Can You Name the Locations That Complete These Classic Rock Lyrics?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
Classic rock, including big guitar hits from the Sixties, Seventies and even the Eighties, is woven into our collective cultural consciousness. Bands like Pink Floyd, The Doors, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Alice Cooper and many other artists pounded out hits for the radio year in and year out. Many of their most famous songs specified certain locations or even name-checked lucky places around the world, immortalizing them in everlasting radio fame. If we give you partial song lyrics, can you name the locations mentioned in these classic rock songs?
Here’s your first chance. Do you know this famous song from Deep Purple? “____ woman / If she get to know you / She goin' to own you / _____ woman.” She’s the woman who, “makes heads turn at the drop of her name.” She’s the “Kentucky Woman,” and the song was originally written by Neil Diamond before it became a rock staple.
How about this Kiss classic? “Get up, everybody's gonna move their feet / Get down. everybody's gonna leave their seat / You gotta lose your mind in _____ Rock City.” “First I drink, then I smoke / Start the car, and I try to make the midnight show!” That’s what happens in “Detroit Rock City.”
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Can you name the famous spot in this Eagles song? " Welcome to the Hotel _____ /%0DSuch a lovely place (such a lovely place)."
It’s easily the most famous song by the Eagles — "Hotel California." "Welcome to the Hotel California / Such a lovely place (such a lovely place) / Such a lovely face / Plenty of room at the Hotel California."
There's a lady who's sure / All that glitters is gold / And she's buying a stairway to _____. Can you complete this famous line?
Led Zeppelin scored one of the biggest hits of the 20th century in "Stairway to Heaven." The band played this song in almost every single live concert.
"Sweet home _____ / Where the skies are so blue." Do you know this Lynyrd Skynyrd song?
It was yet another timeless hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Sweet Home Alabama" is a southern tune for the ages.
Do you know these creepy lyrics by The Doors? "There’s a killer on the ____ / His brain is squirmin’ like a toad."
Jim Morrison liked his lyrics weird. In "Riders on the Storm," he sang "There’s a killer on the road / His brain is squirmin’ like a toad."
If I leave _____ tomorrow / Would you still remember me? / For I must be traveling on, now / Cause there's too many places I've got to see? Can you complete these famous lyrics?
At every single Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, you’ll hear fans screaming for "Free Bird." And it all starts with "If I leave here tomorrow..."
Can you finish this John Mellencamp song? "There's a black man with a black cat / Living in a black ____."
In "Pink Houses," Mellencamp sings about the black man in the black "neighborhood." And ain’t that America, for you and me.
Do you know the location in the words of this song? "All along the _____ / Princes kept the view."
Jimi Hendrix’s guitar wails in "All Along the Watchtower." Bob Dylan also performed this song to masterful effect.
“They were askin' if you were around / How you was, where you could be found / Told 'em you were livin' ____."
Thin Lizzy sang "The Boys are Back in Town." And those guys are living downtown, driving the old men crazy.
Do you know this epic Don Henley song? "Empty lake, empty streets / The sun goes down alone / I'm driving by your house / Don't know you're ____."
The hazy yearning all comes back in "The Boys of Summer." And stalker-guy Henley keeps driving by a poor girl’s house ... but she’s "not home."
Do you know this song by Steppenwolf? "Well, you don't know what / We can find / Why don't you come with me little girl / On a ____ ride."
In this jaunty classic rock song, Steppenwolf conjures a fantastical journey. "Why don’t you come with me little girl, on a magic carpet ride."
Can you complete this song, which was written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page? "I will return again / Sure as the dust that floats high in June / When movin' through _____."
“When movin’ through Kashmir" completes these lyrics, to the song of the same name. It’s a searing depiction of love and struggle in the desert.
"I have climbed the highest mountains / I have run through ____ / Only to be with you." Do you know this soaring U2 song?
While he’s scaling walls and crawling around, Bono will also run "through the fields." But "I Still Haven’t Found" what I’m looking for, he wails.
“Lost in a Roman _____ / And all the children are insane." Do you know this crazy song by The Doors?
“Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain." And the insane children? All part and parcel in a Jim Morrison song.
Do you know the words to this song by The Who? "We'll be fighting in the _____ / With our children at our feet /%0DAnd the morals that they worship will be gone."
The Who has some fightin’ words for you in "Won’t Get Fooled Again." "We'll be fighting in the streets / With our children at our feet / And the morals that they worship will be gone."
"There is no pain, you are receding / A distant ship's smoke on the _____." Do you know the location in this worldwide hit?
"Comfortably Numb" is one of Pink Floyd’s blackest songs. And as he sings about the "distant ship’s smoke on the horizon," you can feel the hallucinatory effects of the lyrics.
“You really got me / Please, don't ever let me be / I only want to be _____." Do you know this Van Halen masterpiece?
Van Halen knew the value of constant companionship in "You Really Got Me." He only wants to be "by your side."
"I met her in a club down in _____ / Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola"?
The Kinks met "Lola" at a club in North Soho. And the rest is music history.
“Highway to ___ / I'm on the highway to ____." Do you know this scalding AC/DC tune?
The answer to this one is right in the title. The song, of course is, "Highway to Hell."
“Better run through the _____ / Whoa, don’t look back to see." Where’s the location of this frenetic Creedence Clearwater song?
“Better run through the jungle" is also the name of this CCR hit. And hurry now, because the land will soon be filled with smoke.
Can you complete the words to this Beatles song? "A crowd of people stood and stared / They'd seen his face before / Nobody was really sure if he was from the _____."
It’s "A Day in the Life," by the Beatles. And "Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords."
How well do you know the lyrics to this high-flying Steve Miller song? "I wanna fly like an eagle / To the ____."
“I wanna fly like an eagle / to the sea." Let Steve Miller carry your spirit in "Fly Like an Eagle" and count your blessings.
Do you know the words to this Aerosmith classic? "When I pulled into ____ in a police car / Your daddy said I took it just a little too far."
It’s Aerosmith’s soaring hit — "Sweet Emotion." And when Steven Tyler "pulls into town," fathers should scurry to hide their daughters just as fast as they can.
Do you know this famous Animals song? "My mother, she was a tailor / Sewed these new bluejeans / My father was a gamblin' man / Way down in ____."
In "The House of the Rising Sun," the Animals sing about their gambler of a father in New Orleans. But it’s the House that casts a pall over everything.
“She grew up in an _____ town / Had a good lookin' momma who never was around." Do you know this Tom Petty hit?
In "Mary Jane’s Last Dance," Tom Petty sings about the girl from an Indiana town. And that town? She’s so tired of it.
Can you complete this mournful Kansas song? "Same old song, just a drop of water in ____ / All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see."
“Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea / All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see." That’s from the Kansas hit "Dust in the Wind."
Do you know the missing location in this monster AC/DC hit? "'Cause I'm back on the _____ / And I'm beatin' the flack / Nobody's gonna get me on another rap."
In "Back in Black," he shrieks, "Cause I’m back on the track, And I’m beatin’ the flack..." and no one is ever going to catch him.
Can you nail the location in this Police tune? "Giant steps are what you take / Walking on the ____."
The Police sing that "hope my legs don’t break," as part of "Walking on the Moon." And then Sting walked right out of the band.
Where was the special spot in this Van Halen song? "When I jumped out, on that ____ / I got no love, no love you'd call real / Ain't got nobody, waitin' at home."
“When I jump out, on that road," the boys in Van Halen knew they’d be "Runnin’ with the Devil." And that’s where they’ll always belong.
Do you know these Pink Floyd lyrics? "And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too / %0DI'll see you on the _____."
It’s the iconic line from one of the best-selling albums of all-time. On "Brain Damage," Pink Floyd will "meet you on the dark side of the moon."
Do you really know this Elton John tune? "I miss the ____ so much I miss my wife / It's lonely out in space."
In "Rocket Man," Elton John says he really misses the "Earth." And probably his wife, too.
“Down on the ____, out in the street / Willy and the Poorboys are playin' / Bring a nickel; tap your feet." Do you know this Creedence Clearwater Revival song?
CCR was just trying to "bring you up." That’s why they wrote, "Down on the Corner," one of their classics.
Do you know the words to this Steve Miller Band song? "I'm a grinner / I'm a lover / And I'm a sinner / Playin' my music in ____."
In "The Joker," Steve Miller sings of playing his music in "the sun." And you can bet that he’s happy as all get-out doing so.
“Mama take this badge from me / I can't use it anymore / It's getting dark too dark to see / Feels like I'm knockin' on _____."
Bob Dylan’s "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door" might be one of the singer’s best songs. And the GNR remake was pretty nifty, too.
"Smoke on the water, fire in the _____." Can you finish the words to this huge hit?
Deep Purple’s biggest hit is "Smoke on the Water," with a throbbing bassline and captivating story. "Smoke on the water, fire in the sky."
Do you know this big hit by Guns N’ Roses? "Now and then when I see her face / She takes me away to that ____."
Axl Rose screeched this one in a way you’ll never forget. "Now and then when I see her face / She takes me away to that special place."
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