Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Simile and Metaphor Lyric Game!

Obviously, I want to comment on the historic election of Barack Obama, and if I weren't so pressed for time, I would. But for now, I guess I'll just say the following:

Yes we did.

Now then...

I see myself being too busy to post anything for the next few days, but I wanted to get something up here. (This blogging stuff is all inertia, I'm discovering; once you go a few days without posting, it becomes way too easy to keep not posting.) So, I'm offering up to cyberspace, completely free of charge, my Simile and Metaphor Song Lyric Game. Woo-hoo!

Here's the deal: each song title below contains a simile or metaphor. Either the song title is actually a simile or metaphor (e.g. Bob Seger’s “Feel Like a Number” or Simon and Garfunkel’s “I Am a Rock”). Or the title is excerpted from a line in the song that includes a simile or metaphor (e.g. the title of Bon Jovi’s song is “Bad Medicine,” from the lyric “your love is like bad medicine”; the Hall and Oates song is “Maneater,” but the lyric is “She’s a maneater”). Got it?

Song and artist, please. Answers follow. (Hint: For some reason, there are more simile answers than metaphor ones. I was in a simile mood, I guess…)

1. “I’m on the hunt, I’m after you”

2. “Through all these cities and all these towns, it’s in my blood and it’s all around”

3. “So what is wrong with a night of sin?”

4. “Believe me, believe me, I can’t tell you why, but I’m trapped by your love, and I’m chained to your side”

5. “I’m high as a kite, I just might stop to check you out”

6. “I’m a consecrated boy, a singer in a Sunday choir”

7. “You’re looking for gold, you’re turning away a fortune in feelings but someday you’ll pay”

8. “Here we are now, entertain us”

9. “At night I wake up with my sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head”

10. “Just a fool to believe I am anything she needs”

11. “You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal”

12. “And I stood arrow straight unencumbered by the weight of all these hustlers and their schemes”

13. “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky”

14. “Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery”

15. “Your love thawed out what was scared and cold”

16. “I had to stop in my tracks for fear of walking on the mines that lay”

17. “Who’s to say they way a man should spend his days? Do you let them smolder?”

18. “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future”

19. “I found myself alone, alone, alone above a raging sea that stole the only girl I loved and drowned her deep inside of me”

20. “All I know is that to me you look like you’re lots of fun”

21. “There comes a time when you heed a certain call”

22. “They set you on the treadmill, and they made you change your name”

23. “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now”

24. “No dark sarcasm in the classroom”

25. “I took it all for granted but how was I to know that you’d be letting go?”


1. "Hungry LIke The Wolf," Duran Duran
2. "Life is a Highway," Tom Cochrane (or Rascal Flatts)
3. "Rock You Like a Hurricane," Scorpions
4. "Love is a Battlefield," Pat Benetar
5. "Blister in the Sun," Violent Femmes
6. "Loves Me Like a Rock," Paul Simon
7. "Cold as Ice," Foreigner
8. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
9. "I'm on Fire," Bruce Springsteen
10. "She's Like the Wind," Patrick Swayze
11. "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan
12. "LIke a Rock," Bob Seger
13. "Dust in the Wind," Kansas
14. "Like a Prayer," Madonna
15. "Like a Virgin," Madonna
16. "Fortress Around Your Heart," Sting
17. "Paper in Fire," John Mellencamp
18. "Fly Like an Eagle," Steve Miller Band
19. "Just Like Heaven," The Cure
20. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," Dead or Alive
21. "We Are the World," USA for Africa
22. "Candle in the Wind," Elton John
23. "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin
24. "Another Brick in the Wall," Pink Floyd
25. "Cuts Like a Knife," Bryan Adams


Hopaholic said...

That was like an 80's fest. And of all the Bruce lyrics you could have chosen, "I'm on Fire?" Geez.

Sunny said...

Thanks! I was searching for song lyrics that I can use with my 6th and 7th grade students to review figurative language and to look at as texts for response to literature. Your list just made my job easier!