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Inexplicable Song Titles

Over supper with sidelobe and yarbiedoll this evening, I was continuing to bask in the glory of the song Badge (lyrics), which I really enjoy listening to. Then I got to thinking about how I have absolutely no idea what the song title has to do with the song. Maybe I'm just stupid or naive, but I just don't get it. If someone can clue me in, that would be great.

So I decided to make a list of songs whose titles don't match the song. I haven't thought much about it yet, but I figured I'd go ahead and be lazy and ask the LJ Brain TrustTM to help out. A few ground rules: the song must have lyrics and if the title of the song shows up anywhere in the lyrics, that's enough of an explanation for me.

Go ahead and make my list for me in the comments. Give me songs whose titles are inexplicable.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 25th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Badge comes from bad spelling
Clapton and George Harrison often collaborated/tossed song ideas back and forth at each other. The title "Badge" was caused by Harrison's bad spelling - he'd scribbled "bridge" illegibly on the sheet he was writing the song on, and the misspelling became the song title.

I am your source of clue. In order to get clue, I had to kill Dr. Lucky.
sethcohen
Jan. 25th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
Er, that was me. I don't recall being logged out...LJ must have done that for me. Lovely feature.
drmellow
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
Yeah, LJ logged everyone off as part of fixing their recent security problem.
yarbiedoll
Jan. 25th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
Where does the word "bridge" occur in that song? Eh? Eh? Inexplicable, I tell ya!
drmellow
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
Hrm:
Thinkin' 'bout the times you drove in my car.
Thinkin' that I might have drove you too far.
Maybe it's a tribute to Ted Kennedy and the bridge is implied....
yarbiedoll
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
I was just trying to help make your case. ;)
drmellow
Jan. 25th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: Badge comes from bad spelling
Interesting, but still inexplicable with relation to the song itself. I linked the Wikipedia article about the song, which has some interesting information along the lines of your clue.

But, without knowing the story of the origin of the song, the title makes no sense. I want to find more songs like this.
bodnej
Jan. 25th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
New Order
Most of New Order's old songs (say, everything before 1990 or so) had nonsense titles. IIRC, they'd make up a list of song titles for the songs on a album, and scramble them, assigning them at random.
walkingman
Jan. 25th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Clearly The Who's Baba O'Riley. Wikipedia explains it, but that's just wasted on a normal bloke like me that hasn't the faintest clue who Baba is, or O'Riley is.
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drmellow
Jan. 26th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Yeah!

But, since the song doesn't have words, it's excluded from my quest of inexplicable song titles.
fettman
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
I don't want to fade away
I wonder if it's like Genesis' song ABACAB (where the title is in reference to the arrangement of the song).

(when they do it) you’re never there.
(when they show it) you stop and stare.
(abacab) he’s in anywhere.
(abacab)


Maybe Badge is a chord progression or something. That shows my ignorance though... heh... :)>

I love Badge though.
bodnej
Jan. 25th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
There's also "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin. Named for the black dog that wandered into the studio while they were recording the song.
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