Because Songs Matter


So, I’ve decided to do this facebook 30 Day Song Challenge (you can see previous days here)thing and I figured I’d do it here on ninebullets. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comments section. So, without further ado:


There are lots and lots and lots of songs that I know all the words to….when they’re playing. Songs I can just outright recite the words to on command. Not so many if any but I do have a good story when it comes to knowing all the words to a song.

When I was a kid (thinking 8-10 range) I decided than I needed to know all the words to a song. At first, I tried to learn all the words to Hall & Oates “Private Eyes” but it was proving difficult since I didn’t own it so I set my eyes on a cong from the one album I owned at the time, Kenny Rogers, The Gambler. So I got out my little Emerson record player and went to learning.

It took about 3 days but I was eventually able to recite every a cappella and I was quite proud of myself.

Kenny Rogers - The Gambler     

How about you? What’s the first song you learned all the words to?


  1. Ray Miller Ray Miller
    April 15, 2011    

    Eagles “Hotel California”. Growing up I heard that song so many times it was almost impossible not to know the words to it.

  2. Eli Eli
    April 15, 2011    

    When I was in high school, I used to write all the words to “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Tangled Up In Blue” in my notebooks….doubt I could do it anymore though

  3. April 15, 2011    

    lol. I had all the words to Cinderella’s “Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone” on a folder once.

    I was so emo.

  4. Kasey G. Kasey G.
    April 15, 2011    

    “Pencil Thin Mustache” from Jimmy Buffett is the first song I really remember singing all the words to as a kid, although my Dad likes to say Erin and I sang “a pimple and a mustache.” I deny this.

  5. Martin Luther Presley Martin Luther Presley
    April 15, 2011    

    Bobby Brown by Frank Zappa.

    I used to sing that song to myself (quietly) when I was taking the dog for a walk.

  6. Scott Fuchs Scott Fuchs
    April 15, 2011    

    Lot’s of them. But Lucero’s “The War” comes to mind. And, of course, “Detroit Rock City”.

  7. troutwithout troutwithout
    April 15, 2011    

    My Dad is a big Johnny Cash fan. I remember learning the words to Folsom Prison Blues by listening to it over and over on a long road trip to Fresno in the back of an old red 1968 Ford Fairlane station wagon. I was probably 10 – 12 years old. I loved the way the song sounded like a train (kinda).

  8. lisa lisa
    April 15, 2011    

    I have a brother who is 8 yrs older than me. He was in a hair band in the 80’s. I can totally remember in 86 or so listening to his band practice in our garage. They were playing “talk dirty to me” by Poison. Mind you Im 9 years old running around the house singing along with the band. I knew every word, had my “moves” down and I would NOT leave them alone. I think finally they gave me the mic and let me sing so I would just leave and not tell mom they were smoking cigarettes.

  9. April 15, 2011    

    the first song I Remember knowing all the words to was “Ballroom Blitz”. My brother owned it on eight track and it was the only 8 track he had that I would listen to.

  10. ace ace
    April 15, 2011    

    As a kid I remeber singing evey word to “coward of the county” by Kenny Rogers I thought it was so cool how he stopped and locked the door then took em all out..

  11. C C
    April 15, 2011    

    “Pick Up the Pieces” by Average White Band.

    No, seriously. If I had to guess, I would say it was “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones.

  12. shayne shayne
    April 18, 2011    

    This wasn’t the first song by any stretch, but I remember making it a priority to learn the words to Neil Young’s “Thrasher”. I love the song, the poetry, I enjoy attempting to harmonize with Neil. I HAD to make sure I kept up with the lyrics and didn’t get behind.

  13. Nick Nick
    April 20, 2011    

    I’m going to guess it was probably Desperado. My Dad played that constantly on roadtrips

  14. CockEyedDonkey CockEyedDonkey
    April 27, 2011    

    In high school I was a lemonheads fan…I hadn’t listened to them in more years than I care to admit but recently heard “Hate Your Friends” again – I still remembered all the lyrics

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