Song Pairs

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Song Pairs

Postby sfboy » Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:33 pm

I don't know if I'm the only one who does this, but I often find myself pairing up songs that go together in my head, usually because of a shared lyric or idea. Do any of you do this as well?

For example, I always think of Moon Song and Separate Ways by Teddy Thompson as a pair because of the shared lyric of being left alone waiting in the snow (MS) or rain (SW). For me, they're just a pair, no getting around it.

Another example that I just paired up last night are Trapeze and The Last Carnival by Bruce Springsteen. I haven't cried just from listening to a song in quite a while, but man, that song almost did it. Both songs use circus imagery and talk about loss (loss of love, loss of a friend who has died). I'll never be able to listen to either of those songs again without thinking of the other.

Some non-Patty ones are Ohio by a certain Marybeth D'Amico and I'm Not the Man by the 10,000 Maniacs, and Every Week (again, by MD) and Reno, again by Bruce. I love that latter song pair. It's like the sweet and maudlin side vs. the gritty and stark side of the same interaction.

Anyway, I just thought I'd put this out there. I think I'm going to have to make myself some song pair mixes....

Anyone else got any good ones?

Kevin

p.s. Should this be moved somewhere else? I wasn't quite sure where to post it. Feel free to do so.
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Postby elcorazon » Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:17 pm

made a whole mix called "Songs of Death & Mourning" mostly because of the "song pair", Sometimes I Forget by Loudon Wainwright III and No Time to Cry by Iris DiMent

both are songs about dealing with the death of a parent.
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Postby sfboy » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:11 pm

I love that Iris song. YOu could add Fancy Funeral by Lucinda Williams. Well, sort of.

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Postby elcorazon » Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:05 am

here was the track listing:

Songs of Death & Mourning

1. Amazing Grace Randy Scruggs
2. Baltimore Lyle Lovett
3. No Time to Cry Iris DiMent
4. Sometimes I Forget Loudon Wainwright III
5. Closer to the Light Bruce Cockburn
6. For A Dancer Jackson Browne
7. Long Ride Home Patty Griffin
8. Too Early Son Volt
9. Fort Worth Blues Steve Earle
10. He Was a Friend of Mine Byrds
11. Delia’s Gone Johnny Cash
12. Al Bowlly’s In Heaven Richard Thompson
13. Pineola Lucinda Williams
14. Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt
15. Let Me Die In My Footsteps Bob Dylan
16. In My Hour of Darkness Gram Parsons
17. Guess I’m Doing Fine Beck
18. Only One & Only Gillian Welch
19. Holocaust Big Star
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Postby Annika » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:28 am

I sometimes think of Lucinda Williams' Changed the Locks as the answer to Kasey Chambers' Barricades & Brickwalls. In B&B the woman promises to do anything to get her man and then in CtL the man is trying to get away from that woman... :-D
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Postby Arlene » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:22 am

elcorazon wrote:here was the track listing:

Songs of Death & Mourning

1. Amazing Grace Randy Scruggs
2. Baltimore Lyle Lovett
3. No Time to Cry Iris DiMent
4. Sometimes I Forget Loudon Wainwright III
5. Closer to the Light Bruce Cockburn
6. For A Dancer Jackson Browne
7. Long Ride Home Patty Griffin
8. Too Early Son Volt
9. Fort Worth Blues Steve Earle
10. He Was a Friend of Mine Byrds
11. Delia’s Gone Johnny Cash
12. Al Bowlly’s In Heaven Richard Thompson
13. Pineola Lucinda Williams
14. Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt
15. Let Me Die In My Footsteps Bob Dylan
16. In My Hour of Darkness Gram Parsons
17. Guess I’m Doing Fine Beck
18. Only One & Only Gillian Welch
19. Holocaust Big Star

I love this mix-- I've added Julie Miller's I Still Cry and Steve Earle's Pilgrim to the version I have on my iPod.
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Postby Arlene » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:22 am

elcorazon wrote:here was the track listing:

Songs of Death & Mourning

1. Amazing Grace Randy Scruggs
2. Baltimore Lyle Lovett
3. No Time to Cry Iris DiMent
4. Sometimes I Forget Loudon Wainwright III
5. Closer to the Light Bruce Cockburn
6. For A Dancer Jackson Browne
7. Long Ride Home Patty Griffin
8. Too Early Son Volt
9. Fort Worth Blues Steve Earle
10. He Was a Friend of Mine Byrds
11. Delia’s Gone Johnny Cash
12. Al Bowlly’s In Heaven Richard Thompson
13. Pineola Lucinda Williams
14. Waiting Around to Die Townes Van Zandt
15. Let Me Die In My Footsteps Bob Dylan
16. In My Hour of Darkness Gram Parsons
17. Guess I’m Doing Fine Beck
18. Only One & Only Gillian Welch
19. Holocaust Big Star

I love this mix-- I've added Julie Miller's I Still Cry and Steve Earle's Pilgrim to the version I have on my iPod.
"You've got to sing like you don't need the money, love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like no one is watching. It's gotta come from the heart, if you want it to work."
~Susannah Clark

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." ~Molly Ivins

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."
~Tallulah Bankhead

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Postby elcorazon » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:28 am

you can say that again.

lol

actually I periodically come across songs I want to add to that mix. Tim O'Brien has a really good one. But I never seem to remember them or to bother altering the mix. There are still a few tracks I'd change though if I felt like putting some effort into it.
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