Two-Word Lyrics: Independence Day Edition

I have a new appreciation for Cathy and Amanda and the rest of the infant room staff at the day care center, after two days of chasing a fully recovered SteelyKid around the house because she still had a couple of coxsackie virus blisters on her hands. They're earning the money we're paying them.

She's back in day care today, but my brains have turned to cheese, so here's a lyrics-guessing game. Same drill as before: each of these two-word phrases identifies a song; if you know it and want to guess, leave your guess in the comments, and include a two-word phrase from a different song for other people to guess.

This should be a little easier than usual, as today's songs have a seasonally appropriate theme:

  1. Mexican kids
  2. ugly moon
  3. on 441
  4. faucets all
  5. Irish history
  6. kippers for
  7. dead man's
  8. President Nixon
  9. western ocean
  10. much freedom
  11. 500 miles
  12. aurora's rising

I would've saved this for tomorrow, but nobody will be reading blogs then, and it's a good Friday time-waster for those not getting a three-day weekend. And furriners.

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#2 - Violent Femmes, American Music.

By Richard Campbell (not verified) on 03 Jul 2009 #permalink


"suicide machines"

By Richard Campbell (not verified) on 03 Jul 2009 #permalink

"suicide machines" -- Born to Run, of course.

500 miles might as well be "500 miles" by the Proclaimers, but I'm guessing that's not what Chad was going for.

And to respond:

"proof of purchase"
"redneck agenda"

The first one is pretty obscure, though.

#3: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "American Girl"

My response:
Independence Day theme(sorta):
"storm nooses"

"blackbody radiation"

Both are hip-hop songs, so might be a little obscure to the audience of this blog.

"kippers for" - Breakfast in America, by Supertramp

500 miles might as well be "500 miles" by the Proclaimers, but I'm guessing that's not what Chad was going for.

It's not. It's kind of hard to come up with non-generic words to that song, though. "Illinois Central" might work.

"redneck agenda"

"American Idiot" by Green Day.

In that vein, how about "all-white jury."

"500 Miles" is also the name of a song recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary. The Hooters covered it in the 1980s. I haven't heard the Proclaimers song, so I don't know if that's a cover of this song or a different song with the same title.

However, Chad's clue "Illinois Central" rings a bell: "Long Running Train" by the Doobie Brothers (again, somebody else might have covered it): "The Illinois Central/and the Southern Central Freight".

Seasonally appropriate rejoinder: "liberty sailing"

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 03 Jul 2009 #permalink

Just off the top of my head:

#3 - "on 441" = "American Girl" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - refers to US 441 which runs N/S through the University of Florida campus (as NW 13th St) but is NOT about a UF student's suicide jumping off a residence hall tower (urban myth).

#7 - "dead man's" = "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman.

#8 - "President Nixon" = "Young Americans" by David Bowie

#12 - "aurora's rising" = 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

#11 - "City of New Orleans" -- Arlo Guthrie or Steve Goodman (who wrote it)

The Proclaimers song is actually titled "I'm Gonna Be".

#8 "President Nixon" has to be "Tricky Dicky" by Country Joe McDonald, somewhen around 1970-71.

I give you "Through Missouri".

By Gray Gaffer (not verified) on 03 Jul 2009 #permalink

Bonus from comment #8 â âall-white juryâ â> Bob Dylan, Hurricane

And I canât resist the smartass in me today how about âWorld 2dayâ

Iâve been thinking for a while I could do a purple jumpsuit for a joke, if you had required the ass-less pants Iâd of chickened out.