Valentines to Veronica

We never have enough / time to show our love

Valentine’s Day,” Bruce Springsteen
Valentine’s Day,” Linkin Park
Valentino,” Diane Birch
“Valerie,” Mightyhead
Valparaiso,” Sting
“Vampire,” Antsy Pants
Vampiresa Mujer,” Jonathan Richman
Vapour Trail,” Ride
“Venezuela,” Randy Stonehill
Ventilator Blues,”  The Rolling Stones
Verdi Cries,” 10,000 Maniacs
“Veronica,” Dust Poets
Veronica,” Elvis Costello

“Verdi Cries” probably teeters on the edge of precious or artsy, but after more than 20 years it still sounds lovely, with just enough precision of detail to sharpen the song and cut through some of the more aggressively nostalgic syrup it pours on. It’s a beautiful song and a very, very sad song.

But it’s not the saddest song in the list above because growing old is sadder than growing up. Despite it’s bouncy, buoyant melody, “Veronica” is one of the saddest songs I know. “She spoke his name out loud again,” gets me every time.

  • Anonymous

    Probably not first by the time I get this done, but . . .

    “Valentine’s Day” Steve Earle
    “Valkyrie in the Roller Disco” The New Pornographers
    “The Valley” k.d. lang
    “Valley Morning” Loudon Wainwright, III
    “Valley of the Rogue” Bela Fleck
    “Vampire” Antsy Pants
    “Van Lear Rose” Loretta Lynn
    “Vanlois Stairway” Van Morrison
    “Vaporize” Broken Bells
    “Variation on ‘Commemorative Transfiguration . . . ” Sufjan Stevens
    “VCR” New Roman Times
    “Vegetable” Radiohead
    “Veinte Anos” Omara Poruondo
    “Velouria” Pixies
    “Ven Cerca” Girl in a Coma
    “Vengeance is Sleeping” Neko Case
    “Ventilator Blues” Rolling Stones
    “Venus” One Ring Zero
    “Venus De Milo” Miles Davis
    “Venus in Furs” Velvet Underground
    “Veracruz” Warren Zevon

  • http://unpublishedforareason.blogspot.com Hannah M

    Valentine’s Day- Jonathan Larson
    Valentine’s Day- Matt White
    Valentino- Bowling For Soup
    Valerie- Ghost of the Robot
    Valerie- Glee Cast
    Valley of the Dolls- Linda Eder
    Vampire- Antsy Pants
    Vampires- Pet Shop Boys
    Vanilla- Gackt
    Vanilla Twilight- Owl City
    Vanille’s Theme- Masashi Hamauzu
    Vapours- Islands
    The Vegan- Nigel Godrich
    VeggieTales Theme Song- Rebecca St. James
    Ven Conmigo- Daddy Yankee
    Venice- Elegies: A Song Cycle
    Venus de Milo- Prince
    Verona- Romeo & Juliet: Original London Cast
    Verone- Romeo et Juliette (same song as the above, just in French)

  • http://www.crochetgeek.net Jackbishop

    Yow, lots of Hungariana this time.

    “Valet Parking”, by Super Furry Animals
    “Vallomás”, by Locomotiv GT
    “Valse sentimentale”, performed by Clara Rockmore
    “Vámpir”, by Peterfy Bori & Love Band
    “Van Dyke Parks”, by Van Dyke Parks
    “Van egy szó”, by Omega
    “Van jó minden rosszban”, by Kovács Kati
    “Vándor az úton”, performed by Hobo Blues Band
    “Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie”, by Blood, Sweat, and Tears
    “Varázsolj a szívemmel”, by Republic
    “A vas-fia”, by EDDA Művek
    “Vasárnap”, by Omega
    “A vascsöves”, by Quimby
    “Vedd el”, by Republic
    “Vedd fel a legjobb ruhád”, by Amorf Ördögök
    “Vege-Tables”, by the Beach Boys
    “Veled vagyok”, by EDDA Művek
    “Veled, csak veled”, by Locomotiv GT
    “A vendégsereg tánca”, by Hobo Blues Band
    “Vantilátor Blues”, by Quimby
    “Venus and Serena”, by Super Furry Animals
    “Vera”, by Pink Floyd
    “Veri a habot”, by Republic

  • JFBat

    “Veridis Quo” — Daft Punk
    “Vertical Limit” — Linkin Park
    “Very Two Best Friends” — Paul & Storm

  • Anonymous

    Valkyrie And The Roller Disco – The New Pornographers
    Valley Girl – Frank Zappa & Moon Zappa
    Vamp in the Middle – New Grass Revival
    Vanish Into Air – Brent White
    Venice Beach – Bob Neuwirth
    Venus – 清春
    Venus In Furs – Boxcar Preachers

    Brent White is a friend of mine who also reads this blog; I’ll be very surprised if anyone else (other than him) has his song on their list

  • Theo

    Valentine – the Replacements
    Valentine’s Day Is Over – Billy Bragg
    Vals i Valparaiso – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Vampira – the Misfits
    Varulven – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Varulven – Garmarna
    Veit – Triakel
    Vem E Jag – Strebers
    Venting (It’s a Different World Today) – Joey Ramone
    Venus – Television
    Venus in Furs – the Velvet Underground
    Veronica – Wreckless Eric
    Veronica – Cornelis Vreeswijk

  • Ganimed

    Valentine – Martina Topley-Bird
    Valentine - The Sisters of Mercy
    Valentine Melody – Tim Buckley
    Valerian – Catatonia
    Valerie – Mark Ronson
    Valley Boy – Manic Street Preachers
    Valse du Chocolat aux Amandes – Erik Satie
    Vancouver – Violent Femmes
    Vanity – Smashing Pumpkins
    Variations on “Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen” from The Magic Flute Op. 66 – Beethoven
    Variations on “See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes” from Judas Maccabaeus WoO 45 – Beethoven
    Variations on Mozart’s “Bei Mannern welche Leibe fuhlen” from The Magic Flute 46 – Beethoven
    VCR – The XX
    Vedi, Ecco, Vedi, Le Man Guinte lo Stendo A Te! – Puccini
    Vein Melter – Herbie Hancock
    Velocity Girl – Manic Street Preachers
    The Velvet Edge – My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
    Velvet Goldmine – David Bowie
    Veni, Veni, Venias – Carl Orff
    Venice Queen – Red Hit Chili Peppers
    Vent – Tricky
    Venus – Television
    Venus as a Boy – Bjork
    Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground
    Venus, The Bringer of Peace – Holst
    Veridis Quo – Daft Punk
    Veris Leta Facies – Carl Orff
    Veritables Preludes Flasques – Erik Satie
    Vermicide – The Mars Volta
    Veronika – Tricky

  • Skiriki

    Vater Unser – E Nomine
    Valse Triste – Jean Sibelius
    Vem Kan Släcka Elden – Nordman
    Vera – Pink Floyd
    Velvet Elvis – Weird Al Yankovic
    Very Little Wishes – Macross Plus soundtrack
    Veris Leta Facies – Carl Orff
    Veni, Veni, Venias – Carl Orff

  • Skiriki

    Vater Unser – E Nomine
    Valse Triste – Jean Sibelius
    Vem Kan Släcka Elden – Nordman
    Vera – Pink Floyd
    Velvet Elvis – Weird Al Yankovic
    Very Little Wishes – Macross Plus soundtrack
    Veris Leta Facies – Carl Orff
    Veni, Veni, Venias – Carl Orff

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    Lot’s of Valeries, and no Steve Winwood?

  • MikeJ

    Valentine Liz Phair
    Valentine Old 97′s
    Valentine The Replacements
    Valentine Tsunami
    Valerie Amy Winehouse
    Valerie Loves Me Material Issue
    Valkyrie In The Roller Disco The New Pornographers
    Valleri The Monkees
    Valley Girl Frank & Moon Unit Zappa
    Valleys Of Neptune Jimi Hendrix
    Valse de Melody Serge Gainsbourg
    Vampire Antsy Pants
    Vampire Blues Neil Young
    Vampires In Love Marvelous 3
    Van Den Budenmayer Concerto Zbigniew Preisner
    Van Diemen’s Land U2
    Vancouver Jeff Buckley
    Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks The National
    Vanishing Bryan Adams
    The Vanishing Spies Frank Black
    Vanities Charlotte Gainsbourg
    Vanity Fair Squeeze
    Vaporize Broken Bells
    Vaseline Elastica
    The Vatican Rag Tom Lehrer
    Vega-Tables Brian Wilson
    Vegas Woody Allen
    Vegetable Radiohead
    Velvet The Big Pink
    Velvet The Toadies
    Velvet Days Kristin Hersh
    Velvet Goldmine David Bowie
    Velvet Morning Kyau Vs. Albert Feat. Damae
    The Velvet Plug    Sonic Youth
    Velvet roof Buffalo Tom
    Vengeance Is Sleeping Neko Case
    Ventilator Blues The Rolling Stones
    Venus Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo
    Venus Television
    Venus De Milo Miles Davis
    Venus In Furs The Velvet Underground
    Venus Loves Leonard Mary’s Danish
    Venus Man Trap Veruca Salt
    Veracruz Warren Zevon
    Verb: That’s What’s Happening Moby
    Verdi Cries 10,000 Maniacs
    Verisimilitude Teenage Fanclub
    Veronique Zbigniew Preisner

  • FangsFirst

    Valentine – The Replacements
    Valentine – They Might Be Giants
    Valentine Melody – Tim Buckley
    Valley Girl – Frank Zappa
    Vampira – The Misfits
    The Vampire Club – Voltaire
    Vampire Suite – Captain Beefheart
    Vampires – Atmosphere
    Vampires – Fastball
    Vampyro – Torche
    Van Diemen’s Land – U2
    Vancouver – Genesis
    Vanishing – A Perfect Circle
    Vanishing Act – Peter Case
    The Vanishing Breed – Robbie Robertson
    Vanity – Smashing Pumpkins
    Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) – Rilo Kiley
    Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance) – Rilo Kiley
    Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression – Frank Zappa
    Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
    Vats Fantasma – Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Vaz Deferenz – Aphex Twin
    VBS.Redlof.B – Aphex Twin (Ahem. Sorry if that flags this page as a virus for anyone.)
    Vegan in Furs – Of Montreal
    Vega-Tables – Brian Wilson
    Vegatable Friend – Robyn Hitchcock
    Vegatables – The Beach Boys
    The Vegetarians of Love – Bob Geldof
    Vegetation and Dimes [Live] – Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
    Vehicular Dome – Miighty Flashlight
    Veil of Maya – Cynic
    Vein Melter – Herbie Hancock
    Veins of the Queen [Live] – Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
    Veinte Años [Live] – the Buena Vista Social Club
    The Veldt – Sims
    Velvet Elvis – “Weird Al” Yankovic
    Velvet Goldmine – David Bowie
    Velvet Kevorkian – Strapping Young Lad
    Velvet Sky – Los Lonely Boys
    Vem Styr Symmetrin? – Vintersorg
    Vengeance – The Crown
    Vengeance – Converge
    Vengeance (The Pact) – Blue Öyster Cult
    Vengeance and Fashion – Electric Six
    Vengeance Is Mine – Morbid Angel
    Venice – The Books
    Vennisoun – Black Light Burns
    Vent – Bardo Pond
    Ventilating Zephyrs – Miighty Flashlight
    Ventolin – Aphex Twin. Also: Asthma Beats Mix, Carharrack Mix, Crowsmengegus Mix, Cylob Mix, Deep Gong Mix, Marazanvose Mix, Plain-An-Gwarry Mix, Praze-An-Beeble Mix, Probus Mix, Salbutamol Mix, The Coppice Mix, Wheeze Mix
    Venus – Television
    Venus and Mars – Wings
    Venus and Mars (Reprise) – Wings
    Venus de Milo – Miles Davis
    Venus de Milo – Prince
    Venus in Force – The Hellacopters
    Vera – Pink Floyd
    Veracruz – Warren Zevon
    Verbalerity – DL Incognito
    Verbs and Nouns – Psalm One
    Veritas, Aequitas – Darkest Hour
    Verminess – Pig Destroyer
    Vermont – Millions of Brazilians
    Vernal Awakening – Dark Tranquility
    Veronika – Tricky

  • FangsFirst

    Valentine – The Replacements
    Valentine – They Might Be Giants
    Valentine Melody – Tim Buckley
    Valley Girl – Frank Zappa
    Vampira – The Misfits
    The Vampire Club – Voltaire
    Vampire Suite – Captain Beefheart
    Vampires – Atmosphere
    Vampires – Fastball
    Vampyro – Torche
    Van Diemen’s Land – U2
    Vancouver – Genesis
    Vanishing – A Perfect Circle
    Vanishing Act – Peter Case
    The Vanishing Breed – Robbie Robertson
    Vanity – Smashing Pumpkins
    Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C) – Rilo Kiley
    Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance) – Rilo Kiley
    Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression – Frank Zappa
    Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
    Vats Fantasma – Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Vaz Deferenz – Aphex Twin
    VBS.Redlof.B – Aphex Twin (Ahem. Sorry if that flags this page as a virus for anyone.)
    Vegan in Furs – Of Montreal
    Vega-Tables – Brian Wilson
    Vegatable Friend – Robyn Hitchcock
    Vegatables – The Beach Boys
    The Vegetarians of Love – Bob Geldof
    Vegetation and Dimes [Live] – Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
    Vehicular Dome – Miighty Flashlight
    Veil of Maya – Cynic
    Vein Melter – Herbie Hancock
    Veins of the Queen [Live] – Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
    Veinte Años [Live] – the Buena Vista Social Club
    The Veldt – Sims
    Velvet Elvis – “Weird Al” Yankovic
    Velvet Goldmine – David Bowie
    Velvet Kevorkian – Strapping Young Lad
    Velvet Sky – Los Lonely Boys
    Vem Styr Symmetrin? – Vintersorg
    Vengeance – The Crown
    Vengeance – Converge
    Vengeance (The Pact) – Blue Öyster Cult
    Vengeance and Fashion – Electric Six
    Vengeance Is Mine – Morbid Angel
    Venice – The Books
    Vennisoun – Black Light Burns
    Vent – Bardo Pond
    Ventilating Zephyrs – Miighty Flashlight
    Ventolin – Aphex Twin. Also: Asthma Beats Mix, Carharrack Mix, Crowsmengegus Mix, Cylob Mix, Deep Gong Mix, Marazanvose Mix, Plain-An-Gwarry Mix, Praze-An-Beeble Mix, Probus Mix, Salbutamol Mix, The Coppice Mix, Wheeze Mix
    Venus – Television
    Venus and Mars – Wings
    Venus and Mars (Reprise) – Wings
    Venus de Milo – Miles Davis
    Venus de Milo – Prince
    Venus in Force – The Hellacopters
    Vera – Pink Floyd
    Veracruz – Warren Zevon
    Verbalerity – DL Incognito
    Verbs and Nouns – Psalm One
    Veritas, Aequitas – Darkest Hour
    Verminess – Pig Destroyer
    Vermont – Millions of Brazilians
    Vernal Awakening – Dark Tranquility
    Veronika – Tricky

  • Anonymous

    Valleri – Monkees
    Valley Girl – Zappa
    Van Dieman’s Land – U2
    Vatican Rag – Tom Lehrer
    Velvet Elvis – Yankovic
    Venus – Shocking Blue

  • http://lonesomenumber1.livejournal.com/ Chris

    “Valentine,” Merle Haggard
    “Valentine,” Billy Joe Shaver with Nanci Griffith
    “Valentine’s Day,” Steve Earle
    “Van Lear Rose,” Loretta Lynn
    “Vancouver,” Reckless Kelly
    “Vanished Like the Snow,” Solas
    “Vaseline Machine Gun,” Leo Kottke
    “Vastapol,” Elizabeth Cotten
    “Vaya Con Dios,” Freddy Fender
    “Vegas,” Bobby Bare
    “Venom Wearin’ Denim,” Junior Brown
    “Venusian Lady,” Paul Pena

  • Amaryllis

    so at this hour, without delay, pluck the vibrating strings

    *waves at Skiriki*

    The Valley of Strathmore – Silly Wizard
    Vamp in the Middle – The Ragweed String Band
    Van Lear Rose – Loretta Lynn
    Varsoviana – Ned Pearson
    Veni, veni, venias – from ‘Carmina Burana’
    Venite exultemus domino – Anonymous 4
    Venite, omnes cristicole – Anonymous 4
    Veris leta facies – from ‘Carmina Burana’
    Verna pollens – Canty

  • borealys

    where no one can save us, there’s not a preacher for miles

    Valentines – Starling
    Valley Girl – Frank Zappa
    The Valley of Doom – Danny Michel (3 versions)
    Vamos – Jesse Cook
    Vancouver Divorce – Gordon Downie
    Vapour Trails – The Tragically Hip
    Vapours – Islands
    Veinte Anos – Buena Vista Social Club
    Velvet Roof – Buffalo Tom

  • Anonymous

    Normally I don’t have a lot due to the narrowness of the range given, but this seems to be an exception (the fact that a lot of the bands I listen to come from Scandinavia seems to help).

    “Valhalla” – Manowar
    “Valkyries” – Blind Guardian
    “Valley Forge” – Iced Earth
    “Valley of the Kings” – Gamma Ray
    “Valley of the Kings” – Saxon
    “Vanaheim” – Therion
    “Vargaskall” – Falconer
    “Vårvindar Friska” – Falconer
    “Velvet Eyes of Dawn” – Edenbridge
    “Venetoi! – Prasinoi!” – Turisas
    “Vengeance” – Nocturnal Rites
    “Vengeance Is Mine” – Iced Earth
    “Veriset Äpärät” – Korpiklaani

  • Michael Cule

    VANESSA by Flanders and Swann. (“Nobody wants to hear about Vanessa/And the terrible thing Vanessa’s done to me!”)

    THE VATICAN RAG by Tom Leherer (“First you get down on your knees/Fiddle with your rosaries/Bow your head with great respect/And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!”)

    THE VENICE GAVOTTE from CANDIDE. (“Broke the bank, broke the bank, broke the best of all possible banks!”)

    God, but I am an old-fashioned codger….

  • http://www.facebook.com/imathers Ian Mathers

    Valentine – Delays
    Valentine’s Day – The Gritty MIDI Gang
    Valley of Smoke – Intronaut
    Valour – Tamas Wells
    Vampires Will Never Hurt You – My Chemical Romance
    Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks – The National
    Vanished – Crystal Castles
    Vanishing Act – Monster Movie
    Vapour – Loop
    Vapour Trails – The Tragically Hip
    VCR – The xx
    Velocity Girl – Primal Scream
    Vent – Tricky
    Ventolin (Cylob Mix) – Aphex Twin
    Ventriloquizzing – Fujiya & Miyagi
    Venus – Gwenmars
    Venus – Low
    Venus – Television
    Verandi – Björk
    Vermeer’s Wife – Michael Nyman

  • http://www.selectfactoring.co.uk/ Richard Rogers

    Sounds pretty good! I love “Valentine’s Day” Linkin Park songs. I guess this is almost lovely album and most enjoyable songs collection. :)

  • http://controlissblinds.co.uk Electric Blinds

    My favourite one is “Valentine’s Day,” Bruce Springsteen.

  • Fred Law

    Amazing. Such deep profound meaning. I never would’ve realized that the song would mean it that way. Thanks for the post.


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