Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Music Guessing Game

These still occasionally make the rounds on Facebook, and I follow along when they do. I'm in the midst of writing a long deep blog for Friday (or maybe Monday... ya know, pretty much whenever I get around to it) so you get another light fluffy game today.

There are 50 lyrics to guess, but, um, several might be kind of impossible. I lost track of how many times I put in a lyric and thought, "Well, NOBODY is going to guess that." So you should all prove me wrong and guess ALL OF THEM before I post the answers next week.

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.

Step 2: Post the first line from the first 50 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing. (I'm actually only using my "Yes, I actually know these songs" playlist because I still have a bunch of songs on my iPod I don't really know and if I post the first line from any of those *I* won't know the answer.)

Step 3: Take the songs off the list when someone guesses both artist and track correctly. (Well, I'm going to just mark them as guessed. I want them to still be available for others to guess.)

Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!

Step 5: If you like the game post your own. (Whatever. You can like it without having to post anything. That's dumb.)

Also, I have a lot of covers. I will give you points if you can guess the song and the original artist, but bonus points if you can guess the cover version for the ones marked with a star.

*1. I thought love was only true in fairy tales.
(guessed by Amber)

2. My heart jumps, it jumps out of my chest 'cause I love you to death.

3. Over time you've healed so much in me that I am living proof that although my darkest hour had come, your love could still shine through.
(What? Why do I even own this song still?)
(guessed by Bekah)

*4. Hey, you with the sorrowful gaze, you'd better start singin' the blues.

5. I've invariably found that feet kept on the ground allow the grass to grow.
(That is a horrible lyric.)

6. I'm sick and tired of working in this hellhole of a place with broken glass and used-up rubbers on the ground.

7. Listen, baby, ain't no mountain high, ain't no valley low, ain't no river wide enough, baby.
(guessed by Amber)

8. I am a force, a source of light, I shine too bright for mere mortals.

9. At the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, my parents keep on telling me just being here is winning.
(show guessed by Bekah and Dad, but not the song)

10. Dragon whiskers, dragon toes, a dragon tooth, and a dragon nose.
(guessed by Bekah and Mom)

11. This song goes out to my good friends, especially the ones I had before the Grammy nominations in 2003.

12. They be like smooth, can you teach me how to dougie?

13. Grabbed the moon, full of hope, fell to earth without rope.

14. Don't be the leaf if you can be the tree, don't be a raindrop if you can be the sea.
(guessed by Bekah and Joel)

15. Lord of all creation, of the water, earth and sky.
(guessed by Amber)

16. I miss you, miss you so bad. I don't forget you, oh, it's so sad.
(Now those are heart-wrenching lyrics, right there.)
(guessed by Naomi)

*17. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
(guessed by Dad)

18. Bohemienne, no one knows where my story begins.

19. My people telling me that you the man that can heal the sick with your healing hand.
(guessed by Sarah)

20. Once upon a dream, we were lost in love's embrace.

21. Do ya need a break from modern livin'? Do ya long to shed your weary load?
(guessed by Bekah)

22. I am nothing, you are wind and water and sky.
(guessed by Naomi)

23. I just wanna be ok, be ok, be ok, I just wanna be ok today.

24. I still take you to bed, but it's the you I'd face instead.

25. I do believe you've laid a curse on North America.
(guessed by Naomi)

*26. Got me looking so crazy right now, your love's got me looking so crazy right now.
(guessed by Amber)

27. Sudden changes surround me, lady luck came and found me.

28. The distant future, the year 2000.

*29. And now I know Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say.

*30. I guess this means you're sorry, you're standing at my door.
(guessed by Amber)

*31. Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel so uninspired.
(guessed by Sarah)

32. Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state, then nearly 14 billion years ago, expansion started, wait.
(guessed by Sam and Naomi)

*33. Ooh, this hot summer has got me down, you can fry an egg on the street.

34. Why do I have to fly over every town up and down the line?

35. Somebody said you better let go 'cause they said so, but I could never let this thing go.

36. If you're standing with your suitcase but you can't step on the train...
(guessed by Sarah)

37. I'm gonna be a mighty king, so enemies, beware!
(guessed by Naomi)

*38. Little baby, pa rum pum pum pum.
(guessed by Dad)

39. This is his lair, I've seen the old fox around.

*40. Why are there so many songs about rainbows?
(guessed by Sarah)

41. There was a time, I don't know when, I didn't have much time for men.

42. When you find yourself in danger, when you're threatened by a stranger, when it looks like you will take a lickin'...
(guessed by Bekah and Dad)

43. So he's holding me in his arms and he's giving me sweet little kisses.

*44. Those schoolgirl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone.
(guessed by Amber)

45. Take a little walk to the end of town and go across the track.

46. If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening all over this land.
(guessed by Dad)

47. I'd been searching for so many years, I was wasting all my time.

48. If my lips ever left my mouth, packed a bag and headed south, that'd be too bad. I'd be so sad.
(guessed by Emma)

49. Two shots of happy, one shot of sad. You think I'm no good, I know I've been bad.

50. I want your body, mind, soul, etc.
(guessed by Amber)


  1. Wow. I recognise exactly one of those and it's a TV show theme tune. (#32)

    I was kinda curious what I'd get for my own collection, so here's a smaller sample of 20. I don't expect people to guess these, though feel free to try if you get bored of Hannah's.

    1. On my heart, the nights are drawing in.
    2. Once upon a lifetime, the spirits of the dark came to kill the beauty of our world.
    3. (instrumental)
    4. Close to insanity, beyond the realms I've been, at darkest places I'm crying "the dragon flies!"
    5. Konning hans han sidder pa Kobenhavn, han lader de lonnebrev skrive, sender han dem til norrejylland, Erik Otteson lover at give.
    6. Shogoh wrach douch gwenoguah! Flumoh guach dough wenooooh!
    7. (instrumental)
    8. Kind of hard, hard to see, when you crawl, on your hands and knees
    9. (instrumental)
    10. Red sun rising, somewhere through the dense fog.
    11. Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run.
    12. You know you're not a strong man, and you're just about to cry.
    13. Mother wept for her son, she wept and sang, anxiously pondered fate, his and her own.
    14. Look into her eyes, do you see what I mean?
    15. It's alright, no need to question. Taste the night, just close your eyes, it just takes one bite.
    16. Don't run our hearts around, don't hit 'em to the ground.
    17. Well General Taylor gained the day. Walk him along, John, carry him along.
    18. Thy castles we shall storm, hierarchy of light is taking form, enemies fall as dawn is born.
    19. Far, far beyond the island, we dwelt in shades of twilight, through dread and weary days, through grief and endless pain.
    20. Iske rauta, synny rauta, synny kuumassa tulessa, iske rauta, nouse maasta, synny povissa luonnotarten.

    a) Many of these were written by non-native speakers and it shows.
    b) Some of these are not English. One is not any language.

    1. Well, don't feel bad, because I don't know any of yours. Oh, except for #9. I sing that one all the time.

      You know at least the *songs* for #17 and #38, right? Even if you don't know the artists?

    2. I know the song for #38, but not #17. I Googled it and I'm pretty sure I've never even heard it.

    3. Whoa. Heh. It's absolutely a holiday music staple here. It's the song that power belting singers do on their Christmas albums when they want to show how awesomely they can hit high notes.

  2. I don't know most of these... but I absolutely love the fact that the "I Love My Lips" song is on here. xD

    1. Oh, I listen to a little bit of everything. And I have more VeggieTales on my iTunes that most people guess. Or... well, no. Probably just about as much as most people guess.

  3. 16. Slipped Away
    22. Unworthy of Your Love
    25. Piddle Twiddle and Resolve
    32. Big Bang Theory Theme Song
    37. I *think* this is 'I just can't wait to be King

    And I have no idea what 48 is, but just the mental images it's drawing in my head are really funny.

    1. Correct on all your guesses (and I'm like 90% sure you know the musical for #29, although it's not one of the more well-known songs). Also, if you don't know #48, you are missing out on a large part of my childhood.

      Je vous presente:

    2. Oooh, now I'm in love with this song.

      Also, knowing that song is from VeggieTales it suddenly makes a lot more sense.

    3. Yes. Although I do have quite a lot of other songs that have similarly bizarre lyrics. (One of my favorites from last year was a little web cartoon song whose opening line was, "I'm a farmer, watch me do a jump off this ramp I just made out of cows.")

  4. 1. I'm a believer by the monkeys
    7. Ain't no mountain high by ?
    15. God of wonders by Chris Tomlin or third day
    26. Crazy in love by Beyonce, covered by glee?
    30. My life would suck with out you by Kelly Clarkson, covered by glee?
    44. To sir with love by ? covererd by glee?
    50. Music again by Adam Lambert

    1. Nice job! #30 and #44 are indeed covered by Glee, but #26 is not. But I'm not requiring people to guess the cover artists as long as they know the song, so you get credit for all of these. :) So glad somebody guessed the Adam Lambert song!

  5. 19 is Raised In Harlem from Hero! The Rock Opera!

  6. 31 is Natural Woman. I'm sure it's a cover you own, but I'm not sure by whom. Maybe Sam? This is Sarah, the girl that sleeps on the couch, btw. I guessed 19 too.

    1. As hilarious as it would be to have Sam Tsui singing that he feels like a natural woman, it's not him. But I'll give you points for guessing the song anyway. I'm glad you identified yourself, although I'm pretty sure you're the only other one who would ever have known Raised in Harlem.

  7. 36 is If You Ever Come Back! Not sure that you have the original by The Script, you probably have the Cameron and Damion cover though. Sarah again.

    1. It is the original, actually. I'm pretty sure I stole the Cameron and Damian cover from you, so I have it as well, but The Script was what played.

  8. 40 is Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie. Though this is probably the Me First and the Gimee Gimee version. Sarah is ON FIRE!

    1. It isn't the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes version. Good guess, though, and you got the song.

  9. Dude, is 46 the John Henry song?

  10. Our family's responses

    Bekah: #3 is Who Am I by Point of Grace
    Micah: #5 makes no sense and isn't even true
    Bekah and me: #9 is from 25th annual putnam county spelling bee. Is it "I'm not that smart?" We don't think so, but it's worth guessing. We'd guess something else, but we're not that smart.
    Bekah and Kate: #10 is from Pete's Dragon, Money, Money, Money
    Bekah and Joel: #14, from Snoopy The Musical, Don't Be Anything Less Than Everything You Can Be
    Me: #17 is O Holy Night, covered by, Oh, I don't know, maybe the Oi Holy Night guy?
    Bekah: #21 from A Goofy Movie, On The Open Road
    me: #22 -- it's been guessed, so I won't guess, but I think it goes really well with #15! Bekah guessed it though.
    me: #38, Little Drummer Boy, covered by who knows, maybe Bowling for Soup?
    me: #40 was already guessed, but it makes me happy/melancholy just to think of the song :-)
    Bekah and me: #42 Superchicken!!!
    me: #46 If I had a hammer. Peter, Paul and Mary?
    me: #48 lol ( = lips on leave, says Bekah)

    1. Micah is correct about #5. Heh. I clearly don't keep that song around for the great lyrics.

      #9 is not "I'm Not That Smart." But if you decided to guess a random song title for the show, you could possibly guess the real one.

      #17 not Oi Holy Night guy, but I'll count the song. Heh.
      (Ditto for #38 - not Bowling For Soup.)

      #22 and #15 are sung with extremely different purposes, heh, so pairing them together makes me laugh quite a lot.

      #42 - I figured ONLY you guys would ever get that one. Hehe.

      #46 - Yup. Peter, Paul and Mary.

  11. Hannah, here are mine after eliminating the 16 pure instrumentals. A couple of others were instrumental covers of songs with words, and I added the lyrics for those, which is sort of cheating perhaps, but I did it anyway.

    A lot of them are really obvious.

    1. I feel the earth move under my feet
    2. Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time
    3. The preparations for your party are parading below me
    4. If you see me walking down the street and I start to cry each time we meet, walk on by
    5. My soul is a-weary, My soul is a-weary, My soul is a-weary, I said my soul is a-weary now
    6. Her name was Lola, She was a showgirl
    7. The splendor of our king, clothed in majesty, let all the earth rejoice
    8. Night and day, you are the one only you 'neath the moon or under the sun
    9. My Baby don't mess around me 'cause she loves me so
    10. Now when the saints go marchin' in, when the saints go marchin' in
    11. Let every good fellow now join in a song
    12. Leise flehen meine Lieder Durch die Nacht zu dir
    13. Wouldn't want to be anybody else, hey
    14. Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high, there's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
    15. As my life goes on I believe somehow, something's changed
    16. Take my hand tonight, We can run so far
    17. Oh the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising
    18. You may not be an angel, 'cause angels are so few
    19. Do me wrong, do me right, tell me lies but hold me tight
    20. I love the summertime, lakes, woods and streams
    21. Lo, how a rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung
    22. Make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh, don't you know everyone wants to laugh
    23. I can't give you anything but love, baby
    24. Now and then I think of when we were together
    25. Oh the boll weevil and the little black bug come from Mexico they say
    26. You give your hand to me, and then you say hello, and I can hardly speak, my heart is beating so
    27. Hey boys and girls, I want you to listen to me, I want to tell you a story you can hardly believe
    28. Just take some loneliness, and add a tear or two, throw in some emptiness, mix til you're bluer than blue
    29. Silent night, holy night
    30. Goodnight my someone, Goodnight my love
    31. I believe you, when you say that you will reach into the sky and steal a star so you can put it on my finger
    32. Ki ni naru no ni kikenai oyogi tsukarete kimi made mukuchi ni naru
    33. I can feel your love shining on me, feels like ecstasy
    34. Corrupt, you're corrupt, bring corruption to all that you touch

    1. Yay! I like when I get to guess these.

      1. I Feel the Earth Move, but I don't know by whom. I don't think I even know who sings it.
      3. Uninvited! From Sleeping Beauty Wakes.
      4. Walk On By, which I'm pretty sure is a Bacharach tune, but I don't know what version you have.
      5. I'm going to hazard a guess that it's called "My Soul Is A-Weary," but I don't actually know it.
      6. Copacabana!
      7. Um... that song. *sings along to remember it* Da da da da... How Great is Our God?
      9. I really thought I knew this, but then I realized I was just singing it to the tune of the verse of "Let's Hear It For the Boy."
      10. ...When the Saints Go Marching In?
      14. Some version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Jane Monheit?

      And then there are a whole bunch I don't know.

      21. Obviously Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, but I don't know who you have singing it.
      22. Make 'Em Laugh. Original version, I'd hope.
      23. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, but I don't know who. All these jazz standards are difficult to guess!
      24. I totally know this one, but I can't think of what it is.
      25. ...Is this Harry Belafonte? I have a vague feeling that I don't know it but can't place it.
      29. Silent Night. By... someone.
      30. Good Night My Someone from The Music Man.
      33. I totally know this one too. But I can't remember it.
      34. Well, this is Take a Bow. Is it by Kevin Max? I think that might have been the only original song on that album. Where did this come from? Haha... I can't imagine Elizabeth would have had it, but maybe she did.

    2. Take a Bow is by Muse originally. One I actually recognised!

      (To be fair, I do know Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Silent Night as well.)

    3. Let's see:
      1. Correct, and not by the original singer (whose version I also own and who, oddly enough, also sang song #2)
      3. Correct
      4. Correct, and it is written by Bacharach
      5. Nope
      6. Correct, by Barry Manilow of course
      7. Correct
      10. Correct
      14 Correct, but not Jane Monheit
      21 Correct
      22 Correct, both song and version (Donald O'Connor)
      23 Correct
      25 Nope, not Belafonte
      29 Correct
      30 Correct, and you probably knew which artist too
      32 Withdrawn from the list: I got the lyrics wrong. I googled the song name and artist and it gave me the (Japanese) lyrics I supplied, but the song is really Indian and I have no idea what the lyrics are.
      34 Correct, and it was the Kevin Max version


      In case multiple choice helps ...

      The artists you got:
      Barry Manilow
      Donald O'Connor
      Kevin Max

      The artists who are left:
      Booker T. (instrumental)
      Budapest Strings with Bela Banfalvi (instrumental)
      Carole King
      Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart
      Celtic Lore (instrumental)
      Christina Grimmie
      Diana Krall
      Diana Krall
      Dizzy Gillespie (instrumental)
      Ed McCurdy
      J.D. McDonald
      James Taylor
      Jonas Brothers
      Karrin Allyson
      Karsh Kale
      Kimberly and Alberto Rivera
      Kristin Chenowith
      Louis Armstrong
      Mannheim Steamroller (instrumental)
      Melody Gardot
      Norman Connors (featuring Antoinette Manganas)
      Phil Perry
      Ray Charles and Diana Krall
      Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis
      Scott Zillmer (Washington Men's Camerata)
      Selena Gomez (don't blame me, it's Elizabeth's)
      Unknown (no name given)

    4. Um... Did Casey and Haley sing I Feel the Earth Move? If not, they should have. I think they would have sounded cool on that.
      And did Carole King sing #2? Because I'm pretty sure I Feel the Earth Move was one of hers.
      I'm gonna guess Diana Krall for Somewhere Over the Rainbow if it's not Jane Monheit.
      Wait, was Good Night My Someone the Kristin Chenoweth version? Because I was going to guess she was the singer of Silent Night. Heh.

    5. C & H: Yes they did and they did sound good.
      CK: Yes she did and yes it was.
      DK: Nope, not her.
      KC: Yes, it was her, so Silent Night wasn't.

      I wouldn't be surprised if you knew the Karrin Allyson one (originally a James Taylor song), the James Taylor one, the Alberto Rivera one, the Christina Grimmie one, either of the Ray Charles duets, maybe Ed McCurdy (if you can remember who he is), maybe the Selena Gomez/Jonas Brothers ones.