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DCnDC 07-18-2019 12:14 PM

Hello? Songs about phones/phone calls
 
What are songs that are about telephones or phone calls?

Some obvious examples:

ELO - Telephone Line
Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
Blondie - Call Me
Lady Gaga - Telephone
The Orlons - Don't Hang Up
The Monkees - Last Train to Clarksville

Others?

manson1972 07-18-2019 12:18 PM

Adele - Hello

Procrustus 07-18-2019 12:22 PM

Jim Croce
Operator

Quote:

Operator, well could you help me place this call?
Well, I can't read the number that you just gave me
There's something in my eyes, you know it happens every time
I think about a love that I thought would save me

Annie-Xmas 07-18-2019 12:29 PM

Chuck Berry - Marie
England Dan & John Ford Cody - I'd Really Love to See You Tonight

Zyada 07-18-2019 12:33 PM

I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

I was going to say Lionel Ritchie's Hello, but it's not about an actual phone call. Just Lionel wondering where the love of his life is.

Typo Negative 07-18-2019 12:39 PM

Memphis, Tennessee By George Thorogood

Thudlow Boink 07-18-2019 12:41 PM

The Kinks - Party Line
The Bad Examples - Statue By My Phone
Paul McCartney & Wings - Call Me Back Again

Colibri 07-18-2019 12:42 PM

Wilson Pickett: 634-5789

Quote:

If you need a little lovin'
Call on me....(alright)
If you want a little huggin'
Call on me baby....(mmhmm)
Oh I'll be right here at home
All you gotta do is pick up
Your telephone and dial now

6-3-4-5-7-8-9 (That's my number!)
6-3-4-5-7-8-9
The Turtles: Happy Together

Quote:

If I should call you up
Invest a dime
And you say you're the one to me
And ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be
So very fine
So happy together

shunpiker 07-18-2019 12:44 PM

"Telephone" from Shelby Lynne;

"...I never really thought you would answer.
Now it's a big blown up thing.
I wish you hadn't been at home when the telephone rang."

Snowboarder Bo 07-18-2019 12:44 PM

Meri Wilson - Telephone Man

Annie-Xmas 07-18-2019 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Typo Negative (Post 21757563)
Memphis, Tennessee By George Thorogood

Which is the actual title of the song written and originally recorded by Chuck Berry I mentioned in my earlier post.

ETA: And of course there's a wiki for this.

Colibri 07-18-2019 12:46 PM

Dr. Hook: Sylvia's Mother

Quote:

Sylvia's mother says, 'Sylvia's busy
Too busy to come to the phone'
Sylvia's mother says, 'Sylvia's tryin'
To start a new life of her own'
Sylvia's mother says, 'Sylvia's happy
So why don't you leave her alone?'

And the operator says, '40 cents more for the next 3 minutes'
Please Mrs. Avery, I just gotta talk to her
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery, I just wanna tell 'er goodbye

Dung Beetle 07-18-2019 12:50 PM

Answering Machine, Rupert Holmes

Colibri 07-18-2019 12:53 PM

Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman


Quote:

I hear you singing in the wire
I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita lineman
Is still on the line
I'm not sure it's about a phone call, but it's certainly about phones.

74westy 07-18-2019 12:55 PM

It Must Be Him -- Vikki Carr

I tell myself don't be a chump
Who cares, let him stay away
That's when the phone rings and I jump
And as I grab the phone I pray

Let it please be him, oh dear God
It must be him or I shall die
Or I shall die
Oh hello, hello my dear God
It must be him but it's not him
And then I die
That's when I die

swampspruce 07-18-2019 12:56 PM

nm

Leaffan 07-18-2019 01:00 PM

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

"Hey, I just met you and this is crazy
But here's my number, so call me maybe
It's hard to look right at you baby
But here's my number, so call me maybe"

Thudlow Boink 07-18-2019 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dung Beetle (Post 21757584)
Answering Machine, Rupert Holmes

The Replacements - Answering Machine

MrDibble 07-18-2019 01:14 PM

Party Line - the Kinks
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Say My Name - Destiny's Child
The Telephone Call - Kraftwerk
Star 69 - R.E.M.
Hotline Bling - Drake
Appelle mon numéro - Mylène Farmer
6060-842 -B-52s
Clouds Across the Moon - The RAH Band

cochrane 07-18-2019 01:14 PM

Huey Lewis and the News - If This Is It

"I've been phoning, at night and morning."

The Stampeders - Hit the Road, Jack

The caller is pouring out his lament over the phone to Wolfman Jack.

WildaBeast 07-18-2019 01:15 PM

Pennsylvania 6-5000.

Also Beechwood 4-5789.

Both use the old fashioned named exchanges.

J-P L 07-18-2019 01:16 PM

Travis Tritt - Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)

saucywench 07-18-2019 01:23 PM

Don't Call Us -Sugarloaf
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3KeiPjbgcE

Prof. Pepperwinkle 07-18-2019 01:23 PM

All Alone By The Telephone - by Irving Berlin

Hello! Ma Baby - Al Jolson

Thudlow Boink 07-18-2019 01:26 PM

Squeeze - 853-5937

ZipperJJ 07-18-2019 01:31 PM

Phone by Lizzo (about losing your phone)

silenus 07-18-2019 01:37 PM

Blondie - Hanging On the Telephone

Jimmy Buffett - If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me

Jimmy Buffett - Everybody's On the Phone

Dung Beetle 07-18-2019 01:38 PM

Another Rainy Night (Without You), Queensryche

Helena330 07-18-2019 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leaffan (Post 21757607)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

"Hey, I just met you and this is crazy
But here's my number, so call me maybe
It's hard to look right at you baby
But here's my number, so call me maybe"

The ending of the video is hilarious. :D

Call me maybe

SPOILER:
She's been trying to get the attention of a cute guy during the whole video. At the end, he gives his number to a guy in her band, and she has the best WTF?? expression. :D


My contribution to the thread is Payphone by Maroon 5.

Dung Beetle 07-18-2019 01:41 PM

The Telephone Hour, from Bye Bye Birdie

Railer13 07-18-2019 01:50 PM

Robert Cray - Phone Booth

I'm in a phone booth, baby
Number scratched on the wall
I'm in a phone booth, baby
Number scratched on the wall
I'm new in Chicago
Got no one else to call

AHunter3 07-18-2019 02:02 PM

Georgia Satellites, Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Darlin' (I'm feeling kinda lonesome, I'd call you on the phone some...)

Bette Midler, Mr. Rockefeller

RTFirefly 07-18-2019 02:14 PM

Todd Rundgren, Hello It's Me

Snowboarder Bo 07-18-2019 02:22 PM

Girlschool - Emergency is excellent but I prefer this cover version: Motörhead - Emergency

kenobi 65 07-18-2019 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DCnDC (Post 21757500)
ELO - Telephone Line

And, their sort-of sequel to it: Calling America

Also:

Primitive Radio Gods -- Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand (only one mention of a call in the lyrics, but gets special credit for the title :D )

xizor 07-18-2019 02:27 PM

Beck - Cellphone's Dead
It might be about a phone, but who can tell with those lyrics?

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness 07-18-2019 02:43 PM

The Kinks - Long Distance

Cheap Trick - She's Tight
Quote:

I got the number and it starts to ring
I get excited and I start to dream
I start to fantasize of memory lane
Then she answers and she says right way
She says "I'm home on my own, home all alone"
So I got off the phone
The Knack - Good Girls Don't
Quote:

So you call her on the phone
To talk about the teachers that you hate.
And she says she's all alone,
And her parents won't be coming home til late.
And while the lyrics are not about a phone call, the last minute or so of Pink Floyd's Young Lust features a phone call.

saucywench 07-18-2019 02:48 PM

Telephone Song - Stevie Ray (and Jimmie) Vaughan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3KeiPjbgcE

jnglmassiv 07-18-2019 02:58 PM

Deee-Lite - Call Me

I mostly remember this because a friend and I used to make fun of this terrible lyric:
"You can call me any time
On my hello happy line."

ElvisL1ves 07-18-2019 03:05 PM

Chuck Berry's "Promised Land":

... Los Angeles, give me Norfolk, Virginia
Tidewater four ten O nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin'
And the poor boy's on the line.



Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Operator, Information (Get Me Jesus on the Line)"

Peanuthead 07-18-2019 03:08 PM

Suzanne Fellini - Making Love On the Phone

Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call

Little Nemo 07-18-2019 03:18 PM

"It's Me Again, Margaret" by Ray Stevens

Dung Beetle 07-18-2019 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Nemo (Post 21757914)
"It's Me Again, Margaret" by Ray Stevens

Oh, nice one. :D


Nobody, by Sylvia


"Your nobody called today, she hung up when I asked her name..."

kenobi 65 07-18-2019 03:49 PM

Billy Joel -- Sometimes a Fantasy

I didn't want to do it but I got too lonely
I had to call you up in the middle of the night
I know it's awful hard to try to make love long distance (*pant pant pant*)
But I really needed stimulation
Though it was only my imagination

EinsteinsHund 07-18-2019 03:56 PM

Something from leftfield:

Helge Schneider - Telefonmann

silenus 07-18-2019 03:59 PM

Dire Straights - Calling Elvis

Aspidistra 07-18-2019 03:59 PM

I'm seriously the first one to mention ABBA? Woot!

Ring, ring, why don't you give me a call?
Ring, ring, the happiest sound of them all


Bonus retro points for the phone being on the wall

Gatopescado 07-18-2019 04:01 PM

Almost - Sarah Harmer

George Jones Talkin' Cell-phone Blues - Drive-By Truckers

EinsteinsHund 07-18-2019 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by silenus (Post 21757697)

Also Call Me.

casdave 07-18-2019 04:05 PM

5705 - City Boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHm3w-50Vwc

Buzz buzz a diddle it - Freddy Cannon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YygZH7enlLo

Ring Ring - Abba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL0EoXdpOqg

Hello, this is Joannie (The telephone answering machine song) - Paul Evans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRfS10Ae46o

Busy Line - Rose Murphy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwfzjbjuHVU


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