I happen to catch the song Magnet and Steel by Walter Egan at my bank, which is also a Starbucks You can LISTEN to it HERE. The backstory: Stevie Nicks sang on this track, and provided inspiration for the lyrics.

I’m a sucker for albums that have a title song but isn’t the title of the album. The album title is Not Shy, a reference in the song. “With you, I’m not shy.”

In Kill to Get Crimson by Mark Knopfler, the lyrics of Let It All Go include “I’d kill to get crimson on this palette knife.”

The title song of Simon and Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is Scarborough Fair/Canticle. Negotiations and Love Songs, and Shining Like A National Guitar are collections of Paul Simon’s songs. The titles are taken from lines in the songs Train in the Distance and Graceland, respectively.

And of course, Nevermind by Nirvana is in reference to a word/words? in Smells Like Teen Spirit. (Oh, speaking of that song, a cover by 2 Cellos.)

Got any other examples of lines of songs that provide the title of an album?

2 Responses to “NOT SHY question”

  • CGHill says:

    I’ve noticed that box sets occasionally are so named. A couple of examples: the Association’s Just the Right Sound (from “Cherish”) and Carly Simon’s Clouds in My Coffee (from “You’re So Vain”).

    Among individual albums, I’m thinking first of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, which title comes from a line in “You Learn.”

  • CGHill says:

    “Hot Summer Nights” by Night, which just came up on the shuffle, was written by Egan, and it contains a reference to “fundamental rolls”; Fundamental Roll was Egan’s first album, before Not Shy. Buckingham/Nicks were not involved with the Night release.

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