Name That Tune

      This is our variation of Name That Tune.  You can play this in person, over the phone, via email or even via text message.  The basic idea is that one person quotes a line from a song and then the other person has a certain amount of time in which to name the song.

      Now, you need to find a lyric that you know the other person is familiar with (if they haven't heard the song then there's no way that they'll ever get the answer) but that is also challenging enough to make a good puzzle.  This requires that you be somewhat familiar with the other person's musical tastes.  If they are into hard rock, you probably don't want to use lyrics to country music songs.  You need to use lines that are long enough to be particular to that song (don't use lines such as "Oh yeah, Baby, I love you..." -- that could be from a hundred rock songs) but not too long as to be an instant giveaway.  And, obviously, you'll probably want to avoid using lines that contain the actual title of the song.

      So, that's the trick for the first person -- finding the right combination of lyrics that are known to the second player but also still obscure enough so that they cannot be instantly identified.  Remember, your goal is to make the puzzle challenging for the other player, but not impossible.

      You can add other rules or hints as you wish.  One variation would be to use only lyrics that are the opening lines of songs.  Another would be to use only lyrics from movie theme songs.  And you can always just limit your songs by genre or decade or both (e.g. 1960's Motown or 1970's rock).

      Below are a few lines we have used in the past.  Can you Name That Tune?  To see the answers, simply hover your mouse over the "Answer" box to the right of the lyric.

"And for one desperate moment there,
He crept back in her memory."
American Girl, by Tom Petty
"We bought a six-pack at the liquor store,
And we drank it in her car"
Same Old Lang Syne, by Dan Fogelberg
"I was born in a crossfire hurricane"
(Hint: it is the opening line of the song.)
Jumpin' Jack Flash, by The Rolling Stones
"Loving you, isn't the right thing to do"
(Hint: it is the opening line of the song.)
Go Your Own Way, by Fleetwood Mac
"When you were young,
And your heart was an open book"
(Hint: it is the opening line from a movie theme song.)
Live And Let Die, by Paul McCartney

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