25 Lines: the meme-tastic “I’ve Got A New iPod” celebratory lyrics quiz.

Picking up on the “25 Lines” blog-meme which I last spotted at Gordon’s place, here are the opening lines to the first 25 songs (*) which came up on Shuffle Mode, on my lovely new iPod. As you’d expect, some are dead obvious, some are super-obscure, but all have at least some sort of vague merit.

But what songs were they? Let’s all find out together, shall we? Please leave your answers in the comments box, and I’ll post the full results in a few days.

Rules:

a) One answer per person only, please.

b) No cheating! I’m placing you all on trust here. Remember: if you resort to search engines, then you’ll be letting me down, yourself down, and all the other readers of this weblog down.

Update: For added entertainment value, click on each lyric to hear it sung, by me, badly, late at night, pissed up on four pints, with my headphones on.

1. Through the windless wells of wonder, by the throbbing light machine, in a tea leaf trance or under orders from the king and queen…
Correctly answered by Nigel.2. Hummingbirds hum, why do they hum, little girls wearing pigtails in the morning, in the morning…
Correctly answered by betty.3. The Jekyll-Hyde of you, I can’t survive the tide of you, the vicious style of love, the whining, pits and pendulums of lying…

4. Boring boring boring these days, records all sound the same, uninspiring guitar pop made for quick financial gain…
Correctly answered by Jonathan.

5. She would never say where she came from, yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone…
Correctly answered by Jack.

6. I came into the city from the deep south when the mill shut down, I married a man who treated me like he bought me by the pound…

7. Lord, these words I beg of you as I kneel down at my bed, because soon I will be dead, let’s face it, soon I will be dead…
Correctly answered by Pam.

8. Salve regina mater misericordiae, vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve salve regina…
Correctly answered by Gert.

9. All the creatures on the beaches, making waves in the motion picture, won’t you keep this in between us, search and seizure, wake up Venus…

10. I was lost for so long, feels like it’s taken half my life to find where I belong, seeing you here, you’re my nation, this is my application…
Correctly answered by the newly returned Alan Oddverse.

11. It was 7:45, we were all in line to greet the teacher Miss Cathleen, first was Kevin, then came Lucy, third in line was me…
Correctly answered by Em³.

12. I had a dream last night, a nightmare to be exact, we couldn’t take the heat and the sweat dripped from our backs…

13. Worked all day for all this year to get two weeks vacation, work and I did not look back till it was time to go, I shut the door (BANG!) without a word, and walked out into the street…

14. While I was down in-er Tennessee, all my friends was-er glad to see me, seen some down by the railroad track, seen some cotton-pickers with their sacks on their backs…

15. Jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug…
Correctly answered by Anna.

16. Baby only the strong would survive over mysteries of life, only fantasy keeps you away, in the lonely fields of those broken shields…

17. I know so many places in the world, I follow the sun in my silver plane…
Correctly answered by Gordon.

18. So my baby’s on the road, doing business, selling loads, charming everyone there with the sweetest smile…
Correctly answered by diamond geezer.

19. I think I’m gonna need some therapy, oh babe I hope you got a PhD…
Correctly answered by the newly returned PB Curtis.

20. I told you about Strawberry Fields, you know, the place where nothing is real…
Correctly answered by Rullsenberg.

21. You’ll recognise me as I glide across the floor of the presidential suite in the Savoy Hotel, pleased to meet me…
Correctly answered by Diego.

22. Dressed like that you must be living in a different world, and your mother doesn’t know why you can’t look like all the other girls…
Correctly answered by Music Man.

23. Oh where I come from I just don’t conform, get me out of here, leave the boredom behind, wanna see those bright lights, get this thing in gear…
Correctly answered by Abigail (via e-mail).

24. Honestly, if I tell, tell you what, what you want to know love, there ain’t another, I don’t want no other lover, I put nothing above ya, I kick them to the gutter…
Correctly answered by Chig.

25. The evening was long, my guesses were true, you saw me see you, that something you said, the timing was right, the pleasure was mine…
Correctly answered by a different Jonathan.

Hints:

a) 7 songs (#5, #8, #15, #18, #19, #23, #24) have been UK Top 40 hit singles.

b) 4 songs (#4, #6, #13, #21) are so obscure that the lyrics cannot be found ANYWHERE ON THE KNOWN INTERNET, HA HA THAT’S GOT YOU.

c) The oldest song is #14, and the newest song is #10.

d) My favourite songs are #11, #18 and #22.

e) My least favourite songs are #9, #13 and #16.

f) One act appears twice.

g) One of the featured artists has posted a comment on this weblog.

h) One song (#21) appeared on one of last year’s podcasts.

i) There is at least one song from every decade from the 1950s onwards, EXCEPT for the 1990s.

j) Shamefully, I would only have guessed 8 songs correctly myself. Which suggests that maybe I ought to be spending a little more time getting to know my own music collection…

(*) Well, not exactly the first 25 songs, as the following categories were excluded: instrumentals (duh), song titles revealed in opening lines (double duh), foreign languages, unintelligble lyrics (so that’s all the thrash metal up the spout, then).

1. Through the windless wells of wonder, by the throbbing light machine, in a tea leaf trance or under orders from the king and queen…
Songs To Aging Children Come – Joni Mitchell

2. Hummingbirds hum, why do they hum, little girls wearing pigtails in the morning, in the morning…
The Good Humour Man He Sees Everything Like This – Love

3. The Jekyll-Hyde of you, I can’t survive the tide of you, the vicious style of love, the whining, pits and pendulums of lying…
Young Savage – Ultravox

4. Boring boring boring these days, records all sound the same, uninspiring guitar pop made for quick financial gain…
I Hate Oasis (And I Hate The Beatles) – Teen Anthems

5. She would never say where she came from, yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone…
Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones

6. I came into the city from the deep South when the mill shut down, I married a man who treated me like he bought me by the pound…
I Don’t Care Anymore – Doris Duke

7. Lord, these words I beg of you as I kneel down at my bed, because soon I will be dead, let’s face it, soon I will be dead…
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy – Morrissey

8. Salve regina mater misericordiae, vita dulcedo et spes nostra, salve salve regina…
Oh! What A Circus – David Essex

9. All the creatures on the beaches, making waves in the motion picture, won’t you keep this in between us, search and seizure, wake up Venus…
21st Century – Red Hot Chili Peppers

10. I was lost for so long, feels like it’s taken half my life to find Where I belong, seeing you here, you’re my nation, this is my application…
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Pet Shop Boys

11. It was 7:45, we were all in line to greet the teacher Miss Cathleen, first was Kevin, then came Lucy, third in line was me…
Starfish And Coffee – Prince

12. I had a dream last night, a nightmare to be exact, We couldn’t take the heat and the sweat dripped from our backs…
Paint The Moon – The Czars

13. Worked all day for all this year to get two weeks vacation, work and I did not look back till it was time to go, I shut the door (BANG!) without a word, and walked out into the street…
Fourteen Days – Lex

14. While I was down in-er Tennessee, all my friends was-er glad to see me, seen some down by the railroad track, seen some cotton-pickers with their sacks on their backs…
Bacon Fat – Andre Williams

15. Jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug…
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!

16. Baby only the strong would survive over mysteries of life, only fantasy keeps you away, in the lonely fields of those broken shields…
Tough Enough – Vanilla Ninja

17. I know so many places in the world, I follow the sun in my silver plane…
Universal Traveller – Air

18. So my baby’s on the road, doing business, selling loads, charming everyone there With the sweetest smile…
Home And Dry – Pet Shop Boys

19. I think I’m gonna need some therapy, oh babe I hope you got a PhD…
Crazy Chick – Charlotte Church

20. I told you about Strawberry Fields, you know, the place where nothing is real…
Glass Onion – The Beatles

21. You’ll recognise me as I glide across the floor of the Presidential Suite in the Savoy Hotel, pleased to meet me…
Bugger Bognor – Luke Haines & The Auteurs

22. Dressed like that you must be living in a different world, and your mother doesn’t know why you can’t look like all the other girls…
Get Over You – The Undertones

23. Oh where I come from I just don’t conform, get me out of here, leave the boredom behind, wanna see those bright lights, get this thing in gear…
Tied Up Too Tight – Hard-Fi

24. Honestly, if i tell, tell you what, What you want to know love, there ain’t another, I don’t want no other lover, I put nothing above ya, I kick them to the gutter…
Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh) – Lumidee

25. The evening was long, my guesses were true, you saw me see you, that something you said, the timing was right, the pleasure was mine …
One Evening – Feist

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