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By: Carolyn Brooks Fleming
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Finish the lyrics from these '80s hits!
Finish these lyrics: "You want to listen to the man? / Pay attention to the magistrate."
The next lines are, "And while I got you in the mood / Listen to your / Own heart beatin' / Own heart beatin'," from "I'm Alright," by Kenny Loggins. The song was the theme to the Bill Murray film, "Caddyshack."
The next lines are, "We gotta move these refrigerators / We gotta move these colour TV's," from "Money for Nothing," by Dire Straits. Mark Knopfler, lead singer for the band, wrote the lyrics after he overheard delivery men complaining. Sting, of The Police, helped write the song as well.
Finish these lyrics: "Gonna use my arms / Gonna use my legs."
The next lines are, "Gonna use my style / Gonna use my sidestep / Gonna use my fingers / Gonna use my, my, my imagination," from "Brass in Pocket," by the Pretenders. "Brass" is British slang for money.
Finish these lyrics: "Some boys take a beautiful girl / And hide her away from the rest of the world."
The next lines are, "I want to be the one to walk in the sun / Oh girls they want to have fun," from "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," by Cyndi Lauper. Well-known wrestler, Captain Lou Albano, played Lauper's father in the video; Lauper's mother played herself.
Finish these lyrics: "There's no other / Tempted by the fruit of another."
The next line is, "Tempted but the truth is discovered," from "Tempted," by Squeeze. The song was later used in commercials for Burger King and Heineken.
Finish these lyrics: "When a problem comes along, you must whip it."
The next lines are, "Before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it," from "Whip It," by Devo. The name "Devo" refers to the regression of Man, or "De-evolution."
Finish these lyrics: "I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark."
The next lines are, "We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks," from "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler. The song was written by Jim Steinman, who also wrote Meat Loaf's hits.
Finish these lyrics: "I was dreamin' when I wrote this / Forgive me if it goes astray."
The next lines are, "But when I woke up this mornin' / Coulda' sworn it was Judgment Day," from "1999," by Prince. He wrote the song during the Cold War, not during the years when people were concerned that the Y2K bug would crash computers all over the world.
Finish these lyrics: "If you want to find all the cops / They're hanging out in the donut shop."
The next lines are, "They sing and dance (oh whey oh) / Spin the clubs cruise down the block," from "Walk like an Egyptian," by the Bangles. Songwriter Liam Sternberg got the idea for the song while watching people struggle to keep their balance on a ferry boat.
Finish these lyrics: "Let me cover you with velvet kisses / I'll create a look that's made for you."
The next lines are, "Gonna dress you up in my love / All over, all over / Gonna dress you up in my love / All over your body," from "Dress You Up," by Madonna. The Parents Music Resource Center listed this song as one of their "Filthy 15" in 1985.
Finish these lyrics: "My little China girl / You shouldn't mess with me."
The next line is, "I'll ruin everything you are," from "China Girl," by David Bowie. He wrote the song with Iggy Pop.
Finish these lyrics: "Hey pretty baby with the high heels on / You give me fever / Like I've never, ever known."
The next lines are, "You're just a product of loveliness / I like the groove of your walk / Your talk, your dress," from "The Way You Make Me Feel," by Michael Jackson. In the video, Jackson's love interest was played by Tatiana Thumbtzen, but sometimes in concert Sheryl Crow played the part. She was not yet famous.
Finish these lyrics: "Standin' on your mama's porch / You told me that you'd wait forever."
The next lines are, "Oh, and when you held my hand / I knew that it was now or never / Those were the best days of my life," from "Summer of '69," by Bryan Adams. Adams wasn't quite old enough to experience everything that happened in the song in 1969, because he was only nine years old then.
Finish these lyrics: "Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon / You come and go, You come and go."
The next lines are, "Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream / Red, gold and green / Red, gold and green," from 1983's "Karma Chameleon," by Culture Club. Although the music video depicted a riverboat on the Mississippi River, the scenes were shot on the River Thames.
Finish these lyrics: "If you are confused, check with the sun / Carry a compass to help you along."
The next lines are, "Your feet are going to be on the ground / Your head is there to move you around," from "Stand," by R.E.M. "Weird Al" Yankovic did a parody of this song, called "Spam."
Finish these lyrics: "You think you're mad, too unstable / Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables."
The next lines are, "In a restaurant in a West end town / Call the police there's a mad man around," from "West End Girls," by Pet Shop Boys. One inspiration for the song was the T.S. Eliot poem, "The Wasteland."
Finish these lyrics: "In my life there's been heartache and pain / I don't know if I can face it again."
The next lines are, "Can't stop now, I've traveled so far / To change this lonely life," from "I Want to Know What Love Is," by Foreigner. The song featured the New Jersey Mass Choir, which later released another version of the song.
Finish these lyrics: "Girl, if you can do better than me, go."
The next lines are, "Yeah, go, but remember / Good love is hard to find," from 1982's "You Got Lucky," by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The music video was unusual at the time, because it featured a desolate opening sequence that ran for over a minute before the song started.
Finish these lyrics: "You try to scream / But terror takes the sound before you make it."
The next lines are, "You start to freeze / As terror looks you right between your eyes / You're paralyzed," from "Thriller," by Michael Jackson. Vincent Price, star of many horror films, recorded the spoken-word section of the song.
Finish these lyrics: "We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind."
The next lines are, "Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance / Well they're no friends of mine," from "Safety Dance," by Men Without Hats. According to guitarist Stefan Doroschuk, the song is about non-conformity.
Finish these lyrics: "Cover me with kisses, baby / Cover me with love."
The next lines are, "Roll me in designer sheets / I'll never get enough," from "Call Me," by Blondie. Lead singer Debbie Harry was a Playboy bunny years before she delved into music.
Finish these lyrics: "Now you're punching and you're kicking / And you're shouting at me / I'm relying on your common decency."
The next lines are, "So far it hasn't surfaced / But I'm sure it exists / It just takes a while to travel / From your head to your fist," from "People Are People," by Depeche Mode. The band had no drummer and they played up the fact, sometimes placing their drum machine in the middle of the stage.
Finish these lyrics: "We rock at dawn on the front line / Like a bolt right out of the blue."
The next lines are, "The sky's alight with the guitar bite / Heads will roll and rock tonight," from "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," by AC/DC. The title line is a throwback to what Roman gladiators used to say, before fighting to the death: "For those about to die...."
Finish these lyrics: "Welcome to the jungle it gets worse here every day."
The next line is, "Ya learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we play," from "Welcome to the Jungle," by Guns N' Roses. The jungle in question is Los Angeles, but Axl Rose wrote the lyrics when he was in Seattle.
Finish these lyrics: "Black and orange stray cat sittin' on a fence / I ain't got enough dough to pay the rent."
The next lines are, "I'm flat broke but I don't care / I strut right by with my tail in the air," from "Stray Cat Strut," by Stray Cats. The Stray Cats, fronted by Brian Setzer, were leaders in the rockabilly revival of the early '80s.
Finish these lyrics: "Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down / 'Cause I just can't wait till you write me you're coming around."
The next line is, "Now I'm walking on sunshine, whoa," from "Walking on Sunshine," by Katrina and the Waves. The band was British, but vocalist Katrina Leskanich is an American.
Finish these lyrics: "How can we dance / When our earth is turning?"
The next lines are, "How do we sleep / While our beds are burning?" from "Beds Are Burning," by Australia's Midnight Oil. The song was written in support of returning native land to the Pintupi tribe in Australia.
Finish these lyrics: "You used to tell me we'd run away together / Love gives you the right to be free."
The next lines are, "You said be patient, just wait a little longer / But that's just an old fantasy," from "Saving All My Love for You," by Whitney Houston. Her mother, singer Cissy Houston, had reservations about the song, because it is about adultery.
Finish these lyrics: "Oh I think that you're wild / And so uniquely styled."
The next lines are, "You might think it's foolish / This chancy rendezvous," from "You Might Think," by The Cars. The video for this song won the very first Video of the Year Award for MTV, over Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Finish these lyrics: "I can't stand this indecision / Married with a lack of vision."
The next lines are, "Everybody wants to rule the world," from 1985's "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," by Tears for Fears. Joe Strummer of The Clash demanded a five pound note from Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears, because the line "Everybody wants to rule the world" was a line in The Clash's earlier song, "Charlie Don't Surf." Orzabal paid up.
Finish these lyrics: "I check my look in the mirror."
The next lines are, "I want to change my clothes, my hair, my face," from "Dancing in the Dark," by Bruce Springsteen. The song is about the angst of always trying to come up with the next great song. In the video, Courtney Cox played the fan who got to dance onstage with The Boss.
Finish these lyrics: "Because my love for you / Would break my heart in two."
The next lines are, "If you should fall into my arms / And tremble like a flower," from "Let's Dance," by David Bowie. His "Serious Moonlight Tour" was inspired by another line in the song.
Finish these lyrics: "Who's gonna pay attention / To your dreams?"
The next lines are, "Who's gonna plug their ears / When you scream?" from "Drive," by The Cars. Although Ric Ocasek sang lead on most Cars songs, bass player Ben Orr sang this one.
Finish these lyrics: "The reflex is a lonely child / Who's waiting by the park."
The next lines are, "The reflex is a door to finding / Treasure in the dark," from "The Reflex," by Duran Duran. Band member Simon Le Bon said he has no idea what this song means.
Finish these lyrics: "Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace / I dream at night, I can only see your face."
The next lines are, "I look around but it's you I can't replace / I feel so cold and I long for your embrace / I keep crying, 'Baby, baby, please.'" Some people think this song, "Every Breath You Take," by The Police, is a love song. Actually, it's about a stalker.
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