Trivia: March/April 2013


The marriage of rock ‘n’ roll and the folk troubadours in the mid-1960s gave birth to a new sort of performer known as the singer/songwriter. Following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan came generations of troubadours whose lyrics combine their folk sensitivity with music that sometimes rocked hard and loud. In some cases, there’s even a tinge of country.

Match the singer/songwriter to the lyrics. Your choices are: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bob Dylan, John Gorka, Tom Rush, James Taylor

  1. “I can’t bestow riches on my children
    Unless I can show what love and kindness mean”
  2. “We learned about the world around us at our desks and at dinnertime
    Reminded of the starving children, we cleaned our plates with guilty minds”
  3. “Now the thing about time is that time isn’t really real
    It’s just your point of view, how does it feel for you”
  4. “The hours that were yours echo like empty rooms
    Thoughts we used to share I now keep alone”
  5. “As the light bust through a-beat-up shade where he was wakin’ up
    She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate”


One of the most popular and prolific of all singer/songwriters is James Taylor. Several men and women of that genre have recorded his songs, primarily Tom Rush. Taylor himself also recorded songs by Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Nearly all have recorded at least one Beatles song and a Dylan song or two. As for the lyrics used in the question:

  1. From Old Futures Gone, “Soldier After All” is by John Gorka
  2. This is the title song to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1994 classic, Stones in the Road
  3. James Taylor’s “Secret O’ Life” was a hit song featured on his 1977 JT album
  4. Tom Rush’s most popular song, “No Regrets,” is from his 1968 album, The Circle Game
  5. From Bob Dylan’s magnificent “Simple Twist of Fate,” featured on his classic 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks

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