John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Name that Tune: the answers

It's been a week, so here are the answers to the lyrics challenge I posted last Thursday:

"Go away from my window, leave at your own chosen speed"
"It Ain't Me, Babe." Written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan; I was listening to the Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon version from the Walk the Line soundtrack, but like many Dylan songs it's been covered many other times.
"I've been running hot, you got me ticking, gonna blow my top"
"Start Me Up." Written and originally performed by the Rolling Stones; the cover I have is by The Folksmen, which is on the soundtrack to A Mighty Wind but wasn't in the movie
"Breaking rocks in the hot sun"
"I Fought the Law." Written and originally recorded by Sonny Curtis; I was listening to the version by the Clash, but I also have the Bobby Fuller Four version.
"Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night"
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." It was written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon and originally performed by the Four Lads; I was listening to the cover by They Might Be Giants.
"The reason why oh I can't say, I had to let you go babe and right away"
"Feel a Whole Lot Better." Written by Gene Clark and originally performed by the Byrds; Tom Petty covered it (with slightly altered lyrics) on his solo album Full Moon Fever.
"I don't know what it is that makes me love you so"
No one got this one! The song is "I Only Want to Be With You," which was written by Michael Hawker and Ivor Raymonde and made famous by Dusty Springfield (with whom I share a birthday, he added irrelevantly). The cover I was listening to was by a band unfairly characterized nowadays as a one-hit wonder, the Bay City Rollers.
"My baby don't mess around because she loves me so and this I know for sure"
"Hey Ya." Written and originally performed by Andre 3000 of Outkast. I was listening to an acoustic cover by Mat Weddle of Obadiah Parker
"I know so many people who think they can do it alone"
"Hang Onto Your Ego." Written by Brian Wilson, and originally recorded (as "I Know There's an Answer" with slightly different lyrics) by the Beach Boys. I was listening to the Frank Black cover.
"You and I in a little toy shop buy a bag of balloons with the money we got"
"99 Red Balloons." The original German version was written by Carlo Karges and Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen; the English lyrics were written by Kevin McAlea. Both the German and English versions were originally performed by Nena. The version I was listening to was by Goldfinger, which cuts one of the verses in favor of singing one of the verses in both English and German.
"You and me Sunday driving, not arriving, on our way back home"
"Two of Us." Written by Lennon and McCartney and originally performed by the Beatles. Aimee Mann and Michael Penn covered it for the I Am Sam soundtrack.
"You got me rockin' and a-rollin', rockin' and a-reelin'"
"Barbara Ann." Written by Fred Fassert, it was first recorded not by the Beach Boys as most people think, but by the Regents. I was listening to the cover by the Bobs.
"Who cares about the clouds when we're together?"
"Happy Trails." Written by Dale Evans and originally sung by her and Roy Rogers; Van Halen sang it on their album Diver Down, and frequently ended their live shows with it.
"The sun is slowly sinking down, the moon is slowly rising"
"You Can Close Your Eyes." Written and originally performed by James Taylor; I was listening to Sheryl Crow's Grammy-nominated cover, but I also have a recording of Linda Ronstadt singing it.
"That's great, it starts with an earthquake"
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." It was written and originally performed by R.E.M., and covered (as "End of the World") by Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea.
"I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real"
"Hurt." Written by Trent Reznor and originally performed by Nine Inch Nails; covered and vastly improved by Johnny Cash
"Love is a burning thing, and it makes a fiery ring"
"Ring of Fire." Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, and originally recorded by Anita Carter. Johnny Cash made it famous, and it's been covered dozens of times. I have seven different versions, but the one I was listening to at the time was the one by Social Distortion.
"Sometimes I feel I've got to run away"
"Tainted Love." Composed by Ed Cobb and originally recorded by Gloria Jones. Soft Cell took it to the top ten in 1981; it was their version I was listening to.
"With so much drama in the L-B-C, it's kinda hard being Snoop D-O-double-G"
"Gin & Juice." Written and originally performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg. I was listening to the cover by the Gourds.
"Asked the Lord above for mercy, 'save me if you please'"
"Crossroads." This song by Cream is mostly a cover of Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues," but also contains lines taken from another Johnson song, "Traveling Riverside Blues."
"Baby, do you understand me now?"
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Another one no one got. It was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus, and was first recorded by Nina Simone, but most people know it better as an Animals song. I was listening to the 1970s cover by Santa Esmerelda, featured on the Kill Bill vol. 1 soundtrack.
"She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge"
"Common People." It was written and originally recorded by Pulp, and covered by William Shatner. It's surprisingly good, considering it's by William Shatner.

Thanks to everyone who submitted guesses: tsukata (who correctly identified no. 21), spidey_88 (1,4,9,10), dionneshea (7), rocknrollgidget (3,11-12, 14-17), a2zmom (1, 16), homegoddess (13), montykins (1, 3-4, 9, 14, 16-18), tomthedog (2, 5), misterweasel (2-4, 7-11, 14-17), georgevna (1-4, 9, 11, 16-17, 21), mrghoul (19), dfwall12453 (3, 9, 14, 16), fizzball (7, 9, 17), and jenelope (2, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16-17).


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