1. Put your playlist on shuffle.
2. Post the first lines to the first 30 songs to come up (along with these instructions).
3. Have people guess the songs and artists in comments to the post.
4. Post the answers to the ones people guessed correctly. A couple of days later, post the first two lines of the ones no one got and get people to guess again.
5. Repeat, adding the next line to the unguessed songs each time, until they're all guessed/you've posted the whole song/you've gotten bored/no-one's going to get the damn thing if you don't tell them.
Unlike occultatio I'm not excluding non-English. But then the Japanese isn't on this playlist. ;-)
Adding second lines/more context to unguessed songs
1. You dug a well
2. Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd (hey, that's what shuffled up, rmd)
3. You think you're denying me of something / well, i've got plenty
4. Roy rode into Houston on the 15th of July / they brought him in to help clean up the town
5. Shall I shy down? / that's boring. snoring.
6. People pointing / Finger-painting the world
7. As I was going over the Cork and Kerry mountains
8. Thursday afternoon you cast a shadow 'round my room. / The breeze moved the curtains and lifted my perfume into the air
9. One song
10. Swaz hie gat umbe / daz sint allez megede
11. Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
12. Well you like what you're given /
13. I don't care what shirt you wear / And I don't want you to know my show
15. Dear Prudence
16. Little children, did I tell you how the mockingbird / Called the animals together, tried to say a few words
17. I took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty
18. The journey home is never too long / Your heart arrives before the train
19. I'm John, Hinkley (remind me to post lyrics for you who haven't heard it who need to)
20. Sweet dreams are made of this
21. Well I tried to make it Sunday
22. Doors locked (doors locked) / blinds pulled (blinds pulled)
23. Look at all your faces
24. Jerry's got a squeeze box / Johnny got a big drum
25. Hats off, here they come
26. It's a crime to fall in love / Heart and mind, and soul in love
27. You're sweet (you're sweet) as a honey bee / but like a honey bee stings, you've gone and left my heart in pain
28. Lumina, come and wrap around me / Lumina, take me through the snow
29. 4:15 Friday afternoon (Friday afternoon) / I took a trip on a train (Took a trip on a train)
30. I guess I'm fortunate / For you to be on my mind
I'm doing an extra one for every lyric that *was* or contained the song title, because that's just lame.
31. The water is wide
32. Some folks like to get away
33. Open mine eyes that I may see / Glimpses of truth thou hast for me
35. Paradise / is exactly like
36. Got a call from an old friend
37. When we wore a heart of stone / we wandered to the sea
38. In a forest pitch dark / Glowed the tiniest spark
I predict the hardest/most obscure ones are 5, 6, 12, 13, 16, 24, 29, 30, 33. If I had to guess, 12, 16, 30, and 33 will be unguessed longest. But perhaps my readers will surprise me!
#1. "Cedar Tree", Indigo Girls.
#2. "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", Sweeney Todd
#7 "Whiskey in the Jar" (as recorded by Tempest)
#9 "One Song Glory" from Rent.
#11. "Suzanne", Leonard Cohen.
#14. The Frogs, The Frogs (a la Sondheim)
#15. "Dear Prudence", The Beatles.
#17. "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing", Schoolhouse Rock
#18: the journey home, "bombay dreams"
#19 is "Forbidden Assassins", from Forbidden Broadway: SVU
#20 is "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics.
#21 Sister Golden Hair -- America
#22: walking in space, "hair"
#23. "Let Me Walk Among You", Bat Boy
#25: "Beautiful Girls," from Follies
#31 The water is wide (Lucie Blue Tremblay, as it happens)
#32 is "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel.
#34 is "Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the Park with George
#35: language is a virus, laurie anderson
#36 is My Life by Billy Joel