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Old 07-18-2019, 12:14 PM
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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?
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:18 PM
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Adele - Hello
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:22 PM
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Jim Croce
Operator

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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
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:29 PM
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Chuck Berry - Marie
England Dan & John Ford Cody - I'd Really Love to See You Tonight
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:33 PM
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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.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:39 PM
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Memphis, Tennessee By George Thorogood
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The Kinks - Party Line
The Bad Examples - Statue By My Phone
Paul McCartney & Wings - Call Me Back Again
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:42 PM
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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!)
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The Turtles: Happy Together

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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
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:44 PM
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"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."

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Old 07-18-2019, 12:44 PM
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Meri Wilson - Telephone Man
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:45 PM
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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.

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Dr. Hook: Sylvia's Mother

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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
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Answering Machine, Rupert Holmes
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:53 PM
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Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman


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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.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:55 PM
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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
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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"
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Answering Machine, Rupert Holmes
The Replacements - Answering Machine
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:14 PM
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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
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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.

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Old 07-18-2019, 01:15 PM
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Pennsylvania 6-5000.

Also Beechwood 4-5789.

Both use the old fashioned named exchanges.

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Travis Tritt - Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
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Don't Call Us -Sugarloaf


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All Alone By The Telephone - by Irving Berlin

Hello! Ma Baby - Al Jolson
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Phone by Lizzo (about losing your phone)
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Blondie - Hanging On the Telephone

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

Jimmy Buffett - Everybody's On the Phone

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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.

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.


My contribution to the thread is Payphone by Maroon 5.
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The Telephone Hour, from Bye Bye Birdie
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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
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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

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

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

Cheap Trick - She's Tight
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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
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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.
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Telephone Song - Stevie Ray (and Jimmie) Vaughan

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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."
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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)"

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Suzanne Fellini - Making Love On the Phone

Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call
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"It's Me Again, Margaret" by Ray Stevens
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Nobody, by Sylvia


"Your nobody called today, she hung up when I asked her name..."
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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
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Ring, ring, why don't you give me a call?
Ring, ring, the happiest sound of them all


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5705 - City Boy

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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

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Busy Line - Rose Murphy

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