A Fire Was In My Head

American Pop Lyrics

The following are lyrics from American popular music that I have found particularly memorable.  It is a “quick” list–liable to grow or otherwise change at no notice. The lyrics reproduced here according to my memory: you ought not take their authenticity for granted any more than you would sunlight come back from the moon.

They are listed alphabetically by the first line.  Additionally, I have documented the artist’s name and song title for each selection.

“All my single ladies?  All my single ladies!  All my single ladies?  All my single ladies!” [Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”]

“And you’re welcome to stay.  But even your company must complement the feng shui.” [Gnarls Barkley, “Feng Shui”]

“He never really learned to read and write so well, but he could play the guitar just like a-ringin’ a bell.” [Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode”]

“‘House’ and ‘doctor’ was the games we used to play, but now it’s real, jazzy belle.” [Outkast, “Jazzy Belle”]

“In Birmingham they love the governor. Now we all did what we could do. … Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth.” [Lynyrd Skynrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”]

“It’s been so long since I’ve seen the ocean.” [Counting Crows, “Long December”]

“The Mississippi Delta is shining like a national guitar.  I am following the river down the highway through the cradle of the civil war. I’m going to Graceland, Graceland.  Memphis, Tennessee.  I’m going to Graceland.  My traveling companion is nine years old. He is the child of my first marriage. I have reason to believe we both will be received in Graceland.” [Paul Simon, “Graceland”]

“My baby loves me.  I’m so happy.  ‘Happy’ makes me a modern girl.  Spent all my money; bought a TV.  TV brings me closer to the world.  My whole life is like a picture of a sunny day.” [Sleater-Kinney, “Modern Girl”]

“My heart is like a marching band.” [Big Boi featuring Sleepy Brown and Scar]


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