The Door To Yesterday. Vol. 4, No. 13. Alan Warner.

 

 

 

You Know them You Just Can’t Sing Them. the Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019.

 

 

 

Bohemian Rhapsody. The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019

 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and UNCHAINED MELODY 

are of course both classic songs but they share one other characteristic…

in neither case do their copyrighted titles appear anywhere in the actual

lyrics of the songs.


There are countless other examples but the following is an alphabetical list

 of just a few other memorable songs in which the titles are not included in the lyrics… 

(I’ve included some random lyric extracts to remind you of the words that that are sung)


AFTER THE GOLDRUSH 

(Neil Young) 

by Prelude 

(Island: 1974)

 https://youtu.be/l1tBXly9KoM

A chart record by British folk trio Prelude of the song first recorded 

by Neil Young on his third solo album in 1970. 


ANNIE’S SONG 

(John Denver) 

by John Denver 

(RCA Victor: 1974)

 https://youtu.be/RNOTF-znQyw 

You fill up my senses like a night in a forest’

 

 

 

Cream. Goodbye. The Door to Yesterday. ol 4, No 13. Alan Warner. 2019

 BADGE 

(Eric Clapton/George Harrison) 

by Cream 

(Atco: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/gSpW6MePb10

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout the times you drove in my car’


THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO

 (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) 

by The Beatles 

(Apple: 1969) 

The way things are going/They’re gonna crucify me’


THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS

 (Trad. Arr: Jimmie Driftwood)

 by Johnny Horton 

(Columbia: 1959)

 https://youtu.be/9CnPv_1SVh0 

‘In 1814, we took a little trip/Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip”. 

With a few alterations to the lyric, the song was also a major UK success

 that same year for Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group.


BEDTIME STORY 

(Nellee Hooper/Bjork/Marius DeVries)

 by Madonna 

(Maverick/Sire: 1995) 

Let’s get unconscious honey’


BLUE MONDAY 

(Bernard Sumner/Peter Hook/Gillian Gilbert/Stephen Morris) 

by New Order

(Factory: 1983) 

‘Tell me now, how should I feel?’ 

https://youtu.be/FYH8DsU2WCk


BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 

(Freddie Mercury) 

by Queen 

(Elektra: 1975)

 “Mama, just killed a man/Put a gun against his head’


CANADIAN RAILROAD TRILOGY

 (Gordon Lightfoot) 

by Gordon Lightfoot 

(United Artists: 1967) 

https://youtu.be/PXzauTuRG78


CREEQUE ALLEY 

(John Phillips/Michelle Phillips) 

by The Mamas & The Papas

 (Dunhill: 1967)

 John & Michelle’s autobiographical song about The Mamas & The Papas.

 https://youtu.be/KpQ5qAyOe_A


A DAY IN THE LIFE 

(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

 by The Beatles 

(Capitol: 1967) 

The song that contains the line

 ‘I read the news today, oh boy’


D’YER MAK’ER 

(Jimmy Page/Robert Plant/John Paul Jones/John Bonham)

 by Led Zeppelin

(Atlantic: 1973)


FINGERTIPS Pt.2 

(Clarence Paul/Hank Cosby) 

by Little Stevie Wonder 

(Tamla: 1963)

 https://youtu.be/SzJF_ASvWYg

Clap your hands just a little bit louder’


HOT BURRITO #1 

(Gram Parsons/Chris Ethridge) 

by The Flying Burrito Bros.

 (A&M:1969)

https://youtu.be/cjyHeSxz0VQ

 ‘You know I’m not that kind of guy’


THE IMMIGRANT 

(Neil Sedaka/Phil Cody) 

by Neil Sedaka 

(Rocket: 1975)

 https://youtu.be/Y1yQ2f1KtKc

‘It was a time when strangers were welcome here’


IRIS 

(John Rzeznik) 

by Goo Goo Dolls 

(Warner Sunset: 1998)

 ‘I just want you to know who I am’


LET IT ROCK 

(Check Berry) 

by Chuck Berry 

(Chess: 1960)

 https://youtu.be/d4o2pFKktbs 

‘Can’t stop the train/You have to let it roll on’


A LOVER’S CONCERTO

 (Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell) 

by The Toys 

(DynoVoice: 1965)

 https://youtu.be/BCZdMU53Ugo 

Melody based on a Bach Minuet


MAGGIE MAY 

(Rod Stewart/Martin Quittenton)

by Rod Stewart

 (Mercury: 1971) 

‘You stole my heart and that’s what really hurts’


MY BACK PAGES 

(Bob Dylan) 

by The Byrds 

(Columbia: 1967)

  https://youtu.be/1G9TJk853ps

Ah, but I was so much older then’

 

 

Elvis Presley. The Door To Yesterday. 2019. Alan Warner.

 MYSTERY TRAIN 

(Herman Parker Jr./Sam Phillips) 

by Elvis Presley 

(Sun:1955)

https://youtu.be/Q_eE0NPArEY

‘Train I ride, sixteen coaches long’. 

Junior Parker’s original version released under the name 

Little Junior’s Blue Flames on Sun in 1953.

 

MY TRUE STORY 

(Eugene Pitt/Oscar Waltzer) 

by The Jive Five

 (Beltone: 1961) https://youtu.be/glOMdK8gfbo 

‘Now they must cry, cry, cry, whoa” 


ODE TO BILLIE JOE 

(Bobbie Gentry) 

by Bobbie Gentry 

(Capitol: 1967)

 ‘Today, Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge’


THE RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS

 (Artie Kornfeld/Steve Duboff) 

by The Cowsills

(MGM: 1967)

 https://youtu.be/yp3pXZG4VRc 

‘Flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere’


RAPPER’S DELIGHT 

(Bernard Edwards/Nile Rodgers) 

by The Sugarhill Gang 

(Sugar Hill: 1979) 

Officially recognized as the first rap record to hit the charts,

 it featured three guys rapping over an instrumental track adapted from

 Chic’s hit GOOD TIMES, hence the song’s credit to 

Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.


SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT 

(Kurt Cobain/Chris Novoselic/Dave Grohl) 

by Nirvana 

(DGC: 1991)

 ‘Hello, hello, hello, how low’


SNOOPY Vs. THE RED BARON

 (Dick Holler/Phil Gernhard) 

by The Royal Guardsmen 

(Laurie: 1966) 

Novelty song built around the character Snoopy 

from the Peanuts comic strip.


SPACE ODDITY

 (David Bowie) 

by David Bowie

 (Mercury: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/ACLkNNBwBAY

Ground control to Major Tom’


SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES (Bob Dylan) 

by Bob Dylan

 (Columbia: 1965)

 

SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES 

(Stephen Stills) 

by Crosby, Stills And Nash

 (Atlantic: 1969)

 ‘I am yours, you are mine’


 

 

Donovan Sunshine Superman The Door To Yesterday Vol. 4 No. 13. Alan Warner. 2019

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN 

(Donovan Leitch) 

by Donovan 

(Epic: 1966) 

https://youtu.be/YsX2FhBf9nY  

Cause I made my mind up you’re going to be mine’


SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

 (Mick Jagger/Keith Richard) 

by The Rolling Stones 

(London: 1968

‘Pleased to meet you/Hope you guess my name’


TUBTHUMPING 

(Judith Abbott/Nigel Hunter/Louise Watts/Paul Greco/

Darren Harmer/Duncan Bruce/Anne Holden/Allan Whalley)

by Chumbawamba 

(Republic: 1997) 

https://youtu.be/2H5uWRjFsGc


UNCHAINED MELODY 

(Alex North/Hy Zaret)

 by The Righteous Brothers (

Philles: 1965) 

 https://youtu.be/qiiyq2xrSI0 

‘Oh my love, my darling/I’ve hungered for your touch’

Song written for the 1955 Warner Bros. prison drama “Unchained” 

in which it was sung by Todd Duncan.

 Various versions were hits here in ’55 including those by 

Les Baxter His Chorus & Orchestra, Al Hibbler 

and Roy Hamilton and in the UK,

 it was a chart topper by Jimmy Young

The 1965 revival by The Righteous Brothers 

was a major transatlantic chart success. 

In later years, the song gave 

Elvis Presley and LeAnn Rimes country sellers in ’78 and ’97 respectively. 

In addition it was a UK #1 by Robson & Jerome in ’95 

and by Gareth Gates in ’02. 


VIVA LA VIDA 

(Chris Martin/John Buckland/Will Champion/Guy Berryman) 

by Coldplay

(Capitol: 2008)

 ‘I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing’


WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND 

(Randy Edelman) 

by Barry Manilow 

(Arista: 1976) 

https://youtu.be/W2w4JRd0S_8

Song first recorded by Randy Edelman and issued in ’75. 

Last night I waved goodbye/Now it seems years’

 

 

Buffalo Springfield and the Band. The Door To Yesterday. Alan Warner. 2019

 THE WEIGHT 

(Robbie Robertson) 

by The Band 

(Capitol: 1968)

 https://youtu.be/FFqb1I-hiHE 

  ‘Take a load off, Fanny’


WHITE RABBIT 

(Grace Slick) 

by Jefferson Airplane 

(RCA Victor: 1967)

 ‘Go ask Alice when she’s ten foot tall’.


YOUNG TURKS 

(Rod Stewart/Carmen Appice/Duane Hitchings/Kevin Savigar) 

by Rod Stewart

(Warner Bros: 1981) 

Young hearts be free tonight’


One footnote: 

Certain titles not featured in lyrics are sometimes followed by subtitles 

referencing the lyric and which are placed in parenthesis after the main titles. 

For instance, the song from the 1957 movie AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

 bears the film’s title but is followed by (Our Love Affair) from the lyric.


 Similarly, the title of Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 chart song 

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH was officially followed in parenthesis with 

(Stop, Hey What’s That Sound).


Rock on.


Alan Warner


As in all my postings the advertisements and recordings listed

 above are personal choices and are in no way intended as a definitive

 collection of the genre.


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