A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 93: Name-Dropping, Top Five


I’ve resisted the urge to do this in my blog so far in this Year of Creating Dangerously, but no longer! If you’ve seen the movie or read the book, you know that “High Fidelity” is all about the Top Five‘s: Highly subjective, personal lists of random items (usually music-related) that give people a glimpse of how you are wired.

For this week in my blog I present 5 Top Five‘s! Monday’s list: My Top Five Name-Dropping Song Lyrics, when musicians have dropped the names of other musicians to great effect.

5: From “Bobcaygeon” by the Tragically Hip

I left your house this morning,
‘Bout a quarter after nine.
Coulda been the Willie Nelson,
Coulda been the wine

4: From “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard old Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow

3: From “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows

Mr. Jones and me stumbling through the Barrio
Yeah, we stare at the beautiful women
She’s perfect for you
Man, there’s got to be somebody for me
I wanna be Bob Dylan
Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky
When everybody love you
Ah son, that’s just about as funky as you can be

2: From “Up on Cripple Creek” by the Band

Now me and my mate were back at the shack
We had Spike Jones on the box
She said, “I can’t take the way he sings
But I love to hear him talk”

Now that just gave my heart a fall
To the bottom of my feet
And I swore and I took another pull
My Bessie can’t be beat

1: From “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder

Music knows it is and always will
Be one of the things that life just won’t quit
But here are some of music’s pioneers
That time will not allow us to forget
For there’s Basie, Miller, Sachmo
And the king of all Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella’s ringing out
There’s no way the band can lose

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