I generated the list using iTunes to randomly find my songs (I omitted classical/lyricless songs, repeat artists, and artists who were too local to be fair to everyone). Then I created a perl script to randomly pull out a few lines from my lyrics files for those songs (which I generated by looking up lyrics on the intarweb). I chose the sample from within the block my script generated to be the most "complete" set, and also made sure to not post any lyrics that contained the song name (that would be too easy!)
OK, now that I've given you my geekly way of generating this list, here it is. As people guess the songs, I'll post the artist/title to the lyric.
1. Hiding here and hiding there
Madness hiding everywhere
Such a curiosity
Here it comes to set us free
-- Oingo Boingo, "Insanity"
2. Water was running; children were running
you were running out of time
under the mountain, a golden fountain
were you praying at the lares shrine?
-- Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Cities in Dust"
3. The companies want something done about this sluggish
world economic situation
Profits have been running a little thin lately
and we need to stimulate some growth
4. he hears chanting choirs and voices at night
they're raging like fires but speaking so light
he wants to kill the past
to be alone at last
5. And I'm not denying
That I get this way
When I try to get over you
I get this way
6. We dont even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old
-- Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Walk on the Ocean"
7. You got to SCREAM
TO MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD!
I WON'T STOP SCREAMING
TILL MINE IS HEARD
8. Make me buy a Garden Weasel
Make me buy a Bamboo Steamer
Make me take advantage
Of this amazing TV offer
-- Weird Al, "Mr Popeil"
9. Dream of West Virginia, or of the British Isles
'Cause when you are dreaming, you see for miles and miles.
When you are much older, remember when we sat
At midnight on the windowsill, and had this little chat
10. you say words that don't mean a thing
but this world turns with the touches you bring
take it in, into your hands
throw it back and throw it down
11. Mein Seelenhauch der Blitz verschlingt
Mein subes Blut verfault im Sand
Mein Sinn zum Leben in Raum und Zeit -
Und doch es wird - es wird schon wieder weitergeh'n
My mind tears the daylight -
The fireglow in my neck extinguished
With no stopping my flesh decayed
And yet it will - it will move on again
-- Das Ich.... ?
12. As I slept
You whispered in my dreams
That fate could never end our love
13. Ev'rybody's talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
Isn't it the most
-- John Lennon, "Give Peace a Chance"
14. now there's a hole in the sky
and the ground's not cold
and if the ground's not cold
everything is gonna burn
-- Pixies, "Monkey's Gone to Heaven"
15. We don't have to stars exploding in the night
Or electric eels under the covers
We don't have to be
Anything quite so unreal
-- The Magnetic Fields, "A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off"
16. Operation filth
They love to love the wealth
Of an SS Whore
Making scary sounds
-- Rob Zombie, "Living Dead Girl"
17. I can't lick that far
but when you pout
the way you shout out loud
it makes me want to start
-- The Cure, "High"
18. These eyes are blind this is a pure thing
These hands I kiss tragic as anything
These eyes are blind this is a pure thing
All splash and hiss beyond my measuring
-- Shriekback, "Faded Flowers"
19. Ah you loved me as a loser,
but now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me,
but you don't have the discipline
-- Leonard Cohen, "First We Take Manhattan"
20. Ladies and Gentlemen, our special guest tonight
He's come all the way, put your hands together for Mr. John Lydon
AKA Johnny Rotten
He's got a new book out, no McLaren, no Matlock, no Dignity