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And here's from the disco era, The Sylvers with Hot Line. I had this thing on a 45.
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:43 PM
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I tried to telephone

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Although to be fair, post no 24 beat me to it.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:29 PM
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Stevie Wonder's song Part Time Lover includes these phone-related lyrics:
Call up, ring once, hang up the phone
To let me know you made it home
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I've got something that I must tell
Last night someone rang our doorbell
And it was not you, my part-time lover
And then a man called our exchange
But didn't want to leave his name
I guess that two can play the game
Of part-time lovers
Even in 1984, "called our exchange" seemed like a rather outdated reference done solely for a rhyme—and not a particularly good rhyme.
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The Queers - I Just Called to Say Fuck You
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Old 07-20-2019, 02:06 AM
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Callin' Baton Rouge - originally recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, but the Garth Brooks cover may be more well-known.

"Operator won't you put me on through
I gotta' send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up won't you put her on the line
I gotta' talk to the girl just one more time"




Why Don't That Telephone Ring - by Tracy Byrd

"I had the operator call me back
She said my phone is working fine
I hear in Louisville it's almost dawn
But it's 2 a.m. Pacific time.

I thought sure she would've called by now
To tell me all about that wild and crazy LA scene
Well, I know my number's in her book
Why don't that telephone ring?"
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:35 AM
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Chris Montez: Call Me
So cute. Hard to believe we were ever that innocent.

Tom Waits: The Heart of Saturday Night
Is it the crack of the pool balls
Neon buzzin'
Telephone's ringin'
It's your second cousin
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:26 AM
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I'm seriously the first one to mention ABBA? Woot!
I'm seriously the first one to mention ABBA "Ring, Ring (Bara du slog en signal)"

ETA: English translation

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Old 07-21-2019, 06:57 AM
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“At My Most Beautiful”

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Old 07-21-2019, 07:25 AM
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:38 AM
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A phone call runs through the verses of Don McClean's Three Flights Up

Tell Me On A sunday

If you don't mean a thing
You'll find your phone won't ring
I'll call you back and have a nice day
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:09 PM
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Good one! That was going to be mine.

I will offer:

Elvis Costello - Toledo

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All through the night you telephoned
I saw the light blinking red
Beside the cradle

mmm
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Good one! That was going to be mine.

I will offer:

Elvis Costello - Toledo




mmm
Also, from “No Action”, a classic Costello pun:
Every time I phone you
I just want to put you down
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Wings' Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey has a phone call, while Lennon's I'm Losing You" (maybe the only half-decent song off that "DF" dreck of an album) has the lyrics:

Somehow the wires have crossed
Communication's lost
Can't even get you on the telephone


10CC mention "And just because/I call you up/Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made" in "Not in Love".

Can't remember if that insipid "Jenny (867-5309)" number's been mentioned yet.

In Janis Ian's "At 17" she mentions:

Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say "Come dance with me"
And murmured vague obscenities

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Old 07-21-2019, 05:01 PM
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..Can't remember if that insipid "Jenny (867-5309)" number's been mentioned yet...
It was mentioned right there in the OP. And there's nothing insipid about that great song!
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:11 AM
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Well, I'm the first one to mention ABBA's Super Trouper

I was sick and tired of everything
When I called you last night from Glasgow
All I do is eat and sleep and sing
Wishing every show was the last show (wishing every show was the last show)
So imagine I was glad to hear you're coming (glad to hear you're coming)
Suddenly I feel all right
(And suddenly it's gonna be)
And it's gonna be so different
When I'm on the stage tonight

When Gerard Alessandrini realized he'd parodied every character from Les Mis but Eponine, he wrote "On My Phone" to the tune of "On My Own"

Rotating upstage where it's dark there isn't anyone to talk to
I say my lines, I hit my mark, but I keep looking at the clock, too
Until I enter next there's lots of time to send…
A text.
Oh my phone I check up on my voicemail
On my phone behind the Les Mis rubble
Without lights the murky shadows hide me
In case I'm feeling bored I keep my iPhone close beside me

On my phone, while Jean Valjean is weeping
I can call the jerk with whom I'm sleeping
In the darkness I still can text a message
And gossip with my girlfriend while I'm singing "On My Own"
(CELL PHONE RINGS)
(Speaking) Just a second. Hello? Oh hi, where are you guys? Oh, Act Two? We're still in Act One. Okay, no, no, I'll call you later after I die.
(Singing) Rotate me…and shoot me.
(BANG!)
I'm dying to call you on my phone.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:35 AM
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Two very, very sad ones (be warned):

Leonard Cohen's "It Seems So Long Ago Nancy" about a woman who commits suicide

It seems so long ago,
Nancy was alone,
A forty five beside her head,
An open telephone.

Tom Paxton's "Phil," about the suicide of Phil Ochs

The phone started ringing, had I heard about it?
I shook every time I heard it ring
What was my reaction? I put the phone down
That was the only news that was fit to sing

They ask about Dylan, about MacDougal Street and Third
Question piled on question and each question more absurd

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It was mentioned right there in the OP. And there's nothing insipid about that great song!
All good - I got it

From Dave Edmunds' I'm Ready:

Talkin' on the phone is not my speed
Don't send me no letter 'cause I can't read

In Promised Land Chuck Berry mentions:

Cut your engines, an cool your wings,
And let me make it to the telephone.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:52 AM
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Rod Stewart's If You Think I'm Sexy has the lyric "Give me a dime so I can call my mother." Pay phones are no longer a dime, and who needs them in this age of cell phones?

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Speaking of obscene calls...
Prince's - Let's Go Crazy includes the lyrics:
"Call my old lady, for friendly word
Picked up the phone, dropped it on the floor
Ahhh, ahhh is all I heard"
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Some oddball phone-related recommendations:

Maj Britt and the Suggestions - Sorry Caller, no one home
https://youtu.be/twzjFgQymQg

Assagai - Telephone Girl
https://youtu.be/NtpeZIInFV0

The Troggs - 66-54321
https://youtu.be/n1RibhA81lg

Terry Durham - Crystal Telephone
https://youtu.be/SoIlFPCTWj0

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Only a Clevelander would know this:


"Since your call came through there ain't nothin' new
but the radio and the headlights
And the the news at the top of the hour
that no one really believes..."

'Lover'

Michael Stanley Band

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Old 07-23-2019, 10:01 AM
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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap has the following:

"Pick up the phone
I'm always home
Call me any time
Just ring
36 24 36 hey
I lead a life of crime"

I always chuckle at the choice of phone number.
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:55 AM
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Kevin Bloody Wilson - Dick Ta'phone (NSFW)
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:28 AM
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It was mentioned right there in the OP. And there's nothing insipid about that great song!
Great song?

A guy is singing about how he's gonna fall in love with a girl whose number he picked up in a bathroom stall? "For a good time call Jenny, 867-5309"?????

It's one of the most insanely insipid songs around. It did, however, have a really catchy refrain.
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"Little Red Light" is a terrific song by Fountains of Wayne, about a guy waiting for a call that never comes.

It's not right
It's not fair
I'm still a mess
And you still don't care
I go to work
I come back home
But you're still gone
And I'm still alone
And the little red light's not blinking
No, no the little red light's not blinking
No, no the little red light's not blinking
On my big black plastic Japanese cordless phone
Oh no


After seeing someone mention "Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson I figured that had to be the worst phone-oriented song ever recorded, but then another poster brought up Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him", a strong candidate for Most Cringeworthy in the category.
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:35 AM
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I'm the first to mention Air Supply's I'm All Out of Love

I'm lying alone with my head on the phone
Thinking of you till it hurts
I know you hurt too but what else can we do
Tormented and torn apart
I wish I could carry your smile and my heart
For times when my life seems so low
It would make me believe what tomorrow could bring
When today doesn't really know, doesn't really know
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:46 AM
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"Telephone Blues", Eric Clapton, John Mayall, and the Bluesbreakers
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Old 07-25-2019, 12:43 PM
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After seeing someone mention "Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson I figured that had to be the worst phone-oriented song ever recorded, but then another poster brought up Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him", a strong candidate for Most Cringeworthy in the category.
It makes me laugh my ass off since I read Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs.


"It must be him
Or else I will stick my head in the oven again"
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Don't think I saw this one posted:

Early 60s' phone madness- I've always loved this song!
Robin was only 11 when she recorded this!:

Robin Clark - Daddy, Daddy (Gotta Get A Phone In My Room) (1961)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3RXfr7y5NY

The "phone" bells sounds more like in-school bell ringing.

Love the way she pronounces "ruined"(!) What is that accent???

Here's the original by "Betsy Brye" (1959) that has it's charms:

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

Sounds like it could have been a song in BYE BY BIRDIE. (Makes me think of "Going Steady/Telephone Hour")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sPU3ymk2ms

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Found another song by ROBIN CLARK (1st song above) "For Your Sake" (1961)
Boy, she was a talent!:

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"Bells Are Ringing" from the musical of the same name.

All around, there's the sound of the midsummer night,
Bells in the air are ringing ev'rywhere.
I rush to answer in hopes that it's he,
But no, the call's not for me.
Here alone I can only imagine the sight.
Me on the town, in some bewitching gown.
But I just wait at the end ot the line,
Bells are ringing
The bells keep ringing,
Oh why,
Oh why can't the next call be mine?


- Betty Comden and Adolph Green
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Another by Robert Cray: Smoking Gun

"I get a constant busy signal when I call you on the phone. I get a strong uneasy feeling you're not sitting there alone..."
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Also, Nick Lowe - "Wish You Were Here"
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In the rather niche genre of country songs about struggling rodeo riders calling their partners -

Chris LeDoux - Silence On The Line
George Strait - I Can Still Make Cheyenne
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:28 AM
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Laura and Tommy were lovers
He wanted to give her everything
Flowers, presents and most of all, a wedding ring
He saw a sign for a stock car race
A thousand dollar prize it read
He couldn't get Laura on the phone
So to her mother Tommy said
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her
Tell Laura I may be late
I've something to do, that cannot wait
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More country, less rodeo -

Jim Reeves - He'll have to go
And The Quireboys cover of it.
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Garth Brooks "Calling Baton Rouge"

Operator won't you put me on through
Gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
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For those with access to BBC streaming services and a penchant for these songs (or at least the more upbeat ones), a BBC Radio Solent show called Bubblegum and Cheese just did a three-hour show of telephone songs, which can be heard for the next 28 days. Song list at the link.
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Misunderstanding by Genesis.

Since then I've been running around trying to find you
I went to the places that we always go
I rang your home but got no answer
Jumped in my car, I went round there
Still don't believe it
He was just leaving
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"Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not" by X
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Jimmy Buffett's "If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me"
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Boz Scaggs & Duane Allman ~ Loan Me A Dime
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Leo Sayer's When I Need You:

Miles and miles of empty space in between us
The telephone can't take the place of your smile
But you know I won't be travelin' forever
It's cold out but hold out and do I like I do
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"Beth" by Kiss. No phone is mentioned, but it's a series of telephone conversations.
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"Communication" by The Power Station deals with several, but does include these lines:

Send word, stay tuned
Call me real soon
Every time I phone you
You're not home
We've got to stay in touch on the telephone
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Kraftwerk's "The Telephone Call"
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When your baby leaves you all alone
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Don't ya feel like cryin'

(From Dirty Dancing)
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