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This Is Just A Meta Mix On A Blog

Date March 21, 2012

Inspired by the return of one of my favorite TV shows, the hyper self-aware Community (whose Abed could be considered the patron saint of meta-humor) and the self-referring “Simple Song” on the new Shins album out this week, I’ve made a mix of my favorite meta-referencing songs. By this I mean songs that specifically reference themselves in the lyrics (stuff like “it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth”, “take it to the chorus” and “Second verse, same as the first verse” are out). I chose 20 of my favorite self-referencing songs for this mix, of which you can download / read each meta lyric below or listen to the mix on Spotify. If you can think of any good ones I missed, let me know in the comments. Cool. Cool cool cool.

MP3 The Shins – Simple Song

Well this is just a simple song / To say what you’ve done

MP3 Belle & Sebastian –  This Is Just A Modern Rock Song

This is just a modern rock song / This is just a tender affair / I count “three, four” and then we start to slow / Because a song has got to stop somewhere

MP3 David Bowie – Five Years

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour / Drinking milk shakes cold and long / Smiling and waving and looking so fine / Don’t think you knew you were in this song

MP3 Pulp – Something Changed

I wrote this song two hours before we met / I didn’t know your name or what you looked like yet

MP3 Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

You’re so vain / You probably think this song is about you

MP3 Wilco – Someone Else’s Song

I know it sounds like someone else’s song / From a long time ago

MP3 The Beatles – Only A Northern Song

If you’re listening to this song / You may think the chords are wrong / But they’re not / We just wrote them like that

MP3 Coldplay – Yellow

I came along / I wrote a song for you / And all the things you do / And it was called Yellow

MP3 Neil Young – Borrowed Tune

I’m singin’ this borrowed tune / I took from the Rolling Stones / Alone in this empty room / Too wasted to write my own

MP3 The Magic Numbers – This Is A Song

This is a song / and these are the words

MP3 Steely Dan – Deacon Blues

I cried when I wrote this song / Sue me if I play too long

MP3 Billy Bragg – A New England

I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song / I’m twenty two now but I won’t be long

MP3 The Postal Service – Such Great Heights

And when you scan the radio / I hope this song will guide you home

MP3 Leonard Cohen – Bird on a Wire

But I swear by this song / By all I have done wrong / I’ll make it up to you

MP3 Islands – This Is Not A Song

If this is just a song / then why do I find it so hard to move on

MP3 Okkervil River – Get Big

And once we get to the end of this song / then another will begin

MP3 The Magnetic Fields – I Think I Need A New Heart

‘Cause it all comes out wrong / Unless I put it in a song / So the radio plays / “I Think I Need a New Heart” / Just for you

MP3 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak

I was whistling a new song to myself  / And it went, it went something like this one

MP3 Elton John – Your Song

My gift is my song / And this one’s for you

MP3 Weezer – Across The Sea

I’ve got your letter / You’ve got my song

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7 Responses to “This Is Just A Meta Mix On A Blog”

  1. Agi said:

    My favourite meta-song is Baccara’s disco-fav “Yes, sir I can boogie” with its “Already told you in the first verse / and in the chorus / but I’ll give you one more chance.” Song really was streets ahead.

  2. JB said:

    Now someone listening might think that this old song is sad, but they don’t know about the fortune that I’ve really had

    From “Fool’s Gold”

  3. Catherine said:

    I like “Haiku” by Tally Hall.

  4. Sara said:

    “A Song about California” by Hey Ocean is one of my favourites.
    “Write a song about California,/he said to me before i left/but i, think i’ll write a song about him instead.”
    You can listen to it here: http://www.loveheyocean.com/discography/

  5. theo said:

    The Billy Bragg line was almost miraculously copied by Simon & Garfunkel 17 years earlier in the song “Leaves That Are Green.” I’m really annoyed at these time-traveling plagiarists.

  6. Evan said:

    Nice list,
    Thought of a few. Not good songs, but they fit the category.

    Punk Rock Song, Bad Religion: “this is just a punk rock song.”
    Please Play This Song on the Radio, NOFX

  7. Anonymous said:

    I hope we get along and I hope you like this song / I made it just for you

    White Denim – Champ