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PUZZLE: Podder’s Wheel #1


I’ve made an iPod playlist of ten songs arranged alphabetically by title. The paragraph below is a mashup of lyrical segments from the songs in playlist order. Can you identify the songs and the theme of the playlist? Feel free to guess songs explicitly in the comments, but only one correct guess per person; I will edit the initial comment to add correct guesses. To guess the theme please use ROT13 in comments or contact me privately.

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Don’t tell me it’s not worth fightin’ for. I can’t help it ’cause this land’s the place I love. And here I’ll stay out in the forest where I might get eaten by a bear. Break free from the chains! Yeah I know that there is pain but that won’t make me nervous, wondering what to do. Please accept my apology, but love is blind and your kisses, sweeter than honey! And guess what? So is my money! You can rely on the old man’s money. Don’t stop it…*b-b-b-b-b-b-b-buh* *b-b-b-b-b-b-b-buh* *scritch-scritch scra-atch* *Scri-scruh-scritch scra-atch* Yeah, but in your head, baby, I’m afraid you don’t know where it is.

41 thoughts on “PUZZLE: Podder’s Wheel #1

  1. .
    (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams (JZ)
    Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey – Gerry & the Pacemakers (Eric Maddy)
    Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allan Sherman (Squonk)
    Hold On – Wilson Phillips (JanglerNPL)
    I Want a New Drug – Huey Lewis and the News (David Croson)
    Respect – Aretha Franklin (Alex)
    Rich Girl – Hall & Oates (bsideboston)
    Rock-It – Herbie Hancock (Matt J.)
    Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane (Bencoe)

    • The unidentified song is “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee. The playlist theme, appropriate for Independence Day weekend, is songs performed by artists and groups with names that include a surname of a Declaration of Independence signer. Several readers identified the theme correctly either in comments (with ROT-13) or in private messages. Eric Maddy was the first to confirm the correct answer. Congratulations, everyone!

  2. What the hell, I’ll date myself — I think “this land’s the place I love and here I’ll stay” is Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey

  3. The bear line is from hello muddah hello faddah (letter from camp Grenada) by Alan Sherman. Please forgive spelling.

  4. Pre-dating myself? “out in the forest where I might get eaten by a bear” = Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, by Allan Sherman

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