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Old 02-13-2014, 09:23 AM
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Songs that list things


What songs, at least to a fairly decent extent, list things, ie have enumeration?

Some starting examples:

We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel
It's the End of the World, REM

Though it's overall less pronounced in it, American Pie has an element of listing things off too.

What others?

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What songs, at least to a fairly decent extent, list things, ie have enumeration?
"Enumeration" made me think you wanted numbered lists; and the first thing that came to mind was the Traveling Wilburys song "Seven Deadly Sins" ("Sin number one was when you left me...").

From the examples you gave, I see the lists don't have to be numbered. You can find some other examples in this 2009 thread, which is similar but not as specific:
"We Didn't Start the Fire" type songs
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"Enumeration" made me think you wanted numbered lists; and the first thing that came to mind was the Traveling Wilburys song "Seven Deadly Sins" ("Sin number one was when you left me...").
That use didn't occur to me, I just meant the one from Merriam-Webster: "to name (things) one after another in a list," which is how I've heard it used in literary conversation. Thanks for pointing me to that other thread!
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:07 AM
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:27 AM
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The Righteous Brothers "Rock and Roll Heaven" is a list of rock stars who died young.

George Jones' "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" is a list of classic country singers.

Bobby Troup's "Route 66" features a long list of cities and towns along the actual highway Route 66.

There's also Ko-Ko's "I've Got a Little List" song from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, which is a list of people he'd like to kill.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:32 AM
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:32 AM
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:38 AM
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There was this 80s college-radio type song called "80 lines for 40 women" (or something) where the singer runs through all the women he's slept with. I first heard it in high school and thought it was so cool. I heard it again some time later and realized it was the most awful, d-bag, embarrassing song of all time.

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"List" songs always make me think of Cole Porter (as does anyone carrying a hod of coal)
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There was this 80s college-radio type song called "80 lines for 40 women" (or something) where the singer runs through all the women he's slept with. I first heard it in high school and thought it was so cool. I heard it again some time later and realized it was the most awful, d-bag, embarrassing song of all time.
This reminded me to mention 52 Girls by The B-52's. (Not a song about women they slept with...AFAIK)
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88 lines about 44 women - The Nails
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Some "enumeration" songs:

The bridge to "The Book of Love" ("In Chapter 1 you love her, you love her with all your heart, in Chapter 2 you tell her you're never ever ever gonna part...")

"Rock Around the Clock" ("We'll have some fun when the clock strikes one...")

"Twenty Flight Rock" ("One flight, two flight, three flight, four...")

"Three Days" ("Three days filled with pain and sorrow/Yesterday, today and tomorrow")

"Helplessly Hoping" ("They are one person, they are two alone, they are three together, they are four for each other")

And then there's the songs listing days of the week, such as "Stormy Monday" ("Well, they call it Stormy Monday but Tuesday's just as bad/Wednesday's worse and Thursday's oh so sad"), "Friday I'm In Love", and "Friday On My Mind".

And months of the year ("Calendar Girl")

And years ("In the Year 2525")

Oh yeah, and I expected one of the first three posts to mention Tom Lehrer's "The Elements"!
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People Who Died - The Jim Carroll Band

88 Lines About 44 Women - The Nails

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Sweet and Tender Hooligan - The Smiths

* lists the people killed by a 'sweet and tender hooligan'.
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Pepper - Butthole Surfers

ETA: D'oh! Ninja-ed by QuickSilver!
That's the one I couldn't think of!
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"More Bad Times" by the Presidents of the United States of America (apparently a cover, but I've never heard the original). It's more or less a list of bad things that never happened, and several that did ("But not enough ... to fill up a song").
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It Was A Very Good Year sung by Frank Sinatra and others.

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The Intro and the Outro by the Bonzo Dog Band lists the members of the band. And it's a particularly large band.
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The first one that sprang to my mind is 'Come to Australia' by the Scared Weird Little Guys, but maybe that's just me
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The end of What Do You Want From Life by The Tubes lists a number of things you're entitled to (if you're an American citizen, that is).

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The one that jumped out at me was:

Tie Me Kangaroo Down.

Possibly, - Counting Flowers on the Wall by the Stattler Brothers

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Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport by Rolf Harris.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4gru7Ial3k

One verse says, "Let me Abos go loose, Bruce,/Let me Abos go loose./ They're of no further use, Bruce,/Let me Abos go loose.

The song was popular a long time ago, and I didn't know that "Abo" meant Aboririgine, the dark-skinned people who were there before the British settlers moved in. Now I know that verse could be really offensive to the Aborigines.

ETA: I see that TV time beat me to it.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas -- Traditional
The Twelve Beers of Christmas -- Bob & Doug McKenzie
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) -- Lou Bega
Land of 1,000 Dances -- Chris Kenner/Wilson Pickett/etc*
Ten Commandments of Love -- The Moonglows
Ten Crack Commandments -- The Notorious B.I.G.
Sweet Soul Music -- Arthur Conley
We Got More Soul -- Dyke & the Blazers
Know Your Rights -- The Clash
Women's Love Rights -- Laura Lee


*Ends up falling short of the title's promise even more woefully than "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
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I mentioned the Stattler Brothers earlier and this one came to my mind just a minute or so ago..

"Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" an incredible list song by the Stattler Brothers.

And AskNott you did a much better job of explaining that Australian gem than I did. I bow to you.
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The one that jumped out at me was:

Tie Me Kangaroo Down.
I see what you did there.

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Dale Watson's "I Hate These Songs" lists, oddly enough, songs.
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Geez, anyone ever heard a song called Eclipse from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon?

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Love is a Stranger, Eurythmics (qualities of love)

Wishing the Days Away, Billy Bragg (days of the week)

Lay My Love, Eno/Cale (characteristics of the first person character)

and Fairbanks, Alaska, Joe Walsh (everywhere else – "... I've never shot 18 under par, and I still don't know where all those balls are, except the one that went in one doctor's car, in Lincoln Nebraska ...")

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"List" songs always make me think of Cole Porter (as does anyone carrying a hod of coal)
You're The Top being a top one.
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Dances: "Nobody But Me", Human Beinz ("Nobody can do the SHING-A-LING! like I do/Nobody can do the SKATE! like I do...")

Girls: "Travelin' Man", Ricky Nelson ("Oh my sweet Fraulein down in Berlin town makes my heart start to yearn, and my China doll in old Hong Kong waits for my return...")

Girls: "California Girls", Beach Boys ("East Coast girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear/And the Southern girls with the way they talk they knock me out when I'm down there...")

Bands: "Monterey", Eric Burdon & the Animals ("The Byrds and the Airplane did fly/Ravi Shankar's music made me cry/The Who exploded into fired light/Hugh Masekela's music was black as night...")

Beliefs: "God", John Lennon ("I don't believe in magic/I don't believe in I Ching/I don't believe in tarot/I don't believe in Hitler...")

Professions: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor", Yardbirds ("Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief...")

Archetypes: "Atlantis", Donovan ("On board were the twelve: The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist...")

Everything: "Third Uncle", Brian Eno ("There are tins, there was pork, there are legs, there are sharks, there was John, there are cliffs, there was mother, there's a poker, there was you...")
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