The Top Ten: Songs that begin with 'And'

From Argent and David Bowie to the Human League and Van Morrison...

John Rentoul
Sunday 07 February 2016 11:42
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'The Bewlay Brothers' by David Bowie: 'And so the story goes/They wore the clothes…'
'The Bewlay Brothers' by David Bowie: 'And so the story goes/They wore the clothes…'

This list was suggested by Truly S. The only rules were no Beatles, no Frank Sinatra and no Perry Como (although 'that' song was written by Don McLean)

1. 'Hold Your Head Up' by Argent

"And if it's bad/ Don't let it get you down…" From Truly S.

2. 'The Bewlay Brothers' by David Bowie

"And so the story goes/They wore the clothes…" Respects paid by Joshua Fountain. ("Future Legend" starts "And in the death…", per Jonathan Wadman.)

3. 'And Can it Be (that I Should Gain?)' by Charles Wesley

One of Wesley's most famous hymns, still sung often in the Methodist Church, according to Tim Mickleburgh.

4. 'Jerusalem' by William Blake and Hubert Parry

"And did those feet…?" An alternative national anthem consisting of Questions to Which the Answer is No.

5. 'Walk Away Renée' originally by the Left Banke, but many covers

"And when I see the sign that points one way..." Another from Truly S.

6. 'What Is and What Should Never Be' by Led Zeppelin

"And if I say to you tomorrow…" Thanks to Sarah Terry, de Sommeville and Becky.

7. 'Iris' by Goo Goo Dolls

"And I'd give up forever to touch you…" From Matt.

8. 'Open Your Heart' by the Human League

"And when it hurts you know/They love to tell you…" Opened by Andy Hutchcraft and Neal Christie.

9. 'And She Was' by Talking Heads "And she was lying in the grass…"

And many others from Talking Heads. Talked up by Dave Busfield-Birch, Hoskas and Chris Meakin.

10. 'Sweet Thing' by Van Morrison

"And I will stroll the merry way/And jump the hedges first…" Jane Moreton clarifies the first lines, which I never understood.

Next week: Political operations (such as Operation Teddy Bear, Tony Blair's aborted plan to split the Treasury in 2003)

Coming soon: Titles that give away the ending (such as 'Death in Venice'). Send your suggestions, and ideas for future Top 10s, to top10@independent.co.uk

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