Monday, May 19, 2008

Lyrics Quiz - Prog edition

I'm not quite the only prog fan in the village, so let's have a prog-rock lyrics quiz. :)

1. And don't forget my dog, fixed and consequent
2. The note he left was signed "Old Father Thames", it seems he's drowned
3. A man who thinks he owns the future will sell your vacuum with his prose
4. At paranoia's poison door
5. And God and his accountants drove away
6. No-one dared call it a boat
7. No his mind is not for rent to any god or government.
8. If every time we tell a lie, a little fairy dies, they must be building death-camps in the garden.
9. Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you
10. The bad blood slows and turns to stone

Most of them are fairly well-known if you know anything about 70s progressive rock, a few of them are more recent. I have no idea how well-known they are nowadays outside prog fandom, so I won't set a deadline. One is very obscure, but I know they have at least one other fan on RR :)

11 comments:

DarceysDad said...

Oh wow! I haven't played 21st Century Schizoid Man in AGES - years, it must be! Back in a bit when I've dug that out ... AAAGH no I can't. The record deck hasn't been rewired yet because it won't fit where the rest of the stereo has had to move to after the redecoration.

And I thought 7 was Rush - Tom Sawyer, but having played it back, I can only hear the first half of that line. The second half is "don't put him down as arrogEnt!!!" BBAAADDD rhyming, Geddy/Neil.

ToffeeBoy said...

Genesis alert!

No. 2 is Dancing With The Moonlit Knight from Selling England By The Pound.

With my fairly substantial 70's prog rock collection I was expecting to know more.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

DD - the first half of the line occurs twice in the song :)

Toffeeboy - Since the song DD correctly identified actually came out in 1981, I now realise only half of the lyrics are actually from the 70s.

DarceysDad said...

Hang about! Tim, you said "...song DD corr..." i.e. singular.

You're not telling me 4 ISN'T King Crimson, are you???!

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Sorry DD, songs, plural :)

saneshane said...

I just got one (i think) only cos I was looking in a tape box...
10 isn't that Animals?
my tape is very rare I think.. who would buy Floyd on tape....? nutters.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Ah, but which animal?

CaroleBristol said...

Nice idea- shame I saw it too late!

2 and 4 are gone but they were the ones I spotted straight off.

I am not much use for post 70s prog so I'll be struggling...................

Proudfoot said...

Dogs. Hey I have Animals and Dark Side of the Moon on cassette.Yes, stupid.
The boat lyric is Marillion I think but don't ask what.
Do I have to scour my Gentle Giant CDs now?

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Dogs it is!

The boat one is Marillion - but can anyone actually name the song?

None of them are by Gentle Giant.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

You're not doing very well, so time for some clues:

* The Marillion song is from the 1990s.

* One is by a current band that crop up a *lot* on RR (and not just from me!), but so far both Dorian and Maddy seem immune to their charms.

* One is by a US band normally thought as metal, but with occasional progressive tendancies. There have been two completely different recorded versions of this song, more than a decade apart

* One of the biggest 70s prog-rock without which this quiz would never have been complete.

* Token obscure one - a recently reformed band I've seen this year (and mentioned on RR).

* From the first solo album by the lead singer of another band in this quiz.