Hi everybody! I thought there was a queue for the next Challenge, but nothing’s appeared. So…I’ve been thinking about the marketing of music, and specifically about those songs where the name of the song doesn’t appear in the lyrics of the song. And it struck me that this is really not sensible in terms of marketing a song – what about the times when you’re in the record shop and you just can’t remember the name of the snigle you want? You’ve been singing it ever since you heard it on the radio, and so you try singing it to the person behind the counter in case they happen to know the name…And it can potentially get very embarrassing. (Less so, of course, with album tracks. But they do count for this challenge – it doesn’t have to be a snigle. It does have to have words though. Obviously.) There’s no point looking for it on iTunes or Spotify either, because you’ll never find it.
So for this week’s challenge I’m asking for songs where that is the case. And I don’t mean songs where the name’s in the lyrics but the words are in a different order. For instance, the phrase Mary Jane’s Last Dance doesn’t occur in the song of that name – but “Last dance with Mary Jane” does. That does NOT count.
For a reason that may already be apparent, we’re going to stick strictly to the rule about each artist/band only appearing once in the blog this week. (Otherwise, someone whose singing several of you don’t like at all is going to be taking up far too much space.) And as a supplementary challenge I’m asking: why? Why did they call it that?
Why? Well, apparently Stephen Stills said to someone “I have this song here, for what it’s worth, if you want it.” It was originally recorded by Stills’ then band, Buffalo Springfield, and is often taken as an anti-war song, though it was actually written about a street demo in LA protesting about a proposed curfew. (I like the TP&TH version a lot too.) I was going to post the Muppets’ take on it but couldn’t resist Neil’s sideburns.
For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield