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a love song/story
▪ a tragic love story
a sad story/song/film
▪ He had listened patiently to his client’s sad story about her awful life.
bird song (=musical sounds that birds make)
▪ The forest is full of bird song at all times of the year.
burst into song
▪ Lydia burst into song.
catchy song
▪ a catchy song
know a song/tune/poem etc (=be able to sing a song, play a tune, say a poem etc because you have learned it)
▪ Do you know all the words to ‘As Time Goes By’?
▪ We had a great time singing some of the old songs.
torch song
whale music/song (=sounds made by whales)
▪ Scientists believe that whale song is used to communicate.
▪ Many of her first attempts were little more than workmanlike folk songs.
▪ He came to the university, and we were supposed to sing a folk song in Tagalog.
▪ They embodied the sun in stylized forms in their jewelry and praised it in folk songs and myths.
▪ Doyle confirms this: Most of the good songs which I heard about came to me that way.
▪ One reason it has faded from memory is that it was eventually overshadowed by a better song created from its chords.
▪ Many observers feel Gedge has already written his best songs, or the most commercial ones at least.
▪ My thing is, write good songs.
▪ He was not a big star at the time and it was just a good song.
▪ Uriah Heep didn't play any of their good songs.
▪ I know as good as the next man what is hip but we decided to forget all that and just concentrate on good songs.
▪ We're not just of this period, we write good songs and there's always a demand for a good song.
▪ Ratt have some chunky riffs but no great songs.
▪ Someday I want to feel like I have written a great song.
▪ They are, for the most part, great songs.
▪ And how can you go wrong with a great song by Johnny Cash in a movie that takes place in a prison?
▪ Although there has been a great song and dance about his supposedly suspect temperament this season, I can't fault it.
▪ But a hack solo in a great song - it's still a great song.
▪ They're in the middle of a world tour, playing new and traditional songs.
▪ And these new songs expressed the feelings of a large, appreciative female audience.
▪ The resemblance is so close that a human can easily mistake the new song for the sound of a trimphone.
▪ With these rearrangements, new songs emerged from old.
▪ Often this situation doesn't allow the artist enough time to write good new songs.
▪ In the past nine days, two new songs have been written, according to lyricist Jim Steinman.
▪ From outside the Carter camp it could be seen as evidence that the twosome are having trouble finding new songs.
▪ Most tribute albums feature new performances of songs associated with a band, singer or songwriter.
▪ But dialogue, however problematic, is preferable to the old songs of hate.
▪ Same old song all day long.
▪ For the most part, it's the same old song.
▪ But, in fact, courses and programs that we could call remedial are older than fight songs and cheerleaders.
▪ The whole crowd later went to a variety show at the Winter Gardens. Old Glasgow songs.
▪ He says that there's an old song ... keep up the fight ... we won't give in.
▪ Just a fantasy based around Pamela, based around her old songs.
▪ He began to play an old song.
▪ Bird flew high above the simple pop songs upon which they were based, developing new ideas and melodies on the spot.
▪ The Refreshments started playing their easily digestible pop songs in January 1994.
▪ The great cultural diversion of the country, and the conflicts which this gave rise to, found expression in popular song.
▪ I asked him what kind of songs he knew and he said he knew some popular songs.
▪ One day Modi had made a collage by pasting a verse from a popular song around a painting, in Cubist fashion.
▪ Neuter nouns ending in o take a. He wrote the lyrics of a popular song.
▪ Ybreska laughed, suddenly, the words of a popular Western song breaking on his lips.
▪ As I was standing before the sink,, I heard Edusha singing a recently popular song.
▪ A woman was singing popular songs, and the holidaymakers were drinking and laughing as they ate their steaks.
▪ This is the principal reason that the great voices of opera seldom sing popular songs.
▪ Forty Niners president Carmen Policy called the lure of free agency a siren song.
▪ The bottom line is that General Motors heeded the siren song of management Centralism in the mid-sixties.
▪ They prepared their siren song for the early-evening crowd.
▪ Daniel Boone heard it: the siren song of the open road, beckoning him to pack up and go.
▪ They're in the middle of a world tour, playing new and traditional songs.
▪ Joyce's tale, shot through with references to singers and composers, also features traditional songs.
▪ The Doonans' speciality is lacing traditional songs with rock arrangements, or applying folk themes to rock.
▪ It was illegal to speak the language or sing their traditional songs.
▪ The festivities start the previous night, the hypnotic beat of the drum and the traditional song having a very strong effect.
▪ Nothing expresses that better than joining together to sing traditional and patriotic songs.
▪ She began to sing the famous love song.
▪ Some songs on this album are love songs.
▪ The remaining tracks are frothy, cliché-ridden love songs.
▪ Nicole Simpson sent him cookies, letters and tapes filled with love songs, he said.
▪ There's only so many love songs you can write.
▪ Would-be lovebirds are unable to hear the love songs sung by other birds.
▪ But these are competent love songs, carried on the strength of the 23-year-old's powerful and seductive vocals.
▪ The singer was chuffed when her album title track Proud was chosen as Labour's election theme song.
▪ I worked on the theme song with Ziggy Marley.
▪ And you can sing that Morphin Ranger theme song ad nauseum.
▪ Sometimes the cartoon theme song is better than some of the episodes themselves.
▪ From time to time somebody would burst into song or laughter, and some people continued to whisper on and off all through the night.
▪ And with that he clasped both hands gently over his chest and burst into song.
▪ And indeed, from this lofty site Loch Arkaig itself is a vision to make you burst into song.
▪ When the choir commenced the first carol, even the most self-conscious among them burst into song.
▪ She burst into songs between the stories.
▪ With a smock artfully covering his paunchy frame, Pavarotti, 56, burst into golden-toned song.
▪ Which should come as no surprise to anyone who has heard his songs.
▪ If I heard a new song I had to sing it.
▪ I hear one brief song of the indigo bunting. 3: 07-3: 12 PMIt is overcast.
▪ Can you find honey in the crack of a tree, Hear the song in the mouth of the shell?
▪ People want to hear those songs.
▪ If you hear a good song you tell all your friends about it but radio never breaks anything new.
▪ I heard the song sung by a thousand voices.....
▪ Yet the Franks have received criticism for including a lot of songs dedicated fans will already own.
▪ These might include songs, chants, or activities that express allegiance to political leaders or symbols.
▪ There are different styles of singing in different regions, and we balance the programme to include different songs from different regions.
▪ Moreover, students were to follow the prescribed curriculum, which included holiday observances, songs, and patriotic exercises.
▪ Many of the new hymn books include worship songs and they find widespread acceptance.
▪ Perkins says he included the song as a way of expressing thanks to McCartney.
▪ Loudspeakers play the songs of different cricket species from her left and right.
▪ Others wrote poems, plays, stories, songs, novels, even a fake autobiography of the Jersey Jumper.
▪ It took three years to put A1 together, everyone in the band was musical and could play instruments and write songs.
▪ He shot it because it played a sad song.
▪ They're playing Christmas songs - I know cos I heard this one at school before.
▪ As I got older, they still played the song, but the dancers were clearly beginning to fake it.
▪ They're in the middle of a world tour, playing new and traditional songs.
▪ I try to listen like a piece of Silly Putty when some one plays me a song.
▪ Ideally, you should record the three strongest songs in your set.
▪ They scrutinize recorded songs to determine whether regional dialects exist among those of the same species.
▪ Read in studio A promotion-chasing football team has taken the day off from a hectic training schedule to record a pop song.
▪ Badly recorded, Beatlesque song fragments may make for an interesting aesthetic statement.
▪ In just one session, Mitosis recorded eight songs.
▪ They, in turn, wrote and recorded 12 songs that reflect various scenes and characters in the film.
▪ I still have the tape on which I recorded the songs and music of that evening.
▪ Only company using Racial Artists in recording high-class song records.
▪ Ken Bradshaw and I were singing songs to one another like a pair of humpback whales.
▪ But mainly I sing love songs.
▪ After singing the song through twice he then encouraged the audience to join in.
▪ This is the principal reason that the great voices of opera seldom sing popular songs.
▪ The voice sings along with the song, then turns into a hum.
▪ Lou Holtz is an itinerant minstrel, his hand out for a few more coins to sing his song at another stop.
▪ Bob sings their own song, a private version of Lili Marlene, the anthem of all the desert warriors.
▪ He sang a little song to entice them, but they never came.
▪ And that's how I write songs.
▪ Fortunately, Nelson has written enough songs about dissolute living that the alternative crew can feel comfortable singing them.
▪ Since that, we'd been touring constantly and written about twenty-five songs.
▪ Assimilation worked, especially for a nationalistic capitalist who could write hit songs.
▪ I wrote a song about a satellite once but that doesn't mean I am a satellite, does it?
▪ In September of 1980, I was getting $ 200 a week to write songs.
▪ If a band don't write their own songs, the manager has to find the right songwriters.
▪ From that start Leiber and Stoller went on from 1951 to 1956 to write songs rarely heard by whites.
a beer/song/food etc fest
a snatch of conversation/music/song etc
break into a smile/a song/applause etc
siren voices/song/call
▪ Daniel Boone heard it: the siren song of the open road, beckoning him to pack up and go.
▪ Forty Niners president Carmen Policy called the lure of free agency a siren song.
▪ Mr. Sheerman Is not it time that the Minister ignored some of the siren voices behind her?
▪ The bottom line is that General Motors heeded the siren song of management Centralism in the mid-sixties.
▪ Then, unable to resist the telephonic siren song, she picked it up.
▪ They prepared their siren song for the early-evening crowd.
▪ This coalition must hold together in the post-war settlement and resist the siren voices calling for a huge re-arming of the region.
theme music/song/tune
▪ Gowie Corby, Gowie Corby, the theme tune for all that's wrong in this school.
▪ I know she liked the theme music.
▪ I worked on the theme song with Ziggy Marley.
▪ Sometimes the cartoon theme song is better than some of the episodes themselves.
▪ Tampons that play the Hollyoaks theme tune when inserted?
▪ The theme music for the show starts up.
▪ The theme music starts and I immediately find something more interesting to do.
▪ The theme tune from Titanic was played at their wedding.
▪ a recording of the swallow's song
▪ In the evenings we'd sit around the campfire and sing songs.
▪ That's a pretty song - where did you learn it?
▪ The song "Yesterday" is one of the most often recorded songs in the world.
▪ The story of America's independence has been celebrated in song.
▪ The students played guitars and sang folk songs.
▪ Birds are bred by crossing champions, to try to guarantee a high quality of song.
▪ Linda brought him a book of easy songs.
▪ Six monologues and a comic song to finish with had the audience roaring with laughter.
▪ They traded songs and combined voices into old-time Delmore Brothers harmonies.
▪ To please Sinterklaas the children sing special songs and lay down carrots and other food for his horse.
▪ Tom turned his eyes from the paper and started singing the song from Don Giovanni that is always called the Champagne Aria.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Song \Song\ (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s["o]ngr, Goth. saggws. See Sing.]

  1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc. ``That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.''

  2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.

  3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.

    The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.

  4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.

    This subject for heroic song.

  5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.

    And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
    --Job xxx. 9.

  6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song. ``The soldier's pay is a song.''

    Old song, a trifle; nothing of value. ``I do not intend to be thus put off with an old song.''
    --Dr. H. More.

    Song bird (Zo["o]l.), any singing bird; one of the Oscines.

    Song sparrow (Zo["o]l.), a very common North American sparrow ( Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza melodia) noted for the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in the center.

    Song thrush (Zo["o]l.), a common European thrush ( Turdus musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also mavis, throstle, and thrasher.

    Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English sang "voice, song, art of singing; metrical composition adapted for singing, psalm, poem," from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (cognates: Old Norse söngr, Norwegian song, Swedish sång, Old Saxon, Danish, Old Frisian, Old High German, German sang, Middle Dutch sanc, Dutch zang, Gothic saggws), from PIE *songwh-o- "singing, song," from *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation" (see sing (v.)).\n

\nPhrase for a song "for a trifle, for little or nothing" is from "All's Well" III.ii.9 (the identical image, por du son, is in Old French. With a song in (one's) heart "feeling joy" is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; figurative sense of "rigmarole" is from 1895.


n. A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.

  1. n. a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"

  2. a distinctive or characteristic sound; "the song of bullets was in the air"; "the song of the wind"; "the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead"

  3. the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates" [syn: strain]

  4. the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age" [syn: birdcall, call, birdsong]

  5. a very small sum; "he bought it for a song"

  6. the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy [syn: Sung, Sung dynasty, Song dynasty]

Song (disambiguation)

A song is a musical composition for voice or voices.

Song or songs or The Song may also refer to:

Song (Chinese surname)

Song is the pinyin transliteration of the Chinese family name 宋. It is transliterated as Sung in Wade-Giles, and Soong is also a common transliteration. In addition to being a common surname, it is also the name of a Chinese dynasty, the Song Dynasty, written with the same character.

Song (state)

Sòng (; Old Chinese: *) was a state during the Zhou dynasty of ancient China, with its capital at Shangqiu. The state was founded soon after King Wu of Zhou conquered the Shang dynasty to establish the Zhou dynasty in 1046/46 BC. It was conquered by the State of Qi in 286 BC, during the Warring States period. Confucius was a descendant of a Song nobleman who moved to the State of Lu.

Song (Korean surname)

Song is a Korean family name derived from the Chinese surname Song. Songs make up roughly 1.4% of the Korean population; the 2000 South Korean census found 622,208 in that country. The Chinese character for Song means " Song Dynasty".

Song (album)

Song is the third and final album of Lullaby for the Working Class. It was released October 19, 1999 on Bar/None Records.


A song, most broadly, is a single (and often standalone) work of music. More narrowly, a song is intended to be sung by the human voice with distinct and fixed pitches and patterns using sound and silence and a variety of forms that often include the repetition of sections. Written words created specifically for music or for which music is specifically created, are called lyrics. If a pre-existing poem is set to composed music in classical music it is an art song. Songs that are sung on repeated pitches without distinct contours and patterns that rise and fall are called chants. Songs in a simple style that are learned informally are often referred to as folk songs. Songs that are composed for professional singers are called popular songs. These songs, which have broad appeal, are often composed by professional songwriters, composers and lyricists. Art songs are composed by trained classical composers for concert performances. Songs are performed live and recorded. Songs may also appear in plays, musical theatre, stage shows of any form, and within operas.

A song may be for a solo singer, a lead singer supported by background singers, a duet, trio, or larger ensemble involving more voices singing in harmony, although the term is generally not used for large classical music vocal forms including opera and oratorio, which use terms such as aria and recitative instead. Songs with more than one voice to a part singing in polyphony or harmony are considered choral works. Songs can be broadly divided into many different forms, depending on the criteria used.

Songs may be written for one or more singers to sing without instrumental accompaniment or they may be written for performance with instrumental accompaniment. The accompaniment used for a song depends on the genre of music and, in classical styles, the instructions of the composer as set out in the musical score. Songs may be accompanied by a single accompanist playing piano or guitar, by a small ensemble (e.g., a jazz quartet, a basso continuo group, a rock or pop band or a rhythm section) or even a big band (for a jazz song) or orchestra (for a classical aria). One division is between " art songs", " pop songs" and traditional music which includes "folk songs" and early blues songs. Other common methods of classification are by purpose ( sacred vs secular), by style ( dance, ballad, Lied, etc.), or by time of origin ( Renaissance, Contemporary, etc.). Songs may be learned and passed on "by ear" (as in traditional folk songs); from a recording or lead sheet (in jazz and pop) or from detailed music notation (in classical music). While the term "song" usually refers to a sung melody, the term is also used in some instrumental music in which the composer wishes the performer to play in a singing style (e.g., Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words for solo piano.)

Song (airline)

Song, LLC was a low-cost air service within an airline brand owned and operated by Delta Air Lines from 2003 to 2006.

Song's main focus was on leisure traffic between the northeastern United States and Florida, a market where it competed with JetBlue Airways. It also operated flights between Florida and the West Coast, and from the Northeast to the west coast.

Song's aircraft were fitted with leather seats and free personal entertainment systems at every seat, with audio MP3 programmable selections, trivia games that could be played against other passengers, a flight tracker, and satellite television (provided by the DISH Network). Song offered free beverages, but charged for meals and liquor. Both brand-name snack boxes and healthy organic meals were offered. The flight safety instructions were sung or otherwise artistically interpreted, depending on the cabin crew. In addition to crew uniforms designed by Kate Spade, customized cocktails created by nightlife impresario Rande Gerber and an in-flight exercise program designed by New York City fitness guru David Barton, the airline created its own distinct mark in the industry. The Song brand was placed on more than 200 flights a day which carried over ten million passengers.

Song's last flight took off on April 30, 2006. Service shifted to mainline Delta on May 1, 2006.

On January 1, 2008, Delta began repainting the last aircraft bearing the Song livery into mainline Delta Air Lines colors.

Usage examples of "song".

Lily attempted to regain her ability to breathe, listening to the next song, a slow, moody number.

But your far song, my faint one, what are they, And what their dance and faery thoughts and ours, Or night abloom with splendid stars and pale?

Their songs continued sometimes for hours--and they were songs in the truest sense, songs that were sung again and again by Their ageless creators, unchanging over centuries.

His romanticism is very Russian, genuinely akin to the spirit of Russian folk song and folk tales.

He is genuinely akin to the spirit of the Russian folk song, though he does not adopt its meters.

Please Please Me George Martin thought it was time for an album, and they were even given a day off to get down to London from Sunderland, in order to be fresh on the morning of 11 February when they were due to record ten new songs at Abbey Road.

They had already perfected the basic tenets of composition, but now, with their second album, With the Beatles, released in November 1963, they began to introduce little tricks of their own which reappear as signatures in Lennon-McCartney songs.

The songs written individually could appear at any time, but the songwriting meetings for a new single or album were planned in advance.

Paul had another song on the soundtrack album, one completely unlike anything the Beatles had ever released before.

We were always looking for tunes, because we were making lots of albums by then and every album you did needed fourteen songs, and then there were singles in between, so you needed a lot of material.

Since it was important to have Ringo sing at least one song on each album, John dusted it off and Paul and Ringo wrote a new middle eight for it.

Paul does not remember any overt decision by himself and John to write songs with a northern theme, even though these first two would indicate a concept album along those lines.

Almost all the songs that would appear on the White Album and Abbey Road were composed in those few productive weeks.

The album, Earth Songst Ocean Song, was produced by Tony Visconti, whom she married in 1971.

The following Wednesday there was a long meeting in which George outlined his conditions for staying in the Beatles: no more filming at Twickenham, no concert in Tripoli, no television show, and the songs they had rehearsed to be used in a new album to be recorded at the studio that Magic Alex was building for them in the basement of Apple.