Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Songs that make the whole world think

David Cameron – Britain’s ‘Flashman’ prime minister can’t be all bad if Benny Hill’s Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) is such a favourite ditty that he borrowed from the classic comedy song in Parliament today to accuse an Opposition MP of living in a “fairy dairy land.”
It set me thinking about the phrases – and often complete lines – I’ve incorporated from much-loved songs when my own imagination fails. Here are my top 10 in no particular order. You’ll see Blues masters are well represented.
Along side the songs I’ve put the artists who I associate most closely with the music – in some cases they are the writer too.

You can’t always get what you want. The Rolling Stones (song title)

I never promised you a rose garden. Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden)

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Bob Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues)

All you need is love. The Beatles (song title)

I look like a farmer but I’m a lover. Bo Diddley (You Can’t Judge A Book)

Chicks were born to give you fever. Peggy Lee (Fever)

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi)

If you don’t help me darlin’, I’ll have to find myself somebody else. Sonny Boy Williamson (Help Me)

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’. Edwin Starr (War)

Hurry home drops (on her face that trickled from her eye.) Chuck Berry (Memphis Tennessee)

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