Rock song quiz

December 9, 2019 • 9:15 am

I have some things to tell you (that’s a riff on a Thomas Wolfe short story), but am putting the finishing touches on my Jesus and Mo foreword, and so—as Captain Oates said—I may be some time.  But here’s something to occupy at least the rock and roll aficionados among you.  It’s no fair Googling trying to get the answers to these questions; you need to rack your own brain. It’s a test of how much you know about old rock and roll, not about how well you can use Google.

Here’s the question:

Here are a few words. Name a rock song in whose lyrics they appear, as well as the singer or group who recorded the song

You’re allowed to put the answers in the comments, but if you want to participate do not read the comments.

Withers (the common noun, not the singer Bill Withers!)



Chicken (there are at least three correct answers here)



I’ll post the answers (the songs themselves, if I can find them on YouTube) at 2:30 p.m. Chicago time.


37 thoughts on “Rock song quiz

  1. The Doors, Back Door Man “You men eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans. I eat more chicken any man ever seen, yeah, yeah.”

    The Judy’s, Girls! Girls! Girls! “Take ’em to the malt shop.” [Obviously not the song you were going for, though yours probably mentions a malt shop as well.]

    1. Ok if I googled it afterwards? I remember the recording by “The Cyrcle,” (didn’t know it was spelled that way), and didn’t know it was co-written by by Bruce Woodley of The Seekers and one Paul Simon.

  2. Frank Zappa claimed to have written the world’s first rock opera at a very young age, called “I was a Teenage Malt Shop”, but no one wanted to perform it, for some reason.

    I’d never heard of withers as a noun before, and had to google it.

    1. Prince (the one from Denmark name o’ Hamlet, not the one from Minneapolis formerly known by a symbol) famously delivered the line “our withers are unwrung.”

    2. I bodily feature of a horse or dog (I’ve only heard it used with regard to horses or dogs):

      The withers is the ridge between the shoulder blades of an animal, typically a quadruped. In many species, it is the tallest point of the body. In horses and dogs, it is the standard place to measure the animal’s height. In contrast, cattle are often measured to the top of the hips. (wiki)

  3. Run For the Roses, Dan Fogelberg

    For the Turnstiles, Neil Young

    Nazareth, Local Still

    Chicken Train, Ozark Mountain Daredevils

    Epistle to Derroll, Donovan

    Wang Dang Doodle (Howlin’ Wolf, Warren Zevon, and many others) (Does this count, it’s really blues I suppose)

    If that doesn’t count, How about:
    Why Don’t We Get Drunk, Jimmy Buffett 🙂

  4. 1. “In the lamplight the withered leaves collect at my feet…” – Memory – CATS (not the exact word)
    2. “You can’t keep us cause our eyes can see men with insight, men in granite…” – Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
    3. Don’t know. Thinking either ’50s or hip-hop but nothing specific.
    4. “…and a little bit of chicken friend. Cold beer on a Friday night…” – Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
    5. Don’t know.
    6. Don’t know.

  5. ”Here comes the Supernaural Anaesthetist.
    If He wants you to SNUFF it,
    all He has to do is puff it.
    He’s such a fine dancer”

    performed by Genesis on the double album ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Brroadway’ track ‘Here Comes the Supernaural Anaesthetist’.

    Snuff said.

  6. An almost total fail for me. At least one of the songs on Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias’ Snuff Rock EP contains the word “snuff”, though. Definitely the Sex Pistols pastiche “Gobbing on Life”, if I recall correctly, and possibly another one. Musical parody at its finest!

  7. I made my own assignment, one I used to give to my students in creative writing classes–namely, making up a piece of verse using the five words. Cheating only a little, here’s what I came up with using WITHERS, CHICKEN, MALT, STARFISH, and SNUFF:

    You should never take it for GRANITE
    That a CHICKEN has WITHERS—absurd!
    Only four-legged animals have ‘em
    And a CHICKEN’s a two-legged bird.

    A STARFISH has five altogether
    And I’ll bet you a MALTed frappé
    That I could come up with some others—
    But that’s SNUFF for today.

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