Musical Musings… That’s The Title Of The Song? Really?

"Don't worry 'bout a thing..."

While driving to the radio and jamming my car (wait I think I mixed that up), I was listening to a Bob Marley song.  I always thought it was called “Don’t Worry,” but then I started to worry about the perception of reality when it was revealed to me that the song was in fact called “Three Little Birds.” My universe came crashing down around me.  I screamed at the top of my lungs:

How could anyone do this to me?!

But then I realized Marley does mention three little birds in the song, and all was well with the world.  And it’s not like any other musicians have ever given their song a title, and then not repeated the titular line in their lyrics.

Here’s a list of musicians and their songs that don’t use the title in the lyrics:

Moby’s Porcelain should be called That Song From “The Beach” Preview

The Who’s Baba O’Riley should be called Future CSI Opening Credits (or Teenage Wasteland, I guess)

Gorillaz’s Clint Eastwood should be called Hey, What Happened? (The Cartoon Band Song)

Wyclef Jean’s Perfect Gentleman should be (and usually is) called The Stripper Song

Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit should be called A Mulatto, An Albino, A Mosquito, My Libido (a pretty cool name, no?)

Blur’s Song 2 should be called Only Song (‘natch)

Staind’s Epiphany should be called Waaaah… Wait, what?  Are you sure he didn’t say that in the song?

System of a Down’s Chop Suey should be called Wake Up!  Why Don’t You Put On a Little Makeup (or whatever it is that he says)

The Toadies’ Possum Kingdom should be called I’ll Not Be a Gentleman, which is somehow a creepier line independent of the song

The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody should be called I Need Your Love

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody should be called Mama, I Killed a Man or Beelzebub

The Refreshments’ Banditos should be called The World is Full of Stupid People

Fall Out Boy’s The Take Over, The Breaks Over should be called We Don’t Fight Fair (and don’t get me started on most of their other song titles)

Panic! At the Disco’s Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Off Her Clothes should be called anything shorter than that, like Testosterone Boys and Harlequin Girls (and especially don’t get me started on almost all their other song titles other than Nine in the Afternoon)

Green Day’s Basket Case should be called The Creeps (they also have a penchant for mismatched song titles, like Longview and Brain Stew and She…)

And the kings of not using song titles in their lyricsMuse!

  • Uprising should be called They Will Not Control Us
  • Resistance should be called Could Be Wrong
  • Hysteria should be called Cause I Want It Now
  • Knights of Cydonia should be called No One’s Gonna Take Me Alive (the video should also be turned into a movie)
  • Starlight should be called what it already is…

(thanks to this site and this thread for some ideas)

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2 comments

  1. Michael · May 2, 2010

    That’s awesome, I’m all over Baba O’Reilly, went with Teenage Wasteland when I imported it into I tunes, and the Refreshments Banditos went in as “That song my dad likes”, without artist, because I spaced on both.

    So coincidental, this was last week, and thanks!

  2. sgottahurt · May 3, 2010

    Is it a Coinkydink or a Coinkydonk?

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