Songs that Reference Other Songs or Artists

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I was listening to Rush today in memory of Neil Peart. Spirit of Radio evokes Simon & Garfunkel.

    And the sign said, "The words of the prophets
    Are written on the subway walls
    And tenement halls"
    And whisper'd in the sounds of silence

    Altering the lyrics to

    “For the words of the profits,
    Are written on the studio wall,
    Concert hall –
    Echoes with the sounds…
    Of salesmen.”

    Similarly Veruca Salt in Volcano Girls sing,

    I told you about the seether before
    You know the one who's neither or nor
    Well here's another clue, if you please
    The seether's Louise...

    This recalls Glass Onion by the Beatles

    I told you about the walrus and me, man
    You know we're as close as can be, man
    Well here's another clue for you all
    The walrus was Paul.

    Other examples you can think of?
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  2. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    "The King is gone but he's not forgotten.
    Is this the story of Johnny Rotten?"

    ...and speaking of Neil Y:

    "Well I heard ole Neil put her down...."
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  3. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Bob Dylan mentions Alicia Keyes in Thunder on the Mountain.

    I was thinking about Alicia Keys, couldn't keep from crying
    When she was born in Hell's Kitchen, I was living down the line
    I'm wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be
    I been looking for her even clear through Tennessee
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  4. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Lots I like just by DBT alone. Also “Alex Chilton” by the Replacements. A few I don’t, such as Don McLean’s “American Pie” and “Van Halen” by Nerf Herders (awesome band name, though). But for Milktruck threads, I’m gonna keep going with this one:

  5. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    There's a famous example in French of a song which talks about a song which talks about a song.o_O

    Serge Gainsbourg has written La Chanson de Prévert, mentionning Les Feuilles Mortes written by Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma.
    "Cette chansons, Les Feuilles Mortes, te rappellent à mon souvenir"

    Les Feuilles Mortes speaks about an unnamed song which speaks of fallen leaves.
    "C'est une chanson, qui nous ressemble,
    Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais."

    (Iggy Pop has made a recent cover of that song).

    And the first line of Gainsbourg's song is the same as the first line from Les Feuilles Mortes: "Oh je voudrais tant que tu te souviennes".

    My preferred is Gainsbourg's one, I really dig the melody.
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  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    "Sweet Home Alabama" disses Neal Young.
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  7. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
  8. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    I know I should know a bunch of them, but the only one I can think of at the moment is Levitate Me by the Pixies.

    From Wikipedia
    The Larry Norman - Stevie Wonder borrow is more in line with what you are looking for.
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  9. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Gator Country by Molly Hatchet name checks a bunch of Southern rockers.

    That song is a tribute of sorts to the earlier Charlie Daniels song that does the same thing.

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  10. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    The Smithereens reference Bill Wyman in Behind The Wall of Sleep.
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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    That whole song is a mash note to Kim Ernst, the bass player for the Bristols.

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  12. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Steven Tyler got into calling back to his 70's lyrics since the comeback
  13. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2014
    He wasn't the Walrus: "The Walrus Was Paul"... Glass Onion, 1968

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  14. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Charlie Daniels - The South's Gonna Do It Again - Skynyd, ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop (has to be a bunch more)
    The Animals Monterey - The Who, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Hendrix
    Deep Purple -Smoke on the Water - Frank Zappa and the Mothers
    Arthur Conley- Sweet Soul Music - Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Sam&Dave

    I like the last one so much it's getting a YT!!
  15. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Eddie Money, Take Me Home Tonight is a tribute to and a collaboration with Ronnie Spector

    The Ronnettes, Be My Baby
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  16. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    The one big song that Joan Baez wrote, Diamonds and Rust, is all about Bob Dylan.
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  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
  18. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Sir Duke, what an awesome song.

    For there's Basie, Miller, Satchmo
    And the king of all Sir Duke

  19. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Birdsong by the Grateful Dead. You can guess what it is about, although it is probably an allusion.

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