Some songs have titles that aren't used in the lyrics, and end up becoming better known for their lyrics than their title. Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is better known for the refrain "Everybody must get stoned" than it is for the title.
Comments & Submittor Name
|James Gang||Funk 49||Probably best known for Joe Walsh's guitar riff, the song starts off|
Sleep all day, out all night
I know where you're goin'
But doesn't contain the word "funk" nor the number 49, either. (And they have a song Funk 48 too!) - ChrisW
|Janet Jackson||Strawberry Bounce||Though Janet says "bounce" a few times, the word "strawberry" is never mentioned. - xxxpress|
|Jefferson Airplane||White Rabbit||I always thought that the title of this was "Go Ask Alice" ... anyway, they mention the "White Knight", and "when you're chasing rabbits", but no mention of white rabbits in the song. - Edgedraw|
|Jefferson Airplane||White Rabbit||Full of references to Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, this song could be called "Go Ask Alice" because it's the most-recognized line in the song. - crazydon|
|Jefferson Starship||Things to Come||The line "I'll be your lifeline" repeated four times. No mention of the title anywhere in the lyrics, though. - Sutch|
|Jethro Tull||Hymn 43||Not really a hymn, but it was quite controversial in its time; not for the morally questionable lyrics, but for the graphic (and quite accurate) account of the white man's distortion of history concerning their relationship with Native Americans in the Old West, both in books and Hollywood movies. The song claims rightfully that the white man used religion as an excuse to murder defenseless tribes - Rocky|
|Jethro Tull||For Michael Collins, Jeffery, and Me||"Everyone knows who Neil Armstrong is, but SOMEONE had to stay behind and mind the store. Michael Collins is the boy who got no cake at the party known as the moonshot in '69. - princejellyfish|
|Jim Ed Brown||Morning||"Suddenly I look into your sleepy eyes" (which begins each chorus) is quite possible the best know lyrics. The word "morning" is never in the lyrics. - Thessaly Danes|
|Jimi Hendrix||1983 (A Merman I should turn to be)||There are no references to mermen or 1983 in this song. - Paul Warren|
|John Denver||Annie's Song||The "Annie" in the title is nowhere to be found in the lyrics. Instead, most people probably remember: "You fill up my senses, come fill me again." - Bob Borst|
|John Mellencamp||Key West Intermezzo||No mention of any of the Florida Keys in this song, only "I saw you first" and something about crucifying John Lennon. - Indy|
|Johnny Cash||Spiritual||Jesus If you hear my last breath / Don't leave me here / Left to die a lonely death / I know I have sinned / But Lord I'm suffering - Azrael|
|Johnny Cash||Ballad Of Ira Hayes||Not surprisingly, neither the word "ballad" nor the phrase "ballad of" tend to be found in the lyrics of songs whose titles begin with that phrase. The most familiar line is probably at the beginning of each chorus: "Call him drunken Ira Hayes. He don't answer anymore." So a possible "alternate title" by which it might be known could be "Call Him Drunken Ira Hayes" or simply "Ira Hayes". - Thessaly Danes|
|Johnny Horton||The Battle Of New Orleans||The word "battle" does not occur in the lyrics. - Thessaly Danes|
|Julian Lennon||Valotte||Not mentioned in the song - Joe H|
|Julie Andrews||Wexford Carol||First line is "Good People All, This Christmas Time"; the title is not found in the lyrics. - Donna Rand Blitzen|
|Julie Andrews||Irish Carol||First line is "Christmas Day Is Come"; the title is not found in the lyrics. - Donna Rand Blitzen|
|June||Elevators Are Matchmakers||Can you really think just how this feels? All I wanted was your time Cause I know you've got an answer set aside - Katy|
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