Leave, Leaving, Left

Leave, Leaving, Left February 26, 2010

You might have laughed if I told you …

"Leave Her to Me," Jeffrey Gaines
"Leave My Kitten Alone," The Beatles
"Leave My Monkey Alone," Warren Zevon
"Leave One Light On," Rick Elias
"Leave out All the Rest," Linkin Park
"Leaves on the Sidewalk After the Rain," Jonathan Richman
"Leaving New York," R.E.M.
"Leaving on a Jet Plane," Chantal Kreviazuk
"Leaving on a Jet Plane," Bradly Richards
"Left & Right," Milla Jovovich
"Left of Center," Suzanne Vega
"Left of the Dial," The Replacements

Yeah, that's right, two versions of a John Denver song. You got a problem with that? It's a really, really pretty John Denver song, OK?

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  • It is a pretty song. One of my earliest memories is of my mom playing her guitar and singing that. :) Thanks, Fred.
    Also. Dancing boobies?

  • Joseph

    Oh man. Warren Zevon for the overwhelming success.
    I still haven’t forgotten “I saw the Antichrist drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s. His hair was perfect.”

  • Emcee

    Okay, I LOL’ed over this one…the only one for this set that I have…
    “Left Behind,” Spring Awakening, Original Cast Album
    Though I assure you, it is much better (as is the whole score of Spring Awakening) than the book will ever be…

  • Emcee

    Yeah, that’s right, two versions of a John Denver song. You got a problem with that? It’s a really, really pretty John Denver song, OK?
    Yes, yes it is. Interestingly, however, you don’t actually have the John Denver version…

  • “Leaving Beirut,” Roger Waters
    “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Gimme Gimmees
    “Left Behind,” VNV Nation
    Let me just say the VNV Nation song is not about the rapture–but if it was, it would be infinitely more spiritual and gut-wrenching than anything LaJenkins could possibly imagine.

  • Vermic

    Wow. I dimly remembered “Leave My Monkey Alone” from years ago, but had no idea it was Warren Zevon. Another fragment of adolescence recovered, thanks to the internet!
    “Leave It”, Yes
    “Leavin’ Chicago”, Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah
    “Left Hand Suzuki Method”, Gorillaz

  • Dylan

    “Leave,” Barenaked Ladies

  • David no longer in Maine

    “Leavin’ Here”, Pearl Jam

  • I see Jon Frater beat me to the third version of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Me First & the Gimme Gimmes.
    “Lee” – Tenacious D
    “Left For Dead” – Voodoo Glow Skulls

  • Leave Me Alone – Johnny Thunders
    Leave Me Be – The Zombies
    Leave My Kitten Alone – The Beatles
    Leave The Capitol – The Fall
    Leave The Driving – Neil Young
    Leaves That Are Green – Simon & Garfunkel
    Leavin’ On Your Mind – Barbara Manning (a great cover of…)
    Leavin’ On Your Mind – Patsy Cline
    Leaving Green Sleeves – Leonard Cohen
    Leaving Here – The Birds
    Leaving Here – Eddie Holland (unfortunately, I don’t have the Motorhead version, which may be the definitive one)
    Leb’ Wohl – Neu!
    Left & Right – X
    Left Over People – Alan Price
    Back when I had the entire Beat Happening box set in my iPod, I also could have boasted a song called “Left Behind”, but…I left it behind.

  • Josh

    Not only doesn’t Fred have the John Denver version, he doesn’t have PPM’s original recording of the song, which IIRC was what brought Denver to prominence. Why the hatin’ on poor Mary Travers, Fred?

  • Rob Rodger

    A professor once said he gave me an A on a paper for admitting in writing that I liked John Denver.

  • hapax

    The John Denver doesn’t throw me (although, like Josh, I much prefer the PPM version) nearly as much as the fact that Fred Clark listens to Linkin Park.
    I’ve never pretended to any musical taste (notice that I’m sparing you my selections in this range, which are mostly various folksongs and shanties entitled “Leaving InsertFemaleNameHere”), but… Linkin Park?

  • Hob

    Leave It Open – Kate Bush
    Leave the Light On – Chris Smither
    Leavin’ This Mornin’ – Odetta
    Leaving Wins My Heart – Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys

  • Louis Doench

    I was working in a one stop music warehouse in Cincinnati when one morning I looked down at the order for Everybody’s Records and saw a CASE of Best of John Denver CD’s. I walked over to my boss and asked “Did John Denver die?” He got an odd look on his face, looked at the order he was pulling, and said… “Must have… better order some more.”
    Nothing to when Tupac died though. I Blame Tupac dying for my chronic back issues…

  • Not much here this week…
    “Leave me alone” – They Might Be Giants
    “Leave you far behind” – Lunatic Calm
    “Leaving Las Vegas” – Sheryl Crow

  • “Leave” – R.E.M.
    “Leave in Silence” – Depeche Mode
    “Leave You Behind” – Sleater-Kinney
    “Leaving On A Jet Plane” – The Hang Ups
    “Leaving White Trashed City” – Eddie Dyer
    …and a 2 for 1:
    “Left & Leaving” – The Weakerthans
    (The version of LoaJP I have is from the “Minneapolis Does Denver” tribute album of John Denver songs performed by Minneapolis artists.)

  • Jeff

    RodeoBob beat me — the one time I actually have a song on one of my CDs! Here’s a video of “Leaving Las Vegas” by Sheryl Crow.

  • Levan Polkka,” LOITUMA
    Life During Wartime,” Talking Heads
    “Lifetime Piling Up,” Talking Heads
    Like a Surgeon,” Weird Al Yankovic
    Love for Sale,” Talking Heads
    “Lullaby,” Mandah

  • JessicaR

    Liking John Denver is something to be embarassed by? Not on my watch good sir. If only for the work he did with The Muppet Show.

  • “Leave Me Be”, by the Zombies
    “Leaving this Town”, by the Beach Boys
    “Lebedik un Freylekh”, performed by the Klezmer Conservatory Band
    “Lecsónak jó lesz”, by Pál Utcai Fiúk
    “Lee”, by Moxy Früvous
    “Lefekszem a hóba”, by Kispál és a Borz
    “Left My Heart in the Saloon”, by the Erik Sumo Band

  • Libyan on a Jet Plane – Pinkard & Bowden

  • interleaper

    Learn Your Lessons Well – Stephen Schwartz
    Learning How to Smile – Everclear
    Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd
    Learning to Fly – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Leash – Pearl Jam
    Leather – Tori Amos
    Leather and Lace – Stevie Nicks
    Leave Her Johnny – Lou Reed
    Leave Me Alone – Lou Reed
    Leave Me Alone – Nina Hagen
    Lebe Dein Leben – Ivan Rebroff
    Leftover Wine – Melanie

  • Chris

    “Leave It to a Loser,” Robbie Fulks
    “Leave Me Alone,” Dale Watson
    “Leave My Heart Alone,” Pure Prairie League
    “Leave the Light On,” Chris Smither
    “Leave the Light On,” Randy Thompson
    “Leave the Lights On,” John Prine
    “Leavin’,” James King
    “Leavin’,” North Mississippi All Stars
    “Leavin’ Again,” Foghat
    “Leavin’ On Your Mind,” Patsy Cline
    “Leavin’s Getting Harder,” Merle Haggard
    “Leaving Blues,” Lead Belly
    “Leaving Eden,” Polecat Creek
    “Leaving Edmonton,” David Francey
    “Leaving London,” Doc & Merle Watson
    “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,” Rodney Crowell
    “Leaving Trunk,” Taj Mahal

  • Leavin’ — Shelby Lynne
    Leaving Las Vegas — Sheryl Crow
    Leaving On A Jet Plane — John Denver
    Leaving On A Jet Plane — Peter, Paul & Mary
    Leaving Song — Mary Chapin Carpenter

  • Selaris, Minister of Avoiding Prophecies and Gratutious Alphabetization.

    The John Denver doesn’t throw me (although, like Josh, I much prefer the PPM version) nearly as much as the fact that Fred Clark listens to Linkin Park.
    I’ve never pretended to any musical taste (notice that I’m sparing you my selections in this range, which are mostly various folksongs and shanties entitled “Leaving InsertFemaleNameHere”), but… Linkin Park?
    Posted by: hapax
    What’s wrong with Linkin Park? >.>

  • “Leave You Far Behind” – Lunatic Calm
    “Leaving Time” – Stefan George
    “Leechwife” – Rasputina

  • Catherine Holt

    “Leave me alone,” Michael Jackson

  • Mau de Katt

    @Sylocat — actually it’s “Ievan Pollka,” so it technically doesn’t fit here. (But most people have it listed as “Levan,” so who cares. Heh.) But yay that someone else has that, too! I have it on my mp3 player, and I’ll usually listen to it 2-3 times in a row when it comes on. (And drive myself crazy trying to sing along… lol….)
    And seriously? The Beatles actually wrote a song called “Leave My Kitten Alone”??? LOL!!! That’s fantastic! ;D (That should be brought up somehow whenever the LB threads turn to anti-kitten-burning….)

  • interleaper

    Hm. The first half of my list is out of range. I guess I have a bad habit of just looking at the first three letters of the endpoints, which doesn’t work well when the fourth letter of the starting point is ‘v’.

  • hapax

    What’s wrong with Linkin Park?
    Ah, well, I’m prejudiced. They seem to be the band of choice for a certain set of Very Annoying Emo Teen Patron, the varietal that starts every conversation with “Um, I was wondering if like you um….” then trails off to gaze at the floor, and into space, and then wanders off without ever actually Finishing The Damn Question.
    On the plus side, I think that their CDs tend to be stolen at a slightly slower clip than some other groups.

  • Amaryllis

    And seriously? The Beatles actually wrote a song called “Leave My Kitten Alone”???
    Wasn’t it an old R&B song? Can’t remember who actually wrote it…
    Leave My Kitten Alone – Elvis Costello
    Leave My Woman Alone – John Fogerty
    Leaving Blues – Leadbelly
    Leaving Brittany – Sharon Shannon
    Leaving Lerwick Harbor – Jean Redpath
    Leaving Louisiana (In the Broad Daylight) – Emmylou Harris
    The Leaving of Liverpool – The Dubliners
    The Leaving of Liverpool – The Pogues
    Leezie Lindsay – Belle Stewart
    And yes, they are, as usual, almost all folk songs/trad/blues. Who wants to make something of it?
    (Although it seems that I don’t have a single version of “Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her” — how odd.

  • hapax

    Amaryllis, I have two, from the Folkways album and from Clam Chowder. It looks like the first is available from iTunes.

  • Amaryllis

    Oh, Clam Chowder! I remember them, from many a folk festival…
    So now we’re bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui…
    Er, excuse me, momentary flashback of nauticalness there.

  • Leave It by Yes
    Leave it Open by Kate Bush
    Leaving by Indigo Girls
    Leaving Los Vegas by Indigo Girls
    Leaving You by Between the Lines
    Left of Center by Suzanne Vega
    Shame it being just those, because I have Amanda Palmer’s Leeds United in the in between.

  • actually it’s “Ievan Pollka,” so it technically doesn’t fit here. (But most people have it listed as “Levan,” so who cares. Heh.)

    Really? That video is on Loituma’s official YouTube channel, and even they have it as “Levan.”
    Come to think of it, most of the “Related Videos” list it as “Ievan,” but I got confused since YouTube’s font is sans-serif, so you can’t see the difference between a lowercase L and an uppercase I, and so many YouTube users never capitalize their foreign-language videos… oops. ^_^; Still, it is weird that their official channel has it as “Levan.”

    But yay that someone else has that, too! I have it on my mp3 player, and I’ll usually listen to it 2-3 times in a row when it comes on. (And drive myself crazy trying to sing along… lol….)

    Oh-ho-ho yeah. I have a different recording of it on my iTunes, though (the gibberish lines are always different, since they’re improvised), it’s the recording that the Leekspin thing was made from (you should see the looks on my friends’ faces when I put THAT one on!).
    And of course, I always miss the theme of the post besides the letter, I didn’t realize it was a “Leave” theme, not just anything with L… that was the problem with my last H post, too. I really should pay closer attention. ^_^;

  • cminus

    Not a lot today.
    “Leave”, Barenaked Ladies
    “Leave It”, Yes
    “Leave It” [A Capella Version, CD Bonus Track], Yes
    “Leave It” [Single Remix, CD Bonus Track], Yes
    “Leave Me Alone”, They Might Be Giants
    “Leave Them Girls Alone”, Slade
    “Leave You Far Behind”, Lunatic Calm
    “Leaving”, Indigo Girls
    “Leaving Home Ain’t Easy”, Queen
    “Left Alone”, Stormgarde
    “Left To My Own Devices”, Pet Shop Boys
    Most recommended: the original version of “Leave It”. It’s a good song, and 90125 is a very stacked album of the sort you don’t see much these days: the individual tracks are worthwhile, and do even better as a totality than as a collection of singles.

  • The Beatles actually wrote a song called “Leave My Kitten Alone”?
    Not quite. It was a Little Willie John cover that didn’t make it to the Beatles For Sale album (i.e. either Beatles ’65 or Beatles VI in the States) and finally surfaced on Anthology Vol. 1. Lennon sings the hell out of it. It’s pretty great.

  • Josie

    “Leave Out All the Rest” –Linkin Park
    “The Leaving Song” –AFI
    “The Leaving Song Pt. 2” –AFI
    Not much. One of these days I’ll have a very long list. (And I’ll be tall, and less stressed, and less easily bored, and better at taking notes from lectures, and queen of the universe….)

  • Mau de Katt

    [re: Ievan Pollka] Oh-ho-ho yeah. I have a different recording of it on my iTunes, though (the gibberish lines are always different, since they’re improvised), it’s the recording that the Leekspin thing was made from (you should see the looks on my friends’ faces when I put THAT one on!).
    That’s the version I have, too. *g* A friend of mine posted the “Leekspin” video on her blog, since she’s a foodie and cooks with lesser-common ingredients a lot. I found the full version on YouTube, and then tracked down the downloadable single on another website. (I can never get iTunes to load properly on my old Frankenputer….)
    But IIRC, I think Loituma listed the name as “Levan” on their site because so many English-speaking types had read the sans-serif “I” as lower-case “L” (shoot, I did too!) and thus knew it as that instead of “Ievan.” And what is really funny is apparently it’s the “Leekspin” video that catapulted the song into such popularity in the first place! LOL, I love wacky internetz stories like that….

  • Hm. All I can come up with is:
    Levendikos — Balkan Noyz Boyz

  • Amaryllis

    Lennon sings the hell out of it. It’s pretty great.
    So I finally got around to listening. I’d forgotten how good they sounded when they were young…when we were all young…*sigh*
    And in other music news, I heard a duo on the radio last night, calling themselves “His Worship and The Pig.” Does Nicolae know about this?

  • Tonio

    As I get older, I wonder if younger listeners regard 1980s music in much the same way that my generation regarded, say, Perry Como or Doris Day. Although I can imagine that happening, that would seem strange to me. I’ve heard music critics claim that Nirvana destroyed the 1980s, but to my ears, that stylistic shift was nowhere near as dramatic as rock ‘n’ roll’s debut. Nor did it come close to the shift that began during the psychedelic era. The “Johnny B. Goode” scene in Back to the Future shows how much the music would change in a short time. Imagine a Chuck Berry fan in 1956 hearing “A Day in the Life” or “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”. But I question whether a Black Sabbath fan in 1970 would have experienced the same shock from hearing, say, death metal.

    Beatles For Sale album (i.e. either Beatles ’65 or Beatles VI in the States)

    The Beatles and the Rolling Stones had very similar issues with their early albums. Because radio airplay was critical to a band’s success in America, the US versions of albums would have many more radio singles. Particularly since the albums came out on different labels in different countries Rock music hadn’t yet developed the concept of an album as an artistic whole. Once the Beatles and Stones started their own labels, the albums became more or less standardized.

  • Jon P

    I’ll remember how we drank time together and we used to say that the stars are forever
    Leave – Barenaked Ladies
    Leave – Matchbox Twenty
    Leave Me Alone – Natalie Imbruglia
    Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
    Leaving Town – Dexter Freebish
    Left and Leaving – Weakerthans
    Left of the Middle – Natalie Imbruglia
    I was going to post about the two-for-one Weakerthans, but it appears I was beaten to it.

  • Tommy Tanaka

    Leave – Gaim //Apparently my music player decided the sounds folder for my IM client* was fair game.
    Leave Me Alone – Apocalyptica
    Leave Mine To Me – Bad Religion
    Leave That Thing Alone – Rush
    Leaves the Dishes in the Sink, Ma – Spike Jones
    Left Leg Trapped Sensual Temptation, A – Hellsing Soundtrack Volume 1 (Raid)
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    Levan Polka or Ievan Polkka or however you want to spell it: It’s still Leekspin, and that fits within the range. :)
    And for a bonus, today is Saint David’s Day, when all good Welshmen (and women) should wear leeks on their lapels. Or daffodils, which aren’t quite as aromatic.
    *: More specifically, the IM client I used a long time ago that’s still hiding on one of my hard drives, apparently. Ahah. It’s on the backup of my old thumb drive, which had Portable Gaim installed. Every now and then I think I should delete stuff from my hard drive. Then I decide to just buy another hard drive. :)

  • Leave It – The Field
    Leave Me Alone – New Order (my favourite of all the songs called this)
    Leave Them All Behind – Ride
    Leave You Behind – Sleater-Kinney
    Leaves Eclipse the Light – Eluvium
    Leaving Green Sleeves – Leonard Cohen
    Leaving New York – R.E.M.
    Lee Remick – The Go-Betweens
    Lee Remick – Hefner (completely different songs!)
    Lee Shan – Clinic
    Left and Leaving – The Weakerthans
    Left Home – Sarah Jarosz
    Left Only With Love – Smog
    Left to My Own Devices – Pet Shop Boys