Songs whose lyrics contain other songs' titles

  • I think there was a thread like this on another, long-ago message board; but I'd like to start a new one.


    What Genesis songs can you think of that (intentionally or not) happen to have other songs' titles in their lyrics?


    Here's what I know of off the top:


    The Magic Of Time: Silent Sun

    Supper's Ready: Like It Or Not

    Firth Of Fifth: Shepherd

    The Lamia: Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats

    A Trick Of The Tail: That's All

    Alone Tonight: Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

    Tonight, Tonight, Tonight: In Too Deep

    Such are the times we live in, that talking about what's really going on will make you sound crazy.

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  • Dancing with the Moonlit Knight: Paperlate

    And, of course, that's probably the only case where a later Genesis song's title actually came from the earlier song's lyrics!

    Such are the times we live in, that talking about what's really going on will make you sound crazy.

  • The Light Dies Down On Broadway - The Light


    I've been wondering if this obscure reference was an inside joke: 'The Light' used to be a 10min.+ song of which only few passages survived in Lilywhite Lilith and bits of The Colony of Slippermen, so we can say indeed that The Light has died down on Broadway.

  • Like It Or Not (and probably several others) - Anyway

    Stagnation - The (ice-cold) Knife

    Personally, I don't think that one counts!

    Hearts On Fire - It

    I was wondering if anyone else would think of "It." Too many songs to count for that one, I'm sure!

    'The Light' used to be a 10min.+ song

    Just to nitpick a little -- the one recorded performance of "The Light" that survives lasts approximately 8:50.

    Such are the times we live in, that talking about what's really going on will make you sound crazy.

  • Yes I agree "the ice-cold knife" is stretching the idea too far. But I love the notion of selecting one specific song to illustrate the inclusion of 'it', I have to say that gave me a chuckle.

    Abandon all reason

  • Gosh - you've found it! I'd been searching so long in vain for a song containing 'anyway' 😕

    Which reminds me -- I forgot about this one:


    Frustration - Anyway


    That is, of course, where the title (and the music) for "Anyway" came from!

    Such are the times we live in, that talking about what's really going on will make you sound crazy.

  • I just came across this one:


    Shepherd - Window


    Given that, a "title reference" chain of 4 songs can be built!

    Firth of Fifth -> Shepherd -> Window -> Horizons

    Such are the times we live in, that talking about what's really going on will make you sound crazy.

  • There are many references to songs (not Genesis) throughout TLLDOB. To the point where I've periodically considered compiling a list, before real life takes over again. Perhaps one has already been made?


    Three quick examples (IIRC are many more, but haven't refreshed my memory for a while):


    "There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes" - Broadway Melody of 1974

    "And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
    with needles; needles and pins." - Broadway Melody of 1974

    '

    'cos it's only knock and knowall, but I like it.' - It


    I'm sure there are many others I've noticed over years of listening, as well as others I've not picked up on.


    Anyone got any more?



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  • Sorry, this isn't songs or lyrics but I heard of a music festival in PA called Some Kind Of Jam. Couldn't resist mentioning it.


    And Lilywhite Lilith features a band (The Darkness) and an award (Golden Globes).


    Anyway, carry on.

    Abandon all reason