Man – Chicago
    JamMAYng – Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Kiss MAY Honey Honey Kiss MAY – Dame Shirley Bassey
    Let MAY Love Open The Door – Pete Townsend
    MAYbe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
    No MAY – David Gilmour
    Only MAY Is Up – Yazz
    Point MAY At The Sky – Pink Floyd
    Queen – Don’t Stop MAY Now
    Rocky Mountain MAY – Joe Walsh
    She MAYkes My Day – Robert Palmer
    Too Busy Thinking About MAY Baby – Marvin Gaye
    Unchain MAY Heart – Joe Cocker
    Visage- Fade To MAY
    We MAY Never Pass This Way Again – Seals & Crofts
    XTC – MAYking Plans For Nigel
    You MAYke Me Feel Mighty Real – Sylvester
    ZZ Top – GimMAY All Your Lovin’

  25. Not song/music related but it made my May when I read it:

    May 4th is Star Wars day, because “May the fourth be with you” :)) :))

    Best regards


  26. Aretha Franklin – Oh Happy May
    The Rolling Stones – Start May Up
    Led Zeppelin – May May What Can I Do
    The Beatles – With a Little Help from May Friends
    Jefferson Airplane – May Best Friend
    Nick Laird-Clowes and David – Maymay :))

  27. Off topic …

    New York-born singer, songwriter and guitarist John Walker died on Saturday – age 67. According to his assistant, he had liver cancer.

    John [Maus] was the founder of the 1960s group The Walker Brothers, who performed “Make It Easy on Yourself,” “Love Her,” “My Ship is Comin’ In” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine [Any More.]” (which was the feature of our topic on “Musical Brothers”).


  28. Beatles ~ A Hard Mays Night, May Tripper, Eight Mays a Week
    Monkees ~ Maydream Believer
    ? artist ~ Maybe Maybe Don’t Get Hooked on Me

    In the lyrics:
    ELP, C’est la Vie – ‘Do you live from May to May, Is there no song I can play for you, C’est la Vie.

    ‘One of these Mays I’m going to cut you into little pieces’.
    Fearless – ‘I’ll climb the hill in my own may, just wait a while for the right may’.


  29. ‘May Oh May’, Bryan Ferry

    Does David play guitar on this one? I think so.

    A few weeks ago, I heard that Bryan Ferry had been hospitalised after falling seriously ill before a show. I hope he is doing better now.

  30. Just listened to Magna Carta’s Lord of the MaYges. 8|

    How about Fleetwood Mac’s You Can Go Your Own May or Aerosmith’s AmaYzing?

  31. Foo Fighters:
    -May Hero
    -May Johnny Park
    -New May Home

    Deep Purple:
    -May be I am a Leo
    -High May Star

    Guns and Roses:
    -May Michelle
    -Don’t May

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