Oh noes! Music lyrics meme

Gakked from psychoadept.

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post lyrics for the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.

There's some artist repetition because my songs-with-lyrics selection on my Macbook is not so great.

1. Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
HINT: a hit within the last 12 months
Snow Patrol, "Chasing cars"

2. When you reach Kyoto send a postcard if you can,
And please convey my fond regards to Chih-Hao's girl Yu-Lan.
I heard a rumour they were getting married
But someone left the papers in Japan.
HINT: recently a San Francisco band covered this album in its entirety
Brian Eno, "Burning airlines give you so much more"

3. In the haze of the morning, China sits on eternity
And the opium farmers sell dreams to obscure fraternities
HINT: same album as #2
Brian Eno, "China My China"

4. Then it looks so real I can see it
And it feels so real I can feel it
And it tastes so real I can taste it
And it sounds so real I can hear it
HINT: mentioned recently in a G/E context
Buzzcocks, "Why can't I touch it?"

5. I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running round my brain
The Police, "King of Pain", wide_rider

6. They were beautiful. The most beautiful skies as a matter of fact. Ah, the sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire and the clouds would catch the colors everywhere.
HINT: Hmm. Um, a Steve Reich piece is sampled prominently.
The Orb, "Little Fluffy Clouds"

7. If again the seas are silent
In any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry.
Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, "Here Comes the Flood", theblackmare

8. I'll find a place somewhere in the corner
I'm gonna waste the rest of my days
Just watching patiently from the window
Just waiting, seasons change, some day, oh oh,
My dreams will pull you through that garden gate
HINT: probably #1 on my Desert Island Tracks list
Brian Eno, "I'll come running"

9. They took the credit for your second symphony.
Rewritten by machine and new technology,
and now I understand the problems you can see.
The Buggles, "Video Killed the Radio Star", kivrin

10. You ain't a beauty but, hey, you're all right
Oh, and that's all right with me
HINT: mega-hit
Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road"

11. There's a stain on my notebook
Where your coffee cup was
And there's ash in the pages
Now I've got myself lost
Squeeze, "Black coffee in bed"

12. I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill", theblackmare

13. Jai guru deva om
The Beatles, "Across the Universe", penwiper26

14. Sickness will surely take the mind
Where minds can't usually go.
HINT: windmill
The Who, "Amazing journey/Sparks"

15. And try not to bleed on my couch
I've just had it steam-cleaned.
Rupert Giles & Four-Star Mary, "The Exposition Song", kivrin

16. You know your culture from your trash
You know your plastic from your cash
HINT: hit!
Peter Gabriel, "Steam", almost guessed by theblackmare

17. And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now:
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred Guernsey cow.
Tom Lehrer, genius, "The Hunting Song", theblackmare

18. I'll shine up the old brown shoes, put on a brand-new shirt.
I'll get home early from work if you say that you love me.
Cheap Trick, "I want you to want me", wide_rider's husband

19. And how's about you, my pretty one?
Do you still smear yourself with jam?
How's about you, my pretty one?
Do you know who I am?
Robyn Hitchcock, "The man with the lightbulb head"

20. But listen to the
color of your dreams
HINT: you've heard of it, guaranteed
The Beatles, "Tomorrow never knows"

21. It wasn't meant to happen like this
I need more time to set things right
Anthony Stewart Head, "End Game", theblackmare

22. Photographers snip snap
Take your time she's only burning
This kind of experience
Is necessary for her learning
HINT: covered in "Velvet Goldmine"
Brian Eno, "Baby's on fire"

23. Well at night when you're asleep,
Into your tent I'll creep.
HINT: jazz standard
The Beatles, "Sheik of Araby"

24. Let your feelings slip boy but never your mask boy
HINT: lager lager lager
Underworld, "Born Slippy"

25. Stop walking down my street
Who do you expect to meet?
Tom Petty, "Don't come around here no more"
  • Current Music: Dean Gray : Ashanti's Letterbomb : American Edit
9. Video Killed the Radio Star. (Which, you should not know but I'll tell you anyway, I only know because I've seen it vidded with Buffy season 4, contrasting Giles (Radio) with Walsh (Video.) )

15. Giles' Exposition Song from "Restless."
The site where I found it seems to be down... let me see if I've got it saved somewhere. :)
#5 is Sting - not positive of the title 'cause I don't always pay attention to that (King Of Pain?). A couple others seem familiar, but can't place them. And of course, kivrin beat me to the only others I know for sure
The Police, "King of Pain". It pains me to think of the airy guitar work of Andy Summers and the intricate rhythms of Stewart Copeland buried under the massive load of turgid pretense that was Sting.
The hubby has started singing #18. Cheap Trick, I want You To Want Me. Now, can you make him stop singing? Please?
The problem is that I read the lyrics to the ones people hadn't guessed to *my* hubby, and he started singing that one too. Bastid husbands.
how astonishing
7. Peter Gabriel "Here Comes the Flood"
12. Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill"
16. Peter Gabriel, don't know which one and it's driving me NUTS [okay, a short trip...grrr]
17. Tom Lehrer, "The Hunting Song"
21. Anthony Stewart Head, "Endgame", from _Music for Elevators_
23 is teasing me, but I just can't get traction on it....

This is so surprising. Normally I have no idea who you're referring to when I read your "music" line. But clearly there is some tiny overlap in our libraries.
Re: how astonishing
Ack! I wasn't logged in. That last reply was from moi.
Divorce-mediation brain rot combined with rookie LJ status. Oy.
Re: how astonishing

It is my theory that Tom Lehrer is sort of a nerd merit badge. One must be able to sing along with "New Math" in order to be a nerd. And it is my opinion that "Clementine" is a work of sustained genius.

Re: how astonishing
#16 was a hit for him.
#23... a cover of a classic, by four mop-tops.

The others are right, of course. With the side note that the version of "Here comes the flood" that I have is from Robert Fripp's solo record, Exposure. Both versions are moving performances by Gabriel, but this one has more Frippertronic guitar.

Most of these are kinda obscure unless you're into a particular kind of 70s thing. But some of them, man. I mean, #10 was a mega-hit, as was #18. And #20 is famous in its own way.
forced to cheat by a meme...*sigh*
I confess, the lines from #16 just Would Not go away. In fact, the longer they rattled around my hindbrain, the more of the song came to mind, and I could hear it so incredibly clearly, and knew it was Peter Gabriel, but -- and this is the kicker -- not one I own. "Sledgehammer" has a similar thumping, whoopy joyful power to it, but I knew it wasn't that one. Could I sift the title from all these vivid fragments? Nada. And grrr! I remember really liking the song, and figuring if I don't own it [must've been a casette long extinct] I should buy it. But I can't buy it if I don't know the name and *ffuurrffle zipppht!*. So finally I googled the damn quote. And I refrained from thumping my forehead because I was secretly impressed with how much I had remembered and also because I'm already whacked enough I don't need to do it to myself.
So: relief at last. And no, I am not going to post the answer because it was Ill-Gotten. I shall not stoop so low. Usually.