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Songs that directly address the audience (and/or audience participation songs)
I have no idea how many of these there might be, but I'm looking for audience participation songs, or it could be a song where the singer is directly speaking to the audience, as in:
"It's wonderful to be here,
It's certainly a thrill
You're such a lovely audience,
We'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- the Beatles
This Train Don't Stop There Anymore (Elton John)
But I don't believe in miracles anymore
And when I think about it
I don't believe I ever did for sure
All the things I've said in songs
All the purple prose you bought from me
Reality's just black and white
The sentimental things I'd write
Never meant that much to me"
"Little Red Corvette" ~ Prince
Baby you're much too fast...
This song always got audience response, always 😉
Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
Jersey Girl, 2017, Bruce Springsteen. In
this live performance from Metlife Stadium
in NJ, the audience sings with the chorus
and towards the end he invites a couple
up on stage. The guy had apparently
proposed at the concert and now
announces to the world how he feels
about his gal. Bruce then high fives him
and they dance in front of the band to
the rest of the song, which was his finale.
Brand New Day (Sting):
"How many of you people out there been hurt in some kind of love affair?
And how many times do you swear that you'll never love again?
How many lonely, sleepless nights?
How many lies, how many fights?
Well, why would you want to put yourself through all that again?"
The Pusher - Steppenwolf
True story told by John Kay in his autobiography . . . Steppenwolf always played The Pusher as an encore, and they often caught a lot of flack from religious groups, even though the words G-- d--- were written in the true biblical sense as condemnation on the pusher.
They were set to play in a NC city, when they were approached by town leaders, including a fundamentalist preacher running for office there. They told Steppenwolf that they would not be allowed to play The Pusher. Kay would not agree, and after some wrangling, they agreed if Kay would not sing the two words. G-- d--- in that particular line, and in fact threatened to arrest him if he did. So Kay ultimately gave in and this is what happened.
Before the encore, Kay announced that a certain politician (by name of such and such) had caused them to agree not to sing two words in this song, but that agreement did not apply to the audience. So at that point in the song, Kay directs the mic to the audience, and 9,000 kids scream G-- d--- the pusher. Kay seemed amused by the whole thing, saying there were a number men with red faces when he came off stage.
@MaVolta That's such an awesome story! And that song could've practically been used by the D.A.R.E. program. I never realized until I looked it up just now that it was written by Hoyt Axton, after his own struggles with cocaine addiction. Hoyt also wrote "Joy to the World," the one recorded by Three Dog Knight. I also never realized until recently that Hoyt Axton's mom, Mae Boren Axton, was from a prominent Oklahoma political family, and was also a songwriter who co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel." She also introduced Elvis to Col. Parker. The things I learn while I'm playing these threads!
@millineutron - Yes, John Kay and Hoyt Axton were good friends which is mentioned in his book. Steppenwolf recorded Snowblind Friend, which was also written by Hoyt Axton. Sadly, it was written about a mutual friend with a drug addiction that didn't end well. Kay also talks about his own experiences with drugs, and how he cleaned himself up. It's a good read if you can find it.