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    Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    I'm not sure why I always found it interesting when songwriters title a song with words that are not found in the song- or at least aren't represented as given in the title, or are not in the chorus.

    Some examples:

    Bizarre Love Triangle- New Order (I'm convinced this is why the song never hit it big though released several times as a single).

    Weekend In New England- Barry Manilow (I think he says something about spending time in New England, but the title isn't in the song).

    Save a Prayer- Duran Duran (I could be wrong, but I believe the lyric is "Don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after...)

    Imitation of life- REM (I think it's in the song but not in the chorus)

    Can anyone think of some more examples?
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Subterranean Homesick Alien by Radiohead

    Obviously a play on Dylan, but nowhere does this phrase appear in the song...actually I think "alien" is the only one of the three words that does.

    I think there are a lot of these but that's the one that comes to mind because I know their guitarist thought the name of the song was stupid for exactly that reason.

    edit: Come to think of it, this rule applies to about half of Radiohead's songs.
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    How can we not mention 'Smells like Teen Spirit'?
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart. This comes to mind immediately because remember hearing djs say this about a thousand times.

    And many more, of course.

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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Pop Song 89 by REM

    Rainy Day Woman - Dylan

    Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

    You Enjoy Myself - Phish

    The Concept - Teenage Fanclub

    The Ballad of El Goodo - Big Star

    Fillmore Jive - Pavement

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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    The Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin

    New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees

    Unchained Melody - Rightous Brothers

    A Day in the Life - Beatles
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Paranoid - Black Sabbath
    N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    How can we not mention 'Smells like Teen Spirit'?
    And "Lithium".
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Godsmack - Alice In Chains

    The last line is "And godís name is smack for some", but never say Godsmack.
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
    And "Lithium".
    and "About A Girl"

    Actually, we could go on and on with Nirvana songs
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    [QUOTESave a Prayer- Duran Duran (I could be wrong, but I believe the lyric is "Don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after...)
    ][/QUOTE]they only say "save a prayer" at the very end - in the video it's when they're climbing the steps to the temple.
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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Train in Vain--The Clash

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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    WOY beat me to the top-of-the-head punch by naming my favorite REM song.

    Coldplay - The Scientist

    Van Halen - Romeo Delight, Secrets and The Full Bug

    Duran Duran - The Chauffeur

    Here's a page with Trivia quizzes about songs like this.

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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    Selling the Drama-Live

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    Re: Songs Whose Title Are Not in the Lyrics

    All of DMB's numbered songs - #34 #36, #40, #41

    I guess they hit a block in the creativity department or something. Funny thing is those four songs are probably all among the "fan favorites" and rarer songs to hear live. All of them are incredible songs not lacking in thought and creativity.


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