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Old 07-30-2019, 04:01 PM
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Songs featuring a named couple


Just because, I started thinking about songs that feature a couple where both people are named. But both members of the couple have to have names stated in the lyrics, not implied that one is the singer. In other words, Me and Bobby McGee does not count.

My offerings to get this rolling:
Jack and Diane by John Cougar Melloncamp features Jack & Diane (duh)
Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi features Tommy & Gina
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel features Brenda & Eddie

What else ya got?
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:09 PM
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Key Largo ("we had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall"). Unless you're not counting mentions of real-life couples?
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:11 PM
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:13 PM
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:13 PM
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:18 PM
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:19 PM
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Hey, Paula, by Paul and Paula
Hmmm, if couples named in a "dialogue" song count (i.e., a duet where each singer mentions the other by name rather than both members of the couple being named by a narrator who isn't either of them), then there are parody versions of "Daisy Bell" (aka "Daisy, Daisy" and "Bicycle Built for Two") that qualify, because they include a verse with Daisy addressing her suitor Michael.

Tom Lehrer's "I Got It from Agnes" probably holds the record when it comes to couples-naming.

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Old 07-30-2019, 04:23 PM
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Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks - Terry and Julie
Judy Is A Punk and The Return of Jackie and Judy from The Ramones both feature Jackie and Judy
Do Joan and Maxwell Edison (Maxwell's Silver Hammer) count?

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Old 07-30-2019, 04:45 PM
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Hmmm, if couples named in a "dialogue" song count (i.e., a duet where each singer mentions the other by name rather than both members of the couple being named by a narrator who isn't either of them)
Another example of this would be Weird Al's Ricky (Ricky & Lucy Ricardo, from I Love Lucy)
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:51 PM
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:53 PM
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Hmmm, if couples named in a "dialogue" song count (i.e., a duet where each singer mentions the other by name rather than both members of the couple being named by a narrator who isn't either of them)
As the OP, I'll allow it. My only stipulation is that both names are mentioned in the lyrics, and the singer can be one of the couple or the narrator, or both in the case of Taxi by Harry Chapin

"She said how are you Harry?
I said how are you Sue?
Through the too many miles
and too little smiles
I still, remember you"
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:59 PM
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Key Largo ("we had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall"). Unless you're not counting mentions of real-life couples?
Both names are there, so it fits!
But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet, Adam & Eve or other famous references we will end up with.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:05 PM
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Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks - Terry and Julie
Revisited in Bob Geldof's song "Love Like a Rocket" ("Terry still meets Julie every Friday night down at Waterloo underground").
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But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet, Adam & Eve or other famous references we will end up with.
"...Romeo & Juliet, Samson & Delilah..." - Bad Manners
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The Ballad (Denny & Jean) by Todd Rundgren, which remains, to this day, the saddest song I've ever heard in my life. It's odd, because the lyrics are so totally simplistic, they're like sixth-grade level poetry, but Todd sings them with such authority and finality. The chords contribute to it too. Billy Joel, with all his detailed world-building and stage-setting in Italian Restaurant, still can't make Brenda and Eddie anything more than an abstraction in comparison to Todd's doomed couple.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:29 PM
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But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet, Adam & Eve or other famous references we will end up with.
Lotsa Mary & Joseph too, e.g., in the Cherry Tree Carol.

On a rather different theme, there's Cocaine Bill and Morphine Sue. (Are there bonus points for having the couple's names right in the song title? )
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Trisha Yearwood's She's in Love with the Boy features Katie and Tommy.

I don't suppose Jake Owen's I Was Jack (You Were Diane) really counts?
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Both names are there, so it fits!
But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet, Adam & Eve or other famous references we will end up with.
Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet

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Old 07-30-2019, 05:38 PM
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Katie and Tommy - She's in love with boy
Joe and Rosalita
Rosie and Jesse - She's taken a Shine
Evergreen if nicknames count
Jacob and Rachel - Jacob's ladder
Danny Joe and Bobbie - Make up In Love
Eddie and Hazel - Love at the Five and Dime
Michael and Caroline - Tree of Hearts

And I can come up with more if I think on it.

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But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet, Adam & Eve or other famous references we will end up with.
Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" mentions Romeo & Juliet.
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The Zombies have a song called Friends of Mine on the album Odessey and Oracle that mentions 8 pairs of lovers. What do I win?

Joyce and Terry
Paul and Molly
Liz and Brian
Joy and David
Kim and Maggie
June and Daffy
Jean and Jim
And Jim and Christine


Who the hell names their kid 'Daffy'? I better check the album for accuracy...

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"...Romeo & Juliet, Samson & Delilah..." - Bad Manners
Same two couples are named in The Pointer Sisters’ “Fire”.

Romeo & Juliet are also named several times in Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”.
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Does it count if they are given titles/ descriptions/ nicknames rather than actual names?

Daydream Believer and Homecoming Queen, for example?
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Does it count if the couple are named in the title but not in the lyrics?
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But I wonder how many Romeo & Juliet...references we will end up with.

Here is one.
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