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Wouldn't You Like to Know...

Quotes:

He's five feet two and he's six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17
He's been a soldier for a thousand years
He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
a Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
and he knows he shouldn't kill
and he knows he always will
kill you for me my friend and me for you

- Donovan - Universal Soldier
Submitted by: LucidLupin
 

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Donovan Leitch. Submitted by: groove

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Prince of Flower Power. Submitted by: KL Fan

Weird Names of Music Performer's Children:

  • Astrella Celeste - Astrella is another typically earthly name for one of Donovan's kids. He did write a song named "Celeste", so I imagine that is where the name came from. Submitted by: Eric Andrews
  • Oriole - For a perennial flower child like him, something "nature" sounding is not too unusual for Donovan. Submitted by: Eric Andrews
  • Ione Skye - Submitted by: shawn50272

Singers Who Act:

Notable Acting Credits
Comments & Submitter Name
"The Pied Piper, The Secret Policeman's Ball"also composed the music for Brother Sun Sister Moon and The Pied Piper. - KL Fan

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Invincible Donovan University"Donovan rewrote the song "Universe Am I" for his new university of meditation and arts in Scotland. He never recorded it but the song can be found on YouTube in a live performance. - KL Fan

Former Career:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Donovan""Drummer"Before he was a guitarist, he played drums in his high school band "The Macabres". His sax player was Ron "Dippy" Gale and the song "Epistle to Dippy" was dedicated to him. - KL Fan

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Colours"The world "color" is in the song but never as a plural. ("Yellow is the color of my true love's hair... Blue's the color of the sky... Green is the color of the sparkling pond...") - KL Fan
"Poor Cow"Originally titled "Poor Love", this was the theme for the movie of the same name. The song originally included a Lord of the Rings reference. "Oh I did dwell in the northern part of the country, Faramir far from here". - KL Fan
"Breezes of Patchulie"Originally to be named "Darkness of my Night"...and that was used in the lyrics! - Paul Warren
"Sunshine Superman"Opening line is "Sunshine came softly through my window today". And other verses open with the word "Superman". But the two words never come together anywhere in the lyrics to create the title phrase "Sunshine Superman". - Melissa Conway
"Epistle to Dippy"Why it was called 'Epistle to Dippy' is way beyond me. - Paul Warren

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Young Girl Booze""Young Girl Blues"Sonya Raynos
"Universal Shoulder""Universal Soldier"Ned MacCamden
"Mellow Hello""Mellow Yellow"Lydia Idyl
"Mellow Cello""Mellow Yellow"Lydia Idyl
"Mello Yello""Mellow Yellow"Lydia Idyl

There are additional Donovan new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Hurdy-Gurdy Man,"Once again, man cannot be a musical instrument,Brit Boxx
"Universe Am I,"He is not the universeKL Fan
"The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow,"Since when does the sun do magic or be a fellow?KL Fan
"Wear Your Love Like Heaven,"Can you really wear Heaven and Love?Paul Warren
"Catch The Wind,"You can't catch windAaerni

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Who Are You?," The Who"Jennifer Juniper," Donovan
"Sister, Do You Know My Name?," The White Stripes"Jennifer Juniper," Donovan
"I'm Going Home," Ten Years After"To Susan On The West Coast Waiting," Donovan
"Take A Letter Maria," R.B. Greaves"To Susan On The West Coast Waiting," Donovan
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Wear Your Love Like Haven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Wendy Torrance
"Wear Your Love Like Heave" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Wendy Torrance
"Wear Our Love Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Candy Welty
"Colors" originally "Colours"
Changes the spelling from British to American
Candy Welty
"Celia Of The Seas" originally "Celia Of The Seals"
Candy Welty

There are additional Donovan song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Texas" originally "Teas"
Samantha Wayland
"Tears" originally "Teas"
Samantha Wayland
"Teams" originally "Teas"
Samantha Wayland
"Swear Your Love Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Peter
"Wear Your Lover Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Candy Welty

There are additional Donovan song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Celia Of The Seats" originally "Celia Of The Seals"
Like the seats at a Donovan concert?
Peter
"Celia Of The Teals" originally "Celia Of The Seals"
From aquatic mammal to aquatic bird
Kimberly Townsend
"Wear Dour Love Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Jessica Childress
"Wear Your Lobe Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Kimberly Townsend
"Wear Your Love Like Heaves" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Jessica Childress

There are additional Donovan song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Hurdy Gurdy Man""Erdy Gurdy Man"CryHavoc
"Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky""BabelTalky"Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson (ed.); various authors
"Mellow Yellow""(I Bawled For) Elder Yeller"Callmelennie
"Sunshine Superman""Sarah Silverman"Fack Sabbath
"Atlantis""Bill Batts' Death"Callmelennie
"Atlantis""AL Yank'vich"Callmelennie
"Mellow Yellow""Fond of Yellow"Hu's On First
"Mellow Yellow""Pedo"Hu's On First
"Mellow Yellow""Funicello"Lifeliver
"Mellow Yellow""Melon Felon"Warren Baker

There are additional Donovan song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Mellow YellowThe SimpsonsRich
Mellow Yellow"The Simpsons" tv series new episode promosBlueEYE
Mellow YellowMello Yellocrazydon
Intergalactic LaxativeDulco-lax (laxative)pickle*

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
AtlantisNew Orleans Chamber of CongressBritish Bullcrap
The War Drags OnThe Anti-War CampaignPaul Warren
Mellow YellowThe Makers Of Mountain Dewcrazydon
AtlantisGalveston, TX/Johnstown, PA Chamber of Congressoldschool

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Let Me Be The River
   Willie Nile
River Song
   Donovan
Let Me Be The River Song
Gretchen Wieners
Black Hole Sun
   Soundgarden
Sunshine Superman
   Donovan
Black Hole Sunshine Superman
Alicia Sturdivant
Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me
   Linda Ronstadt
Poor Cow
   Donovan
Poor, Poor, Poor, Pitiful Cow
Want me to make him into steak?
Paul Warren
The War On Drugs
   Barenaked Ladies
The War Drags On
   Donovan
The War On Drugs Drags On
It has been for 25 years now.
Paul Warren
There are additional Donovan duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Madonovan
Madonna combined with Donovan
Submitted By: nally
Bonovan
Bono combined with Donovan
Two one-named male singers combine their names.
Submitted By: nally

Misheard Lyrics:

"Sunshine Superman"
Misheard Lyrics:
Through the meadow green land Turningcott, you never know me.
Original Lyrics:
Superman or Green Lantern ain't got nothin' on me.
"Sunshine Superman"
Misheard Lyrics:
I could make like a turtle and dive for the popular scene.
Original Lyrics:
I could make like a turtle and dive for your pearls in the sea
"Sunshine Superman"
Misheard Lyrics:
Through the meadow green land Turningcott, you never know me.
Original Lyrics:
Superman or Green Lantern ain't got nothin' on me
"Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Misheard Lyrics:
Where the love I care for?
Original Lyrics:
Wear your love like heaven
There are additional Donovan misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Sunshine Superman"
Misheard Lyrics:
Through the meadow green land Turningcott, you never know me.
Original Lyrics:
Superman or Green Lantern ain't got nothin' on me.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Theresa

I already submitted the lyrics once but didn't leave a story. So here's my story. I was about 7 when this song came out. I always wondered where the green meadows of Turningcott were. When I turned 55 I looked up the lyrics to Sunshine Superman. I laughed so hard. I also submitted to you what I thought "I can make like a turtle and dive for all the pearls in the sea" was. I thought the last half was "dive for the popular scene". I pictured some big undersea party. Hey, I was just a little girl. We have big imaginations.

There are additional Donovan misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Mellow Yellow"
The Funny Lyrics:
Electrical banana
Why They're Funny:
I was listening to my dad's albums, and when this line came up, I started cracking up and couldn't stop. It's mostly in the way it's said. Eee-lektrical banaaaah-naaaaaaah
Submitted by: SpongeBob SquarePants' Lady Friend
 

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Hurdy Gurdy Man"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, gurdy he sang.
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, gurdy he sang.
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, gurdy he sang
Why They're Repetitive:
Shut up, shut up, shut up I sang!
Submitted by: sXe LeXi 5X2
"First There Is A Mountain"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
First there is a mountain,
then there is no mountain, then there is.
Why They're Repetitive:
its says it for the whole song, except for about 4 lines.
Submitted by: Hurricane64
There are additional Donovan repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Sunshine Superman"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
You can just sit there, thinking, on your velvet throne,
'Bout all the rainbows you can have for your own,
When you make your mind up forever to be mine.
Why They're Nonsensical:
Could ANY amount of sitting and thinking on a velvet throne cause one to think up anything on Earth more IMPOSSIBLE for one to possess than rainbows? I think not.
Submitted by: Karen Smith
"Hurdy Gurdy Man"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Comes singing songs of love
Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, gurdy he sang
Here comes the roly poly man and he's singing songs of love
Roly poly, roly poly, roly poly, poly he sang
Why They're Nonsensical:
What is all this 'hurdy gurdy' and 'roly poly' nonsense and what's the point of it?!
Submitted by: sXe LeXi 5X2
There are additional Donovan nonsensical lyrics available.

Insulting Song Lyrics:

"The Intergalaxtic Laxative"
The Insulting Lyrics:
The intergalaxtic laxative will get you here to Mars.
Why They're Insulting:
Truly an insult to astronauts, but funny in a way!
Submitted by: KL Fan
 

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Sunshine Superman"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
could've tripped out easily
but I knew m' way
Why They're Inappropriate:
At the time the song was written "sunshine" was a slang term for lsd. "tripped out" could also refer to taking a "trip" through lsd. donovan wrote this for his girlfriend whom he just split up with and would marry a few years later. in his autobiography he says he remembers giving her an lsd trip so...
Submitted by: Kl Fan
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Pee Song"
The Dirty Lyrics:
How much of a pee do you wee?
When you're little and you're only three
Can you wiggle and wash
Does it tickle and splotch
Can you do like a dog on a tree?
Why They're Dirty:
the lyrics say it all, this was on an album for kids!
Submitted by: KL Fan
"Lalena"
The Dirty Lyrics:
When the sun goes to bed
That's the time you raise your head
But that's your lot in life, Lalena.
Why They're Dirty:
With these lyrics and others throughout the song as clues, it doesn't take a genius to figure out just what Lalena's 'lot in life' is; she's a prostitute. Fortunately, Donovan does such a good job of not being explicit that he makes this song sound so innocuous.
Submitted by: Raphael

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Lalena"
The Lyrics:
That's your lot in life Lalena
Who They Mention:
The name "Lalena" is a variation on German actress Lotte Lenya who was often cast in the role of prostitutes.
Submitted by: Sara
"Joe Bean's Theme"
The Lyrics:
When I hear Astrud, jasmine fills the air.
Who They Mention:
Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto. "Joe Bean" is a wordplay on Antonino Carlos Jabim, the famous Brazilian songwriter.
Submitted by: KL Fan
There are additional Donovan celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Writer in the Sun"
The Song Lyrics:
The Days of Wine and Roses are distant days for me.
Song They Mention:
Days of Wine and Roses by Henry Mancini
Submitted by: Paul Warren
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Jennifer Juniper"
Opening Lines:
Jennifer Juniper lives upon the hill
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Atlantis"
Opening Lines:
The continent of Atlantis was an island that lay before the great flood
Comments:
Donovan's Top 10 hit of 1969 about the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. He speaks the first part and then the chorus sings "Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be she may be".
Submitted by: KL Fan

Made Up Words in Songs:

"Barabajagal"
The Made Up Words:
Barabajagal
Comments:
This song is a good jam song.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Weary Our Love Like Heaven" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Mellow Yell Ow!" originally "Mellow Yellow"
Sounds a bit contradictory.
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Sun Shines Up Erma N." originally "Sunshine Superman"
Submitted by: Emmy Kay Butanone

Band Name Anagrams:

Avon Nod Submitted by: Lorraine Thoanjer
Don Avon Submitted by: Lorraine Thoanjer
Don Nova Submitted by: Susie Creamcheese
Could be some guy's first and last name.
No Do Van Submitted by: George Straitjacket
Does that mean he doesn't hold concerts in a van?

Song Title Anagrams:

"Dry Hungary Mud" originally "Hurdy Gurdy Man"
Submitted by: Frederick Gale
"Our Weary Heaven-like Love" originally "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
How could something heaven-like grow weary?
Submitted by: Kimberly Townsend
"Hints Manager" originally "Earth Sign Man"
Submitted by: Ring Around The Rosie O'Donnell Abu Dhabi
"His Ant Manger" originally "Earth Sign Man"
Submitted by: Ring Around The Rosie O'Donnell Abu Dhabi
"Anger This Man" originally "Earth Sign Man"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Donovan Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"Atlantis"
The Lyrics:
The continent of Atlantis was an island that lay before the great flood in the area we know call the Atlantic Ocean
Why:
The legendary lost continent of Atlantis which may or may not have existed. Located in the Atlantic Ocean it also mentions Africa as a neighbor and South and North America.
Submitted by: KL Fan
"Sand and Foam"
The Lyrics:
I dug you diggin' me in Mexico
Why:
The song is inspired by a trip Donovan took to Mexico in 1966. The song is often subtitled "Mexico".
Submitted by: KL Fan
There are additional Donovan Real Places Mentioned in Songs available.

Lyrics Pronunciation:

"Mellow Yellow"
The Lyrics:
I'm just mad about Fourteen
And Fourteen's a mad about me
Why:
He says "fourteen" as "faurting" or "Fontine". Donovan was originally from Scotland and sometimes his grammar is incorrect
Submitted by: KL Fan
 

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Legend of a Child Girl Linda" Length: 6:50
Probably Donovan's longest song ever.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Oh Gosh" Length: 1:47
It's a very nice jazz-style song which only lasts less than two-minutes.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Title Acrostics:

US: "Universal Soldier"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
COTS: "Celia Of The Seals"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
MY: "Mellow Yellow"
Submitted by: hamp

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Young Burl Glues" originally "Young Girl Blues"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"Young Burl Glues" originally "Young Girl Blues"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"Yellow Mellow" originally "Mellow Yellow"
Reverses the order of the two words!
Submitted by: Melissa Leo the Lion
"Thirst Mare Is A Fountain" originally "First There Is A Mountain"
Submitted by: D. Melody Dole, MD
"Thirst Fare Is A Mountain" originally "First There Is A Mountain"
Submitted by: D. Melody Dole, MD

There are additional Donovan Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Jennifer Juniper"
The Lyrics:
Jennifer Juniper, vis sur la colline,
Jennifer Juniper assie trs tranquille. Dort-elle?
Je ne crois pas.
Qu'est-ce que tu fais, Jenny mon amour?
Why:
This is the French version of the first verse of the song , which goes like this.... Jennifer Juniper, lives upon a hill, Jennifer Juniper, sitting very still. Is she sleeping? I don't think so. Is she breathing? Yes, very low. Whatcha doing, Jennifer my love?
Submitted by: Paul Warren
 

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Sunshine Superman"
The Lyrics:
Sunshine came softly through my window today.
Why:
The music of this song is upbeat but the lyrical content has a lot to be desired.
Submitted by: Celeste
 

Onomatopoeia in Lyrics:

"Ceila of the Seals"
The Lyrics:
Voyna, voyna voyna
Why:
The cries of seals lifted from an earlier song
Submitted by: KL Fan
 

Crime Records:

"Drug Posession"
In 1967, there was a drug bust that was popular in London and Donovan was one of the many musicians that got caught.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Performers with Handicaps:

"Childhood polio"
He has one leg that limps due to this.
Submitted by: KL Fan

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"The Intergalatic Laxative"
Considered to be Donovan's worst song about toliet arrangements for astronauts, from 1973.
Submitted by: KL Fan
"I Love My Shirt"
This song is about clothing that you love even when they become tattered and torn.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Hidden Messages:

"There Is A Mountain"
In the background you can hear him saying "That's nice" over and over.
Submitted by: KL Fan

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Happiness Runs"
2010 Drama
Submitted by: Raphael
"Universal Soldier"
1992 Jean Claude Van Damme film
Submitted by: KL Fan
"Season of the Witch"
2010 fantasy adventure starring Nicolas Cage
Submitted by: Raphael

TV and Movies Mentioned in Lyrics:

"People Call Me The Pied Piper"
The Lyrics:
People call me the Pied Piper...
Why:
1972 movie in which Donovan played the title role.
Submitted by: KL Fan

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