My nephew recently received his course schedule for fall semester at college. Since he is a freshman, he is mainly taking general courses, which makes his schedule a smorgasboard of subjects.
Seeing the variety of courses listed made me think of popular songs that mention possible college courses in their titles. Here are ten of the songs.
10. “Poetry Man” by Phoebe Snow: This soft hit from the 70s still appeals to me. As a teenager at that time, I considered myself to be what Phoebe Snow was singing about. Looking back at my verses and my immaturity, I have sadly come to realize that I was neither poet nor man back then.
9. “Doin’ the Math” by Loudon Wainwright: As he aften does, Wainwright here takes a depressing subject and somehow puts a light touch on it. The song from the
Strange Weirdos album is about death, and the math is Wainwright is calculating is the decreasing number of years he has left.
8. “French Canadian” by The Minor Leagues: I cannot fathom how this Cincinnati band has remained relatively unknown all these years. Their album
The Pestilence Is Coming is one of the best to be released in the new century. The excellent production and clever lyrics are apparent on every song, especially this one about our neighbors to the north.
7. “She Blinded Me with Science” by Thomas Dolby: The video helped immortalize this tune. Each time I hear it I can visualize the doctor in the psychic hospital shouting “Science!”
6. “You Want History” by the Kaiser Chiefs: One of my favorite classes in high school is the subject in one of the tracks from the British band’s most recent album,
Off with Their Heads.
5. “Art Beware” by Ambrosia: This short track contains a lot of truth. The 70s pop band warn the entertainment world, saying “Art Beware, It’s all been done, There’s nothing new under the sun.” The lyrics are backed by great production and backing vocals resembling something along the lines of 10cc.
4. “Chemistry Class” by Elvis Costello: I hated the course during my sophomore year, but I love the song. Costello’s usual witticisms are apparent, with lines such as “You got a chemistry class, I want a piece of your mind.”
3. “Philosophy” by Ben Folds Five: Is it the best track from the band’s self-titled debut? It’s difficult to say because there are so many good ones. This one has the best chorus, though, for sure: “Go ahead you can laugh all you want, but I’ve got my philosophy.”
2. “Biology” by Joe Jackson: The track is the stand out from Jackson’s third album,
Beat Crazy. The guy justifies cheating on his girl by claiming it’s just biology. He then gets completely shaken when she then freely confesses that “Now I don’t eel so bad about Dave and Tony and Phil and James.”
1. “Spanish Pipedream” by John Prine: The subject of Spanish is never mentioned in the song from John Prine’s long-appreciated debut album. The pipedream, though, is clearly stated: “Blow up your TV, Throw away your paper, Go to the country, and build you a home.”