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That is, songs whose lyrics refer to the song itself. (For one example, Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" - "Gonna have you naked by the end of this song".)

You might even add a subcategory of songs that refer to themselves by their title. (For one example, "Yellow" by Coldplay - "I came along, I wrote a song for you... and it was called 'Yellow'".)

These are just the first two that come to mind. I'm sure there are many more.

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Borrowed Tune- Neil Young

I'm singin' this borrowed tune

I took from the Rolling Stones,

Alone in this empty room

Too wasted to write my own.

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"This One's for You"-Barry Manilow

"This one will never sell

They'll never understand

I don't even sing it well

I try but I just can't . . ."

"Hey There Delilah"-Plain White T's

"I'm right there if you get lonely

give this song another listen."

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"Something Changed" - Pulp

I wrote this song two hours before we met.

I didn't know your name or what you looked like yet.

Oh I could have stayed at home and gone to bed.

I could have gone to see a film instead.

You might have changed your mind and seen your friends

Life could have been very different then but something changed.

Do you believe that there's someone up above?

Does he have a timetable directing acts of love?

Why did I write this song on that one day?

Why did you touch my hand and softly say.

Stop asking questions that don't matter anyway.

Just give us a kiss to celebrate here today, something changed.

When we woke up that morning we had no way of knowing

That in a matter of hours we'd change the way we were going.

Where would I be now if we'd never met?

Would I be singing this song to someone else instead?

I dunno,but like you just said: something changed.

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"Just Like You" by Roxy Music

Buttercup daisies

And most anything

They wither and fade

After blossom in Spring

Time conquers innocence

Pride takes a fall

In knowledge lies wisdom

That´s all

Everything changes

Weather blows hot or cold

Through alchemy iron turns gold

Quicksilver baby

So hard to pin down

Oh when are you coming around?

Hopelessly grounded

I walk through the streets

Remembering how we spent time

Hopefully yearning that someday we´ll meet

But when will we, how could we - why? Oh my!

Fashion houses ladies

Need plenty loose change

When the latest creation

Is last year´s fab-rave

Thought patterns hazy

This auto-style age

Will lady luck smile old and sage?

She knows that ......

Never again, no, will I give up my heart

To gamble with fate is my crime

Nevertheless love, it´s all here in my book

I´d write it but don´t have much time

You see, I know it sounds crazy

But what can I do?

I´ve fallen head over heels, over you

Chameleon colour

All phases of moon

The shifting of planets

And leopard spots too

As destiny wills it

So seasons will change

Just like you

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Sing - The Carpenters

Sing, sing a song

Make it simple to last

Your whole life long

Don't worry that it's not

Good enough for anyone

Else to hear

Just sing, sing a song.

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Did someone already mention Leon Russell's "A Song For You"

And when my life is over

Remember when we were together

We were alone

And I was singing this song to you

another good one is James Taylor's "Close Your Eyes"

I don't know no love songs

And I cant sing the blues anymore

But I can sing this song

And you can sing this song

When I'm gone

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