3 Recycled Lyrics


There's something cool about musicians quoting themselves. While there are many more than three examples, these are just some of my favorites. How about you? Let's get a long list going so someone can write a book about the subject. Give us the lyric and the two songs. (Try not to include concept album lyrics, like The Wall, or something, where songs come back throughout the album in different permutations.)

1a. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police

1b. "O My God" by the Police

Following up in 1983 with one of their best-selling albums, Synchronicity, Sting used the same exact lyric toward the end of the song "O My God." (He'd go on to use it AGAIN on his solo album Ten Summoner's Tales in the track "Seven Days.")

2a. "Sexx Laws" by Beck

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2b. "Debra" by Beck

A totally different type of tune altogether, "Debra" is the final song on the album and contains every word in the above referenced lyric, hold the last ("cry").

3a. "She Loves You" by The Beatles

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3b. "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles

Magical Mystery Tour came out four years later, and featured the hit "All You Need is Love." If you listen closely, you can hear the orchestra playing "Greensleeves" in the background (and elsewhere in the track, a lick from Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" and a little bit from Bach, as well.)