[PW] Appeal for Famous 21st Century/1990s Song Lyrics (Quotation Query #750)

NancyJo Leachman nancyjo at salpublib.org
Sat Jun 11 08:43:48 PDT 2016


The first one that popped into my head was Beyonce's hit from 2008 called
Single Ladies. It contains the line "if you like it then you should have
put a ring on it." The song is subtitled "Put a ring on it." And I would
say that the phrase Put a Ring On It has  made it into the popular culture.
On Jun 11, 2016 10:34 AM, "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> Thanks to everyone, including Barbara, who has responded so far to my
> query.  With regard to Barbara's response, I wish that songs like "Don't
> Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Ohio" and the others dated from the 21st
> century/1990s; I would have paid more attention to popular music of the
> last quarter century if that were true.  I think, however, that Barbara's
> dating is just a tiny bit off for all of these.
>
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> Fred Shapiro
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> Subject: Re: [PW] Appeal for Famous 21st Century/1990s Song Lyrics
> (Quotation Query #750)
>
> "Don't think twice, it's alright"
> "We shall overcome"
> "We can change the world"
> "This summer I hear the drummin', 4 dead in Ohio"
> "Beat it!"
> "C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to
> love one another right now"
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 5:29 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> >
> > I am currently working on the second edition of the Yale Book of
> > Quotations.  I would welcome any suggestions of famous lyrics from
> popular
> > music (hip hop, rock, pop, r&b, country, Broadway shows, etc.) of the
> 21st
> > century or 1990s.  "Famous lyrics" can include not only longer passages
> but
> > also short sayings or phrases that have "passed into the language" or
> > become catchphrases or memes.
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
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