Non-rap examples of lyrics where the artist refers to him/herself by name

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These sort of mentions are obviously a dime a dozen in rap, because lyrics where the subject is the rapper (or his artist persona) are very common there... But I can't think of too many examples in other genres where the vocalist would refer to him/herself by name (either real or artist name). In fact, of the top off my head the only song I can name that does this Freddie Mercury's "Mr. Bad Guy":

Mr. Bad Guy, yes, I'm everybody's Mr. Bad Guy
Can't you see, I'm Mr. Mercury?

I think there was also some recent Madonna song that did this? Any other examples?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:25 (two years ago) link

it's britney bitch

1staethyr, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:26 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXj3Oz8kWRU

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:29 (two years ago) link

Oh, how could I've forgotten about that?!

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:33 (two years ago) link

Besides Freddie Mercury, the other examples mentioned seemed to have been inspired by rap music, no? "My Name Is Prince" is practically a rap tune, if you think about it.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:34 (two years ago) link

But speaking of Prince, I forgot he already did that in 1982 on "Private Joy":

I strangled Valentino
Been mine ever since
If anybody asks you
You belong to Prince

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:36 (two years ago) link

"And all my friends just might ask me, they say 'Martin, one day you'll find true love' . . . I say 'Maybe' . . ."

jon123, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:43 (two years ago) link

Which Martin is that?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:09 (two years ago) link

Hotel rooms and motorways
Life out here is raw
But we'll never stop we'll never quit
Cos we're Metallica

chap, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:13 (two years ago) link

There has to be a lot of these

"You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy"

(... that's Dylan, for Tuomas' information)

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:17 (two years ago) link

"And when I get excited
My little China girl says
"Oh, Jimmy, just you shut your mouth"
She says, "Shh""

(Iggy)

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:18 (two years ago) link

"But this is Phil talking, I want to tell you what I've found to be true"

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:18 (two years ago) link

When I was seventeen (tell us about it Green)
There was a world to know about (check it out)
Everyday she'd call me (what'd she say?)
Is it over yet? Do you love me?

woke cop, boo! (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:21 (two years ago) link

"Sincerely, L. Cohen"

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:24 (two years ago) link

"And no-one's getting fat except Mama Cass"

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:26 (two years ago) link

When I was seventeen (tell us about it Green)

This sounds like the choir/background singers are using the name, not the artist himself?

Also, could you please name the artist and song, not just quote the lyrics? Thanks!

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:28 (two years ago) link

Black Box Recorder - Andrew Ridgeley

This is Sarah Nixey talking...

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:28 (two years ago) link

My three:

Love Action - Human League
Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
Creeque Alley - Mamas & The Papas

Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:30 (two years ago) link

it is the background singers, but since Green Gartside (we assume) wrote the lyric, he's effectively calling back to himself - it's Scritti Politti's "Overnite"

Nick Drake used the same trick - backing choir talking back to him about himself - on "Poor Boy"

woke cop, boo! (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:31 (two years ago) link

The Tragically Hip - "New Orleans Is Sinking":
"Sometimes I feel so good I got to scream
She said 'Gordie, baby, I know exactly what you mean'"

Spiritual Hat Minimalism (Sund4r), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:47 (two years ago) link

Too Much Joy - the Otter Song

I wanna be Tim Otter Quirk

how's life, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:52 (two years ago) link

Numerous Bo Diddley tracks. Almost as many Bootsy Collins tracks.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:54 (two years ago) link

"I'm just a dead boy
You know that I'm just a dead boy
I wanna be a dead boy
I'll die for you, if you want me to"

earlnash, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:55 (two years ago) link

One of Kevin Rowland's regular moves in Dexy's, eg Kevin Rowland's 13th time ("My name is Kevin Rowland and I'm the leader of this band"), plus a few others where he berates/encourages himself, like Keep It pt.2.

woof, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:56 (two years ago) link

Sly & the Family Stone, "Life"

"You might be scared of something
Look at Mr. Stewart
He's the only person he has to fear"

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 11:58 (two years ago) link

Another Cohen one, from "Ballad of the Absent Mare":

But my darling says
"Leonard, just let it go by
That old silhouette
on the great western sky"
So I pick out a tune
and they move right along
and they're gone like the smoke
and they're gone like this song

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 12:07 (two years ago) link

Al Stewart, "You Should Have Listened To Al"

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 12:10 (two years ago) link

Jens Lekman's "A Postcard to Nina" where he sings "yours truly, Jens Lekman"

Iain Mew (if), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 12:12 (two years ago) link

"Which Martin is that?"

Martin Fry from ABC, The Look of Love.

jon123, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 12:58 (two years ago) link

it is the background singers, but since Green Gartside (we assume) wrote the lyric, he's effectively calling back to himself - it's Scritti Politti's "Overnite"

Nick Drake used the same trick - backing choir talking back to him about himself - on "Poor Boy"

Conceptually it's still way different, your example clearly is meant to emulate the sort of call-and-response routine that's common on live gigs, the name isn't part of the narrative within the lyrics rather than the context of the live performance (even if the recording isn't really live). This sort of name-calling is common in non-rap music too, but I was more interested in cases where the artist name is part of the lyrical narrative.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:23 (two years ago) link

"And then my mom came in and I didn't even know she was there she called my name / And I didn't even hear it, and then she started screaming: MIKE! MIKE!"
(Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized)

Not sure you were looking for this either, but it's an example of a subcategory identified in this thread where it's not so much the singers talking about themselves (as in "It's Britney, bitch" or "This is Phil/Sarah Nixey talking") but a second or third person being evoked talking to the singer/writer (as in "they say, Martin..." or "She said, 'Gordie, baby'...") - still both are different from the call-and-response.

dorsalstop, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:26 (two years ago) link

That's correct. Here's another:

"Then he showed me his house
It was as big as a star
He said to me, "Patrick
What d'you think so far?""

("The Devil Came A-Calling", Prefab Sprout)

Tim, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:39 (two years ago) link

My Life Is Good by Randy Newman:

He said, "Rand, I'm tired
How would *you* like to be the Boss for awhile?"

soref, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:44 (two years ago) link

There has to be a lot of these

"You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy"

(... that's Dylan, for Tuomas' information)

― The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, December 7, 2016 6:17 AM (two hours ago)

disqualified because didn't someone once say that Dylan is a rapper

memories of a cruller (unregistered), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:46 (two years ago) link

"She walks up to me, makes the sign of the cross and says, Julian H. Cope, you're a real dead loss"

doug watson, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:49 (two years ago) link

David Wiffen - Mr. Wiffen (Is Incommunicado Today)

Harry Belafonte's cover of this song is confusing because keeps the original title but changes the lyric to "Mr. Harry".

memories of a cruller (unregistered), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:50 (two years ago) link

there's a few Jake Thackray songs where he does this, I guess french chanson style stuff is another genre where it's fairly common?

Your rosebuds are numbered
Gather them now for rosebuds' sake
And if your hands aren't too encumbered
Gather a bud or two for Jake

So let this be understood
That our family name is mud
Our sheep are black, our cheques are dud
But we survive, we're alive so it's up with the Thackrays

soref, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:51 (two years ago) link

Yeah, this sort of division is interesting... Based on these answers I might suggest that these lyrics can be divided into three categories:

1) Lyrics where the vocalist is doing a narrative about his artist persona, so the name-calling refers to that. Typically they are using their artist name (Bootsy, Madonna, Nas, Flavor Flav, Mr. Mercury, etc) if they have one, and not their birth name. These are very common in rap, and also appear in soul, R&B, and funk, but seem to be pretty rare in other genres, and often the examples in other genres ("it's Britney, bitch") seem to be inluenced by rap.

2) Lyrics where the vocalist is doing a first-person narrative, but it isn't about his artist persona rather than something that happened to him as a "regular" person (rather than as a famous musician). Often the name is only referred to when another person in the narrative mentions it (she started screaming, "Mike!"; but my darling says, "Leonard, just let it go by"; she said, "Gordie, baby, I know exactly what you mean"). Type 2 seems to by way more common in rock and pop than type 1.

3) Lyrics that emulate call-and-response in live performances, where the name-calling is outside the context of the lyrical narrative. Can be found in any genres where call-and-response is common in actual live performances.

Of course there's also overlap between these categories, but IMO it's interesting that type 1 is often associated with "black" popular music, and type 2 with "white" popular music. I'm sure there's plenty of studies on differences between the lyrical styles of, say, rap and rock, so I guess this would be a part of a larger difference in how narratives are constructed in these genres?

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Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 13:57 (two years ago) link

Go Kart Mozart - Lawrence Takes Over

soref, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:02 (two years ago) link

tMG - Going to Cleveland

I hear the cuyahoga calling, now I know
what was I was born for
and you say 'hey John where are you going?'
but that's not my name anymore

arron banksy (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:06 (two years ago) link

guess french chanson style stuff is another genre where it's fairly common?

Jacques Brel, "Jackie"

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:19 (two years ago) link

Funkadelic - P.E. Squad/Doodoo Chasers

"Which one's George Clinton?"

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:20 (two years ago) link

Habitual with The Fall too, under a variety of names - Mark, Mr Mark Smith, M.E.S., Mr and Mrs Smith

(Prefab Sprout might have more examples too, eg "Paddy Joe… Don't you remember me?" in We Let the Stars Go)

woof, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:22 (two years ago) link

Hey, hey: we're the Monkees.

i need microsoft installed on my desktop, can you help (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:26 (two years ago) link

Now when I start making love to my woman
I don´t stop until I know she´s sas-ified
And I can always tell when she gets sas-ified
´Cause when she gets sas-fied she start calling my name
She´d say: ´Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter
Clarence Carter, ooooh shit, Clarence Carter´
The other night I was strokin´ my woman
And it got so good to her, you know what she told me
Let me tell you what she told me, she said:
´Stroke it Clarence Carter, but don´t stroke so fast
If my stuff ain´t tight enough, you can stick it up my´ woo!

i need microsoft installed on my desktop, can you help (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:27 (two years ago) link

(Haha I knew there were other Sprout things, Woof, but I wanted to get in quick because I was cross that you beat me to the Dexys one.)

Tim, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:30 (two years ago) link

haha that ´Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter´ part is the only thing that prevents that from being the perfect karaoke song

also still laughing @ the fact that he had to self-censor "ass" but not "shit"

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:54 (two years ago) link

Presumably he censored it because of buttsex taboo, not because ass itself is so strong.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:56 (two years ago) link

"Sincerely, L. Cohen"

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:57 (two years ago) link

I know, its still funny to me

even worse is "I stroke it to the north, I stroke it to the south, I stroke it everywhere, I even stroke it with my.........ahhhhh!!!"

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:57 (two years ago) link

Another Bowie, "Teenage Wildlife":

Same old thing in brand new drag comes sweeping into view
As ugly as a teenage millionaire pretending it's a whizz kid world
You'll take me aside, and say
"Well, David, what shall I do? They wait for me in the hallway"
I'll say "don't ask me, I don't know any hallways"
But they move in numbers and they've got me in a corner
I feel like a group of one, no no they can't do this to me
I'm not some piece of teenage wildlife

willem, Sunday, 12 February 2017 22:13 (two years ago) link

The Mighty Sparrow - Sparrow Dead

(he probably does this a lot but that's the one that immediately sprung to mind)

Number None, Sunday, 12 February 2017 22:22 (two years ago) link

Belle & Sebastian - "This Is Just a Modern Rock Song"

Stevie's full of good intentions,
Richards into rock 'n' roll,
Stuart's staying in and he thinks it's a sin,
That he has to leave the house at all.

Electric Light Orchestra - "Shine a Little Love" (cued up: https://youtu.be/GJuTIxwQw0k?t=3m38s)

You shine a little love on my life
(Shiii-iii-iiine)
You shine a little love on my life
(E-L-O)
You shine a little love on my life and let me see

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:06 (two years ago) link

The Floaters - Float On

― MarkoP, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

And the song it inspired, The B-52s - "Song for a Future Generation"

Speaking of whom, also "52 Girls" namechecks Kate and Cindy.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:14 (two years ago) link

No Bad Religion song can make your life complete ("No Direction")

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:38 (two years ago) link

Alice Cooper - "Be My Lover"

"she asked me why the singer's name was Alice, I said listen baby, you really wouldn't understand"

henry s, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:50 (two years ago) link

Jacques Brel, "Jackie"

Another one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAZwnl6UAig

Jacques Brel, "Grand Jacques"

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:53 (two years ago) link

Jerry Lee Lewis is the master of this
― Brad C., Wednesday, 7 December 2016 15:40 (two months ago)

Best example, "Lewis Boogie":

"My name is Jerry Lee Lewis, come from Louisiana
I'm gonna do you a little boogie on this here piano"

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:57 (two years ago) link

Mary J Blige x2

Doesn't matter if you're white or black
Let's get crunk cause Mary's back

(Family Affair)

Deep inside I wish that they could see
That I'm just plain ol' Mary, Mary
(and throughout much else of the song)
(Deep Inside)

nashwan, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:08 (two years ago) link

Anoter Lennon one on "God" :
"I was the Walrus but now I'm John"

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:25 (two years ago) link

oh and also in "Give Peace A Chance" : "Ev'rybody's talking about
John and Yoko"

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:31 (two years ago) link

Beyonce certainly has plenty !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:34 (two years ago) link

Me and Mike Watt playing the guitar

ridiculous perm ban decision (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:21 (two years ago) link

Another indie-one, from Laakso, led by Markus Krunegård.

A junkie, an addict, a slave for your love
But I'm not in love
I'm just obsessed
With hearing you say "yes please Markus come to me"

Frederik B, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:57 (two years ago) link

"Heathcliff, it's me, Cathy"

mahb, Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:28 (two years ago) link

Beyonce certainly has plenty !

Kelly, can you handle this?
Michelle, can you handle this?
Beyoncé, can you handle this?
I don't think you can handle this!

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:39 (two years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/gKPi3cp.jpg, it's me, http://i.imgur.com/zLRm67S.png

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:10 (two years ago) link

(some people say 'Wuthering Heights' is about a really old book, but I don't think that's true...)

schrute dwyte (unregistered), Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:11 (two years ago) link

'Jesus? This is Iggy.'

(Sorry, from 'Turn Blue'.)

Cheap Trick, "Surrender"

towards the end: "Robin's alright, Tommy's alright, Bun E's alright, Rick's alright"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:33 (two years ago) link

mandy moore "candy"

dyl, Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:49 (two years ago) link

There's that one of the fifty-billion versions of "Two Tribes" where they do a roll call before "Mine is the last voice that you will ever hear."

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:46 (two years ago) link

No my first name ain't baby
It's Janet
Miss Jackson if you're nasty

Ex Slacker, Monday, 20 February 2017 06:45 (two years ago) link

Beatles - Glass Onion

"...the walrus was Paul..."

LimbsKing, Monday, 20 February 2017 11:22 (two years ago) link

White Stripes - It's True That We Love One Another

...I love Jack White like a little brother.

There must be more by them, I feel like Jack White talks about himself a lot

LimbsKing, Monday, 20 February 2017 11:28 (two years ago) link

Beatles - Glass Onion

"...the walrus was Paul..."

that was John singing, though.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 20 February 2017 12:19 (two years ago) link

Jonathan Richman thirded. Also came to mention some additional Lou Reed, from "Coney Island Baby," but it was already mentioned on this similar thread: Songs where the singer mentions his own name

Louder Than Borads (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2017 13:28 (two years ago) link

Said Captain, said WOT?

Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2017 13:32 (two years ago) link

although, that's rap, I guess...

Mark G, Monday, 20 February 2017 13:32 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_YYC2N_lxY

also: michael chapman - wrecked again... & i seem to recall lee hazlewood did this on occasion

no lime tangier, Monday, 20 February 2017 13:36 (two years ago) link

nine months pass...

Stevie Wonder - Please Don't Go

so baby please don't leave
don't leave Steve

Pet Shop Boys - Single Bilingual

and after work explain how I feel
"Perdóneme, me llamo Neil"

soref, Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:03 (one year ago) link

Kevin Barnes from of Montreal does this a fair bit.

The voice said, "Don't worry, friend
The darkness is just a suggestion
No, don't worry, kid
The darkness is just suggestion
No, don't worry, Kevin"

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:59 (one year ago) link

Serge Gainsbourg has done that a lot (even a whole album : "L'Homme A Tête De Chou" !)

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 23 November 2017 14:04 (one year ago) link

So basically, as this thread proves, it's a common songwriting trick.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 23 November 2017 14:06 (one year ago) link

Burton to this Taylor

AlanSmithee, Thursday, 23 November 2017 15:28 (one year ago) link

Tori references herself as "T" in the song Twinkle

In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:59 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Yeah, this sort of division is interesting... Based on these answers I might suggest that these lyrics can be divided into three categories:

1) Lyrics where the vocalist is doing a narrative about his artist persona, so the name-calling refers to that. Typically they are using their artist name (Bootsy, Madonna, Nas, Flavor Flav, Mr. Mercury, etc) if they have one, and not their birth name. These are very common in rap, and also appear in soul, R&B, and funk, but seem to be pretty rare in other genres, and often the examples in other genres ("it's Britney, bitch") seem to be inluenced by rap.

2) Lyrics where the vocalist is doing a first-person narrative, but it isn't about his artist persona rather than something that happened to him as a "regular" person (rather than as a famous musician). Often the name is only referred to when another person in the narrative mentions it (she started screaming, "Mike!"; but my darling says, "Leonard, just let it go by"; she said, "Gordie, baby, I know exactly what you mean"). Type 2 seems to by way more common in rock and pop than type 1.

3) Lyrics that emulate call-and-response in live performances, where the name-calling is outside the context of the lyrical narrative. Can be found in any genres where call-and-response is common in actual live performances.

Of course there's also overlap between these categories, but IMO it's interesting that type 1 is often associated with "black" popular music, and type 2 with "white" popular music. I'm sure there's plenty of studies on differences between the lyrical styles of, say, rap and rock, so I guess this would be a part of a larger difference in how narratives are constructed in these genres?

I'd still be interested in discussing these differences.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 08:49 (six months ago) link

The table is rumbling
The glass is moving
"No, I was not pushing that time"
It spells : S.T.E.V.E.N

Morrissey, obv.

fetter, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 12:05 (six months ago) link

Freddie Slack of the Will Bradley Trio “Down the Road Apiece”:

“The drummer-man’s a guy they call Eight-Beat Mack
You remember Doc and old ‘Beat Me Daddy’ Slack”

And then later on the Stones updated it for Charlie Watts:

“The drummer's man's a cat they call Charlie McCoy
You know, remember that rubber-legged boy?”

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 12:32 (six months ago) link

Hideous Lump brought up the B-52s upthread - add "Wig" to their resume for this one, also in the "Ready, Steve? Andy?" genre which should also include the Ramones' "Little Ramona."

Nilsson must have done this a bunch, though examples aren't popping into my mind.

In "Piano Man" we learn of a bartender who addresses the singer as "Bill."

"They Might Be Giants" and "Big Country" are borderline cases, I suppose, since they are just using these phrases in lyrics, not singing about the band.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 12:54 (six months ago) link

"We've been trying to reach you, Thom"

days of being riled (zchyrs), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 14:50 (six months ago) link

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin' got us feudin'
Like the Hatfield and McCoys

Willie Nelson does a duet w/ Kacey Musgraves called "A Willie Nice Christmas"

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:08 (six months ago) link

I cheated on you, you cheated on me
And this is not the way that things supposed to be
So tell me girl, is this for real or just an illusion?
I pinch myself to make sure that Wyclef ain't dreamin'

Wyclef - Cheated (Rock Remix)

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:34 (six months ago) link

There was that one song on Liz Phair’s terrible s/t record where she sings “you don’t even know who Liz Phair is.”

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:49 (six months ago) link

Are you State Phair?
Are you Play Phair?
Are you Trade Phair?
Who wants to know? Who wants to know?

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 16:20 (six months ago) link

My wife lies down in a chair
And peels a pear
I know she's there
I'm making coffee for two
Just me and you
But I come back in with coffee for three
Coffee for three?

My dead wife sits in a chair
Combing her hair
I know she's there
She wanders off to the bed
Shaking her head
"Robyn," she said
"You know I don't take sugar!"

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 16:30 (six months ago) link

didn't see my favourite mentioned, from Sly's 'Thankful & Thoughtful':

someone should've come
and taken me away
but the main man thought Syl should be here another day
and that's why I've got to be
thankful/thoughtful

whitehallunity, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 18:24 (six months ago) link

Girlpool - "Dear Nora"

In SF we were driving over bridges
We were singing to "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Cleo was tired
Harmony was hyper
We switched driving
In the middle of the highway

flappy bird, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 19:27 (six months ago) link

Blind Willie McTell. So many blues artists did this...

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 08:12 (six months ago) link


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