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List of self referential songs
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List of self referential songs

A self referential song is a song that refers directly to itself. A song must directly refer to itself, rather than just describe a song that could fit the current song. Songs in alphabetical order.

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I was dreamin' when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
. . .
I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast

Ronnie was much more my style, she wrote songs just like this.
. . .
Amaranta, here's a kiss, I chose you to end this list.


"Come on and gather 'round, ye chillin'
To the gospel I'm a-spillin'…"

"This is the story of a girl…"

"This song is called 'Alice's Restaurant'; it's about Alice... and the restaurant... But 'Alice's Restaurant' is not the name of the restaurant, it's just the name of the song... That's why I call the song 'Alice's Restaurant'..."

"Every time I look into you're sparkling eyes
I see it all come true
Now I'm writing you this song
Because I love you so"

"Why must we sing this stupid song?
It's getting really annoying.
We apologize for its length.
We are filled with shame."

This is another boring b-side
Another load of tat
It has no redeeming features
And we're really proud of that
If the A-side makes a hit we don't care if this is missed
'Cos the sooner we get finished, the sooner we go home

"Well I know they've always told you
Selfishness was wrong
Yet it was for me, not you
That I came to write this song"


"This is the ballad of Dorothy Parker"

this song goes out to girls
that we haven't met just yet
this song is for stupid girls
who think that every boy is all about them


"Please close your eyes and concentrate
With every thought you think
Upon the recitation we're about to sing
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft"

"And right about then I should have asked if she knew,
What the Chelsea charged if we got a room for two.
But I didn't and I know I'm a schmuck, don't you doubt it,
The only thing I did was write this stupid song about it.
If I was Leonard Cohen or some other song-writing master,
I'd know to first get the oral sex and then write the song after."

"Complete control, even over this song!"

(The lyrics to this song comprise a description of the DeCSS algorithm)
"I hate the DMCA
It makes this song illegal"


"This is the night of the expanding man
I take one last drag as I approach the stand
I cried when I wrote this song
Sue me if I play too long
This brother is free
I'll be what I want to be"


"Only buy this if you're lonely
Only listen if you're blue
If you are married and you are happy
This song is not to do with you"

"I wrote these words
For everyone who struggles in their youth"


"At this point, the boy who's listening to this song
is probably saying it's easier said than done and it's true"

"I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to"

"If you wonder how long I'll be faithful,
Well, just listen to how this song ends…"

"This is the song starting off our medley!
Our favorite Fugitive Alien song!
Don't try to kill us with a forklift!
Won't take very long;
Relax and sing along.
. . .
And that's our song! We hope that you enjoyed it.
And if you thought that it was stupid and trite,
Come on and kill us with a forklift!
All we wanna do, with love from us to you,
Is sing... the Fugitive Alien song!"



"Her arms are wicked and her legs are long
When she moves my brain screams out this song"

"That was a decent solo.
Too bad it's in this song."

"This sad song stays on my mind…"

"There is something amiss, I am being insincere.
In fact I don't mean any of this, still my confession draws you near.
To confuse the issue I'll refer to familiar heroes of long ago;
No matter how much Peter loved her, what made the Pan refuse to grow..."


(Xander) "She clings, she's needy
She's also really greedy
She never --"
(Anya) "His eyes are beady!"
(Xander) "This is my verse! Hello?!"

"This is the theme to Garry's show,
The theme to Garry's show,
Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song.
I'm almost halfway finished,
How do you like it so far?
How do you like the theme to Garry's show?"

"I'm so worried about
Whether people like this song."

"I'm too sexy for this song."

"You could say this was an independent love song [...]
You might say this another boring love song"


"Judy, you're just trying to find and keep the dream of horses
And the song she wrote was 'Judy and the Dream of Horses'"
"If you're ever feeling blue
Then write another song about your dream of horses
Write a song about your dream of horses
Call it 'Judy and the Dream of Horses'"



"It's the last song I'll ever write for you
It's the last time that I'll tell you
Just how much I really care
This is the last song I'll ever sing for you
You'll come looking for the light
And it won't be there"
. . .
"So I'll write you one more song
But it's the last time that I'll ever try"

"I was twenty-one years when I wrote this song.
I'm twenty-two now but I won't be for long.
Time hurries on.
And the leaves that are green turn to brown..."

"I don't believe these words I'm singing…"


"Merciful God, this is a prayer…"

"If there's one point we'd like to make
With this festive holiday song,
It's that Christmas comes just once a year,
So for a few days, for crying out loud,
Can we all just get along?!"

"Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb?
Mother, do you think they'll like this song?"


"I was 21 years when I wrote this song
I'm 22 now but I won't be for long"

"I've been waiting for so long
To come here now and sing this song
This is a song to all my friends"

"Your hair is soft, your skin's snow white
Like a clouded day, like the stars at night
Your eyes are blue like the sky in June
My love is true that's why I wrote this song for you
All I ever wanted was to see your face again"

"There's only two songs in me, and I just wrote the third
Don't know where I got the inspiration or how I wrote the words
Spent my whole life just diggin' up my music's shallow grave
For the two songs in me and third one I just made"


"Well I'm singing this song, cause it's time it was sung
I've been putting it off for a while"

Just one more chance
I know I was wrong
Don't give up so easily
Don't you know it's killing me?
Just one more chance, to sing this song
I'll never let you down, no
Just one more chance




"Better have you naked by the end of this song [...]
Cause I gotta have you naked by the end of this song"


"Eis aqui este sambinha, feito numa nota só"
"This is just a little samba, built upon a single note"

"You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.
But I look around me and I see it isn't so.
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what's wrong with that?
I'd like to know, 'cause here I go again"

"What is this song all about?
Can't figure any lyrics out
How do the words to it go?
I wish you'd tell me, I don't know [...]
It's unintelligible
I just can't get it through my skull [...]
And I forgot the next verse
Oh well, I guess it pays to rehearse
The lyric sheet's so hard to find
What are the words? Oh, nevermind"

"I wrote this song two hours before we met.
I didn't know your name, or what you looked like yet
How could I write this song on that one day?"

"There was no pain.
No fear, no doubt,
'Til they pulled me out
Of heaven.
So that's my refrain."

"I betcha think this song is about you"

"Here is my song for the asking
Ask me and I will play
So sweetly, I'll make you smile."

"This is a song for the lonely, can you hear me tonight?
For the broken hearted, battle scarred
I'll be by your side
And this is a song for the lonely
When your dreams won't come true
Can you hear this prayer
Because someone's there for you"

"So I sing this song for you
There's nothing left for me to do"

"I've been so many places in my life and time
I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhyme
I've acted out my love in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we're alone now and I'm singin' this song for you"

"Oh Cathy, Oh Alison, Oh Phillipa, Oh Sue
You made me so much money, I wrote this song for you
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
I wrote this song for you"

"You're watching Spy Hard!
It's the theme from Spy Hard!"

"Just a stupid little love song
(3 chords and a microphone)
Just a stupid little love song
(hip hop and rock n' roll)
So sit right down I'll sing this song to you"

"What do I have to do to get through all of this?
I'm writing it down
I bet you thought this song was about you"


Because in this life that he leads
There's nowhere for George and his library
Or the son with his gun to belong
Except in this song

"This is just a modern rock song,
This is just a tender affair,
I count 'three, four' and then we start to slow,
Because a song has got to stop somewhere."

This is my song

This is not a love song
This is not a love song
This is not a love song

This is not a song about politics
This is not a song about sex
This song is not about old James Dean
'Cos he's mentioned in too many songs already, my friend
This is a song I wrote especially for you...

"This is the song that never ends.
Yes, it goes on and on my friends.
Some people started singing not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because..."

"This one'll never sell, they'll never understand
I don't even sing it well, I try but I just can't
But I sing it every night and I fight to keep it in
'cause this one's for you, this one's for you"

"This song will need you when you're old,
This song will heat you when you're cold,
Believe you when I don't,
This song will heal you from your soul."

"This song has nothing tricky about it
This song ain't black or white and as far as I know
Don't infringe on anyone's copyright"

"Oh, this song's got no title, just words and a tune"

"This song's got nothin' to say
But I'm recording it anyway"

"The time is gone, the song is over,
thought I'd something more to say".

"This is not the greatest song in the world, no.
This is just a tribute.
Couldn't remember the greatest song in the world, no, no.
This is a tribute, oh, to the greatest song in the world"

"This kind of a story has no snazzy end
It's in the telling you really need an ear to bend
So much for the story of somebody so bad
Living invisible, trying not to make anybody mad"


"Uncle Dave, he misbehaved
He said he didn't like this song
Even though he said he didn't like this song
That don't mean he won't sing along"



(Willow) "I think this line's mostly filler"

I didn't write the words you hear me singing
I didn't sing the line before this one
You were not the one I was addressing
That person took a train to Africa

Oh, this is a story 'bout a guy named Al
And he lived in a sewer with his hamster pal...

"I couldn't tell you
I was wrong;
Chickened out, grabbed a pen and a paper,
Sat down, and I wrote this song."



"I came along, I wrote a song for you, and all the things you do, And it was called 'Yellow.'"

"You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you"

"My gift is my song and this one's for you. You can tell everybody that this is your song."


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