Songs that reference other songs


#1

This sort of thing, love when artists name particular songs that have affected them - really puts me into their headspace.

The drink you spilt all over me
“Lover’s Spit” left on repeat
My mum and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old

Now you


#2

Camera Obscura - ‘The Sweetest Thing’

" On the bus radio
“50 ways to leave your lover”, oh no
I laughed at the irony

But like a stupid, the irony got lost on me
It got lost on me


#3

The innocent fun soon-to-be
Will start to feel like currency
As we try to get it on in bed
You’ve given me your home and head
You put on The Queen Is Dead
But I just want to talk instead

Record, but still


#4

Definitely still suitable. I just like the idea of naming specific things, rather than just making reference by nicking a riff or a lyric


#5

Manic Street Preachers, Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier:

American Trilogy in Lancashire pottery

Vampire Weekend, Ya Hey:

Outside the tents, on the festival grounds
As the air began to cool, and the sun went down
My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound
Of you spinning Israelites into 19th Nervous Breakdown


#6

Elliott Smith - Clementine - references (and paraphrases) the traditional folk song of the same name.


#7

There’s also a song that’s been on the radio recently that namechecks about a dozen songs in its chorus:

Anne-Marie - 2002 - lyrics

I will always remember the day you kissed my lips
Light as a feather
And it went just like this
No, it’s never been better
Than the summer of 2002
We were only eleven
But acting like grownups
Like we are in the present, drinking from plastic cups
Singing, “love is forever and ever”
Well, I guess that was true

Dancing on the hood in the middle of the woods
Of an old Mustang, where we sang
Songs with all our childhood friends
And it went like this, yeah

Oops I got ninety-nine problems singing bye, bye, bye
Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me
Better hit me, baby, one more time
Paint a picture for you and me
Of the days when we were young
Singing at the top of both our lungs

Now we’re under the covers
Fast forward to eighteen
We are more than lovers
Yeah, we are all we need
When we’re holding each other
I’m taken back to 2002

Dancing on the hood in the middle of the woods
Of an old Mustang, where we sang
Songs with all our childhood friends
And it went like this, yeah

Oops I got ninety-nine problems singing bye, bye, bye
Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me
Better hit me, baby, one more time
Paint a picture for you and me
Of the days when we were young
Singing at the top of both our lungs
On the day we fell in love
On the day we fell in love

Dancing on the hood in the middle of the woods
Of an old Mustang, where we sang
Songs with all our childhood friends
Oh, now

Oops I got ninety-nine problems singing bye, bye, bye
Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me
Better hit me, baby, one more time
Paint a picture for you and me
Of the days when we were young
Singing at the top of both our lungs
On the day we fell in love
On the day we fell in love
On the day we fell in love
On the day we fell in love
On the day we fell in love, love, love

The list of singwriters made me chuckle though :smiley: Songwriters: Alphonso Henderson / Andreas Mikael Carlsson / Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson / Benjamin Joseph Levin / Cornell Haynes / Edward Christopher Sheeran / Eldra De Barge / Etterlene Jordan / George Clinton Jr. / Jacob Ivar Bertilson Schulze / Jason Epperson / Julia Michaels / Kristian Carl Marc Lundin / Lavell Eugene Webb / Martin Max / Steve Mac / Tracy Lauren Marrow / William Randall De Barge


#8

Love a bit of this. Okkervil River’s ‘Plus Ones’ a particular favourite. Clever bastards…


#9

This must be one of most famous ones (from Sara by Bob Dylan):

“Staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel
Writing ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ for you”


#10

Another American Trilogy one now that you mention it

It can’t be Gloomy Planets forever
Or American Trilogy on repeat
In a hostel north of nowhere


#11

“Come pick me up; Heartbreaker on repeat”


#12

St Paul’s Westerberg Comprehensive by
Martha is an obvious reference to The Replacements and contains

I’ve grown as big as I can be,
As small as when you found me,
Humming ‘Bastards of Young’


#13

Lifter Puller/Hold Steady always win this with some many references:

doublewhiskeycokenoice by D4:
Chicago seemed tired last night
nelson algren came to paddy at some party at the dead end alley. he told him what to celebrate.
Constructive Summer
Me and my friends are like Doublewhiskeycokenoice.

And loads of ‘they did xxx into xxx’:
they did the “been caught stealing” into “dancing on the ceiling.”

they did she’s got legs into ain’t 2 proud 2 beg into something by the dixie dregs. they faked their way thru fairytale of new york. when the band stopped playing we howled out for more.

Bar band, now they’re busting out the “Beast Of Burden”
And they’re “Working In A Coal Mine”

They did the “Green-Eyed Lady” right into the “Lay Lady Lay”

We did the Goats Head Soup, into the Tattoo You

We did the Sangre De Stephanie right into the Stephanie Says


#14

The National - Don’t Swallow the Cap
“And if you want,
To see me cry.
Play Let It Be
Or Nevermind”


#15

Another Elliott Smith one, Waltz #2:

First the mic, then a half cigarette
Singing Cathy’s Clown

Alex Turner, Piledriver Waltz:

You look like you’ve been for breakfast at the Heartbreak Hotel


#16

Mark Kozelek likes referencing his own songs.

Sun Kil Moon - Gardens Of Lavender
“Gomez knew I was there, and they played “Grace Cathedral Park” that night and I got pretty choked up listening to them”


#17

“Back home we were listening to Catholic Boy
And I got hung on the People Who Died”

(Great song)


#18

Good shout.

And from the same album loads of reference in one verse:

She played “Heaven Isn’t Happening”, she played “Heaven Is a Truck”
She said Heavenly was cool, I think they were from Oxford
I only had one single, it was a song about a pure and simple love
There’s a girl on Heaven Hill, I come up to her cabin still
She said Hüsker Dü got huge, but they started in St. Paul
“Do you remember?” makes no sense at all
And heaven is the whole of the heart and paradise is by the dashboard light
Utopia’s a band, they sang “Love Is the Answer,” and I think they’re probably right


#19

Oh and Certain Songs on Almost Killed Me of course.


#20

Biffy - Saturday Superhouse

Then i see a darkness, you see the blinding light
Will Oldham’s in the corner moaning ‘cant you write your own lines?’