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Songs About Games, Games People Play

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Songs About Games, Games People Play

So here's a song topic that I don't recall us having played - Songs about Games. What songs can you think of about games, mentioned or implied, of any sort in the title or lyrics? 

 

So I'll start with this one as sort of a "blanket" title - - -

 

The Games People Play - Joe South 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Chuck E's In Love -- Rickie Lee Jones

(She's looking for him in the pool hall.)

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Pool Shark -- Sublime

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El Presidente - Weezer

 

"People wanna Jazzercise
With their uninteresting lives
But they need someone to show them how
I played cribbage in high school
It was natural that I'd rule
Come with me to the promised land"

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I don’t care anymore, Phil Collins

Human games are so dastardly….

 

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Games Without Frontiers:  Peter Gabriel

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A Trick Of The Tail - Genesis

 

The whole song seems to be about the games people play to challenge and/or defend their perceptions.  And it makes this reference to an arcade:

 

"He traveled the wide open road, the blinkered arcade"

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Coming around again, Carly Simon

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Walking On The Edge - Scorpions

 

For you, life is just like chess

If you don’t make the move 

You’ll lose the game like this

 

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Borderline, Madonna

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Tell Laura I Love Her: Ray Peterson  (by now a probable repeat: stock car racing)

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Stewball: PP&M   (Horse racing)

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Darcy's Donkey:  Gaelic Storm

 

"the day that Darcy's drunken donkey won the race at Donegal"

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The Orange and the Green - The Irish Rovers

 

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

Oh my father was an Ulsterman, proud Protestant was he
My mother was a Catholic girl, from County Cork was she
They were married in two churches, lived happily enough
Until the day that I was born and things got rather tough

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

Baptised by father Reilly, I was rushed away by car
To be made a little orangeman, my father's shining star
I was christened David Anthony, but still in spite of that
To my father I was William while my mother called me Pat

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

With mother every Sunday to mass I'd proudly stroll
Then after that the orange lads would try to save my soul
For both sides tried to claim me, but I was smart because
I played the flute or played the harp, depending where I was

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

One day my ma's relations came round to visit me
Just as my father's kinfolk were all sittin' down to tea
We tried to smooth things over, but they all began to fight
And me being strictly neutral, I bashed everyone in sight

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

Now my parents never could agree about my type of school
My learning was all done at home, that's why I'm such a fool
They both passed on, god rest them, but left me caught between
That awful color problem of the orange and the green

Oh it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

Yes it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen
My father he was orange and my mother she was green

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You keep running away, Four Tops

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Minstrel In The Gallery - Jethro Tull

 

Sunday paper, backgammon players
Family-scarred and women-haters
Then he called the band down to the stage
And he looked at all the friends he'd made

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Everybody plays the fool, Main Ingredient

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Everybody finds out, The Mac

Cheating is the biggest game of all……

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Little lies, The Mac

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Cinnamon:  Derek   (one potato, two potato, three potato, four)

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Gimme little sign, Brenton Wood

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You Don't Mess Around With Jim:  Jim Croce  (Big Jim Walker was a pool shootin' son of a gun)

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1, 2, 3 Red Light, 1910 Fruitgum Co.

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Lightnin' Strikes:  Lou Christie  (The game he's playing involves conning his [younger] girlfriend to stick around while he sows his wild oats pretty much everywhere until he finally decides to settle down with her. The lyrics are cringeworthy). 

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The Uptown Poker Club - Jerry Reed

 

The Uptown Poker Club - Jerry Reed 

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Todd Rundgren - Can We Still Be Friends?

 

We can't play this game anymore, but

Can we still be friends?

 

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Backstabbers, O’Jays

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