Index page: Long - Songs
Anagrams that are new since the last update will have a 'NEW:' in
front of them.
Seeing a shrink
This anagram turns the lyrics of the novelty song 'They're Coming to
Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!' into another perspective on the situation.
This anagram deals with two traditional creepy ghost stories of the US
Plains. The left-hand side consists of the lyrics to the song 'Ghost
Riders in the Sky', and the poem on the right-hand side provides the
'Indians'' perspective to go along with the 'cowboys' on the left.
The song is 'Industrial Disease' by Dire Straits. The right-hand side
is a reminder of why you should call in sick today.
Add to favourites
I call this 'gram 'Maria von Trapp versus the NSA'. It turns a classic
musical number from The Sound of Music into a summary of some
of the National Security Agency's recently revealed dealings.
Dumb ways to die
The cute but morbid ditty 'Dumb Ways to Die' is anagrammed into a
description of some dumb deaths that have hit the news in recent months.
'It's cold outside...'
This is an anagram of the theme tune to the comedy–sci-fi
television programme Red Dwarf into the sort of introductory
text spoken in many of the earlier episodes. Familiar concepts and
verbatim quotes abound.
The commentary on causes of delinquencey in 'Officer Krupke', from the
musical West Side Story, is turned into description of schools
of thought on riots etc. in the wake of the London riots of summer 2011.
'Weird Al' Yankovic's song 'Virus Alert' - warning you how very evil a
particular computer virus can be - is anagrammed into a non-fiction virus
alert, with a small helping of rant on the side.
Your operating system sucks...
The lyrics to 'Every OS Sucks' are turned into a comparison of operating
systems with the same theme but from a different angle - the development
of the error message.
Take a psychedelic journey with us. The left-hand side achieves this
through the classic Jefferson Airplane song, and the right-hand side
provides a history of hallucinogens.
Highway to heaven?...
This anagram consists of a pair of hymns, slightly different in focus. I
think this one turned out quite well.
Ebony & Ivory
This is an anagram in three parts, turning Stevie Wonder and Paul
McCartney's song into two other views on the subject.
Suicide Is Painless (M*A*S*H theme)
The theme here is suicide. The left-hand side is the lyrics to the
haunting theme of long-running Korean War drama M*A*S*H, and on
the right is a mini-biography of active assisted suicide proponent Jack
The Only Way
The right-hand side of this anagram, with its references to intelligent
design etc., could be seen as a response to the left-hand side, the ELP
song 'The Only Way'.
I don't know if you are familiar with the legendary band
Spinal Tap, but
I've turned the highly insightful and deep lyrics of their song
'Stonehenge' into an advert that tries to convince the reader to watch the
'rockumentary' chronicling the band's comeback tour. The 'gram uses
several of the more well-known quotes from the movie.
Songs of the South
This anagram turns a Billie Holiday song ('Southern trees bear strange
fruit...') into a paean to the US South that mentions various feelings
and traditions associated with the region, or vice versa.
This is an anagram of a courtly love poem penned by that popular beat
combo called Spinal Tap. To use their words, it takes a sophisticated
view of the idea of sex, putting it on a farm. The right side is an
amalgam of various courtly love pieces, new and old, and thus much of it
should look at least a little familiar.
The Philosophers' Drinking Song
The left-hand side of this anagram is a song from Monty Python,
and the right-hand side is a summary of the twelve steps applied by Alcoholics
Half of this anagram is the lyrics to Motörhead's song
'Vibrator', which served as the inspiration for the other half,
written from a more female perspective.
This is an anagram of the Sex Pistols' 'God Save the Queen', a famous
- and to some infamous - song that was re-released 25 years after its
debut. The anagrammed version, written in early 2003, pertains to the
then-current goings-on in Iraq, which were re-released 12 years after
their Gulf War I release. To some extent, I maintain the rough metre and
rhymes of the original, but trying to sing along is ill-advised.
A short while later, I decided to subject readers to another Sex Pistols
song anagram, again a political one on the topic of Bush and Iraq. This
time, I had slightly friendlier letters to work with. I've placed the two
parts of the anagram side by side, so it should be easier to, if not sing
along, follow along.