Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Opinion Time!

What’s the best song with a woman’s name for a title? (There is no use doing this for songs named after men, as the clear winner is Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: No Dead songs, so Senator Franken might as well not play.


  1. “Deanna” by Nick Cave.

    [Unless “Marie (Is The Name Of His Latest Flame)” counts].

  2. Caledonia, multiple versions

  3. G L O R I I I I I I A

  4. “Peg” by the Dan

    “Beth” by KISS

    “Maggie Mae” by Rod

    • So far I second “Beth”

      I would like to add Kathy’s song by Paul Simon. I can not find a version that satisfies how I hear it in my head.

  5. Sweet Jane

    The Wind Cried Mary


  6. Geraldine by willis alan ramsey. Sadly veey littke from his perfect album is available online so im left with the wsp version which they make sound like every other widebread picnic song

  7. Alison – Elvis Costello

  8. When the Bad Plus tortures “Mandy” it sort of re-arranges good and bad multiple times till it ends up great.

  9. Judy Blue Eyes

  10. My three would be:




    • Robin Russell

      July 18, 2017 at 2:45 am

      How come you get three guesses?

      They are all wrong anyway. It is Eleanor Rigby.

      • Because J.E.S must be a drummer, he took 3 or more, and then see what happens.

        But yes Ruby is wondrous..

        “It’s hard to love a man who’s legs are bent and paralyzed, and the wants and the needs of a woman your age, ruby I realize”

        I mean WTF, the story is good, the concept is good, the music is decent, but the words man, the words are just horrid. He should have spent all the royalties on that on a song writing workshop or something.

  11. In Memory of Elizabeth Cotton , fIREHOSE (the spelling is important) – if the band is initially unfamiliar, take a few minutes and drill down a little; will go out on a limb and wager you’ll find the journey worthwhile. Bonus points for anyone who ends up thinking that Brave Captain might well be their favorite new song of the moment. Anyway, enjoy –

  12. drink all day and rock all night

    July 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

    “Melissa” Allmans. Pretty sure this is the right answer.

  13. A Boy Named Sue

  14. Oh, “Lorelei” by The Pogues. I love me some (early) Shane, but this Phil Chevron written/sung tune might be their finest original.

    And if not allowed to vote for my own picks, I would get behind “Jolene” of the suggested songs.

    • J.E.S is making too many votes, so as punishment “Lorelei” by the Pogues is demoted to “Lorelei” by Styx .

      Oh, and he has to listen to the whole Styx album that has “Lorelei” on int.

  15. “Layla”- ’nuff said

  16. Luther Von Baconson

    July 18, 2017 at 10:57 am

    athena, a-zooby, zap zap zap, zappy never seen ya

  17. Luther Von Baconson

    July 18, 2017 at 11:02 am


  18. Luther Von Baconson

    July 18, 2017 at 11:06 am

    this count dudeners?

  19. Luther Von Baconson

    July 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

    for Trawna Enthusiasts

  20. “Valerie”. Originally by the Zutons, but this version kills

  21. Luther Von Baconson

    July 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    from the great Tragedy Trail

  22. I’m surprised none of the Canadians put this one out there.

  23. not anything by freakin’ Toto. ever.

  24. Sheena is a punk rocker
    Judy is a punk

    Ramones – gabba gabba hey !

  25. Black Betty.

    Rock steady AND always ready.

    Shame about the kid, though.

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