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That mp3 player meme
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To be honest, I'm hopeless at recognising lyrics out of context and I don't think I'd get most of these myself. At a guess, I think I'd only reliably recognise about three -- and they're on my iPod! But some of them are classics and might be familiar. I have cheated slightly in skipping most of the Welsh songs that came up, but I've left one, just to tease you.

Edited to add: I have now updated the list to show all the correct guesses, mostly, it has to be said, from the LJ side. :)

But thanks to everyone for playing.


1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 20 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration.

I don't know how truly random Shuffle is because a couple of artists/groups show up more than once.

1) While there's a show left to perform, Smooth down your hair and put your makeup on. (Catatonia "Way beyond blue")

2) In 1649 to St George's Hill, a ragged band they called the Diggers came to show the people's will. (Billy Bragg 'The World Turned Upside Down')

3) Well, I took me a woman late last night, I’s three-fourths drunk, she looked uptight. (Bob Dylan 'I shall be free')

4) When I was a young man, my age seventeen, I ought to have been serving Victoria my Queen. (Steeleye Span 'Australia')

5) Go 'way from my window, leave at your own chosen speed. (Bob Dylan 'It ain't me babe')

6) I think I'm sophisticated because I'm living my life like a good homo sapien. (The Kinks 'Apeman')

7) Guide me O, thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. (Title now identified as 'Cwm Rhondda' and [personal profile] caper_est has named the singer, who is Cerys Matthews.)

8) I declare I don't care no more, I'm burning up and out and growing bored

9) Do you remember? Do you remember? Do you remember how you were gonna stay free.

10) It starts in the morning when you're lying next to me. I'm rolling, I'm rolling, I'm rolling so quickly.

11) Well sometimes I go out by myself and I look across the water. (The Zutons 'Valerie')

12) Along the coast road by the headland, the early lights of winter glow. I'll pour a cup to you my darling.

13) Gweld y golau'n dawnsio trwy yr coed, teimlo'n hwyrach na deimlas i erioed.

14) True Thomas sat on Huntley Bank, and he beheld a lady gay. A lady that was brisk and bold, come riding on a pearly grey. (Steeleye Span 'Thomas the Rhymer')

15) Oh please don't you rock my boat, 'cos I don't want my boat to be rocking. (Bob Marley 'Satisfy my soul')

16) Oh the little things that you say and do, make me want to be with you-hoo-hoo. (Steeleye Span version of 'Rave on')

17) Rows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air, and feather canyons everywhere. (Joni Mitchell 'Both sides, now')

18) While riding on a train goin' west, I fell asleep to take my rest. (Bob Dylan 'Bob Dylan's Dream)

19) Well you can bump and grind it is good for your mind, well you can twist and shout, let it all hang out.

20) I had a first cousin called Arthur Mcbride, he and I took a stroll down by the seaside, a-seeking good fortune and what might betide, just as the day was a dawning. (Planxty 'Arthur Mcbride')

[Cross-posted from Dreamwidth by way of a backup http://heleninwales.dreamwidth.org/18300.html. If you want to leave a comment, please use whichever site you find most convenient. Comments so far: comment count unavailable.]

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jhetley From: jhetley Date: November 15th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
This meme presumes that you have an mp3 player . . .

*is hopelessly out of it*
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I suppose you could close your eyes, shuffle through your CD collection, pick a CD and point randomly to the list of tracks. :)

Despite my age, I have had an iPod for some years because it was just the thing for playing music and podcasts through the car's audio system when I had the long commute to work.
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: November 15th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I own #2, but I can't tell you the title or artist.

#14 - I'm guessing the name is Thomas.

#17 - Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell

#18 - Bob Dylan's Dream, Bob Dylan.

I'm sure I'll feel silly later when I see all the ones I don't recognize.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! I wouldn't have guessed #18 myself, to be honest. Number #17 is amongst the few I would have guessed if someone else had posted the list. And I probably wouldn't have remembered the proper title for #2 either. :)
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I do have an iPod Touch, but i rarely use it to listen to music and i don't even know how to set it to shuffle. However:
#2 is The World Turned Upside Down - either Dick Gaughan or Billy Bragg - they've both recorded it (but so have quite a few others).
#5 is Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right'.
#7 is Cwm Rhondda, often called Bread of Heaven, but it could be anyone singing it from a Welsh male voice choir to Harry Seacombe.
#14 is Thomas the Rhymer - probably the Steeleye Span version.
I got 17, too
#20 is Arthur McBride, but many people have covered it. Could be Paul Brady or Planxty or Christy Moore or The Dubliners or any one of a number of classic Irish folk bands.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah... #4 is Horkstow Grange. I had to look it up, but do i get a bonus point for knowing that it's where Steeleye Span got their name from. (Steeleye Span is a character in the song).
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
And the performer would either be Martin Carthy or Steeleye Span - probably the lineup with Martin Carthy in it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are right on #2, #7, #14 and #20 and you corrected yourself on #5. It is Dylan, but it's 'It ain't me babe' and it is Dylan singing it. It was the Planxty version of Arthur Mcbride, a CD I bought in Dublin airport some years ago on the way back from an Octocon. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
#4 is on the album Horkstow Grange and I'll give you the bonus point for knowing that's where Steeleye Span got their name from, but it's not the name of the track.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you're perfectly correct, of course. The track is Australia. That was a bit of sloppy google-fu on my part. It's not one of my all-time favourite Steeleye album. To be homest, I'm still very partial to 'Hark! The Village Wait.'

The other Bob Dylan must be #3. I Shall be Free, I think, but I can't recall which album it was on.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 16th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
'Hark! The Village Wait.'

Oooh! I haven't got that one. Perhaps something to treat myself with for Christmas. :)
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 16th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hark!The Village Wait is Steeleye's first album with the lineup that included Gay and Terry Woods, so you have two female voices on it. Maddy leading most songs with Gay on harmonies. (Or else their voices are very similar.)It's got things like The calling On Song and The Blacksmith. Lovely stuff. I have it on LP and on CD.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah Thinks again. Caper est is probably right. #5 is probably 'It Ain't Me Babe' A Bob Dylan song, certainly, but all his songs have been much covered.
caper_est From: caper_est Date: November 15th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I knew #2.
#4 sounds like it might be the Wild Rover; no clue as to artist.
#5 - It Ain't Me, Babe. Johnny Cash? I seem to be able to hear him singing it.
#7 - Is that Bread of Heaven?
#15 I know I've got, but I don't know what it is. Gah!
caper_est From: caper_est Date: November 15th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
#4 is also a generous estimate of the hours of sleep I got last night, rounded up - and here we see it showing!

*bangs head of little hap*
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about lack of sleep. My memory fades badly if I haven't had enough.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're in the right ballpark with #4, but it's more a lament about being transported. #5 is the correct title, but it's the original Dylan version. #7 is commonly called 'Bread of Heaven' (or 'Bread from Evans's as we used to sing at Aber when we were students!), but that's not it's proper name. birdsedge gave the correct answer.

Think reggae for #15. That might help. :)
caper_est From: caper_est Date: November 15th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aha! It's Satisfy My Soul, by Bob Marley and the Wailers. (It's also playing on my computer right now: win all round.)

I can't believe I didn't get Arthur McBride, with the name virtually blazoned in the negative space!

#7: Given the new clue, Cerys Matthews?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 16th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You are correct on both counts. The slightly quirky Cerys Matthews version of Cwm Rhondda is on her latest album Tir (Welsh for 'land'). And the other was Bob Marley. I use his albums for assignment marking music because it's got a bit of a bounce to keep my spirits up, but they're not too fast or distracting.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: November 15th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah - penny drops - is #16 Rave On? In which case it could be Steeleye Span or it clould be Buddy Holly but since there's other S. Span tracks on here I'm betting the former.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's the 'Rave on' from the Steeleye Span album 'The Journey'. As I said above, I'm a bit dubious about the true randomness of the Shuffle feature because it seemed to give me several Dylans (there's one of his still unidentified) and Steeleye Span and there's a lot more stuff on there that didn't come up.

I wonder if it does favour stuff that you listen to a lot? It kept trying to give me the tracks our Welsh tutor records for us so we can practice the play and there are very few of those, but obviously they get played a lot.
devilgate From: devilgate Date: November 15th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
2 is 'World Turned Upside Down' by Billy Bragg, and 5 is 'It Ain't Me, Babe', by Bob Dylan.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Correct on both counts!
coneycat From: coneycat Date: November 15th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
5. It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob Dylan, thought JOhnny Cash did a great version.)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 15th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're correct and it is the original Dylan version. My husband was a huge Dylan fan in his youth and saw him and I think Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez live at the legendary Isle of Wight pop festival back in the late 60s. :)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: November 16th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like jhetley I don't have an MP3 player either.
And not sure if we're supposed to guess the ones you haven't crossed out?

Anyway, *hopelessly put of it* or not - joy of joys, I recognised the first un-crossed-out one instantly - it's by Catatonia - one of my favourites bands. Way Beyond Blue.

#6 I'm an Apeman - The Kinks
#11 Valerie - Amy Winehouse
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 17th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Well done! Yes, #1 is Catatonia "Way beyond blue" and #6 is The Kinks 'Apeman'. #11 is indeed Valerie, but I have the original Zutons' version which I bought before the later cover by Amy Winehouse came out. Not that I would have bought her recording because though she had an amazing voice, I didn't like the way she did that particular song.

I'm actually quite surprised at how many people have guessed. I wouldn't have guessed most of them if someone else had posted them, which just goes to show how little I'm listening to music at the moment. I've started to forget the songs I used to listen to regularly on my daily commute.

I'll post the answers to the final few some time later today.
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