Guess-the-Lyrics: Unusual Rhymes III

A somewhat surprising number of people asked for a return of the guess-the-lyrics posts in the who are you? thread, and it seems like a good Friday activity. So, as with the previous rounds, each of the following gives a pair of rhyming (or at least intended-to-rhyme) phrases from a pop music song in my collection. Some of these are very recent, some go back a ways; some are pretty obvious, others kind of obscure. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to guess the song from which I took the rhyming phrase.

  • 1) mountain of rocks/ Cracker Jack box
  • 2) by the wrist/ amethyst
  • 3) CD collection/ prevent infection
  • 4) oceanography/ team and others meet
  • 5) trying hard/ calling card
  • 6) talking cute/ probably moot
  • 7) acute case/ his suitcase
  • 8) tavern jackets/ tennis rackets
  • 9) go to the show/ space cadet glow
  • 10) jerkoffs/ work off
  • 11) little man/ rub-on tan
  • 12) pumpkin pie/ Jesus Christ
  • 13) Regis/ Jesus
  • 14) yellow hair/ rocking chair
  • 15) diverted/ inverted
  • 16) Ferrari/ Atari
  • 17) lamentations/ jubilations

Leave your guesses in the comments, and feel free to suggest additional rhymes for other people to guess.


  1. #1 Kate Nepveu
    January 28, 2011

    Let’s see . . . it’s not fair to post answers since we share a music collection, but I know 3, 6, 8 (of course, I gave it to you), 11 (two from the same band!), and 17.

    6 should be a cakewalk; I don’t know how likely it is that anyone else will get the rest.

    And is 4 really supposed to rhyme?

  2. #2 Mark-->
    January 28, 2011

    #1 is from “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”, by Meat Loaf.

    I’m happy that I finally got one of these.

  3. #3 Excited State
    January 28, 2011

    I got the Kanye West songs:
    10. Runaway
    13. Jesus Walks
    I feel like I should know 16, too

  4. #4 Flavin
    January 28, 2011

    9 is quite off the wall.

  5. #5 John Novak
    January 28, 2011

    I claim #7 in the name of Warren Zevon.
    (French Inhaler.)

  6. #6 Kate Nepveu
    January 28, 2011

    Excited State @ #3: D’oh, I can’t believe I missed “Jesus Walks.” And now that you mention it, yeah, I do know 16 too.

  7. #7 Will "scifantasy" Frank
    January 28, 2011

    Damn, the only two I recognize on one reading are #1 and #9, both of which have already been named. I’ll mull this over a bit…

  8. #8 Cuttlefish
    January 28, 2011

    #16 is Cee Lo’s wonderful little ditty.

  9. #9 Matthew Beckler
    January 28, 2011

    #6 is Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield, I believe.

  10. #10 jross
    January 28, 2011

    Wrist/Amethyst is Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung

  11. #11 Eric Lund
    January 28, 2011

    Flavin identified the album whence #9 comes (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), but not the specific track. IIRC it occurs twice, once in the opening track “In the Flesh?” and once in the subsequent “In the Flesh” [without the question mark].

    I also recognized 6 and 7, to which others beat me.

  12. #12 Flavin
    January 28, 2011

    I didn’t want to give it away too early. Truth be told, this post inspired me to listen to The Wall, which I’m doing as I type.

  13. #13 Brian Postow
    January 28, 2011

    12 is Ed Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros…I think the song is called “Home”

  14. #14 rob
    January 28, 2011

    i got #9.

    and flavin@4 is right, it is quite of the wall.

    can’t believe i didn’t get Jesse’s Girl! doh!

  15. #15 Neon Sequitur
    January 28, 2011

    #15 makes my guitar weep, gently.

  16. #16 Colin McFaul
    January 28, 2011

    #4 sounded really familiar. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, though, cheated. I’m very disappointed in myself, given how much I’ve been watching the video on youtube recently.

  17. #17 Chad Orzel
    January 28, 2011

    I didn’t check these lyrics to see if #4 is really unique, but I should note that the version I had in mind was this one. If you’ve been watching that video a lot recently, well, the world is kind of a weird place, so I guess that’s possible.

  18. #18 Colin McFaul
    January 28, 2011

    I’ve actually been watching the original video rather than that one. I don’t know if that makes the world weirder, or less weird. But thanks for reminding me that it was you posting that link several months ago that inspired me to look for their old videos in the first place.

  19. #19 Jolyon Bloomfield
    January 29, 2011

    Yikes, I don’t get any of these. I guess if it’s not the words to a Requiem mass, I’m out of my league ;-)

  20. #20 Ian
    February 2, 2011

    I think #17 is a Libertines/Pete Doherty/Babyshambles song. Are they big in the States?

  21. #21 Chad Orzel
    February 2, 2011

    I wasn’t thinking of the Libertines for #17, but I didn’t check the uniqueness of that pairing, so they might have one, for all I know.

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