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I came across this thread a few days ago and realized I never made the CD.

I'm looking for songs that specifically reference literary characters, authors, or lines.

I've come up with four so far

Whiter Shade of Pale: "as the miller told his tale" (Canterbury Tales)

Ramble On: "but Gollum and the evil one crept up" (Lord of the Rings trilogy)

Don't Stand So Close to Me: "just like the old man in that book by Nabokov"

Wuthering Heights: "Heathcliff it's me" (Wuthering Heights)

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If any one has any more suggestions, I would appreciate them, but these are the songs I have chosen

1-Turn! Turn! Turn!-The Byrds-References Ecclisiastes

2-Hallelujah-Alison Crowe-References King David

3-Whiter Shade of Pale-Procul Harum-References The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

4-Guinnevere-CSN-References Le Mort D'Arthur , Sir Thomas Malory

5-(Don't Fear)The Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult-References Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare

6-Fever-Peggy Lee-References Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare

7-Fire-The Pointer Sisters-References Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare

8-Wuthering Heights-Kate Bush-References Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

9-White Rabbit-Jefferson Airplane-References Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

10-Tom Sawyer-Rush-References Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

11-Centerfield-John Fogerty-References Casey at the Bat, poem by Ernest Thayer

12-Richard Cory-Simon & Garfunkel-References Richard Cory, poem by Edward Arlington Robinson

13-Grey Gardens-Rufus Wainwright-References Death in Venice, novella by Thomas Mann

14-Falls to Climb-R.E.M.-References The Lottery, short story by Shirley Jackson

15-Aime-Damien Rice-References The Story of O, novel by Pauline Réage

16-The Battle of Evermore-Led Zeppelin-References Lord of the Rings, etc. by JRR Tolkien

17-Misty Mountain Hop-Led Zeppelin-References Lord of the Rings, etc. by JRR Tolkien

18-Ramble On-Led Zeppelin-References Lord of the Rings, etc. by JRR Tolkien

19-Don't Stand So Close to Me-The Police-References Lolita, novel by Vladimir Nabokov

20-Hey Jack Kerouac-10,000 Maniacs-References Author Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation writers

21-Pretty Girls Make Graves-The Smiths-References The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

22-Song for Myla Goldberg-References Author Myla Goldberg, Bee Season

23-Desolation Row-Bob Dylan-Various Literary References

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1. "Killing An Arab" by The Cure references Albert Camus's L'Etranger :beatnik:

2. "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" by Ultravox! gets its title from Alain Resnais's movie (and, therefore, screenplay)

3. The Eurythmics have an album titled 1984 (movie song collection).

4. Squeeze references a couple of works in their song, "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)" (they talk about a Harold Robbins paperback and reference William Tell and Maid Marian).

5. Robert Marlowe did a song called "Picture Of Dorian Gray."

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Tin Man-America (character from the Wizard of Oz)

Queen of Hearts-Juice Newton/originally by Dave Edmunds (character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Just Like Romeo and Juliet-Reflections

The Pied Piper-Christian St. Peter

Tears of a Clown-Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (references opera Pagliacci)

We Didn't Start the Fire-Billy Joel (musicals South Pacific, The King and I, Peter Pan [also a book], books Catcher in the Rye, Stranger in a Strange Land, author Hemingway, and many more)

Snoopy vs. the Red Baron-Royal Guardsman

Lil' Red Riding Hood-Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

Magic Carpet Ride-Steppenwolf (refers to Aladdin from 1001 Nights [aka Arabian Nights])

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This Kiss-Faith Hill (references to Cinderella and Snow White)

Breakfast at Tiffany's-Deep Blue Something (refers to the Audrey Hepburn film based on the novel by Truman Capote)

American Pie-Don McLean (reference to Karl Marx)

Holding Out for a Hero-Bonnie Tyler (reference to Hercules from Greek mythology)

Wrapped Around Your Finger-Police (reference to Scylla and Charibdes from Greek mythology)

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Cerberus is that cute little puppy, isn't he... ;)

"Mack the Knife", or rather the original "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" is the first song of the famous play "The Three Penny Opera" (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Bertold Brecht (which, in turn, was adapted from John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera")

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