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Question #92528 posted on 08/08/2019 1:46 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Boar,

A friend and I were talking the other day about how movies and books are often vaguely (or at least broadly) named. Think "Pride and Prejudice:, "Gone with the Wind", etc. Contrarily, song titles are usually taken straight from the song, often the line that is repeated the most.

My question, then, is what songs can you think of that are more vaguely named? An example would be "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Cheers!

-the Goose Girl

A:

Dear Duck-duck-goose Girl,

You know I had to go with vague one word Taylor Swift song titles:

  • Untouchable (Fearless)
  • SuperStar
  • Fearless
  • Fifteen
  • Breathe
  • Change
  • Mine (Speak Now)
  • Mean
  • Enchanted
  • Innocent
  • Haunted
  • Ours
  • Superman
  • Red (Red)
  • Treacherous
  • 22
  • Starlight
  • Style (1989)
  • Clean
  • Delicate (Reputation)
  • Gorgeous
  • Dress
  • ME! (Lover)

Pretty great right? But I thought that it could be improved by feeding all these words into a bot and had it create some vague song lyrics:

Ours Superman red.

Treacherous 22 starlight.

Style clean delicate.

Beautiful

Peace,

T-Swift-erary

A:

Dear Goose Girl,

I also used to listen to quite a bit of Panic! at the Disco during my rebellious phase in high school. I remembered they had some weird song titles. Unfortunately I don't feel like I should I include some of them so you can look them up for yourself if you're interested. I probably wouldn't recommend listening to some of these songs below from them because of... reasons.

  • "Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks"
  • "From a Mountain in the Middle of Cabins"
  • "Mad As Rabbits"
  • "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines"
  • "The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know"
  • "The Green Gentleman"
I almost mentioned the majority of Ed Sheeran's songs, but they tend to match the lyrics pretty well so I abstained from listing then.

While I didn't look to see if any of these songs matched their lyrics, I thought they were too funny not to share. #9, 15, and 26 are probably some of my favorites.

-Goldie Rose

A:

Dear Goose Girl, 

Ever heard of Bon Iver? The "22, A Million" album song titles are so strange and vague...

"22 (over s∞∞n)" ??? Explain that!  "21 m◊◊n water"?? What does that mean?

Not to mention, the namesake album is all based on place names... I don't recall "Hinnom, TX"  being particularly important to the song itself. 

Sleeping At Last is an amazing artist that also has a lot of songs named after concepts, not the actual content of the songs. The "Space" collection comes to mind. 

Cheers,

Guesthouse

A:

Dear GG,

First of all, thank you for an excuse to go through all my music and listen to a bunch of it that I haven't heard in a long time. I re-found some classics while writing this answer.

Secondly, I went through my music and picked out the most obvious ones. Obviously, this isn't exhaustive, even of my own music collection.

  • "(Antichrist Television Blues)" by Arcade Fire
  • "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party",  "Pedestrian At Best", and "An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)" by Courtney Barnett - most of her stuff is titled this way, actually. However, I'm not about to just copy down the track listing of her first album. You can take a look for yourself if you want.
  • A good bit of Fall Out Boy songs are titled in ways that are very vague and have little or nothing to do with the content of the song.
  • "400 Lux" by Lorde
  • "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" by Radiohead
  • "BWU" by Tegan and Sara
  • "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists
  • "How I Left the Ministry" and "Ambivalent Landscape Z" by The Extra Lens
  • "Whistle For The Choir" by The Fratellis
  • "Heel Turn 2", "Fall Of The Star High School Running Back", "Source Decay", "Absolute Lithops Effect", "In The Craters On The Moon", "How To Embrace A Swamp Creature", "If You See Light", "Dilaudid", "Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod", "Orange Ball of Hate", "Grendel's Mother", "Beach House", "Harlem Roulette", "Elijah", "Family Happiness", "There Will Be No Divorce", and tons more by The Mountain Goats. It seems that John Darnielle has some predilection for vaguely named songs. He even has an entire album where the song names are Bible verses that vaguely correspond or comment on the themes of the song. It's completely wild. I don't mind, they're all the bomb.
  • "Turn a Square", "Caring Is Creepy", "Know Your Onion!", and "Turn On Me" by The Shins
  • "Frankenstein" by Tokyo Police Club
  • "Obvious Bicycle" and "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend

There you have it, my friend. All the most vaguely named songs I could find. I don't know what you're going to do with this list (if you're going to do anything at all), but I did my best.

-Quixotic Kid