Lyric Quiz Friday – The Sun-Kissed Skin Edition Friday, Aug 5 2011 

It’s Monday night as I prep this quiz, ahead of my girls’ trip to the Virgin Islands!  To psych myself up further, and distract from my 3:00 a.m. wake-up time, I decided to prepare the quiz early so it’s queued for publishing.  All lyrics below contain the word “beach.”  Simple enough?  Good.  Hope you are having a great Friday wherever you might be.

Friday Lyric Quiz #434

1.  “Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by out on 441, like waves crashing on the beach” (mid-70s)

2. “I still recall the walks along the beaches, and the way your hair would glisten in the sun” (late 80s)

3.  “They’re lyin’ on the beach perpetratin’ a tan so that a brother with the money can be their man” (late 80s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday Number 433, The Suitcase-Packing Edition Friday, Jul 29 2011 

Here’s the thing about music – it can catch you and throw you off your guard when you least expect it.  Songs you used to hate, you grow to appreciate; songs that were once your favorite become as tired as your first pair of Keds.  And then there are the songs that can still stop you in your tracks and make you smile or conjure a memory, no matter where you are or what you’re experiencing.  So, I’m just waxing poetic and nostalgic here because the hodgepodge of 10 songs below … are totally random and I don’t even like any of them that much.  Except for number 6.  Always a winner.  Happy Friday, everyone.

Friday Lyric Quiz #433

1.  “Love is in the water, love is in the air, show me where to look, tell me will love be there” (mid-90s)

2. “People keep talking, they can say what they like. But all I know is, everything’s gonna be alright” (late 2010s)

3.  “Well my girl’s in the next room, sometimes I wish she was you” (mid-00s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 432, The Doublemint Twins Edition Friday, Jul 22 2011 

So I took last week off as we had guests in town and I failed to plan. So this week I bring you 20 lyrics to guess, but there’s a catch.  There are 20 different songs quoted below, but only 10 titles.  So the songs are in scattered pairs, such as Love Song (The Cure and Tesla) only not that example, because what fun would that be?  Have fun, everyone, and try to stay cool.

Friday Lyric Quiz #432

1.  “Who’s gonna plug their ears when you scream?” (mid-80s)

2. “Here we go again, I feel the chemicals kicking in” (early 2010s)

3.  “I want you to notice when I’m not around” (early 90s)  (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 431. The Relaxing Weekend Edition. Friday, Jul 8 2011 

To quote the imitable Rebecca Black, “It’s Friday!”  And I am tired with little creativity for banter.  Have fun with the quiz, y’all, and stay cool. It’s tricky to rock a rhyme to rock a rhyme that’s right on time, it’s tricky.

Friday Lyric Quiz #431

1. “Feels so good to be bad, not worth the aftermath, after that” (late 2000s)

2. “I rather rage than sit around and wait all day. Don’t get me wrong, I just need some time to play-ay” (early 2010s)

3. “Talking to herself there`s no one else who needs to know” (mid-90s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 430 – The “U.S.A.!” Edition Friday, Jul 1 2011 

Happy Independence Day weekend, all!  In observation, all of today’s lyrics come from songs named after American cities or regions. Celebrate safely, and remember this weekend is when eye surgeons get the most emergency calls.  Be careful out there.

Friday Lyric Quiz #430

1. “On some solitary rock a desperate lover left his mark baby, I’ve changed please, come back” (early 90s)

2. “I am still dreaming of your face, hungry and hollow for All the things you took away” (mid-90s)

3. “Don`t get me wrong Chi-town got it going on, and New York is the city that we know don`t sleep” (late 90s)

4. “But all the towns and people Seem to fade into a bad dream And the steel rails still ain’t heard the news” (early 70s)

5. “Never skipped a beat, nah While cooling on South street” (early 90s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 429 The “Get Used To It!” Edition Friday, Jun 24 2011 

My most loyal lyric-quiz reader, RJ, pointed out that I didn’t supply the answers for the week of June 10th.  Yikes.  I’m glad someone was paying attention. They are attached at the bottom below last week’s answers, or should I say (answers).

It’s another theme this week to celebrate gay pride weekend across the world.  All of today’s artists include at least one member who is openly LGBT.  Cheers to all!

Friday Lyric Quiz #429

1. “What religion or reason could drive a man to forsake his lover” (late 80s)

2.  “She’s into new sensations, new kicks in the candlelight” (late 90s)

3.  “I need you in my blood I am forsaking all the rest”  (mid-90s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday – Number 428 – The “I Wanna Hold You In Parentheses” Edition Friday, Jun 17 2011 

Parentheses are the better-known cousin of the em dash.  They imply something that is worth stating (but not quite as worth stating as the non-parenthetical text).  Or they add an extra element of information – one that you are only supposed to sort of care about.

So what makes a songwriter decide that part of the title – the TITLE, the very identity of a song – is second to another part?  Maybe because it’s an alternate title entirely.  Maybe it’s a marketing ploy when the parenthetical phrase is more recognizable than its counterpart?  Am I talking about grammar and philosophy?  Let’s get to the quiz.  Ten song titles, all of which have parenthetical elements.

Friday Lyric Quiz #428

1. “Getting sold second hand, that’s how it goes playing in a band” (mid-70s)

2.  “And when the money, comes in for the work I do, I’ll pass almost every penny on to you” (early 90s)

3.  “Don’t step out of this house if that’s the clothes you’re gonna wear”  (mid-80s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 427 – The SPF 70 Edition Friday, Jun 10 2011 

Hi friends – it’s off to hang out with the high-school group of BFFs today – thanks to JPJK for being the generous and enthusiastic host. Think The Big Chill without the Vietnam undertones, the infidelity, the death, or the kid in the bathtub.  So basically, think dancing around in a kitchen and drinking.  So that’s what’s new with me – here’s 10 random lyrics for you.

Friday Lyric Quiz #427

1. “Check the mirror, looking fly, round up my posse, jump in my ride” (late 80s)

2. “I’m putting on my shades to cover up my eyes, I’m jumpin’ in my ride, I’m heading out tonight” (early 2010s)

3. “On the ice blue line of insanity Is a place most never see” (early 80s) (more…)

Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 426 – The Apple Pucker Edition Friday, Jun 3 2011 

“What’s with these homies dissing my girl?”  A greater first line in music has never been written.  As for Weezer, it was all downhill from there. First lines are fun, though.  They set the stage of irony, earnestness, or ridiculousness. Here’s to some great first lines in rock history!  This may be the easiest lyric quiz you take … until the next first-line lyric quiz.

Friday Lyric Quiz #426

1. “You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met you” (early 80s)

2. “Well it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go, cat, go” (mid- 50s)

3. “Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years” (early 90s)

4. “I guess I shoulda known by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldn’t last” (early 80s)

5. “Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street” (late 70s)

6. “I may not always love you, but long as there are stars above you'” (mid-60s)

7. “Could you whisper in my ear, the things you wanna feel” (late 90s)

8. “I, I will be king. And you, you will be queen.” (late 70s)

9. “The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload” (early 80s)

10. “Friday night I crashed your party, Saturday I said I’m sorry” (early 80s)

Answers, Friday Lyric Quiz #425

1. “I’m living for the only thing I know, I’m running and not quite sure where to go” (early 2000s)
Hanging By a Moment, Lifehouse

2. “Rocking in the dance hall moving with you dancing in the night in the middle of June” (late 2000s)
Say Hey (I Love You), Michael Franti

3. “Cause you feel like paradise, and I need a vacation tonight” (early 2010s)
Hold It Against Me, Britney Spears

4. “Wanna put my arms around you, feel your breath in my ear, you can bend me, you can break me but you’d better stand clear” (early 80s)
Crumblin Down, John Cougar Mellencamp

5. “Alone between the sheets, only brings exasperation” (early 80s)
Overkill, Men at Work

6. “You’ve got the most unbelievable blue eyes I’ve ever seen. You’ve got me almost melting away'” (mid-90s)
I Love You Always Forever, Donna Lewis

7. “I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed ’cause you broke all your promises” (early 2010s)
Jar of Hearts, Christina Perri

8. “You’ve got a new horizon it’s ephemeral style. A melancholy town where we never smile.” (mid-2000s)
Feel Good Inc., Gorillaz

9. “You can tell from the lines on her face, you can see that she’s been there” (late 80s)
Another Day in Paradise, Phil Collins

10. “What did you expect to find – was there something you left behind?” (early 2000s)
Hemorrhage (In My Hands), Fuel

Lyric Quiz Friday, #425 – The Wintry May Edition Friday, May 27 2011 

Friends and readers – happy long weekend to the large majority of you who are cruising into the Memorial Day holiday.  One wouldn’t know it, of course, with these unseasonably cool temperatures blanketing most of the nation.  Since you may be staying indoors for part of the weekend, take the lyric quiz.  It’s a potpourri.

Friday Lyric Quiz #425

1. “I’m living for the only thing I know, I’m running and not quite sure where to go” (early 2000s)

2. “Rocking in the dance hall moving with you dancing in the night in the middle of June” (late 2000s)

3. “Cause you feel like paradise, and I need a vacation tonight” (early 2010s) (more…)

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