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Sing-along, anyone? 
Saturday, June 7th, 2008 | 11:06 pm [music, personal]
We all sing along to certain songs in the car. Everyone else does that, right? If not, that’s a pretty humiliating admission, huh?

There are particular songs that it’s hard not to sing along with. For me, these are usually ones that aren’t very vocally demanding. People have told me I have a good speaking voice (and those people are correct — my speaking voice is fucking glorious), but as a singer I am abysmally inadequate. Ever put your foot on a baby and crush all the air out of his lungs while he’s screaming and crying the whole time? Me neither, but I bet it would sound a lot like my singing.

So when it comes to singing along, I need basic stuff to avoid feeling like an idiot, and screeching like an asthmatic bat. Good lyrics are a must, too, to make it worth my while, what with me not being the least bit talented. Three that jump to mind right away are Don McLean’s “American Pie” (“Really, Steve, is that who recorded ‘American Pie?’”), Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue,” and Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.” Ashley and I also have a blast singing along to Ray Charles in the truck, especially “Don’t Set Me Free” and “Leave My Woman Alone.”

My question to you all is, do you have any favorite sing-along songs? Contemporary songs not of the sort you expect to hear at a camp fire sing-along? Any songs that, shitty singing voices be damned, you can’t help but join in with when you’re listening by yourself, or even in the company of sympathetic friends?

Just curious.
Sunday, June 8th, 2008 | 12:56 pm (UTC)
rocky raccoon from the white album is great to sing with one or more people who know the lyrics also

other classics for me are
julie London's cry me a river
johnny cash's sam hall
david bowie's life on mars
(actually anything by david bowie he is very sing alongable)

I used to sing along with all of annie difranco's songs. now not so much
now my favorite is Scout Niblett
Sunday, June 8th, 2008 | 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on Bowie and "Sam Hall" — great song to sing with.

"My name is Sam-u-el, and I'll see you all in Hell!"

Great stuff.

"Nobody" is another Cash song that's a blast to sing along to.
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