mudcat.org: Phone numbers in songs.
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Printer Friendly - Home
Page: [1] [2]


Phone numbers in songs.

Flash Company 15 Jan 12 - 10:53 AM
The Sandman 14 Jan 12 - 12:59 PM
Max Johnson 14 Jan 12 - 07:17 AM
GUEST,GUEST - Montreal 13 Jan 12 - 05:02 PM
WindhoverWeaver 02 Jan 12 - 11:58 AM
GUEST,Don Wise 02 Jan 12 - 10:59 AM
Azizi 01 Jan 12 - 11:48 AM
WindhoverWeaver 01 Jan 12 - 05:33 AM
JesseW 31 Dec 11 - 08:48 PM
GUEST,mrldwell 05 Apr 08 - 11:45 PM
The Sandman 28 Feb 08 - 12:27 PM
Slag 22 Feb 08 - 06:25 AM
GUEST,colin rudd 22 Feb 08 - 02:48 AM
Cluin 21 Feb 08 - 10:14 PM
moongoddess 21 Feb 08 - 10:06 PM
moongoddess 21 Feb 08 - 04:21 PM
ClaireBear 20 Feb 08 - 11:27 AM
Cool Beans 20 Feb 08 - 11:20 AM
Flash Company 20 Feb 08 - 10:55 AM
PoppaGator 20 Feb 08 - 10:01 AM
BTMP 20 Feb 08 - 09:23 AM
Nick E 19 Feb 08 - 08:34 PM
Slag 19 Feb 08 - 07:53 PM
Mysha 19 Feb 08 - 06:24 PM
GUEST,meself 19 Feb 08 - 03:13 PM
Cattail 19 Feb 08 - 02:14 PM
The Mole Catcher's Apprentice (inactive) 19 Feb 08 - 01:18 PM
kendall 19 Feb 08 - 12:59 PM
NormanD 19 Feb 08 - 12:51 PM
bankley 19 Feb 08 - 08:46 AM
oldhippie 19 Feb 08 - 07:41 AM
Splott Man 19 Feb 08 - 03:50 AM
GUEST,Dewey 19 Feb 08 - 03:29 AM
JennieG 19 Feb 08 - 01:03 AM
alison 19 Feb 08 - 12:15 AM
number 6 18 Feb 08 - 11:51 PM
number 6 18 Feb 08 - 11:48 PM
Beer 18 Feb 08 - 11:36 PM
meself 18 Feb 08 - 11:06 PM
freightdawg 18 Feb 08 - 11:02 PM
GUEST 18 Feb 08 - 10:54 PM
Howard Kaplan 18 Feb 08 - 10:04 PM
Jeri 18 Feb 08 - 05:49 PM
Beer 18 Feb 08 - 05:47 PM
Jeri 18 Feb 08 - 05:42 PM
Beer 18 Feb 08 - 05:36 PM
Jeri 18 Feb 08 - 05:31 PM
Peace 18 Feb 08 - 05:30 PM
greg stephens 18 Feb 08 - 05:27 PM
topical tom 18 Feb 08 - 05:25 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:






Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Flash Company
Date: 15 Jan 12 - 10:53 AM

Max, think your contribution originated from Sidney Carter of Lord of the Dance fame.

I promised I'd ring her at quarter to two,
But instead of my Mother I keep getting you!

God, I'm getting OLD! If you know this song, so are you!

FC


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Jan 12 - 12:59 PM

how about this crossed lines 33629
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxYiz-6PijM


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Max Johnson
Date: 14 Jan 12 - 07:17 AM

Standing alone in the damp and the dark
in a GPO call box in Finsbury Park,
I dialled three numbers, she said ''Ello?'
But if I press Button 'A' all my pennies will go.

So, say who you are love, and not ''Ello?'
Just give me your name and give me your number.
Say who you are love, and not 'Ello?'
If I press Button 'A', all my pennies will go.

The song never tells us what the numbers actually were, alas.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST,GUEST - Montreal
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 05:02 PM

Isn't this song about an Italian phone number (5-3 5-3 4-5-6)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BbP32IRtqQ


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: WindhoverWeaver
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 11:58 AM

Here are the lyrics to the song I mentioned. I'll look into adding them to the DT as well:

Star 69
Christine Lavin (1995)

(First 10 lines sort of half spoken, half sung)

It used to be so easy to use the telephone,
You'd pick it up and dial and they would answer if they were home,
But then the answering machine helped us cut the cord,
Now callers could be screened--or better yet, ignored.

Then came call waiting, ah, we don't let that upset us,
Though I have come to call call waiting "chattus interuptus".
But theres a brand new service, it's called "star 69",
It redials the last person who called you and puts them back on the line.
There's call forwarding, there's beepers, there's call conferencing and such,
A panoply of choices, sometimes it's all too much. You see

There was a sweet young girl, so trusting, so naive,
You could tell her anything and she would believe,
She met a computer repair man, his name was Jim,
And it was just a matter of time until she truly cared for him.

Though he criss-crossed the country, he'd see her whene'er he could,
She grew to love him dearly, though him kind and thought him good,
But there was one thing about him she considered a minor quirk,
He said he had no home phone, she must contact him at work.

It was his beeper number he instructed her to dial,
He'd always call her back so fast his haste would make her smile,
They carried on for months like this, until one rainy day,
She called him on the beeper, he did not call back right away.

But when he did, she heard background noises that made her suspicious,
Was that babies crying, was that someone doing dishes?
When they hung up she sat and pondered for quite some time,
Then with shaky hand she dialed star 69.

A woman answered the telephone, the young girl asked for Jim,
Then quickly added "who is this?" The woman said "I'm married to him",
The conversation that followed was the kind that men most dread,
The young girl told the wife everything her husband ever said,
Or did, or promised her, then the wife had her say too,
About the three young children and how her income pulled them through,
They talked, they cried, they talked, they laughed,
Now you could say he's in a bind,
All because the phone company has given us "Star 69".

Modern conveniencies can help you, but they can backfire,
If you are the kind of person who is a liar.
In this global village it is best to tell the truth,
And beware if someone's courting you from a telephone booth.
Yes, in this global village, take this as a sign,
Remember that repair man and star 69.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST,Don Wise
Date: 02 Jan 12 - 10:59 AM

There's a satirical song about the RC church called, I think, "Bridget and the Pill" with the exhortation "......you can get me at home(Rome?), just ring VAT-69...."

The german rock band "Spider Murphy Gang" have a song called "Skandal im Sperrbezirk" which includes a phone number- 32 1 68..........


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 11:48 AM

Happy New Year!

Thanks for inspiring me to publish this blog post on Telephone Central Songs From Gospel And Blues Traditions:

http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/01/telephone-central-songs-from-gospel.html

That blog post includes a transcription of a YouTube sound file of Bluesman Lightnin Hopkin's song "Give Me 209 (Hello Central)". It also includes two transcriptions of the Gospel song "Jesus Is On The Mainline", as well as a YouTube sound file and YouTube video of that song.

Best wishes,

Azizi Powell


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: WindhoverWeaver
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 05:33 AM

One song I don't see in any of the posts above (including the long wikipedia list) is Christine Lavin's song "Star 69" which is the US number that re-dials the last number that called you. It is a really funny song about love and deception and the dangers of modern technology. It's on her 1995 album "Please don't make me too happy". Lyrics don't seem to be in the DT.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Wikipedia article on this
From: JesseW
Date: 31 Dec 11 - 08:48 PM

The once was a English Wikipedia article on this topic, here , but it was deleted back in 2007. This is (except a message at the top, and removal of html comment markers), a copy of what was there as of 13 May 2007, at 01:04. It is licensed under either of two licenses: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 or later OR the GNU Free Documentation License.
------------------------

This article lists song titles that either are or contain [[telephone number]]s within them. Since many such song titles include word [[mnemonic]]s, each entry should include the full telephone number (in bold) that the song describes, followed by the actual title and artist. The list does ''not'' include songs which have been modified for the purposes of advertisements, for which lyrics including a telephone number are common.

{{dynamic list of songs}}

==Numbers==
* '''Beechwood 4-5789''': (234-5789) by [[The Marvelettes]] (notable cover by [[The Carpenters]])
* '''BIgelow-6200''': (246-200) by [[Brenda Lee]]
* '''Call 1-800-Fear''' by [[Lali Puna]]
* '''Echo Valley 2-6809''': (322-6809) by [[The Partridge Family]]
* '''Lonesome 7-7203''': (567-7203) by [[Hawkshaw Hawkins]]
* '''DI1-9026''': (341-9026) - [[Scraping Foetus off the Wheel]]
* '''[[Pennsylvania 6-5000|Pennsylvania 6-5000]]''': (736-5000) by [[Glenn Miller]] (New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave., 212/736-5000, www.hotelpenn.com still exists at this number)
* '''002 345 709''': "002 345 709 (that's my number)" by [[Trinity (band)]]
* '''061''': "061" by [[The Grid]]
* '''06-53931302''': "Ringtone (06-53931302)" by Alain Clark
* '''1-800''': "1-800-Sleazorama" by [[The 69 Eyes]]
* '''1-800-Ghostdance''' by [[Hella (band)|Hella]]
* '''1-800-SUICIDE''' by [[Gravediggaz]]
* '''1-800-799-7233''' by [[Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women]]
* '''212-8506''': "2-12-85-06" by [[Aquarium (group)|Aquarium]]
* '''22339''': "22339" by [[Blancmange]]
* '''234-5678''': "234-5678" by the Brazilian rapper [[Gabriel Pensador]]
* '''236-6132''': "236-6132" by [[Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer]]
* '''[[2441139]]''':"2441139"- A [[Bangla]] song composed and performed by [[Anjan Dutta]]
* '''254 13 26''': "254.13.26" by the Spanish group [[Mecano]]
* '''272-5035''': "272-5035" by Canadian Rock Band, [[Toronto (band)|Toronto]]
* '''26580''': "2-6-5-8-0" - [[Kim Wilde]] "2-6-5-8-0. Call it if you wannna know me."
* '''36 24 36''': "Dirty Deeds" [[AC/DC]]
* '''3699-2230''': "3699-2230" by [[Joaqun Sabina]]
* '''[[4-1-1|411]]''': "What's the 411?" by [[Mary J. Blige]]
* '''439-0116''': "Don't Push" by [[Sublime (band)|Sublime]]
* '''493-1023''': "493-1023" by [[Aslyn]]
* '''508-284-5816''': "Part Time Mutha" by [[Tupac]]
* '''555-4475''': "555-GIRL" by [[Goin' Places]]
* '''5705''': "5.7.0.5" by City Boy
* '''595-372273''': "Dial 595-Escape" By [[In Flames]]
* '''606-0842''': "6060-842" by the [[B-52's]]
* '''634-5789''': "[[634-5789]] (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" by [[Wilson Pickett]], [[Ry Cooder]]
* '''(646)''': "(646)" by [[The WoWz]]
* '''650-3428''': "Gurly's Cell Phone Number (650-3428)" by [[Darkbuster]]
* '''666-6666''': "666-6666" by [[Corky and the Juice Pigs]]
* '''777-9311''': "777-9311" by [[The Time (band)|The Time]]
* '''797204''': "Draai 797204" by [[Will Tura]]
* '''842-3089''': "842-3089 (Call my Name)" by [[The Kinks]]
* '''853-5937''': "[[853-5937]]" by [[Squeeze]]
* '''867-5309''': "[[867-5309/Jenny]]" by [[Tommy Tutone]]
* '''[[9-1-1|911]]''': "[[911 (single)|911]]" by [[Wyclef Jean]] and [[Mary J. Blige]]; "911 is a Joke" by [[Public Enemy]] (covered by [[Duran Duran]])
* '''956-2789''': "95-NASTY" by [[W.A.S.P.]]
* '''976''': "976" by [[Eazy E]] in "radio"
* '''976-2277''': "976-BASS" by [[Bass Erotica]]
* '''1-900-MIX-A-LOT''': "I Like Big Butts" by [[Sir Mix-A-Lot]]

==Notes==

* The old mnemonic system used in the early- to mid-[[20th century]] in the [[United States|U.S.]] took the first two letters of a word and mapped them into two numbers. The notation used for the original "named exchanges" capitalised the first two letters as the only in the exchange name to actually be dialed; in the years leading up to direct long-distance dialing, numbers originally formatted in LIberty9-9999 format became LI9-9999 and then 549-9999 (for example) in preparation for the addition of a prepended area code. The length of numbers, often four or five digits in smaller communities, was also standardised in North America. For easy translation, here are the numbers for each letter (using the modern ITU E 1.161 system that has all the earlier letters in the same place, but adds the Q and Z that were omitted from old telephone dials):
** ABC: 2
** DEF: 3
** GHI: 4
** JKL: 5
** MNO: 6
** PQRS: 7
** TUV: 8
** WXYZ: 9
* The [[North American Numbering Plan]] reserves a portion of the exchange prefix 555- for use in fictitious telephone numbers, in an attempt to prevent the problems caused by the use of real numbers in films, television, or music. The 555- exchange originally contained the directory/information number 555-1212 and little else, allowing a block of fictitious numbers to be reserved across multiple area codes.
* Song titles from other countries may use different keypad mnemonics to spell out phone numbers. The number listed for each song reflects the expected use.
* The band [[999 (band)|999]] was named after the [[9-9-9|British emergency telephone number]] (the counterpart to US 911).
* The band 000 ([[Nolla Nolla Nolla]]) of [[Finland]] was named after the then-current Finnish emergency telephone number. [http://www.melankolia.net/musiikki/levyt/nollanollanolla.html]

==See also==
* [[List of songs whose title includes geographical names]]
* [[List of songs whose title includes personal names]]
* [[Phonewords]]

==External links==
* [http://www.dialabc.com/motion/keypads.html DialABC: Phone Key Pads]
* [http://www.privateline.com/TelephoneHistory3A/numbers.html Privateline.com: Telephone History]
* [http://ourwebhome.com/TENP/TENproject.html TENProject: Telephone EXchange Name Project (main)]
* [http://ourwebhome.com/TENP/Recommended.html TENProject: Ma Bell's Officially Recommended Exchange Names]


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: 777-9311 (from The Time)
From: GUEST,mrldwell
Date: 05 Apr 08 - 11:45 PM

I could not get enough of this Jam by Morris Day & the Time (from back in the Day)

Tile :The Time - 777-9311
This is lyrics from www.lyrics007.com
Baby, what's your phone number?
I know I'm kinda fast, but I hate to waste time.
Baby, what's your phone number?
Girl, I have to ask cuz you're so fine.

(chorus)
777-9311 - I wanna spend the night with you if that's alright.
777-9311 - Ooh baby, please can I come tonight?

Baby, what's your phone number?
How can you be reached on a lonely night?
Baby, what's your phone number?
How can I get into you when I'm feeling right?

(repeat chorus)

Ain't nothin' worse than rejection?
I'd feel a little better if you'd slapped my face.

Hey, what's your phone number?
Can't you see the agony I'm goin' through?
Baby, what's your phone number?
Girl, it's getting hard baby, won't you let me love you?

(repeat chorus)

Hey baby,what's your phone number?
I know it sounds fast, but I ain't got all night.
Come on baby, what's your phone number?
You know I got to be cooler than this cat you're sittin' with.
I'll do you right, baby. Come on!

(repeat chorus)

Come to night, if it's alright.
Honey, please can I come to night?
Can't you see what I'm gonna do?
I wanna do it to night, baby. I wanna do it to you.

It's on fire, you burn me out.
It's getting higher, you know what I'm talkin' about.
Help me out good Lord above.
Marry me girl, give me some of that love.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: CROSSED LINES (Dick Miles)
From: The Sandman
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 12:27 PM

here is a self penned one


CROSSED LINES.

Hello, Operator? I cannot get through.
I want Seaton Delaval not Seaton Carew.
Can you find me a line to Newcastle on Tyne?
All the lines are engaged: Im a bit short of time

Not Newcastle under Lyme, Ashton under Lyme
The Story line, the Time Line, or any other line
Im parked on yellow lines and I dont want a fine
Please find me a line to Newcastle under Tyne

Hello, Operator? I cannot get through
The code that Im using is 0632
I keep hearing strange noises, which sound very rude
It seems like old Busbys been at the home brew

As my call was connected, I tried once again
Can you book me a holiday away from the rain?
A voice said we can sir, if you feel so inclined
But this is the prison, to unwind not a place

I breathed a deep sigh as she put through my call
Can you book me a holiday away from it all
A voice said we can sir, with full bed and board.
But it's on the cold side, for this is the morgue

I begged the young man to find me the line
The number I want is triple 3 6 2 9
He asked me to hold, for what seemed an age
Then went off to lunch while I simmered with rage

Just then a voice said is there anyone there
It's like waiting for Godot. Im just going spare
I said where are you? she replied in New York
Our lines must be crossed so let's have a talk

So we talked then for hours and we got on so fine
That were meeting next week for supper and wine
So here's to crossed lines and the strange twist of fate
That got me a holiday, and also a date.


words and music Dick Mileshttp://www.dickmiles.com


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Slag
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 06:25 AM

Obviously, Gentle Folk, with the prevalence of phones and especially cell phones in today's world we are not writing enough songs about phones and phone numbers. And if you take the bai..., er I mean, hint, no phone-y numbers (that is, 555 Whatever!) unless you are ridiculing the same!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST,colin rudd
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 02:48 AM

Don't know the artist but I remember the number!
   "Dial AL14883
And you'll be talkin' to lonesome me
To hear the sound of misery
    Dial AL14883".........yes, it was a country song that my brother bought...honest!!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Cluin
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 10:14 PM

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE Missuz Avery....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: moongoddess
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 10:06 PM

Mea maxima culpa! Patrick Sky wrote the words for Vatican Caskets, but the music is " Rock of Ages"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: VATICAN CASKETS (Patrick Sky)
From: moongoddess
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 04:21 PM

This song is one of my favorites by Patrick Sky and it contains a very clever phone number.

VATICAN CASKETS
Words and music by Patrick Sky

Vatican Caskets are just fine,
Made of sandalwood and pine.
When your loved ones have to go,
Dial et cum spirit 2 - 2 - 0.

When your loved ones pass away,
Have them pass the Vatican way.
Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's, too,
Holy water just for you.

Vatican Caskets unlike a rose,
They will never decompose.
For they stand the test of time,
No need to kill the flies with lime.

Get down on your knees and pray,
When your loved ones pass away.
Vatican customers all sing,
Death, oh death, where is thy sting?
Oh, shit.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: SORROW (John Tams)
From: ClaireBear
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 11:27 AM

Thought of one! Came to me as in a dream -- which is to say I remembered this song in the middle of the night.

I retrieved the words this morning from the Mostly English Folk Music site, but you should really hear it on the Home Service's Alright Jack album, where it's arranged with a touch of Dies Irae, leading into Babylon Is Fallen. It's brilliant. The phone number is in the last verse:


SORROW

By JOHN TAMS

(C) 1986 Hobsons Choice Music Ltd.

There's a cold wind in the city, there's a darkness on the land
It's rust upon the slipways where the great ships used to stand
There's a queue that waits from day's first light till disappointed night
And there's sorrow once again, sorrow once again
There's sorrow once again to greet tomorrow

And I used to trust in providence and plan for better times
But now there's even more of us waiting in the lines
And we could build you anything you chose from ships to patent leather shoes
And there's sorrow once again, sorrow once again
There's sorrow once again to greet tomorrow

And you promised me tomorrows, you led me by the hand
Out of the veil of sorrows into the promised land
And everyone had work to do except maybe the odd million or two
And there's sorrow once again, sorrow once again
There's sorrow once again to greet tomorrow

And there's sorrow once again, sorrow once again
There's sorrow once again to greet tomorrow

And there's rumours by the score they've got vacancies galore
And if you want to find out more Freephone Heaven 284
Seems they want angels who can sing and they'll supply the wings
Though there's references desired, there's no experience required
Though the stipulation read "All applicants must be dead" ...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Cool Beans
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 11:20 AM

There was a dirty song we used to sing as kids:
Lulu had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
Lulu went to heaven
The steamboat went to...
Hello, operator,
Get me number nine.
If you don't connect me
I'll shove it up your...
Ask me no questions,
I'll tell you no lies..and so on


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Flash Company
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:55 AM

All those posts and not a mention of Leadbelly!

Hello Central, Give me Long Distance Phone,
Please, Central, Give me Long Distance Phone,
Hello Central, Give me Long Distance Phone,
Want to talk to my baby 'cos I'm all alone,
Hello Central give me Long Distance Phone.

Well hello Central, give me Forty four,
Please Central give me Forty four,
Hello Central give me Forty four,
Want to talk to my baby just once more,
Hello Central give me Forty four

Also asks for Forty nine ( Want to talk to my baby one more time)

FC


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: PoppaGator
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 10:01 AM

I didn't think an ad-hoc fundraiser improvisation was eligible for nomination, but after reading Slag's post, I might mention that WWOZ's twice-yearly pledgeathon has for many years featured live-in-the-studio performances, and the great Snooks Eaglin always creates a big production number by chanting the station phone number over nd over:

568-1234


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: BTMP
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 09:23 AM

There's the Ink Spots' song 'Information, Please'.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Nick E
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 08:34 PM

Operator, can you help me, can you help me please, and give me the right Area code & the number... that I need. Central don't got Directory done forgot it...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Slag
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 07:53 PM

The very first Jerry Lewis telethon had a studio in Fresno CA participating and to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In" they sang over and over and over....:

    AMherst 8, Oh AMherst 8, Oh Amherst 8 0411
    You'll be glad you called that number, AMherst 8 0411.

It really killed the song for me.

Tangentially, Johnny Burnette has a song "It's a Big, Big World" that starts off "9127 Avenue, walked up to the door, 'Hello sir, how are you?'" I never figured out if that was 91, 27 (th) Avenue or the other. At any rate the tangent point was in the verse: "Going out and find myself a telephone, got a pocket full of dimes, I know her last name is Jones. Jones, Jones, all I see, page 19 to 23. Big big world can be unkind, the phone just took my last dime."

OK, I'll throw in the chorus in case you haven't seen it before:

    It's a big, big city,
    It's a big, big world.
    How's a boy gonna find
    A pretty little girl
    In this big, big world?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Mysha
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 06:24 PM

You'll have to figure out the digits yourself, but:

Prayer is the number,
Faith is the exchange,
Heaven is the street and
Jesus is his name.
Operator, Information,
Get me Jesus on the line!

(Operator - William Spivery)
                                                                  Mysha


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 03:13 PM

"1-800-565-7421

Stompin Tom's song for P.E.I tourism or something like that."

biLL wins the prize - although the "1-" didn't make it into the song.

("Golf the courses, play the horses ... "). It was on the radio all the time for a year or two or three or more.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: LONG TALL SHORTY (from The Kinks)
From: Cattail
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 02:14 PM

The Kinks - Long Tall Shorty


They call me the Long Tall Shorty
'Cause I know what love is all about
They call me Long Tall Shorty
'Cause I know what love is all about
Well I can tell you where the lights go
Oh, when they go out

Girls, if you get lonely
Dial 4-2-4-6-8-9
Well, girls, if you get lonely
Dial 4-2-4-6-8-9
And your troubles will be over
I'll even give you back you dime
Oh yeah

I like 'em long, I like 'em tall
I like 'em short, and that ain't all
Now when I die, don't bury me deep
Just put some women to my head, to my feet
Tell all the world now, to come and peep
Long Tall Shorty now has gone to sleep
Whoa now

I like 'em long, I like 'em tall
Oh yeah

They call me Long Tall Shorty
'Cause I know what love is all about
They call me Long Tall Shorty
'Cause I know what love is all about
Well I can tell you where the lights go
Oh, when they go out

Cheers

Cattail !


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: The Mole Catcher's Apprentice (inactive)
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 01:18 PM

Song title:

Shall I Alert The Media? (But I don't Have A Phone Number)*LOL*

Charlotte (the view from Ma and Pa's unlisted piano stool)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: kendall
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 12:59 PM

Didn't Buryl Ives sing one with a phone number in it?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: NormanD
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 12:51 PM

"I Don't Even Try" by John Hiatt:

"I thought I had your number, there must be some mistake
I dialed 6 - 3 - 7 - 11 - 88
I got some geezer; said his girlfriend's on the town
I said, "I've got the wrong number," and I slammed the phone down
Thought about it for a minute 'til the anger went away
I figure every dog in town is gonna have his day
Well, I could count the teardrops, or I could wonder why
Well I used to be your lover - now I don't even try..."

norman


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: bankley
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 08:46 AM

1982

'Operator please connect me to nineteen eighty two,
I need to make apologies for what I didn't do'... Randy Travis

not sure if this is a phone #, address, or year or all of the preceding......

was Randy's breakout hit.... in 1986


"if my telephone's not ringin', I assume it still ain't you"         from another RT song....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: oldhippie
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 07:41 AM

Freightdawg wrote:

"Don't think it was ever in a song, but Junior Samples' car lot phone number was BR 549."

No, but it became the name of a band.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Splott Man
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 03:50 AM

Huw & Tony Williams - active on the UK folk scene until a few years ago - sang a song with their own phone number in, just in case you wanted to book them.
I won't put it here as it's still Tony's private number.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST,Dewey
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 03:29 AM

Lonesome 77-203

Hawkshaw Hawkins (Classic Country Song)

The chorus was : Just call lonesome-77-203


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 01:03 AM

I remember the song from 'Bells are Ringing'.....many years ago when I was young and lovely I belonged to a musical theatre and that was one of the shows we did. It was great fun, thank you for reviving the memories!

I'm in love with a man, Plaza oh-double 4-double 3,
It's a perfect relationship -
I can't see him
He can't see me.......

Cheers
JennieG coming over all misty with nostalgia


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: alison
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 12:15 AM

here's one form the late 70's - early 80's by a band called City Boy

5705 - but there's no reply (I keep calling)
5705 - why do you keep me hanging on the line........

and for the aussies out there - to the tune of the william tell overture
481 double 1 double 1
481 double 1 double 1
481 double 1 double 1
pizza hut delivery

didn't work so well when they added a 9 to the beginning of the number

slainte

alison


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: number 6
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:51 PM

1-800-565-7421

Stompin Tom's song for P.E.I tourism or something like that.

biLL


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: number 6
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:48 PM

Nine Six Seven .. eleven, eleven.







The Pizza, Pizza song


ok ... sorry, but it's the only song I know with a phone number in it.

biLL


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Beer
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:36 PM

I have to admit "meself" that I don't think I ever heard that one.
Who sang it?
Beer (adrien)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: meself
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:06 PM

What?! No one's mentioned "8 double-zero, 565-7421"?! Beer? gnu? Jim Lad? Bee?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: freightdawg
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 11:02 PM

Grrrrrrrrrrrr,

Don't know why my cookie disappeared, but that really was me.

FD


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 10:54 PM

Don't think it was ever in a song, but Junior Samples' car lot phone number was BR 549.

("Hee Haw" staple, for those who don't catch it)

If it isn't in a song, it should be.

Freightdawg


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 10:04 PM

Here are some excerpts from a song recorded by Allan Sherman, co-written with Lou Busch:

It's the "The Let's All Call Up AT&T And Protest To The President March."
Can you see him smirking and smiling?
'Cause he's got us all digit dialing...

Let us wake him up in his slumber.
Get a pencil, I'll give you his number.

It's 3 1 8 5 2 7 3
0 8 7 4 2 9 dash!
5 1 1 4 9 0 6 7
4 0 8 5 2 hyphen!
1 1 4 6 2 0 5
7 9 hyphen dash 0 3...

More complete lyrics of unevaluated authenticity can be found on various places around the web.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:49 PM

Oops - it was Chicago and '25 or 6 to 4'.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Beer
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:47 PM

Your right Jeri.
I just blew it.
Duhh!.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:42 PM

Yes?
I didn't think it was a phone number.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Beer
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:36 PM

25-4-6-24
Rock n Roll number
Can't remember if this was the title or a line in the song.

Maybe by "The Who".
Beer (adrien)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: PROMISED LAND (Chuck Berry)
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:31 PM

Greg, here 'tis:
Promised Land

I left my home in Norfolk Virginia,
California on my mind.
Straddled that Greyhound, rode him past Raleigh,
On across Caroline.

Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill,
And we never was a minute late.
We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown,
Rollin' 'cross the Georgia state.

We had motor trouble it turned into a struggle,
Half way 'cross Alabam,
And that 'hound broke down and left us all stranded
In downtown Birmingham.

Straight off, I bought me a through train ticket,
Ridin' cross Mississippi clean
And I was on that midnight flyer out of Birmingham
Smoking into New Orleans.

Somebody help me get out of Louisiana
Just help me get to Houston town.
There's people there who care a little 'bout me
And they won't let the poor boy down.

Sure as you're born, they bought me a silk suit,
Put luggage in my hands,
And I woke up high over Albuquerque
On a jet to the promised land.

Workin' on a T-bone steak a la carte
Flying over to the Golden State;
The pilot told me in thirteen minutes
We'd be headin' in the terminal gate.

Swing low sweet chariot, come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone;
Cut your engines, cool your wings,
And let me make it to the telephone.

Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia,
Tidewater four ten O nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin'
And the poor boy's on the line.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: Peace
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:30 PM

Here ya go, Greg.

Los angeles give me norfolk virginia,
Tidewater four ten o nine


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:27 PM

Chuck Berry's Promised Land ends with a phone numeber, but I can't remember what it is.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Phone numbers in songs.
From: topical tom
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 05:25 PM

Lonesome 7 7203


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
Next Page

  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 19 September 6:28 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright 1998 by the Mudcat Caf Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.