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Old 02-16-2003, 06:33 PM
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What is the longest song title ever... maybe by Pink Floyd?

What is the longest song title you can think of.

My guess would be Pink Floyd's "Several species of small fury animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pick" off the album "Pink Floyd Works".

That album was put together from a bunch of Pink Floyd songs that were, I guess, leftovers and/or rejects from older albums.

Now that's IF you wanna call that a song. Lets just say I'm not going on a mission to search for the meaning of that song... (Sid WAS pretty messed up).

If you haven't heard it, I don't suggest listening to it "straight"...

Think of it this way, the title IS a good description of the song.

If you have a longer song title, please post it, I'm just curious.
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Old 02-16-2003, 06:50 PM
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Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict


Yes, pink floyd, on UmmaGumma

A very weird song.
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Old 02-16-2003, 06:55 PM
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I do not recall the artist, but there was a country/western song with the title of: "Why did you believe me when I told you that I loved you, cause you know I've been a liar all my life".
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:05 PM
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Longest song title I can think of (warning: obscure) is "I Had a Bad Experience with the C.I.A. and Now I'm Gonna Show You My Feminine Side" by the Swirling Eddies.

If you had asked about the longest album title, I'm guessing it would have to be that one by Fiona Apple
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:06 PM
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Crap, your song title is longer than mine.

I was kinda hoping it would be a weirder title, but on the "weird" scan, my song title is "gooder" than yours.

I don't wanna be a loser, I wanna be a winner...

be a winner, don't drink and drive, just drink lots then tie a rope on your buddy's truck and hold on with your rollerblades and hope not to catch any gravel in the wheels and fall and scrape the skin off your arms and legs and become a human scab for a week.
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:07 PM
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"She Was Waitin' For Her Mother At The Station In Torino And You Know I Love You Baby But It's Getting Too Heavy To Laugh"

by Shawn Philips (bet none of you have heard of him!)
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:18 PM
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Way to make me feel inferior, i thought i had it.

thanks!

OK, you know what, I'm gonna write a song right now...

I'm gonna call it...

"Once I went to the National Guitar Summer Workshop in toronto and late at night I had to use the men's room and when I thought I was done there was no toilet paper so it being late I thought I could just thought I'd hold my pants and go to the women's washroom to find toilet paper and then I found some but instead of finishing the job there I was stupid and tried to get back to the men's room with the toilet paper while holding my pants when an attractive young women walked in and seen me kinda half way crouched down holding my pants and a roll of toilet paper and THAT was the most embarasing moment of my life"

... and I'll put it on my album named "Huh?"

Now beat THAT buddy!
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:21 PM
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Longest song title to chart on the Billboard Top 40 Singles was:

(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song by B. J. Thomas.
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:28 PM
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My guess would be Pink Floyd's "Several species of small fury animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pick" off the album "Pink Floyd Works".

Now that's IF you wanna call that a song. Lets just say I'm not going on a mission to search for the meaning of that song... (Sid WAS pretty messed up).
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Syd Barrett didn't write Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict; Roger Waters did.
</nitpicking>

Anyway, if you don't count it, as a "song" song, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey by the Beatles is up there.

Oh, and welcome to the boards, Freakazoid. Especially considering you sound like a Floydophile
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:29 PM
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Longest song title to chart on the Billboard Top 40 Singles was:

(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song by B. J. Thomas.
What about Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:30 PM
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There's The Flaming Lips' song "What is the Light? (An untested hypothesis suggesting that the chemical [in our brains] by which we are able to experience the sensation of being in love is the same chemical that caused the "Big Bang" that was the birth of the accelerating universe)".

That one may take some beating, I suppose.
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:38 PM
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(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
What about Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?
Nope. Mine has 63 characters while yours has only 60.

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Old 02-16-2003, 07:39 PM
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Longest Song title
The song with the longest title is 'I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1943. He later claimed the song title ended with 'Yank' and the rest was a joke.
From this and several other music trivia sites.

Of course, I'm not sure how up-to-date most of those sites are.
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:51 PM
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When still performing as Tyranosaurous Rex, Marc Bolan released an album called My People Were Fair & Had Sky In Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars On Their Brows. Okay, it's not a song title, but it's apparently the longest album title ever listed on the official UK Top 40. The title is also the only one apparently too long for the All Music Guide database (allmusic.com), where it appears with the last three words missing.

On the Tangerine Dream album Stratosfear, there's a track called 3am at the border of the marsh from okefenokee. Not the longest, but surely one of the longest and weirdest.

A quick Google hunt turned up this gem:

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You mentioned Stars on 45 awhile ago. That was a group from Holland that recorded excerpts of songs and put them together with a disco beat.

What happened is there was an illegal recording of a Beatles medley being played in clubs in Holland. Eggermont recruited some musicians to record the songs to make it legitimate. Think about the publishing rights and royalties. The publishers insisted that every title of every song represented be printed on the label. That resulted in the longest title of any No. 1 song on the charts. It's 41 words:

Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want To Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You're Going To Lose That Girl/Stars on 45.
And also this:

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The song with the longest title is 'Im a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues' written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1943. He later claimed the song title ended with Yank and the rest was a joke.
In other languages, lengthy song titles are more common than in English. Here's one example from a Scandinavian group called Penti: "Som P En Skateboard - Gra Tricks Utan Kontroll - Det Kan Inte Sluta Vl".
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:55 PM
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Well, if you discount Hoagy, and you're going to count all characters including spaces and parentheses like you just did, I'll submit:

I'VE GOT TEARS IN MY EARS
(FROM LYIN' ON MY BACK IN MY BED WHILE I CRY OVER YOU)

80, by your count.
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Old 02-16-2003, 07:59 PM
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Type O Negative has a song called "The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa" = 113 characters, not counting spaces. Do I win?
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Old 02-16-2003, 08:10 PM
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Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want To Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You're Going To Lose That Girl/Stars on 45.
Very true. That is (technically) the longest title to hit number one. However, since other song titles are included in it, the official title for the "longest song" was "Stars on 45 - Medley."

BJ Thomas had the longest Billboard Number One with the previously mentioned title which I am loath to reproduce at this moment.

However, I must admit I was wrong. The longest title on the Billboard Top 40 was in 1961 when Ray Stevens had a (minor) hit with Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills.

Remember, I'm talking the Billboard Top 40 here. There are longer song titles that never charted - I was just trying to throw in an interesting slant to the conversation.
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Old 02-16-2003, 09:13 PM
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What about long album titles? Did Fiona Apple's When a Pawn etc. ever make the Billboard charts.
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Old 02-16-2003, 11:48 PM
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Old 02-16-2003, 11:53 PM
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I was going to say "Elderly woman behind the counter in a small town", but most of you obviously have me beat.
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Remember, it is a firm rule that nobody famous is ever the answer to any question about a superlative (except most sales, obviously). For books, movies, music, plays, anything you can think of, the longest, lengthiest, highest, lowest, shortest, crunchiest, brownest, or most Peruvian is by somebody you have never heard of.
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Exapno: I don't get what you mean by that. Are you saying that it doesn't count if some people haven't heard of it?

I think Robot Arm settled it, anyway.
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Old 02-17-2003, 12:32 AM
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Primitive Radio Gods had a single "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand", but that doesn't even appear to be a starter in this race. OTOH, it charted well and got some radio play, unlike some others in this thread.

Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" is up there, as far as #1 charting singles (in the UK, at least) with long titles go.
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Old 02-17-2003, 01:00 AM
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Harpo: If memory serves, the longest sentence in a novel can be found in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Couple that with Hoagy Carmichael's song and it's beginning to look like the rule of thumb is still being proved. Also, some gain fame simply by doing something superlative (would anybody remember Sir Edmond Hillary had he not climbed Everest?).

samarm: My favorite Shawn Phillips song is Bright White.

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Old 02-17-2003, 01:47 AM
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Sure it's obscure, noisy breakbeat, and not half as long as some of the other entrants - but still..

A Penis is Just a Great Big Clitoris with a Piss Hole by Stunt Rock.
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Old 02-17-2003, 02:05 AM
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I do not recall the artist, but there was a country/western song with the title of: "Why did you believe me when I told you that I loved you, cause you know I've been a liar all my life".
Not a country-western song. It was written by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane for the Hollywood musical Royal Wedding (1951), where it was sung by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell.

The title of the song is actually "How could you believe me when I said I love you when you know I've been a liar all my life?"
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Old 02-17-2003, 06:35 AM
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Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" ...
If you are going to pick a Manics song, how about (from the Holy Bible album)

"Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit'sworldwouldfallapart"
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Old 02-17-2003, 06:39 AM
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"Joan Miro's Procession Through The Insides Of A Purple Antelope Across A Sea Of Tuna Fish" by Adrian Belew?

Also my favorite title.
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Old 02-17-2003, 06:44 AM
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Simon & Garfunkel managed A simple desultory philippic (or how I was Robert McNamara'd into submission).
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Old 02-17-2003, 09:51 AM
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"She Was Waitin' For Her Mother At The Station In Torino And You Know I Love You Baby But It's Getting Too Heavy To Laugh"

by Shawn Philips (bet none of you have heard of him!)
My (much) older brother just saw him in concert last year. Still touring after all these years.

I can't name a song of his, but I do know the artist!
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Exapno: I don't get what you mean by that. Are you saying that it doesn't count if some people haven't heard of it?
Not at all. I'm just saying that there have been many threads of the type "Did [famous artist] do the [superlative]?" And someone always chimes in with the revelation that some obscure or experimental artist did it much more so.

And that's the point. Mainstream artists can get away with much less, because they have market pressures and commericial interests and company bosses. An experimental filmmaker can do a 24-hour-long film just to make a day-long film. Neither Cleopatra nor Napoleon nor any other film you have heard of in theaters can match this.

Pink Floyd or Christine Lavin or Fiona Apple can do very long titles, but somewhere there is a garage band who self-published a CD with an even longer one, just because they thought it would be a laugh.

Victor Hugo may have written the longest sentence in a major novel, but you will find if you search hard enough an entire novel that is a single sentence. Just to be the answer to a trivia question some day, as [b]octothorpe[/i] implies.

Mainstream and experimental are two different worlds, with wildly different rules.

But mostly I was just tickled by the answers because I had the same response to this thread as I do to all those threads whose title is "Why do they never..." and the answer always is "Yes, they do so too sometimes..." Life on the SDMB is always amusing. It's a great place to pass the time.
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Since everybody else seems to be throwing crap out that they know isnt the longest.....
NOFX- We Threw Gasoline on the Fire and Now We have Stumps for Arms and no Eyebrows
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Not the longest, but the one that came into my head:

"Why I Picked a Lemon in the Garden of Love Where They Say Only Peaches Grow"
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Not at all. I'm just saying that there have been many threads of the type "Did [famous artist] do the [superlative]?" And someone always chimes in with the revelation that some obscure or experimental artist did it much more so.

And that's the point. Mainstream artists can get away with much less, because they have market pressures and commericial interests and company bosses. An experimental filmmaker can do a 24-hour-long film just to make a day-long film. Neither Cleopatra nor Napoleon nor any other film you have heard of in theaters can match this.


What about a more simple explanation; [superlatives] in art are much more likely to achieved by obscure artists than famous artists for the simple fact that there are MANY MORE unknown artists than there are celebrities?
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What about a more simple explanation; [superlatives] in art are much more likely to achieved by obscure artists than famous artists for the simple fact that there are MANY MORE unknown artists than there are celebrities?
Nope. If you are making a movie or an album or a book or a tv show or any form of creative activity for one of AOL Time Warner's million subsidiaries, it doesn't matter how obscure you are, you will never under any circumstances be allowed to get away with what an independent experimental artist can do.
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It's already been beaten, but I'm going to throw it out there anyway just because I like it:

Why Should I Lend You Mine (When You've Broken Yours Off Already)...

Followed by:

...Maybe I'll Lend You Mine After All

-Brand X, from Morroccan Roll

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This thread is an excellent argument for limiting song titles to 20 words or less.
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