Synthetic title songs #7: Mo-Po

Morissette, Morrison, more

Larry NormanThese are more synthetic title songs. The album name appears as a lyric, but it’s not the title song. There is no actual title song, but these can be synthetic title songs.

So Pure – Alanis Morissette. Album: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Lyrics: “Supposed former infatuation junkie. I sink three-pointers and you wax poetically.” Of course, I have this album.
Hands Clean -Alanis Morissette. Album: Under Rug Swept. Lyrics: “What part of our history’s reinvented and under rug swept.” (I could only find a live version.)
Moratorium -Alanis Morissette. Album: Flavors of Entanglement. Lyrics: “I declare a moratorium on things relationship” (Didn’t find a video.)

In The Garden – Van Morrison. Album: No Guru, No Method, No Teacher. Lyrics: And I turned to you and I said, No Guru, no method, no teacher.
Cypress Avenue (live) – Van Morrison. Album: It’s Too Late to Stop Now.
Queen of the Slipstream – Van Morrison. Album: Poetic Champions Compose : Lyric: “There’s a dream where the contents are visible Where the poetic champions compose” I have this on vinyl.

It Can’t Happen Here – The Mothers of Invention. Album: Freak Out! Lyrics: “Who could imagine that they could freak out somewhere in Kansas” or “in Minnesota” or “in Washington D.C.” or “in the suburbs”

Sweetheart – Maria Muldaur. Album: Waitress in a Donut Shop. Lyrics: “I’m a waitress in the donut shop.” I love this song.

Starlight – Muse. Album: Black Holes and Revelations. Lyrics: “Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations.”

Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves. Album: Same Trailer, Different Park. Lyrics: “Same hurt in every heart Same trailer, different park.” A country song I actually know.


Fine Time – New Order. Album: Technique. Lyrics: “You’ve got lurve technique.”

Sadie – Joanna Newsom. Album: The Milk-Eyed Mender. Lyric: “And down where I darn with the milk-eyed mender”

Gave Up – Nine Inch Nails. EP: Broken. Lyric: “Covered in hope and vaseline, still cannot fix this broken machine.”

Reader’s Digest – Larry Norman. Album: Only Visiting This Planet. Lyrics: “Don’t ask me, I’m only visiting this planet.”
Nightmare #71 – Larry Norman. So Long Ago the Garden. Lyrics: “But we left it so long ago, the garden.”
The Rock That Doesn’t Roll – Larry Norman. Album: In Another Land. Lyrics: “Then he lead me to his kingdom, that was in another land.”
The Sun Began To Rain – Larry Norman. Album: In Another Land. “Now we’ll live forever in another land.”
Hymn To The Last Generation – Larry Norman. Album: In Another Land. Lyrics: “He will guide us in another land.”

Fair Weather – Julia Nunes. Album: Settle Down. Lyrics: “And they say, Julia just settle down.”


Morning Glory – Oasis. Album: (What’s the story), Morning Glory. My only Oasis album.
To Be Where There’s Life – Oasis. Album: Dig Out Your Soul. Lyrics: “Dig out your soul, cos here we go.”

The Charm Offensive – Oceansize. Album: Everyone Into Position. Lyrics: “And it burns, it burns us all out As it blows Everyone into position.”

Irish whiskey pretty girls – Old 97s. Album: Graveyard whistling. Lyrics: “I never was good at talking. Graveyard whistling’s more my thing

She’s A Mystery To Me  – Roy Orbison. Album: Mystery Girl. Lyrics: “She’s a mystery to me. She’s a mystery girl.” I have this album.


Best Of Both Worlds – Robert Palmer. Album: Double Fun. Lyrics: “The best of both worlds. Double fun”

You Can’t Be Too Strong – Graham Parker. Album: Squeezing Out Sparks. Lyrics: “But everybody else is squeezing out a spark That happened in the heat.” I have this on vinyl.
Empty Lives – Graham Parker and The Rumour. Album: The Up Escalator. Lyrics: “On the up escalator going down all the cracks” I’m pretty sure I have this on vinyl as well.

I Can Tell – Michael Penn. Compilation: Palms and Runes, Tarot and Tea. Lyrics: “Psychic on the corner. ‘Palms and Runes, Tarot and Tea'”

Train Song – Pentangle. Album: Basket of Light. Lyrics: “Caught in the basket of light.”

Insider – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, featuring Stevie Nicks. Album: Hard Promises. Lyrics: “And I had to live with some hard promises.”

One Slip – Pink Floyd. Album: A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Lyrics: “A momentary lapse of reason That binds a life for life.”
High Hopes – Pink Floyd. Album – The Division Bell. Lyrics: “The ringing of the division bell had begun”

Great Spirit – Robert Plant. Album: Fate of Nations. Lyrics: “The fate of nations and of all their needs Lies trapped inside these hearts of greed.” I own this CD.

Lovin’ Arms– Poco. Album: Head Over Heels. Lyrics: “Now you got me stumblin’ Head over heels”

Roofer’s Union Fight Song – Robert Pollard. Album: Not In My Airforce. Lyrics: “Only ‘No Ones’ get through the gate …not in my airforce.”

Solar Sister –  The Posies. Album: Frosting on the Beater. Lyrics: “Frosting on the beater The flag trips down the meter.”
Chainsmoking in the U.S.A. -The Posies. EP: Nice Cheekbones and a Ph.D. Lyrics: “There’s two faces on the tv screen Nice cheekbones and a ph.d.” (Can’t find a video.)

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