I Blame the Dutch (mpoetess) wrote,
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That 20 random songs meme...

...would be the one that I never posted the answers to, beyond confirming correct answers in the comments.



1. He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes; sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.

Steve Goodman -- The Dutchman (From The Real Steve Goodman which is most likely an anthology; not sure which original album it was on. This is my favorite of SG's covers -- he's done at least 3 different versions -- of this Mike Smith song. Steve Goodman makes me irrationally happy to listen to. Part of it's his laid-back, humorous attitude -- this is the author of "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" and "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" -- and part's just his Chicago-area accent, the accent I grew up around. It's like grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, to music. Instant comfort.)

2. It's not the streetlights on some old street of dreams...

Beth Orton -- It's Not the Spotlight (In my collection courtesy anniesj.)

3. To make the words and the phrases that tell my heart's desire, like mother, friend, and fire...

Nancy White -- Gracias a la Vida (From Gaelic Envy. Very pretty translation of a song by Chilean singer/songwriter Violeta Parra, though I'm more fond of Nancy White's own humorous ballads like "He Wrote Too Many Songs About His Girlfriend" or the title-song of the album.)

4. I wasn't odd or strange, just quietly rearranged; sometimes the biggest change stays out of sight.

Mary Chapin Carpenter -- The Dreaming Road (from Time*Sex*Love)

5. All I could see was him runnin' down the street, out of the shadows and into the night...

Phil Collins -- Billy, Don't You Lose My Number

6. Off the Florida keys...

The Beach Boys -- Kokomo

7. I'm the last gas for an hour if you're goin' 25...

Mary Chapin Carpenter -- I Am A Town (from Come on, Come On)

8. If love is not my greatest defense, tell me nothin's ever meant to make no sense.

Leonardo's Bride - I'll Believe You (from The Remixes)

9. Sometimes driving home at night, I let your memory take control...

Mark Chesnutt -- I Just Wanted You To Know (from Almost Goodbye)

10. It's a miracle of nature, just to be alive tonight...

Janis Ian -- Through The Years (from Breaking Silence)

11. Sleep, sleep, sleep, says the hundredth sheep.

Paula Cole -- Hush, Hush, Hush (From This Fire. Very sad; it's about a young AIDS patient.)

12. Must've been some kinda kiss...

Cutting Crew -- (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight

13. A picture worth a thousand lies...

October Project -- Bury My Lovely (Self-titled album)

14. I would not stay where the city streets proclaimed so loudly Man's endeavors.

Mary Black -- (The Holy Ground (from The Holy Ground. Mary Black just has a beautiful Irish pop-but-not voice, and she does a little bit of everything: traditional songs like this one, original alt-folk, country and pop covers... She's probably best known over here for The Loving Time: They couldn't live in the daylight; they let the night close in, and the holy ground took care of everything... Which is not the holy ground in the questioin here, though they're on the same album.)

15. Except for the boy in the belfry - he's crazy.

Suzanne Vega -- In Liverpool (from 99.9F)

16. She said she'd married her an architect, who kept her warm and safe and dry.

Dan Fogelberg -- Same Old Lang Syne (from The Innocent Age {and a zillion re-compilations}. I love Dan Fogelberg's voice and lyrics; Same Old Lang Syne is probably my favorite of his songs.)

17. The sun in your eyes made some of the lies worth believing.

Alan Parsons Project -- Eye In The Sky (from Eye In The Sky)

18. The table, the guitar, the empty glass...

Suzanne Vega -- Night Vision (from Solitude Standing. This... wants very much to be a Spuffy vid. I apologize. Though it'd be more of an early S6 wistful S/B friendship, than romance.)

19. His name was Rico -- he wore a diamond.

Barry Manilow - Copacabana ("Original Disco Version!" Whatever the hell version that would be...)

20. If I had to survive without you in my life, I know I wouldn't last a day.

Alabama -- There's No Way (from Forty Hour Week)
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