Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I still don't have any compulsion, or hardly even any desire, to write lists, since the brain surgery (where before I compulsively made them all day and night long). But I have become compulsive about listening to every song in my iTunes library alphabetically by title. Which led me to notice that those beginning with the word "Don't" make a very compelling list, even a poem if you leave out the "artists" and just read the titles.

Don't (Elvis)
Don't Answer The Door (B.B. King)
Don't Be Cruel (Elvis)
Don't Be That Way (Bing Crosby)
Don't Be That Way (The Kansas City Five live)
Don't Blame Me (Miles Davis)
Don't Blame Me (The Nat King Cole Trio)
Don't Bother Me (The Beatles)
Don't Bring Me Down (The Animals)
Don't Do Me Like That (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
Don't Fence Me In (Bing & The Andrews Sisters)
Don't Fence Me In (David Byrne)
Don't Fence Me In (Frank Sinatra)
Don't Forget Tonight, Tomorrow (Sinatra)
Don't Go (Nat King Cole & George Shearing)
Don't Go To Nightclubs Anymore (Van Morrison)
Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
Don't Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young)
Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (The Animals)
Don't Like Goodbyes (Sinatra)
Don't Look Back (Luscious Jackson)
Don't Lose Your Cool (Scott Buck Trio)
Don't Make Me Over (Dionne Warwick)
Don't Pass Me By (The Beatles)
Don't Play That Song (Ben E. King)
Don't Put Your Finger In Yourself (The Tinklers)
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (Glen Miller & His Orchestra)
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
Don't Think Twice It's All Right (Dylan from "Freewheelin'")
Don't Think Twice It's All Right (Dylan live from the soundtrack to "No Direction Home")
Don't Turn Out Like Your Mother (The Proclaimers)
Don't Worry 'Bout That Mule (Louis Jordan)
Don't Worry About Tomorrow (Van Morrison)
Don't Worry Baby (The Beach Boys)
Don't You Believe It Dear (The Artie Shaw Orchestra w/ Mel Torme)
Don't You Know I Love You (The Clovers)
Don't You Miss Your Baby? (Count Basie)


Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Don't want to be a refugee ;-)

harryn said...

Great, but one of my favorites by Lennon on the "Let It Be" sessions needs to be among these: "Don't Let Me Down" ...

Robert Berner said...

And don't forget "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
Bob B.

Lally said...

Good points brothers. Robert Z., the title of that song is just "Refugee" so that's why that's not there. But the other two surprise me. I thought I had them but don't. Will get them though. Man thousands and thousands of songs and still so many missing.

Robert Berner said...

And then there's always "Don't Let The Moon Catch You Crying."
Bob B.

Lally said...

Hey Bob, isn't that "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'?"

Tim said...

Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (Frank Zappa)

Don’t (Seu Jorge)
Don’t Abuse Me (Air)
Don’t Dance (Hot Chip)
Don’t Ride that Horse (Old Crow Medicine Show)

Lally said...

Still more tunes I don't own. It's an endless pursuit!

Lally said...

PS: Though i have some in my old record collection, but haven't listened to any of those in years.

Robert Berner said...

Okay, it's "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying." I was maybe confusing it with "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes"?

Lally said...

Yikes! More songs I want to add to me iTunes stash. The beat goes on.

Miles said...

Nice list dad. Here are some highlights from my iTunes "Don't" list:

Don't Come Close - The Ramones
Don't Go Down - Elliot Smith
Don't Let it Bring You Down - Neil Young
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)-Beach Boys
(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go - Curtis Mayfield

Jamie Rose said...

Was loving reading it as a poem (w/out artists) until I got to "Don't put your finger in yourself".


Lally said...

Sweet list Miles. And Jamie, that title is what makes it a poem by me!