5 Jun 2016

Quiz 10 - 10 questions on songs that have reference to work of literature

 1.If you were asked to develop a connection between William Wordsworth and the Heavy metal group Iron Maiden, how would you go about it?

2.Which song by Kate Bush, which was her debut single is the retelling of a famous work of literature?

3." One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall"
These are the first few lines of a song which tells partly the story of ' Alice in wonderland'. Which song and of which group?
(Either the group or song will suffice )

4. Lyrics of this song, from the movie "Ek Musaafir Ek Haseena"  are from the couplets written by which well known poet.
They roughly translated to "My beloved speaks Turkish, and Turkish I do not know;
How I wish if her tongue would have been in my mouth."

5.This song from the movie Lal Qilla ( 1960), has the lyrics of a poem written by an Indian emperor, who was also a prolific poet. Incidentally part of this song is also used on the emperors grave as his Epitaph. Which Emperor ?

Sung by Mohd. Rafi

6.The songs 'Ramble On', 'The Misty Mountain Hop' and 'The Battle of Evermore' by Led Zeppelin contain reference to which epic novel including names of characters featured in the work?

7.'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck is a landmark work in American literature,one that captures the horrors of the Great Depression as it probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Which American rock star has written a song based on this work?

8. The lyrics of which popular song are a taken from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes found in the bible?

9. Layla and Majnun is a love story that originated in 5th Century Arabia. Later it was adopted by the 12th century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi. Nizami's book, was gifted to this well known singer/ musician, who was so moved by the story that he composed a song based on it that did very well. Another song titled "I Am Yours", found in the same album was infact a Nizami composition. Which singer and which song am I talking about?
Rug depiction of Nizami Ganjavi (1939). Ganja Museum, Azerbaijan.

10.  The lyrics of this song  are a poem written by the fifth King of Oudh who also became the last Nawab of Awadh, as a lament when he was exiled from his beloved Lucknow by the British Raj before the failed Rebellion of 1857. The poem was made into a song in at least two movies, the earliest one being featured here, from the 1938 movie Street Singer (Babul mora naihar chhooto hi jaye...). Which well known patron of arts am I talking about ?

 Regret the poor audio quality


  1. 1. Rime of the ancient mariner
    2. Wuthering heights
    3. White rabbit / Jefferson airplane
    5. Akbar
    6. Lord of the rings

  2. 1. Seventh son of the seventh son
    2. Wuthering Heights
    8. Bohemian Rhapsody

  3. 3. Nirvana
    4, Ghalib
    5. Bahadur Shah Zafar
    6. Lord of the Rings
    7. Bruce Springsteen
    10. Wajid Ali Shah

  4. 1. William Wordsworth wrote "Solitary Reaper", while Iron Maiden wrote "Grim Reaper"?
    2. No idea
    3. Jefferson Airplane, "White Rabbit"
    4. Firdous?
    5. Bahadur Shah Zafar
    6. 'The Hobbit' / 'Lord of the Rings'
    7. Bruce Springsteen?
    8. "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds
    9. "Layla", Eric Clapton
    10. Wajid Ali Shah

    – Annie

  5. 1. Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge was used as inspiration for an Iron Maiden song. Wordsworth and Coleridge published a volume of poems together.
    5. Shah Jahan
    6. Lord of the Rings

  6. 3. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
    4. Omar Khaiyyam
    5. Jehangir
    6. The Lord of the Rings
    7. Bruce Springsteen (The Ghost of Tom Joad)
    8. Turn, Turn, Turn
    9. Jagjit Singh, Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

  7. Ancil Concesso10 June 2016 at 17:41

    4. amir khusro
    5. shahjahan
    10. wajid ali shah