Thoughts On The Dead

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Remember, Remember, The 21st Of September

It’s not every day you live in a song, Enthusiasts, and certainly not one this good.

(What other tunes mention specific dates? There’s a passel of Fourth of July songs–Bruce, and X, and even one by the band this website purports to be about–and there must be a Christmas song or two that mentions the 25th, but besides that? I’m not looking it up and neither should you. Let’s freeball this one.)


  1. Ode to Billy Joe ( don’t forget the Henry Kaiser version off of those who know history are condemned to repeat it)
    Papa was a rolling n stone, temptations
    Isis bobby d.
    Hmmmm, I’ll put the thinking cap on…..

  2. Two sevens clash – culture July 7,1977

  3. Meryl Shakedown Streep

    September 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Friday Night, August 14

  4. “Oh What A Night” gets as specific as “Late December, 1963”

  5. “I married Isis on the fifth day of May”

    “Early morning, April fourth” (or is it ‘four’?)

    “All is quiet on New Year’s Day”

    Bono must have a thing for dates.

    • Your post title reminds me of the Lennon solo song that references the Guy Fawkes rhyme. Can’t remember the name of the track, though.

      Also, Samallama beat me to the Zimmermen. Credit where credit’s due.

    • RE: “Early morning, April 4”: King was shot in the llate afternoon/early evening. They were getting ready for dinner.

      • Leave it to Bono to take poetic fucking license with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

        (more benign option) Leave it to Bono to not fact check when writing a song about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  6. 4th of July – Soundgarden
    1999 – Prince
    April 27, 1992 – Sublime (sorry)

  7. Yes we should elaborate, it was the third of June, ( ode to billy Joe
    It was the 3rd of September when my pappy dies, papawasrollinstone
    Isis 5 th day of May
    April four is how I always heard it.

  8. Indeed, should there be multiple Zimmy they can be referred to like moose as moose whether one or more.

    • I could see David Attenborough breathlessly addressing the camera, “Here, in this upstate New York wood, one can observe a minyan of Zimmy in their natural habitat. Observe how one is cribbing phrases from obscure memoirs, whilst another feverishly tries to think of a new way to alienate its audience.”

  9. I can’t ‘remember’ what the Lennon track was called either, and thank you I had no idea about the guy Fawkes intertext.

  10. Ooo . . . Beat to the punch on “Two Sevens Clash”!

    Third and Fourth of June in Neil’s “Desiree.”

    August Fifth in Danzig’s “Who Killed Marilyn?”

  11. And it’s so true , free your mind , and the rest will follow, funkadelic

  12. He was born on a summer day, 1951.
    And with a slap of a hand
    He landed as an only son

  13. The zimmy in the woods start to chant ‘frank Sinatra’ in frightening unison.

  14. Fiddle tune “Eighth of January” is also known as “Battle of New Orleans”

  15. The funkadelic is overrated Hollywood actors post, yeah Meryl Streep I’m lookin at you.
    And if yer gonna allow late December 63 then you might as well allow and the band played waltzing Matilda by the pogues ‘every April

  16. Am I stretching it too far with Paul Simon Armistice Day, or that Garcia song, just like Palm Sunday?

  17. James S. Flysnukka

    September 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    1940 X-mas eve
    By May 10th Richmond had fell.

  18. James S. Flysnukka

    September 21, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Also, I’m not complaining cause I have never talked to the donate button and no one like a complainer. But Bobby was in the wsj today and I’m pretty sure he took over for António Guterres yesterday and nary a word.

  19. First of December in The Fall’s “Arms Control Poseur.”

  20. Nice by May 10th Dixie fell reference

  21. “First of May” by The Bee Gees.

    This one is harder that I thought it would be, without research . . . .

  22. Bryan Adams, “Remembrance Day.”

    The Box, “L’Affaire Dumoutier,” “On the 14th of October, very early in the morning.”

    Gordon Lightfoot: “Black Day in July”

  23. Ruination Day (14 Apr), parts 1 and 2. (The incomparable Gillian Welch.)

  24. Woke up waiting for a windy day
    Cat on I ? since the first of February

    • “Kite on ice” I think. Actually I think it’s “I’m just waiting on a windy day” which fits thematically with having my “kite on ice”

      Also does anyone else remember leaving Texas? Maybe the fourth day of July might ring a bell?

  25. Luther Von Baconson

    September 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

    early by a couple of weeks

  26. Luther Von Baconson

    September 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    “The Was Grief Among People…….”
    Feb 2nd in the year of ’65

  27. you should check out the sly and the family stone vids on youtube from soul train that i discovered last night thanks to this thread. you’ll have to search don’t have the links at the moment.

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