UPDATE: My alert readership got most of these right. The answers are now included, in case you happen to be interested.
I warned Stinger that I was going to do this, so we could call it "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," but the truth is, I'm stealing the idea from him. That's because it's a really cool idea.
Here's what Stinger came up with: instead of doing a "Last Five/Next Five" playlist of songs, he instead posted a lyric from each song and invited his readers to guess which song it is. And now I'm going to do the same.
So following are 10 lyrics, from 10 songs, that came up in a row on iTunes this morning. And as is often the case with iTunes, they suggest a bit of a story.
Your task: identify the song from the lyric (and the artist) and post the answer in the comments section. While you could certainly get all the answers from Google, what fun is that? See what you can come up with. I'm willing to wager that if we leave this open for a day or two, the Mr. Dilettante audience can come up with all 10 songs. As it happens, none of these are horribly obscure, but there are a few testers. So let's see how you do. By the way, in most cases the line quoted is the first line of the song, if that makes it any easier:
1. "There's a man who leads a life of danger."
Answer: Secret Agent Man, Johnny Rivers
2. "A man decides after seventy years that what he goes there for, is to unlock the door." Answer: Crazy, Seal
3. "But the town has no need to be nervous." Answer: Tombstone Blues, Bob Dylan
4. "We get it almost every night." Answer: Dancing in the Moonlight, King Harvest
5. "Stay with me, my love I hope you'll always be." Answer: Follow You, Follow Me, Genesis
6. "Sweet, wonderful you. You make me happy with the things you do." Answer: You Make Loving Fun, Fleetwood Mac
7. "You've got style, that's what all the girls say." Answer: Dress You Up, Madonna
8. "Mother doesn't go out any more. Just sits at home and rolls her spastic eyes." Answer: Sunday Papers, Joe Jackson
9. "I hear the click clack of your feet on the stairs." Answer: Stray Cat Blues, Rolling Stones
10. "Out of the tree of life I just picked a plum." Answer: The Best is Yet to Come, Frank Sinatra
Have at it, y'all. And be sure to visit Stinger, who still has one of his lyrics out there.