This is more a comment to yesterday’s post. To the Queen, actually. Tell her I’ve read The Hobbit more than once and had a great time. However, I have several times started The Lord of the Rings and have never made it past p.70.
Not to just post a dopey “man, that was great!” comment, but man, that quiz was great. Not just because it was fun, which it was, but also because it made me think about how sometimes only two or three words was enough to give a song away and how sometimes even songs that I’ve known all the words to for 20 years are so much not about the lyrics for me that I couldn’t recognize them at all.
I’m kinda curious what the general ratio was for people. 18 out of 50 here, but I had to refrain from trying to sweep through the words too fast.
Also, there was only one song that I didn’t know at all (the song by Cream), while there were 4 songs that I would be able to pick out with music but never really knew what the words were (Welcome to the Jungle, London Calling, No Woman No Cry, and Rock Lobster).
Um, oh geez, can you tell that I was laid off recently and have a lot of spare time on my hands?
What a terrific idea for a quiz, Matt! And it was unexpectedly difficult.
I got 23 out of 50. And I could really tell the difference between ones I’ve sung, where I got it right away, and ones that I just knew from CDs / radio, where I really had to think about it.
The one I couldn’t believe I missed: Piano Man. I should’ve looked closer.
The one that made me especially happy: Rock Lobster.
This was an amazing challenge! I got 27 (well, 27 1/2, I’m claiming, since I knew #4 was “something by Dylan”). Considering I had my iTunes blaring in my ear through the whole thing, I think that’s actually pretty impressive.
What struck me is that the ones I knew–ones I grew up singing–I knew within almost a split second of seeing the lyrics. A word would jump out at me, and I would just know–or I’d get a hunch, and then look for other words I thought would be there. Only one of the ones I answered did I get completely wrong. And of the ones I didn’t get, they were either older than me, for the most part, or way younger.
I am embarrassed, though, that I didn’t get “That’ll be the day.” I saw that “turtle” in there and it completely threw me. Which isn’t entirely fair, as the word is a hyphenate: turtle-dovin’. You use hyphenates elsewhere, don’t you?
I also was wondering what other people’s scores were, so I’ll submit that I got 19/50. I was definitely better towards the end, but there were at least half a dozen songs that I wasn’t familiar with–I’ve heard OF them but not necessarily HEARD them.
That was so much fun, though, and great selection!
I got 26 out of 50. There were a couple songs I’d never heard of, but I was at least vaguely familiar with most. If it weren’t for my parents listening to oldies when I was a child, I’d surely have failed miserably.
38 out of 50. surprised that there were songs i flat out did not know, like the elton john one. but some of them were nearly instant. “mosquito,” “libido,” etc., and “hedgerow” and “bustle,” for example. fun quiz!