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Lyrics challenge, Day One!

August 7th, 2006 (11:27 am)

And because I said I'd do it, I present the Lyrics Challenge!

Here's how it works - Each day this week, I'm going to put up 15 new lyrics for you all to guess at. Comments will be screened, so all your answers will be hidden from everyone else. I'll keep a leaderboard updated for each round and overall.

Feel free to guess and re-guess as many times as you like. Final standings and the answers will be on Sunday.

One point per song, one point per artist.

1) I'm a million different people from one day to the next
2) It's calling you my dear, out of reach
3) Everything going jackanory, in touch with his own mortality
4) As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life
5) But if your mind's neglected, stumble you might fall
6) We don't talk about love, we only want to get drunk
7) Stepping through the door like a troubadour whiling just an hour away
8) Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?
9) Mesdames, Messieurs, le disk-jockey est de retour
10) So give me your heart, make it real or else forget about it
11) Did you ever stop to notice the crying earth, the weeping shore?
12) And you know it ain't fiction; just a natural fact
13) Right about now, the funk soul brother
14) Sometimes the snow comes down in June, sometimes the sun goes round the moon
15) She's into superstitions, black cats and voodoo dolls

Leaderboard: Round One
22 : wildecate
18 : speakr2customrs
17 : humbleminion
15 : empressvesica
14 : tthjinni
12 : mynuet
12 : brendanm720
11 : whiskyinmind
11 : uninvitedcat
10 : d_tepes
9 : lea_hazel
8 : curiouswombat
6 : goddessvicky
5 : southerndave
4 : shehasathree


Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)

1) Bitter Sweet Symphony, the Verve
4) Gangster's Paradise, Coolio
5) Oooh, I know this one, but I don't know it. It's "I'm gonna get myself, I'm gonna get myself, I'm gonna get myself connected," but I don't know the exact title or artist.
10) Smooth, Santana and Rob Thomas
12) I'm ashamed to know this is Paula Abdul, Opposites Attract
14) Vanessa Williams, Saved the Best for Last
15) Ricky Martin, Livin' la Vida Loca

Posted by: a complicated brain event (shehasathree)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)

Posted by: the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
guitar//inspiration - me

All of these are niggling me because I know them, somewhere in the back of my brain I know them..,
Ones I can name:

5 - Stereo MCs - Connected
6 - Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life
7 - Ocean Colour Scene - the Day We Caught the Train
8 - Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
13 - Fat Boy Slim - Gangsta Trippin'

Ones I can *almost* name:

9 - Sash? No clue of the title...
15 - Ricky Martin - again no clue of the title
3 - I could almost swear this is a Robbie Williams song, something from the first album - South of the Border maybe?

Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)

4) Coolio - Gangster's Paradise.
5) Song is called "Connected", I'm fairly sure. No idea of the group so will just guess. "Stereo MC's". Name Sounds very vaguely vaguely familiar anyway.
10) I know the line and that's about it. Dammit.
13) Another one I know. At a rough guess it's called "Funk Soul Brother" because that's just about the only line in the whole damn thing. No idea of the group - again - so will just guess. "Fatboy Slim".

Posted by: Drake (d_tepes)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)

Let's see...

1) Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

4) Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio

10) Smooth by Rob Thomas and Santana

13) Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim (though I always thought it was "Right about now, the funk's yo brother.")

15) La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

... I am so stuck in the late 90's early 00's...

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Alice - Daydream

Hooray!! It's Monday! Glad you are still doing this...

1) Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve

4) Ganstas Paradise, Coolio

5) Connected, Stereo MCs (I love this song)

10) Smooth, Santana featuring Rob Thomas (an Orlando native - he went to my high school's rival!)

12) Opposites Attract, Paula Abdul

13)Err...It's Fatboy Slim. But I don't know the title.

14) Saved the Best for Last (or something like), Vanessa Williams

15) La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin

So, that's 15 points. Woot!!

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Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
More Cowbell

1) Meredith Brooks, "Bitch"
4) Coolio, "Gansta's Paradise"
5) Stereo MC's, "Connected"
10) Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas, "Smooth"
13) Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller Skank"
14) Vanessa Williams, "Best For Last" (This might also be Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.)
15) Ricky Martin, "Livin' the Vida Loca"

Posted by: uninvitedCat (uninvitedcat)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)

1) Bittersweet Symphony - the Verve
2) Pure Shores - All Saints
4) Gangsta's Paradise - (I know it was used in the film Dangerous Minds but I never knew who the artist was)
8) Why Does It Always Rain On Me - Travis
13) Funk Soul Brother - no idea who dunnit
14) Saved the Best Till Last - Vanessa Williams
15) Living la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin, or Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas in Shrek 2.

Posted by: Lea (lea_hazel)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)

My vague embarrassement about knowing some of these songs is mitigated by the fact that I recognize some lyrics, but don't know the name/artist, specifically #5 and #14.

#1 is Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve (who got their asses sued by the Rolling Stones and no get no royalties for the song).

#2 is Out of Reach (?) by All Saints.

#4 is Gangster's Paradise by Kulio (sp?).

#10 is Smooth, by Santana and featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty (not to be confused with Rob Thomas who produces Veronica Mars, and shares my birthday :)).

#15 is Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.

Posted by: Drake (d_tepes)
Posted at: August 8th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)

le sigh

Livin' La Vida Loca :P

attempts assault with wet noodles

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: August 8th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)

1) Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
3) Country House - Blur
4) Gangsters Paradise - Coolio
5) Am I Right – Stereo MCs
6) Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
7) Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene
8) Why Does It Always Rain On Me - Travis
9) Ecuador – Sash
11) Earth Song – Michael Jackson
13) Rockafeller Skank- Fat Boy Slim
14) Best For Last – Vanessa Wililams
15) La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: August 8th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)

I've had a quiet time to myself to rack my brains - not terribly succesfully, but here goes -

(3) Blur - Country House
(6) Manic StreetPreachers - but I cannot remember the track!
(8) Travis - Why does it always rain on me?
(13) Fat Boy Slim, I think - but I always thought it was actually called Funk Soul Brother - and that seems unlikely as this is the bit you have quoted!
(15) Ricky Martin, Living La Vida Loca.

Posted by: Jen (tthjinni)
Posted at: August 8th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)

1. The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony

4. Coolio, Gangsta's Paradise

5. .... Connected... Stereo MC's???

10. Smooth.... Rob Thomas f/Santana?

12. Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul

13... Fatboy Slim and I don't remember the song name

14. Saved the best for last... don't remember artist

15. Ricky Martin, La Vida Loca

Posted by: Humble minion (humbleminion)
Posted at: August 9th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)

Can a random visitor jump in on this one?

1 - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
2 - All Saints - Pure Shores
4 - Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
8 - Travis(?) - Why does it always rain on me?
10 - Santana - Smooth(?)
12 - Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
13 - Fat Boy Slim - The Rockefeller Skank
14 - Vanessa Williams - Save the best til last(?)
15 - Ricky Martin - She Bangs

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: August 9th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Bjork and Diddy

Feel free to jump in, o random visitor. *grin*

Straight into third place overall in fact. *applauds*

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: August 9th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

1) The Verve, "Bittersweet Symphony"
2) All Saints, "Pure Shores"
3) Blur, "Country House" (crap song, but the video had Jo Guest!)
5) Stereo MCs, "Connected"
6) Manic Street Preachers, "A Design For Life"
8) Travis, "Why does it always rain on me?"
12) Paula Abdul, "Opposites Attract"
13) Fatboy Slim, "Rockafeller Skank"

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: August 12th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)

15) Ricky Martin, "Livin' la Vida Loca". When I first started doing the quiz CW was smirking over me not knowing that one and saying that it was obvious - which put me completely on the wrong track because I was thinking that she must mean it was heavy metal - but I've just been reading one of pfeifferpack's stories in which the song featured and it clicked.

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