Join 3,375 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


Shhhhh!
January 25, 2010 12:35 PM   Subscribe

10 Best Songs about Libraries and Librarians
posted by donajo (35 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm sorry but this is the only song about libraries and librarians.
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:41 PM on January 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


I came here to say what WolfDaddy said.
posted by jquinby at 12:42 PM on January 25, 2010


There was a website who had our mod,
And Boing Boing was its name-o.
B-O-I-N-G
B-O-I-N-G
And Boing Boing was its name-o.
posted by gman at 12:42 PM on January 25, 2010


It doesn't mention Michael Jackson's "Librarian Girl".
posted by ooga_booga at 12:45 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


His Name is Alive has a song called "Library Girl." Could never figure the words out enough to find out if it had an obvious connection to, um, library girls, but I wouldn't hold my breath--Warn usually makes the allusions more indirect and puzzling, fun to realize 5 years later.
posted by ifjuly at 12:47 PM on January 25, 2010


Half of the songs are about sexy/romantic goings-on at the library.

If only.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:51 PM on January 25, 2010


Do the songs talk about how they don't want to make eye contact if you have a legitimate question? Most of the librarians...
posted by hal_c_on at 12:58 PM on January 25, 2010


It's good to see 'Swinging London' on the list, but they should have included Piano Magic's I Am The Sub-Librarian (lyrics). I'm particularly fond of this song because it's set in my part of North London: 'Chalk Farm to Highgate Woods, sportsbag of borrowed books'.
posted by verstegan at 12:59 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


List is incomplete.
posted by applemeat at 1:01 PM on January 25, 2010


Missing the all too short lived band The Librarians, which featured actual librarians. The linked song isn't so much about librarians as it is about drinking and girls... but that's rock music for you.
posted by malphigian at 1:02 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Guys try as hard as you might, but Jessamyn is guest blogging and shes not quitting, even with suck up FPPs like this one. :)
posted by wheelieman at 1:02 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


That is easily the first time a song from Sliders has made a best-of list.
posted by painquale at 1:07 PM on January 25, 2010


You got Manny in the library
Working off his hangover 3:30 *

posted by porn in the woods at 1:21 PM on January 25, 2010


List is incomplete.

I'll say ...
posted by ryanshepard at 1:30 PM on January 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


There's always Bloodhag, the deathmetal band who writes classic sci-fi inspired songs and performs mostly at library fundraisers.
posted by electroboy at 1:38 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


that's what i was coming in to do electroboy. book toss!
posted by rainperimeter at 1:53 PM on January 25, 2010


Not about a library or library-inspired, but Tears For Fears Head Over Heels has a video involving a librarian and hijinks in a real university library, Emmanuel College Library, Toronto in 1985. Gotta love the card catalogs at 1:30.
posted by crapmatic at 1:56 PM on January 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


When I shelved books for my local library Back In The Day, the Head Shelver was the frontman for a local punk band - wore all black, spiked hair, the full package. On Saturdays there were rarely any patrons in the library at close. One Saturday in particular, when the weather was bad and one of the more laid back librarians was in charge, Scott was allowed to read the closing announcement.

Instead of doing the whole 'attention patrons, the library is closing in five minutes, please gather your belongings and blah blah blah' scripted speech, Scott took the mic and announced 'Hey, the library is closing and I wrote a song about it. Here it goes:

thelibraryisclosing
thelibraryisclosing
GET OUT! GET OUT!

thelibraryisclosing
thelibraryisclosing
GET OUT! GET OUT!

The liiiiiieeebrary is clooosssssinnggggg
GET THE HELL OOOOOOOUUUUUTTTTTTT!!!"

Scared the sleeping homeless guy in the fiction section so bad the dude practically sprnted out of the building.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:14 PM on January 25, 2010 [11 favorites]


So, a guy walks into a library and walks up to the reference desk. The librarian says "Can I help you?" The guy says, in a booming voice, "Well, I'd like a double cheeseburger, onion rings and a milk shake". The librarian is taken aback and says "Sir, you do realize that this is a library, don't you?" The man looks around and whispers "I'd like a double cheeseburger..."

/not a song
posted by zerobyproxy at 2:14 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


"So take off your horn-rimmed rose-coloured glasses
And shake out your shining hair again.
Behind every princess in an ill-fitting pink dress
There’s a lonely librarian."

Danielle Steel - The Lucksmiths.
posted by elmono at 2:41 PM on January 25, 2010


Sweet Librarian - Railroad Jer...
posted by monosyllabic at 2:44 PM on January 25, 2010


The Go-Betweens' awesome first single from 1978, Karen, deserves a place on this list.
posted by grounded at 2:50 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Runnin the game
Jessamyn West
Tamin' the West
So
Remember the name
Now who ya gonna call?

posted by Smart Dalek at 2:52 PM on January 25, 2010


Yeah, all the songs I'd thought of have been mentioned... except one! Seabear's Libraries (not actually about libraries or librarians, but it does mention the word in the lyrics).
posted by Kattullus at 3:10 PM on January 25, 2010


“Love in the library / Quiet and cool / Love in the library / There are no rules...”

from Jimmy Buffett, who writes books as well as songs...
posted by LeLiLo at 3:10 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't believe I just went and downloaded The Music Man. It'll be your fault, WolfDaddy, if I'm heard singing about 76 trombones and trouble with a capital T as I walk to work tomorrow.
posted by pracowity at 3:11 PM on January 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's also Dewey Decimal System by R. Stevie Moore.
posted by Crane Shot at 3:28 PM on January 25, 2010


Sucking up to the mods, I see.
posted by Jacqueline at 4:18 PM on January 25, 2010


If you listen carefully, at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" you can hear John Lennon mutter "library soul". At least that's what I thought he was saying for many years.

/destined to go to library school.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 4:19 PM on January 25, 2010


I always thought that Lovely Rita, Mita Maid was only maiding the meters until she was done with librarian school.
posted by shothotbot at 6:50 PM on January 25, 2010


Book Theory (Girls Are Like Books), by My Stupid Brother
posted by emhutchinson at 8:29 PM on January 25, 2010


Librarians are very sexy
posted by inpHilltr8r at 12:32 AM on January 26, 2010


10 Best Songs about Sex In Libraries and Sex With Librarians

FTFY

When your father and grandfather are both librarians, anything combining sex and libraries is inherently unsexy.
posted by spamguy at 7:58 AM on January 26, 2010


Hey, it's the same website as that deleted post!
posted by box at 10:00 AM on January 26, 2010


"So, a guy walks into a library and walks up to the reference desk. The librarian says "Can I help you?" The guy says, in a booming voice, "Well, I'd like a double cheeseburger, onion rings and a milk shake". The librarian is taken aback and says "Sir, you do realize that this is a library, don't you?" The man looks around and whispers "I'd like a double cheeseburger..."

/not a song"

I tell this joke at the beginning of library instruction classes, to loosen everybody up.

When they don't laugh, I tell them there will be points given for future efforts to laugh at the jokes.
posted by Riverine at 7:27 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


« Older Dolphins are so smart that they can convince fish ...  |  This is an unoffical home for ... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments