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Led Zeppelin's "Traveling Riverside Blues" mentions their own song "The Lemon Song":

Squeeze my lemon 'til the juice runs down my leg

Squeeze it so hard, I'll fall right out of bed

Squeeze my lemon, 'til the juice runs down my leg

I wonder if you know what I'm talkin' about

Oh, but the way that you squeeze it girl

I swear I'm gonna fall right out of bed

I did even more research (Wikipedia) finding the 'lemon squeezing' lyrics to be traced back to Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues" who borrowed those lyrics from "She Squeezed My Lemon" by Arthur McKay.

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"Walk of Life" by Dire Straits mentions "Be-Bop-a Lula" by Gene Vincent and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" and "I Gotta Woman".

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies

Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say

Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman

Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

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Hanson's "Penny And Me" references Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright", Aaron Carter's "To All The Girls" mentions Outkast's "Rosa Parks", LFO's "Summer Girls" mentions New Edition's "Candy Girl", and George Harrison's "When We Was Fab" references both "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" (done by both The Beatles and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and Badfinger's "Baby Blue", but I can't believe no one mentioned Oasis' "Morning Glory", which references The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows"!

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Steve Perry's Captured by the Moment mentions:

Let It Be by the Beatles

Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin

Sand Castles by Jimi Hendrix

Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

though not always by name. Apologies if I misnamed the songs.

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This next song by Reunion certainly refers to many.

Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)

B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers

Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady

Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire

Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction

Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter

Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story

Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama

Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry

Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

FM, AM, hits are clickin' while the clock is tock-a-tickin'

Friends and Romans, salutations, Brenda and the Tabulations

Carly Simon, I behold her, Rolling Stones and centerfoldin'

Johnny Cash and Johnny Rivers, can't stop now, I got the shivers

Mungo Jerry, Peter Peter Paul and Paul and Mary Mary

Dr. John the nightly tripper, Doris Day and Jack the Ripper

Gotta go Sir, gotta swelter, Leon Russell, Gimme Shelter

Miracles in smokey places, slide guitars and Fender basses

Mushroom omelet, Bonnie Bramlett, Wilson Pickett, stop and kick it

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Arthur Janov's primal screamin', Hawkins, Jay and

Dale and Ronnie, Kukla, Fran and Norma Okla

Denver, John and Osmond, Donny

JJ Cale and ZZ Top and LL Bean and De De Dinah

David Bowie, Steely Dan and sing me prouder, CC Rider

Edgar Winter, Joanie Sommers, Osmond Brothers, Johnny Thunders

Eric Clapton, pedal wah-wah, Stephen Foster, do-dah do-dah

Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Surfer Girl and Little Honda

Tighter, tighter, honey, honey, sugar, sugar, yummy, yummy

CBS and Warner Brothers, RCA and all the others

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me

At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

spoken:

Listen--remember, they're playing our song!

Rock it, sock it, Alan Freed me, Murray Kaufman, try to leave me

Fish, and Swim, and Boston Monkey,

Make it bad and play it funky.

(Wanna take you higher!)

I just realized that Jim in Pa mentioned this already. Good call Jim!

moldy oldy

:D

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Bleed Like Me - Garbage

JT gets all f...ed up in some karaoke bar

After two drinks he's a loser after three drinks he's a star

Getting all nostalgic as he sings "I Will Survive"

Hey baby can you bleed like me?

C'mon baby can you bleed like me

Hey baby can you bleed like me?

Oh, c'mon baby can you bleed like me

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Paul sings "Yesterday"? :P I never heard it, cyber... I´ll listen to it... but I know that song since 1967... And it´s Ringo who sings the "she loves you yeah..." line. :)

Actually, edna, cyber was (partly) right! (John sings "Yesterday.") See "What Goes On: The Beatles Anomalies List's" Discussion of the matter. In short, Paul Starts it, then John joins, seeing that he didn't have enough breath to start singing SLY,Y,Y,Y after singing "Love is All You need." To see the rest of the site go to What Goes On's Home PAGE

Back on topic, do songs that didn't ever reallt exist count? For Example, in "An English teacher," from Bye Bye Birdie, Rosie sings,

"When You Wrote Conrad's first hit Ugga Bugga Boo Then I knew! That was it! You were thru with English Forever!"

Oh, and by the way I played a part in the local high school production of "BBB".

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Back on topic, do songs that didn't ever reallt exist count? For Example, ..."An English teacher," from Bye Bye Birdie....

I'll allow it. :strikes gavel:

Meanwhile, I was just listening to Garden Party by Rick Nelson.

Yoko brought her Walrus

Said hello to Mary Lou, she belongs to me

Out stepped Johnny B. Goode, playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell, looking like he should

He also mentions Dylan, but I'm not sure if there's a song reference in there.

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Guilty Conscience by Eminem makes a reference to his song 97' Bonnie & Clyde in which he throws his wife in the lake and kidnaps his daughter.

Okay! Thought about it, still wanna stab her?

Grab her by the throat, get your daughter and kidnap her?

That's what I did, be smart, don't be a retard.

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