Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Great Liberal England Lyrics Quiz

Below are 20 lyrics from pop songs - some more obscure in others.

But which songs do they come from?

Simply leave the answers in the comments to win kudos, the envy of your friends and dinner for two at the Bonkers' Arms.*

I shall fill in the answers as the correct guesses arrive.
  1. Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannon ball
    Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

  2. You're always window shopping but never stopping to buy
    Georgy Girl (The Seekers)

  3. So you think you’re having good times/With the boy that you just met/Kicking sand from beach to beach/Your clothes all soaking wet
    Paper Sun (Traffic)

  4. Yes I think I'm okay/I walked into the door again/Well, if you ask that's what I'll say/And it's not your business anyway
    Luka (Suzanne Vega)

  5. Have you seen her dressed in blue?/See the sky in front of you/And her face is like a sail/Speck of white so fair and pale
    She’s a Rainbow (Rolling Stones)

  6. It's got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know/And it's not about you joggers who go round and round and round
    Parklife (Blur)

  7. What's your name?/Who's your daddy?/Is he rich like me?
    Time of the Season (The Zombies)

  8. I don't know why but I had to start it somewhere, so it started there
    Common People (Pulp)

  9. When shadows of evening gently fall/The memory of you I soon recall/We walked in the rain/You kissed me, whispered my name
    Where Are You Now, My Love? (Jackie Trent)

  10. I’m too hot (hot damn)/Called a police and a fireman/I’m too hot (hot damn)/Make a dragon wanna retire man
    Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)
  11. Everyone is talkin' about me/It makes me feel so bad
    Keep on Running (Spencer Davis Group)

  12. Don't start me talking/I could talk all night
    Oliver’s Army (Elvis Costello)

  13. What the hell is wrong with you tonight?/I can't seem to say or do the right thing
    It's Different for Girls (Joe Jackson)

  14. As I was lying in my bedroom fast asleep/Filled with those famous teenage pictures that you keep
    Angel Fingers (Wizzard)

  15. I was tossed and turnin' like a ship without a sea
    The Bad Old Days - (Co-Co)

  16. You, you're such a big star to me/You're everything I wanna be/But you're stuck in a hole and I want you to get out
    Shine (Take That)

  17. A holiday, a holiday/And the first one of the year/Lord Donald's wife came into the church/The Gospel for to hear
    Matty Groves (Fairport Convention)

  18. Over the doctor, over the soldier/Over the farmer, over the poacher/Over the preacher, over the gambler/Over the teacher, over the rambler
    Tonight We Fly (Divine Comedy)

  19. Take off your hat/Kick off your shoes/I know you ain't going anywhere
    Wishing Well (Free)

  20. The percentage you're paying is too high priced/While you're living beyond all your means/And the man in the suit has just bought a new car/From the profit he's made on your dreams
    The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (Traffic)
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Helena said...

I only knew a few!

5. She’s a Rainbow (Rolling Stones)

6. Parklife (Blur)

8. Common People (Pulp)

12. Oliver’s Army (Elvis Costelloe)

13. Different for Girls (Joe Jackson)

Pretty pathetic attempt.

Jonathan Calder said...

On the contrary, it's a very good start.

ACMG said...

1 - Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Bernard Salmon said...

4 - Luka by Suzanne Vega.

Backwatersman said...

A few for the teenagers here.

3 Paper sun / Traffic
7 Time of the season / Zombies
17 Matty Groves / Fairport
19 Wishing well / Free

+1 Champagne supernova / Oasis

Jonathan Calder said...

Thank you for the further correct answers.

wolfi said...

As an old (72 years yong ...) Steve Winwood Fan of course I should know no 20:

Low spark of high heeled boys
Merry Xmas !

Jonathan Calder said...

And Merry Christmas to you, Wolfi

David Sea said...

2. Georgie Girl by the Seekers

Andrew Hickey said...

I'd have got 1, 3, 6, 7,8, and 17.
14 is Angel Fingers by Wizzard, 11 is Keep On Running by the Spencer Davis Group. Some of the others sound familiar, too.

ShodanAlexM said...

Slightly ashamed to admit to knowing it but - 16 is Shine by Take That

Jonathan Calder said...

Thanks everyone. Only four left.

10 is extremely topical and 18 will be recognised by any fan of the band.

The other two are maybe too obscure, though 9 was once a Sunday music video here.

And 15 was chosen only because it rivals 1 as the worse lyric ever.

Anonymous said...

18 is The Divine Comedy's Tonight We Fly (and I plead guilty to being a fan).


Jonathan Calder said...

Thank you, Sen5c.

Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you,too.

Your substantial clue,rather than any real familiarity with what I presume are Mark Ronson's lyrics, led me to number 10:

Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)

Or alternatively:

Uptown Funk (Fleur East)

I suppose,given the quality of the news headlines Sony have been getting recently,this must be just about the one bit of Christmas joy they can turn to.For some of us though I fear both this song and Ms.East are going to become very annoying indeed as 2015 progresses.


Jonathan Calder said...

9 was written by Jackie Trent with Tony Hatch in their days as the British Bacharach and David.

15 is a long forgotten British Eurovision entry, memorable only for this extraordinary bad line.