Singing newspapers

TV journalism has “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley. The magazine industry has “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook.

What about songs about newspapers? Paste magazine offered this list, which is pretty comprehensive. The inclusion of “Newspapers” by Stan Ridgway is essential. (Read the lyrics to that song here.)

But what about songs about other topics that mention newspapers in one form or another? Here are four five examples that come to mind:

ARTIST: The Bee Gees
SONG: “Staying Alive”
LYRIC: “We can try to understand The New York Times’ effect on man.”

ARTIST: The Clash
SONG: “The Leader”
LYRIC: “The people must have something good to read on a Sunday.”

SONG: “Another Tricky Day”
LYRIC: “What the papers say just seems to bring down heavier rain.”

ARTIST: The Smiths
SONG: “The Queen Is Dead”
LYRIC: “Charles, don’t you ever crave to appear on the front of the Daily Mail dressed in your mother’s bridal veil?”

ARTIST: Bob Seger
SONG: Night Moves
LYRIC: “Trying to make some front-page drive-in news, working on our night moves.”

Have other examples? Please add them to the comments.



  1. ARTIST: Don McLean
    SONG: “American Pie”
    LYRIC: “With every paper I’d deliver bad news on the doorstep.”

    ARTIST: Jackson Browne
    SONG: “Lives in the Balance”
    LYRIC: “With the blood in the ink of the headlines”

  2. “The Strange Case of Frank Cash and the Morning Paper” —
    the paper showed up at the door every day
    and he’d go through the classifieds

    then one morning he turned to the sports page
    and he noticed that something was strange
    the race results were from the day before
    but the football scores were from next week’s games

  3. Pink Floyd–Brain Damage

    “the paper holds their folded faces to the floor
    and every day, the paper boy brings more…”

  4. I can’t resist … here are a few more:

    Michael Franks | Sunday Morning Here With You
    My sleepy friend I always want to spend
    Sunday morning here with you
    I cannot think of anything I’d rather
    I’d rather do
    Lounging in bed Sunday papers read


    Dean Friedman | Funny papers
    Pick up the Sunday News I need my funny papers
    Little Orphan Annie and me have a rendezvous at 3:00
    With Mary Worth and Dick Tracy.

  5. Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends
    “Old Friends
    Old Friends
    Sat on their park bench like bookends
    Newspaper blowin’ through the grass
    Falls on the round toes
    Of the high shoes
    Of the old friends”

    S&G – Overs
    Why don’t we stop fooling ourselves?
    The game is over, over, over.
    No good times, no bad times
    No times at all, just the New York Times.
    Sitting in the windowsill
    Near the flowers.

    Beatles A Day nThe Life
    I read the news
    today oh, boy
    About a lucky man who made the grade

  6. Moxy Fruvous

    I like to go out dancing,
    My baby loves a bunch of authors
    We’ve been livin in hovels

    Spendin’ all our money on
    brand new novels

    So I got myself on a streetcar and it drove right into someone,
    You know the driver said:

    “I was lookin’ straight ahead!”

    But he was reading the Toronto Sun

  7. Get a Job by the Silhouettes

    After breakfast everyday she throws the want ads right my way and never fails to say get a job.

    And when I get the paper I read it through and through….Get a job.

  8. Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays
    “Good News”
    But there’s good news in the paper today
    This war keeps on dragging on.

  9. ARTIST: TV on the Radio
    SONG: Dancing Choose
    LYRIC: He’s a what, he’s a what, he’s a newspaper man, and he gets his ideas from the newspaper stand. From his boots to his pants, from his comments to his rants, he knows that any little article will do.

  10. ARTIST: Elton John
    SONG: Levon
    LYRIC: And he was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day, when the New York Times said God is dead and the war’s begun …

  11. ARTIST: Rolling Stones
    SONG: Yesteday’s Papers
    Who wants yesterday’s papers
    Who wants yesterday’s girl
    Who wants yesterday’s papers
    Nobody in the world

    Living a life of constant change
    Every day means the turn of a page
    Yesterday’s papers are such bad news
    Same thing applies to me and you

  12. ARTIST: Beatles
    SONG: Polythene Pam
    LYRIC:Get a dose of her in jackboots and kilt/
    She’s killer-diller when she’s dressed to the hilt/
    She’s the kind of a girl that makes the
    News of the World/
    Yes you could say she was attractively built

  13. ARTIST: Elton John
    SONG: Candle in the Wind (the original, no the crappy rewrite for Princess Diana
    LYRIC: Oh the press still hounded you/
    All the papers had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude …

  14. ARTIST: Elton John
    SONG: I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself
    Yeah Im gonna kill myself
    Get a little headline news
    Id like to see what the papers say
    On the state of teenage blues

  15. Uncool, but …

    Artist: Neil Diamond
    Song: Front Page Story

    And it ain’t a Front Page Story
    Won’t even make the papers
    Somebody breaks a heart in two
    And it happens much too often
    Won’t ever make the headlines
    Somebody’s broken heart ain’t new
    Except when it happens to you

    Also, Barbra Streisand’s “The Main Event” (Extra! Extra! I’m in love …)

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