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A Potentially Overly-Cryptic Music Quiz Concerning Song Lyrics from the 70s That You May Find Overwhelming But You Know You Want to Try It Because We Are Trivia Geeks and We Live for This Kind of Thing

The challenge is simple: You get 1 point if you can name the song, two points if you can name the song AND the artist. Of course, the scoring system doesn’t really matter, as some of you will rush off to Google and feverishly cheat your way to victory (yes, some of you will, don’t act indignant) so most of you should just treat this as a lark, not a competition.

Here we go…

 

1. “Headin’ up to San Francisco, for the Labor Day Weekend Show…”

2. “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine…”

3. “It’s so nice to be insane, no one asks you to explain…”

4. “And now she’s in me, always with me…”

5. “I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck, with a pink carnation and a pickup truck…”

6. “And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you, all the better just to please you…”

7. “He’s gotta be strong, and he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight…”

8. “She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness…”

9. “But time makes you bolder, even children get older, and I’m getting older, too…”

10. “I know it may sound selfish, but let me breathe the air…”

11. “Ain’t no doubt about it, we were doubly blessed, ‘cause we were barely seventeen and barely dresses…”

12. “I’m not in love, so don’t forget it, it’s just a silly phase I’m going through…”

13. “Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango…”

14. “Hey, have you ever tried, really reaching out for the other side…”

15. “And the waitress is practicing politics, as the businessmen slowly get stoned..”

16. “We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now, we tried to reach beyond the emptiness, but neither one knew how…”

17. “Heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you been messin’ around…”

18. “Well, you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh…”

19. “Your time has come, to shine, all your dreams are on their way…”

20. “I left a good job in the city, working for the man every night and day…”

 

As usual, I will now insert a completely random photo so that you will know you have reached the point where you are expected to pause and reflect on your answers before the Big Reveal. And if we’re being honest here, this snap of me and my niece doing it up “gangsta” should cause anyone to reconsider what they know about life. It’s perfectly understandable if you are so mortified that you simply close the window and go on with your life.

 

 

And here we have the answers….

 

1. “Come Monday” – Jimmy Buffet

2. “Hotel California” – The Eagles

3. “Angie Baby” – Helen Reddy

4. “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John

5. “American Pie” – Don McLean

6. “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes

7. “Holding out for a Hero” – Bonnie Tyler

8. “Rhiannon” – Fleetwood Mac

9. “Landslide” – Stevie Nicks

10. “Cool Change” – Little River Band

11. “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” – Meat Loaf

12. “I’m Not in Love” – 10cc

13. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

14. “Make It with You” – Bread

15. “Piano Man” – Billy Joel

16. “Another Old Lang Syne” – Dan Fogelberg

17. “Take It on the Run” – REO Speedwagon

18. “Mandy” – Barry Manilow

19. “Bridge over Trouble Waters” – Simon and Garfunkel

20. “Proud Mary” – Tina Turner (so this one can make the cut for “70s”) but it started with Creedence Clearwater Revival in the last 60s. I’m sure some of the purists among you will feel affronted with this song’s inclusion in this post, but hey, I pay the utility bills at Bonnywood, so let’s give this one to me, shall we?

 

If you are a completist, please tabulate your scores and let me know in the comments. If you are not comfortable with comparisons and rankings because they are absurd and unrealistic, a concept that I actually adhere to, despite setting up this whole mess, then just say whatever you want in the comments. End of day, life is about the journey, not the stats.

Cheers.

 

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  1. So I was really enjoying this quiz, humming along with most of them, sad to realize I remembered almost all of their lyrics, when it happened. Number 20. I have a very very few life rules that I don’t break on a regular basis. But “we must leave when the house band plays Proud Mary or Sitting by the Dock of the Bay” is one of them. Because you just have to draw that line somewhere…

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    • I understand that, truly. Every time we go to New Orleans, which we try to do as often as possible, there comes the inevitable “Bourbon Street” excursion, because one must, wherein every other local bar (and there are hundreds) is featuring a local band who include “Brown Eyed Girl” in their playlist. I love that song, and I’m good for the first rendition or three, but I quickly reach the point where I can’t even enter an establishment, no matter how festive or recommended, if I hear the refrains of that song playing within. Ugh…

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    • I have a sense that I would get along with M quite well. I’m a trivia fiend, bordering on mania.

      That photo was a lot of fun. It’s a snap from our visit to the Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, that place I blogged about recently where we got to run around and pose in absurd situations. Which is basically the theme of my life… 😉

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  2. “Headin’ up to San Francisco, for the Labor Day Weekend Show…” “Come Monday”

    2. “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine…” Anyone who doesn’t know this one should be flogged and run out of the 70s music trivia museum
    !! Of course it’s “Hotel California” by the Eagles.

    3. “It’s so nice to be insane, no one asks you to explain…” I suspect I know where you got this one from 😉 “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy

    4. “And now she’s in me, always with me…”

    5. “I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck, with a pink carnation and a pickup truck…”American Pie” Don Mclean

    6. “And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you, all the better just to please you…”Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes (I believe)

    7. “He’s gotta be strong, and he’s gotta be fast, and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight…”Holdin’ Out For A Hero” Bonnie Tyler

    8. “She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness…”

    9. “But time makes you bolder, even children get older, and I’m getting older, too…” Fleetwood Mac

    10. “I know it may sound selfish, but let me breathe the air…”

    11. “Ain’t no doubt about it, we were doubly blessed, ‘cause we were barely seventeen and barely dresseD…”Paradise by The Dashboard Light” Meatloaf

    12. “I’m not in love, so don’t forget it, it’s just a silly phase I’m going through…” I suspect I know where you got this one also! 😛 “I’m Not In Love”

    13. “Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango…”Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen

    14. “Hey, have you ever tried, really reaching out for the other side…”

    15. “And the waitress is practicing politics, as the businessmen slowly get stoned..”Piano Man” Billy Joel

    16. “We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now, we tried to reach beyond the emptiness, but neither one knew how…”Old Lang Syne” Dan Fogelberg

    17. “Heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you been messin’ around…”Heard It Through The Grapevine” and I’m going with Creedence Clearwater Revival because that’s the version I know best. I realize a buncha groups have done that song…and I suspect you wanted those black dudes who sang it…. but sorry. Don’t know who they are.

    18. “Well, you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh…”Mandy” Barry Manilow

    19. “Your time has come, to shine, all your dreams are on their way…”

    20. “I left a good job in the city, working for the man every night and day…”Proud Mary” again Creedence Clearwater Revival.

    Now I didn’t cheat on ANY of those, which is why there are holes and gaps where artist or album (song) should be…. Do I get at least a brownie (sans special ingredients obviously) for doing this?

    I’ll go to my own blog and post the whole famn damily – song artist chapter and verse. Because it will bug me if I DON’T! FABULOUS post btw, simply fabulous!

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    • I’ll save my comments for your own version of this posting. Wait, did I already respond to that one? Sigh. This is one of the most annoying things about stumbling into my golden years. I can’t remember squat. I’m surprised that I still recognize Partner when he walks in the back door after he’s been away toiling in the workplace all day and I’ve been… hell, I don’t know what I was doing… 😉

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  3. First, I knew more of them than I thought I would but not even close to all of them…
    The amazing thing is, I was listening to 3WS (Pittsburgh FM 94.5) and just as I read
    #5, American Pie started playing. Of course it is a 70s and 80s station so I s’pose if I
    listened long enough I might have heard them all. Now there are medleys of the 70s
    embedded in my brain. Thanks…really….Thanks!!

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    • Songs have a certain way of working into your brain and setting up camp. In the current world, I can’t remember if I paid the light bill or not, but I can sure quote the lyrics to a Lobo song from 50 years ago.

      And I think the sudden airing of “American Pie” on 3WS was a sign that you were meant to take this quiz and I was meant to write it. Karma and destiny work in mysterious ways… 😉

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  4. I scored 16 out of a possible 40 points (1 for song title and 1 for artist). But I was awfully young in the 70s (haha!) so even though a lot of them were familiar to me, I couldn’t place them. Great quiz though!

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  5. There were only 4 that I didn’t know at all. (3, 8, 10, & 12). There were 2 that I didn’t recognize the lyrics, but once I saw the title & the artist, had a “duh” moment (4 & 14). Then there were 3 that I could hear the song in my head, and could quote the whole thing, but the title & artist completely vanished from my mind (1, 6 & 16). The other 11 were fairly easy, so 22 points for me!

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    • You did a good job, especially since I went for the less-obvious lyrics, with a few exceptions. And if you like trivia challenges, come back and visit Bonnywood when you get the chance. I’m always throwing out some pointless but interesting trivia… 😉

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  6. I could here nearly all of them bopping away in my head – hink there were 3 I didn’t recognise, and maybe a few I couldn’t recover the info from my seriously insane filing system in my brain – BUT I did know them. (Does shouting BUT get me any extra points for being assertive even though I am memory challenged?) 🙂

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    • Of course shouting gets you extra points. I come from an Italian family, where shouting was the only way to get any attention, so it feels familiar to me. And I’m glad you were bopping, as that was the whole point of the post… 😉

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