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CALLING ELVIS (Dire Straits)

Calling elvis

Is anybody home

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

Did he leave the building

Or can he come to the phone

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well

Let me leave my number

Heartbreak hotel

Oh love me tender

Baby don?t be cruel

Return to sender

Treat me like a fool

Calling elvis

Is anybody home

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

Did he leave the building

Can he come to the phone

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

Why don?t you go get him

I?m his biggest fan

You gotta tell him

He?s still the man

Long distance baby

So far from home

Don?t you think maybe you could put him on

Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well

Let me leave my number

Heartbreak hotel

Oh love me tender

Baby don?t be cruel

Return to sender

Treat me like a fool

Calling elvis

Is anybody home

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

Did he leave the building

Or can he come to the phone

Calling elvis

I?m here all alone

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Don't forget one of my all-time favorites...

Songfacts number 2907

Lyrics for: Garden Party

I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends

A chance to share old memories and play our songs again

When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name

No one recognized me, I didn't look the same

CHORUS

But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.

You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

People came from miles around, everyone was there

Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air

'n' over in the corner, much to my surprise

Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes wearing his disguise

CHORUS

lott-in-dah-dah-dah, lot-in-dah-dah-dah

Played them all the old songs, thought that's why they came

No one heard the music, we didn't look the same

I said hello to "Mary Lou", she belongs to me

When I sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave

CHORUS

lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)

lot-in-dah-dah-dah

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode

Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should

If you gotta play at garden parties, I wish you a lotta luck

But if memories were all I sang, I rather drive a truck

CHORUS

lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)

lot-in-dah-dah-dah

'n' it's all right now, learned my lesson well

You see, ya can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself

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Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings reference themselves, Hank Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker and Mickey Newberry in "Luckenbach Texas"

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas,

With Waylon and Willie and the boys

This successful life we're livin'

Got us feudin' like the Hatfields and McCoys

Between Hank Williams pain songs

Newberry's train songs

And Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain

Out in Luckenbach Texas

Ain't nobody feelin' no pain

Willie changes "Newberry's train songs" to "Jerry Jeff's train songs" in the last chorus.

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I reminded my self of this song from Hank Williams, Jr.

All my rowdy friends have settled down

and seem to be more into laid back songs.

Nobody wants to get drunk and get loud.

Everybody just wants to go back home.

I myself have seen my wilder days

and I have seen my name at the top of the page,

but I need to find a friend just to run around.

But no one wants to get high on the town

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

And I think I know what my father meant when he sang about a lost highway

and old George Jones I'm glad to see he's finally getting straight,

and Waylon's staying home and loving Jesse more these days,

and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

and the hang overs hurt more then they used to

and corn bread and ice tea took the place of pills and ninety-proof,

and it seems like none of us do things quite like we used to do

and nobody wants to get high on the town

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

Yeah I think I know what my father meant when he sang about his lost highway

and Johnny Cash don't act like he did back in '68

and Kris he is a movie star and he's moved off to L.A.

and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud and all my rowdy friends have settled down

yeah me and my rowdy friends done rowdied on down.

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I just thought of this now that Chris LeDoux has died.

Garth Brooks' song "Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old)" mentions "a worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux"?

Hank Williams Jr.'s song "Young Country" mentions Van Halen and ZZ Top, among others?

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Molly Hatchet's "Gator Country" mentions a lot of other artists:

I've been to Alabama, people ain't a whole lot to see;

Skynyrd says it's a real sweet home but it ain't nothing to me.

Charlie Daniels will tell you the good Lord lives in Tenessee, ha!

But I'm going back to gator country where the wine and the women are free.

Chorus:

There's a gator in the bushes, he's calling my name,

And a saying come on boy, you better make it back home again.

There's many roads I've travelled but they all kind of look the same.

There's a gator in the bushes, Lord, he calling my name.

Old Richard Betts will tell ya Lord he was born a Ramblin' Man.

Well he can ramble back to Georgia but I won't give a damn.

Elvin Bishop out struttin his stuff with little Miss Slick Titty Boom.

But I'm going back to gator country to get me some elbow room.

Chorus:

There's a gator in the bushes he's calling my name.

And saying come on boy, you better make it back home again.

There's many roads I've travelled but they all kinda look the same.

There's a gator in the bushes, Lord, he calling my name. Yep.

There's Marshall Tucker riding a rainbow searching for a pot of gold.

Well they can take the highway, baby, and they can take all they can hold.

The Outlaws down in Tampa town it's a mighty fine place to be.

They got green grass and got high tides and sure looks good to me.

Chorus:

There's a gator in the bushes, he's calling my name.

Saying come on boy, you better make it back home again.

There's so many roads I've travelled but they all kinda look the same.

There's a gator in the bushes , Lord, he's calling my name.

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"Innocent" by Our Lady Peace....

"Spends his days in the basement with Lennon and Cobain"

"Creque Alley" by the Mamas and the Papas mentions several

"Hey, Hey, My, My" by Neil Young

"this is the story of Johnny Rotten"

"I love LA" by Randy Newman

"crank up the Beach Boys"

"Brian Wilson" by the Barenaked Ladies

"Let 'Em In" by Paul McCartney and Wings

"Phil and Don (Everly)"

"I Dig Rock and Roll Music" by Peter, Paul and Mary

"Willy" by Joni Mitchell (Willy is Graham Nash)

More to come........ :guitar:

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