Songs that get all meta and mention 'this song' in the lyrics

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This actually gets on my wick a bit, like a 'will this do?' moment, inscribed in eternity. But there we are.

Anyway, Ambulance Blues: 'it's hard to say the meaning of THIS SONG'. Lazy Neil, lazy.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Does "Your Song" count?

also, "You're So Vain"

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Elton John's "Your Song"
Badly Drawn Boy's "This Song" or whatever it's called
Barry Manilow's "I Write The Songs" in a roundabout fashion

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I think Arthur Lee does this a few times?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Unnamed schoolboy's "I Know a Song That'll Get On Your Nerves"

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Abba's "Thank You for the Music" also kinda

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

McCartney's Here Today.

piscesx, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Weird Al- "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long"

President Keyes, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

"Something Changed" by Pulp.

daavid, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Steely Dan's Deacon Blues "I cried when I wrote....."

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

One more from Neil...

I'm singing this borrowed tune / I took from the Rolling Stones / Alone in this empty room / Too wasted to write my own

kornrulez6969, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Matching Mole's 'Signed Curtain' is the ultimate example of this of course.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Randy Newman - "Rednecks"

piper at the gates of d'awwww (voodoo chili), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:42 (two months ago) Permalink

U2- 40
U2- Sunday Bloody Sunday

President Keyes, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I always think of Yellow by Coldpay being the worst example of this.

mizzell, Monday, 5 March 2018 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

that's because it's a terrible dirge

Under the influence of the Ranters (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 March 2018 15:56 (two months ago) Permalink

they actually played this on my favorite local AM radio station the other day. because AM radio rules.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gf0N6FOSk0

scott seward, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:01 (two months ago) Permalink

it is the worst example of many things, i suppose
xp

mizzell, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Prince - 1999

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Take the Skinheads Bowling

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:04 (two months ago) Permalink

best station:

http://www.wizzradio.com/

scott seward, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

bowie, five years.
hallelujah, sorta ('it goes like this')

lana del boy (ledge), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Baccara, 'Yes Sir I Can Boogie':

No sir
I don't feel very much like talking
No, neither walking
You wanna know if I can dance

Yes sir
Already told you in the first verse
And in the chorus
But I will give you one more chance

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:14 (two months ago) Permalink

natasha bedingfield's timeless will-this-do classic 'these words' not only mangles the pronunciation of the world 'hyperbole' as 'hyperbowl', it even namechecks the chords she uses

Threw some chords together
The combination D-E-F
It's who I am, it's what I do
And I was gonna lay it down for you
I try to focus my attention
But I feel so A-D-D
I need some help, some inspiration
But it's not coming easily

bathed and ready for a snack (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink

"this is my fight song..."

piper at the gates of d'awwww (voodoo chili), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Pavement - Gold Soundz

"And we're coming to the chorus now..."

Google Atheist (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 5 March 2018 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Todd Rundgren - Chain Letter

"Now I'm in the middle and I just don't know
If I'll make it any further if the words don't flow
When you live in silence any sound is dear
But for those who don't, take heart because the end is near
This is the ending of my song
It has made me blind and deaf and weak but most of all
It shows you that I'm wrong"

Also:

Alice Cooper - School's Out

"...we can't even think of a word that rhymes!"

henry s, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Spandau Ballet:
I bought a ticket to the world
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh, I want the truth to be saaaaaaid

NOFX:
We wrote this song, it's not too short, it's not too long
It's got back up vocs in just the right places
It's got a few oohs and ahhs
It takes a little pause
Just before the second chorus
Please play this song on the radio
Almost every line is sung in time
Almost every verse ends in a rhyme
The only problem we had was writing
Enough words
But that's okay, because the chorus is
Coming up again now
Please play this song on the radio

Daniel Cavanagh:
What I couldn't give
What I couldn't give away

Just this song, Just this song
Just this music, Just this music

You know I can't live
You know I can't live without

Just this song, Just this song

Siegbran, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:32 (two months ago) Permalink

This song has nothing tricky about it
This song ain't black or white and as far as I know
Don't infringe on anyone's copyright, so

President Keyes, Monday, 5 March 2018 16:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Pixies - Subbacultcha

'This is a song about something there
There is something about this song'

The Frank and Walters - this is not a song

neilasimpson, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:17 (two months ago) Permalink

xp and as long as we're talking George Harrison, "Only a Northern Song"

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Monday, 5 March 2018 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Shellac - Squirrel Song

'This is a sad fucking song'

neilasimpson, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Les Savy Fav - Meet Me In The Dollar Bin

"There is no incident, there is no incident, there's nothing incidental in this song.
There is no accident, there is no accident, there's nothing accidental in this song.
There's no coincidence, there's no coincidence, there's nothing coincidental in this song."

zchyrs, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:27 (two months ago) Permalink

sisters of mercy
ballad of the absent mare

scotti pruitti (wins), Monday, 5 March 2018 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Surprised nobody's mentioned Tenacious D yet lol

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, Shellac do this in maybe 40% of their songs

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Half Man Half Biscuit - Lord Hereford's Knob ends with a nice little riff on this

imago, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Pulp - The Fear
Pink Floyd - Jugband Blues

PaulTMA, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Billy Bragg - A New England

how's life, Monday, 5 March 2018 17:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Syd Barrett Here I Go
She don't rock 'n' roll, she don't like it
She don't do the stroll, well she don't do it right
Well, everything's wrong and my patience was gone
When I woke one morning
And remembered this song
O-oh-oh, kinda catchy, I hoped
That she would talk to me now
And even allow me to hold her hand
And forget that old band.

So now I've got all I need
She and I are in love, we've agreed
She likes this song and my others too
So now you see my world is...
'Cause of this tune!
What a boon this tune!
I tell you soon
We'll be lying in bed, happily wed,
And I won't think of that girl
Or what she said...

mizzell, Monday, 12 March 2018 14:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Thee Headcoats - Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot

Colonel Poo, Monday, 12 March 2018 14:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Suicide - Be Bop Kid

This song's about life

new noise, Monday, 12 March 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

"Muzzle" - Smashing Pumpkins

"have you ever heard the words i'm singing in these songs?
it's for the girl i've loved all along
can a taste of love be so wrong?"

flappy bird, Monday, 12 March 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

She and I are in love, we've agreed

lol the note he hits on "we've agreed" is one of the most bleakly funny things in pop music

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

"Flesh Canoe" - Animal Collective

"Cause what this song's about is me singing
I'm just wondering what to do with you myself and me
Naked in the mirror of the bathroom"

flappy bird, Monday, 12 March 2018 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

The original (2011) version of Car Seat Headrest's "Nervous Young Inhumans" ends with this monologue:

Earlier in the song I used the term "galvanistic," and galvanism is the concept, uh, the obsolete scientific theory that there is a kind of electricity flowing through our bloodstreams, and that was our life force. I used the term because I came across it in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", and that book is sort of an exploration of the theme of creating a character or making up a person. So I used the term "galvanistic" to allude to that book as a sort of symbol of how I, like, created you as a character, by pretending that I know a lot more about you than I actually do, and also to refer to the fact that I've fall—fallen in love with the characters you've created in, uh, your body of work. This is the part of the song where I start to regret writing it...

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 12 March 2018 17:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Microdisney - Bullwhip Road

I hate the world
I hate my life and this song
Now run along

Super Furry Animals - Gateway Song
Super Furry Animals - Runaway

Odd choice to put two songs that open with the line "this song" back to back on an album.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 12 March 2018 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Moodymann- Freekie Motherfucker

You don't even like this song / you just dig the hook

i know kore-eda (or something), Monday, 12 March 2018 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Spin Doctors, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" ("I hope them cigarettes are gonna make you cough / I hope you hear this song and it pissed you off")

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 12 March 2018 17:46 (two months ago) Permalink

did no one mention The Who's "Gettin' In Tune" yet?

I'm singing this note 'cause it fits in well
With the chords I'm playing
I can't pretend there's any meaning here
Or in the things I'm saying
But I'm in tune
Right in tune
I'm in tune
And I'm gonna tune
Right in on you

piper at the gates of d'awwww (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Captain Beefheart, "Tropical Hot Dog Night"

I’m playin’ this song
For all the young girls to come out
to meet the monster tonight

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:23 (two months ago) Permalink

leon russell's "a song for you" may be the platonic ideal of this

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:49 (two months ago) Permalink

keith urban "used to the pain" (first line: "and so i wrote this song for you")

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:53 (two months ago) Permalink

5 royales, shirelles, etc. "dedicated to the one i love" ("this is dedicated to the one i love...")

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Well then how about "This one goes out to the one I love / This one goes out to the one I've left behind"?

And Martina McBride:

This one's for the girls
Who've ever had a broken heart
Who've wished upon a shooting star
You're beautiful the way you are

I leprecan't even. (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Grimes Butterfly

Don't know this song
Sweeter than a sugar cane

how's life, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Uncle Tupelo - Life Worth Livin'

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:00 (two months ago) Permalink

but getting back to the meta asides rather than the "o muse, help me sing of the tale of..." intro (lol xpost), i myself was once guilty of this in the concluding track of the first and only completed Doctor Casino album (written when i was idk 23 or 24 fwiw):

(...)

― Doctor Casino, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:36 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is such a stupid lazy songwriting trope.

― Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:51 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

tbf i did try to couch my stupid lazy attempt with the implication that it was the work of an earnest but youthful amateur!

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:26 (two months ago) Permalink

This is a song about a superhero named Tony
It's called Tony's Theme

I read this as more of a recorded intro to the song than as part of the song itself.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:49 (two months ago) Permalink

R.E.M. - Untitled ("This song is here...")
Freedy Johnston - No Violins ("Here's a song...")

dorsalstop, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:01 (two months ago) Permalink

sisters of mercy
ballad of the absent mare

― scotti pruitti (wins), Monday, March 5, 2018 5:29 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:21 (two months ago) Permalink

R.E.M. - "He piloted this song in a plane like that one" (though I'd always heard "I volunteered this song" or "If I'm to tell this song")

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:25 (two months ago) Permalink

It's unintelligible at any speed.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 17:01 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn-f8PgLVjU

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 17:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Has Robyn Hitchcock/Soft Boys been mentioned for “The Face of Death”?

They threw him out ‘cause he was wrong
And left him trapped inside this song

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:52 (two months ago) Permalink

"We're Not Gonna Take It" goes

We've got the right to choose and
There ain't no way we'll lose it
This is our life, this is our song

... (Eazy), Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:10 (two months ago) Permalink

The Mekons: Empire of the Senseless

This song promotes homosexuality
It's in a pretended family relationship with the others on this record
And on the charts and on the jukebox

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Thee Headcoats - Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot

― Colonel Poo, Monday, March 12, 2018 7:49 AM (one week ago)


Was my first thought (upon birth, I mean).
Also, Pussy Galore, "Song at the End of the Side":

I go verse chorus verse solo break chorus verse solo

Beetle Juice continued to spit all over our drinks (contenderizer), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink

^ thread adjacent

Beetle Juice continued to spit all over our drinks (contenderizer), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:29 (two months ago) Permalink

OMD - the beginning and the end

"This is where we reach the end"

Last song on the record

tinnitus the night (Ross), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Die Antwoord's Enter the Ninja: "fuck, this is like the coolest song I ever heard in my whole life."

Weird to think that song made it into p4k's best songs of 2010 list

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

In the Cure's Antidote Megamix there's a bit from "A Forest" where Robert sings "suddenly I stop" and the guitar cuts out. Metaclever.

yamnesia (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Sparks - "I Predict"

And this song will fade out
I predict

not quite as cool as seeing damo's wang but (contenderizer), Sunday, 25 March 2018 02:46 (one month ago) Permalink

“I Predict” possibly being the pinnacle of this practice. Good post.

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Sunday, 25 March 2018 03:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Just remembered that I made an hour-long mix on this topic a few (actually 8!?) years ago, people might want to have a listen

Mp3 and tracklist are here - http://lastnightadjkilledmydog.libsyn.com/webpage/2010/10
And I just put it on mixcloud - https://www.mixcloud.com/centuries_of_sound/last-night-a-dj-killed-my-dog-026-this-is-the-title-of-the-self-referential-podcast/

I was going to post the tracklist, but it's a bit long

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 26 March 2018 14:39 (one month ago) Permalink

That recording of Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Bud Powell on Jazz at Massey Hall where they play 'Salt Peanuts.'

Bird stumbles over the vocal bit one time and throws in, "It's the name of this song. . ." before the solo.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I just remembered the existence of the song "This is My Hit" by Canadian rapper, Kyprios, which fits here:

This is my hook, this is my chorus
This is my hit -- it's better than yours

It is not a very good song.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:55 (one month ago) Permalink

better than yours tho

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Thomas Dybdahl

Songs from the rain
Songs that will cause you pain
Songs that alleviate
Songs that will seal your fate
Songs for the sunny days
Songs for that warm embrace
Songs that will keep you cool
Songs that will make you cruel
Songs for the wielding
Songs to help you relax
Songs that forever last
Songs that belong to the past
Songs that will make you scream
Songs from your childhood dreams
Songs that will leave you blue
Songs that remind me of you
Songs that will make you smile
Songs that will stay for a while
Songs that will tear you apart
Songs that will mend your heart
Songs that you can't let go
Songs that you already know
Songs that you once knew
Songs that just passed through
Songs that you overheard
Songs that just occurred
Songs for the nighttime
Songs for the waistline
Songs for the dancing shoes
Songs for the Sunday blues
Songs that will make you sweat
Songs that you won't forget
Songs that were once so true
Songs that betrayed you
Songs that you always hum
Songs that will leave you numb
Songs that you will regret
Songs on an old cassette
Songs that will move you
Songs that are brand new
Songs on the radio
Songs that will make you glow
Songs from your first kiss
Songs of pure bliss

bodacious ignoramus, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

And just before dawn at the paling of the sky,
The stranger returned and said "Now I must fly,
When two thousand years of your time has gone by,
This song will begin once again, to a baby's cry"

Tim, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Lenny Cohen - Sisters of Mercy.

"And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song"

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 6 April 2018 10:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I posted that one right at the beginning of this thread. He also does it again in "ballad of the absent mare"

scotti pruitti (wins), Friday, 6 April 2018 11:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I searched and everything! Bah.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 6 April 2018 11:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Dreams are for those who sleep
Life is for us to keep
And if you're wondering what this song is leading to,
I want to make it with you

mick signals, Friday, 13 April 2018 15:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Barry & the Bookbinders - 'This Song'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXwba5xApwo

Dethloaf LLC (Old Lunch), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:37 (one month ago) Permalink

I forgot one of my favorites:

"My slow descent
into alcoholism
it went
something like this song"

https://youtu.be/WtZDxzlGbN4

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:43 (one month ago) Permalink

This songs just six words long

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:45 (one month ago) Permalink

(Hey) all the blood that I will bleed
(Ho) I don't know where I belong
(Hey) I don't know where I went wrong
(Ho) but I can write a song (hey)

One of the most egregious examples.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Hiss Golden Messenger - O Little Light

A blue sky bends for me
No master, I am free
Riding 'round in the rain
With this song I'm singing

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 27 April 2018 20:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I was 21 years when I wrote this song, I'm 22 now but I won't be for long.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 27 April 2018 20:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

oh dammit how's life beat me to it

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 27 April 2018 20:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Brainstorm, take me away from the norm'
I've got to tell you something
This phenomenon, I had to put it in a song
And it goes like
Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
Whoa, shades of gold display naturally

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 15:40 (one week ago) Permalink

and i'll know my song well before i start singing
and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard rain that's gonna fall

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

If you wonder how long I'll be faithful
Well, just listen to how this song ends
I'm gonna love you
Forever and ever
Forever and ever, amen

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:55 (one week ago) Permalink

As the moon beats yellow, the clouds they settle
to this our favourite song...

But I hate this room, and I hate this tune...

softspool, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Lee Hazlewood - I'll Live Yesterdays

Seems we’re always doing something to hurt each other
But you know, you never really hurt me until the fourth verse of this song

Kanye West - Touch the Sky

I'm tryin' to right my wrongs
But it's funny them same wrongs helped me write this song

vanjie wail (qiqing), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:41 (one week ago) Permalink

mother do you think they'll like this song?

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Elton John welcomes you to his Christmas song, Step Into Christmas, in its first line.

comesayhey, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:57 (one week ago) Permalink


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