Theme Song for New Year's Eve, 1999: nominations : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Just watched a re-run of Dr. Zhivago.

Lara's Theme works for me.

-- Tom Carey (, November 23, 1998


Ahhhhhh, that catchy little number from REM!!!

-- Andy (, November 23, 1998.

I've been a disc-jockey of one kind or another for 20 years now, so I've thought about this before, too. Here are seven of my nominations:

1. "It's The End Of The World As We Know it" - R.E.M.

2. "1999" - Prince [For more than one reason. On December 31, 1999, people will hear this song, and decide that even if it's too risky to leave their neighborhood, they're still gonna party like they did on December 31, 1998!]

3. "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" - Chicago

4. "Time" - Pink Floyd [With the alarm clock going off at the beginning of it. A friend of mine is thinking about taking Pat Boone's public service announcement on Y2K preparedness and adding this as background music!]

5. "Time Won't Let Me" - the Outsiders [The golden oldie from the 1960s.]

6. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" - the Byrds [Lyrics adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes.]

7. "As Time Goes By" - Dooley Wilson [For the sentimental, the romantic, and for "Casablanca" lovers everywhere.]

-- Kevin (, November 23, 1998.

You haven't heard Pat Boone's public service announcement on Y2K preparedness? Here it is. Maybe you could get a radio station in your area to play it. Or maybe a friend or relative might take Y2K more seriously if they hear it from somebody as establishment as Pat Boone.

Here's the link:

And now...on with the Y2K song nominations!

-- Kevin (, November 23, 1998.

19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones

Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers

-- bardou (, November 23, 1998.

I am not sure of the title, but the "Times are a Changin", by Bob Dylan should be added to the list. Along with "The End" by the Doors.

-- Bill (, November 23, 1998.

Epitaph by King Crimson

-- Arnie Rimmer (, November 23, 1998.

On better days: Jimmy Buffett's "If It All Falls Down"

On darker days: Mike and the Mechanics' "Silent Running"


-- nemo (, November 23, 1998.

What about "The Twelfth of Never", probably a realistic target date for most Government Agencies and banks.

-- Richard Dale (, November 23, 1998.

"2000 Man" on the Rolling Stones "Their Satanic Majesties Request" album from 1967. Actually, the entire album speaks to the situation in a sort of prophetic way. It was the only original thing they ever did, and that coming from someone who's always been a huge fan...

-- pshannon (, November 23, 1998.

"Eve of Destruction" by

-- Bobbi (, November 23, 1998.

(Eve of Detsruction is by Barry McGuire)

-- Arnie Rimmer (, November 23, 1998.

I Am The Walrus.....

by the Beatles......

Goo goo goo jube

-- Craig (, November 23, 1998.

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (composed by Bobby Russell, recorded by Vicki Lawrence, et al.)

-- Arnie Rimmer (, November 23, 1998.

I go for:

Don Henley with "New York Minute" AND Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth"


-- nine (, November 23, 1998.

Oprah's T.V. show opening theme song.

-- Diane J. Squire (, November 23, 1998.

Nemo: If it's Jimmy Buffet, I'd vote for

"The Peanut Butter Conspiracy"

-- Arnie Rimmer (, November 23, 1998.

Ooops, close blockquote

-- Arnie Rimmer (, November 23, 1998.
"If I Could Save Time in a Bottle....."

Hey, Craig! I'm disappointed. Where's the music?

-- Gayla Dunbar (, November 23, 1998.

My September 9, 1999 song is "Revolution #9" Beatles "White Album" Number 9, number 9, number 9 ..... John knew!

-- Bill (, November 23, 1998.

I can't believe you guys haven't included that country song "Turn out the lights, the party's over ... "

I'd sing it, but I sing worse than I type.....and I type better than than I cook.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, November 23, 1998.

How 'bout 'Don't Fear the Reaper'... Cream?

I'm not even sure if that's the right title... But you know which one I mean, they used it for the opening music for Stephen King's "the Stand"... always liked that song.

Or maybe "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas?

-- Arewyn (, November 24, 1998.

>How 'bout 'Don't Fear the Reaper'... Cream?

Blue Oyster Cult and an excellent tune!

-- Bobbi (, November 24, 1998.

How about "The Lights All Went Out In Massachusettes" by the Bee Gees Also our local (Norfolk) news reported that Jerry Falwell has instructed his flock to prepare for Y2K. That he, himself is stocking up on water, food and ammunition!!!

-- Kitty in VA (, November 24, 1998.

This is a SUPER LIST! I would add:

"In the Year 2525", by Zager and Evans

"The End of The Innocence", Don Henley, I think

"History of Us", Indigo Girls

"Today", I don't know who made it famous...but the lyrics of the chorus are: "Today while the blossom still clings to the vine, I'll taste your strawberries I'll drink you're sweet wine. A million tomorrows will all pass away, 'ere I forget all the joy that is mine,!"

You got me thinking now...I'm the song maven in my family...lyrics for every'll regret this thread..hahahaha...just kidding....I always thought life's moments were only missing just the appropriate background music.

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 24, 1998.


If we're thinking about the same "Today", it's by the New Christy Minstrels.

-- Kevin (, November 24, 1998.

Runner-up nominations for New Year's Eve, 1999 theme song:

"Time" - Alan Parsons Project

"Time And Tide" - Basia

"Time Out Of Mind" - Steely Dan

"Time Passages" - Al Stewart (a big favorite of mine)

"Times Of Your Life" - Paul Anka (say "cheese"!)

"Year Of The Cat" - Al Stewart (another favorite)

"Time Waits For No One" - Helen Forrest (1944)

"I Can't Get Started" - Bunny Berigan (1938)

"Dancing In The Dark" - Bruce Springsteen

-- Kevin (, November 25, 1998.

Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell as sung by CLANNAD on their Clannad Themes CD

Love Is All by YANNI from his Tribute CD

Prayersong by Jon Anderson on his Angels Embrace CD

-- Diane J. Squire (, November 25, 1998.

For us oldies, the former Pink Floyd guy:

There Is No way outta here, when u come in your in for good

(for us city folks, right chuck?)

-- carrie (, November 26, 1998.

I might have picked Diane as a Yanni fan! I second "Don't fear the Reaper" by the incredible Blue Oyster Cult, and "In the year 2525" by Zaeger and Allen. And humbly suggest "Saturday Night's all right for fighting" by the horrible Elton John. "Carmina Burana" by Orff has the correct mood, portenteous and spookey.

-- humptydumbtee (, November 26, 1998.

There's an excellent techno/dance version of "Carmina Burana" that came out about six years ago. The artist's name is Apotheosis, and their version of it is called "O Fortuna". Very Gothic sounding...or should I say TEOTWAWKI'ish? 8-)

-- Kevin (, November 26, 1998.

Oh, yes...I do love the original "Carmina Burana". gotta dig out the tape to remind me how wonderful and etherial it is.

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 27, 1998.

"Dig out the tape" Donna? - You're dating yourself young lady!

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, November 27, 1998.

I'm not a big country fan, so it took me a while to come up with Kathy Mattea's "Life As We Knew It" (ended today).

BTW, Robert, if Diane's a young lady, dating herself is difficult, n'est pas?

-- Tricia the Canuck (, November 27, 1998.

Ya, I know,...but never updated to CD...miserly...I studied a lot of music back in the 80s when I was poor, and at the university...had a lot of time in my car with young kids...tapes in the car were critical...and come to think of it my kids got a great music appreciation education at the same time. I'll date myself with pleasure,...born in 1952 A.K.A. "The Year of The Bad Water" LOL

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 27, 1998.

In honor of embedded systems failures worldwide I nominate:

"When the Levee Breaks" by, of course, Led Zeppelin

"Cryin won't help you, cryin won't do you no good Cryin won't help you now, cryin won't do you no good Cause when the levee breaks, momma you DIE tonight"

For those stranded in the cities, the theme from '80's gangsta flick "Colors":

"I am a nightmare walking psychopath talking king of my jungle just a gangster stalking Living life like a firecracker quick is my fuse Then dead as a deathpack the colors I choose red or blue cause a blood it just don't matta

Sucker die for your life which my shotgun scatters we gangs of L.A. will never die....just multiply"

(At least until the food runs out!)

Or perhaps a little vintage '81 Black Sabbath would go nicely with urban Y2K scenarios: The Mob Rules

"Close the city and tell the people that something's coming to call Death and darkness are rushing forward to take a bite from the wall,

You've nothing to say They're breaking away If you listen to fools... The Mob Rules The Mob Rules"

For some unknown reason I don't think kinder, gentler lyrics will seem appropriate. Just a hunch.

-- John Henry (, November 28, 1998.


1952 was also The Year Of The Dragon -- a very good sign -- quite mystical and magical and the most visionary in the ancient Chinese tradition.


-- Diane J. Squire (, November 28, 1998.

The two biggest songs of 1952 were "You Belong To Me" by Jo Stafford and "Cry" by Johnnie Ray.

I collect useless trivia. Useless but interesting.

-- Kevin (, November 28, 1998.

***1952 was also The Year Of The Dragon -- a very good sign -- quite mystical and magical and the most visionary in the ancient Chinese tradition. ***

I wondered why my head's hurt all these years....Gonna add a dragon to my personal icon, I think...chimera-like and breathing fire down upon my punkin head from the clouds! (checking my flapping sheets for the flame retardant tag...)

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 28, 1998.


I too was birthed in 1952. It was a very good year. (Always amuses me when someone here refers to me as a kid).

-- Diane J. Squire (, November 28, 1998.

How about?..."Those Were The Days My Friend"... we thought they'd never end...

-- Texas Terri (, November 28, 1998.

If TEOTWAWKI is indeed the case, we might all be joing in a round of

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

-- Christine A. Newbie (, November 28, 1998.

"Good Night Irene", well it's time to go ....

"So Long, it's been good to know you" ......


-- sweetolebob (, November 28, 1998.

"Arewyn" The song is actually called "The Stand" (in the Stand) written by The Alarm...excellent choice!!!

Peggy Lee's "Is that all there is...(my friends, then let's keep dancing)"

Kinks "20th Century Man"

And that other song from The Stand that has the line: Hey now, Hey now, don't... mmmm... it's over, hey now, hey now...

-- Okum (, November 28, 1998.

Texas Terri -- Those Were The Days, My Friend...

Now you've got it...

Another one that occurred to me is Send In The Clowns (don't worry -- they're here...)

A. N. Whitehead wrote (somewhere):

The essence of dramatic tragedy is not unhappiness. It resides in the solemnity of the remorseless working of things.

For which we get ringside seats.

(hope this helps....)

-- Tom Carey (, November 28, 1998.

WWII Big Band tune: "When the lights go on again(all over the world)" by Vaughn Monroe.

-- Uncle Deedah (, November 28, 1998.

Okum - this one gets my vote!!!

"And that other song from The Stand that has the line: Hey now, Hey now, don't... mmmm... it's over, hey now, hey now..."

"Don't Dream It's Over" by the KIWI band Crowded House

"Don't Dream It's Over (Neil Finn)


There is freedom within, there is freedom without Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost But you'll never see the end of the road While you're traveling with me

Hey now, hey now Don't dream it's over Hey now, hey now When the world comes in They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof In the paper today tales of war and of waste But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

Hey now, hey now Don't dream it's over Hey now, hey now When the world comes in They come, they come To build a wall between us Don't ever let them win"

-- Andy (, November 28, 1998.

"Sha na na na, hey hey hey...goodbye"

-- Laurane (, November 28, 1998.

My theme song for Y2K: "Judgment of the moon and stars" by Joni Mitchell.

from the last verse - "you've got to shake your fist at lightning now, you gotta roar like a forest fire. You've got to spread your light like blazes all across the sky. They're gonna aim the hoses on you. Show 'em you won't expire, not 'til you burn up every passion,...not even when you die. Come on now, you've got to try,..if you're feeling contempt well then you tell it. If you're tired of the silent night, geezus, well then you yell it. Condemned to wires and hammers, strike every chord that you feel, that broken trees and elephant ivories conceal."

First half of verse the most applicable.

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 28, 1998.

Another nominee for a New Year's Eve song would be the recent Top 40 hit "When The Lights Go Out" by the group "Five". It's disposable-- and catchy. Here's a link to a RealAudio clip of it: 2829651

Another interesting tidbit I found is's claim that people who've bought "Time Bomb 2000" also bought the CD "The Book of Secrets" by Loreena McKennitt. Here's a link to a clip from it: 2829651

Diane, I think you'd like Loreena McKennitt. It has nothing to do with Y2K, but it is good music.

-- Kevin (, November 29, 1998.

Kevin, I have several of her CD's. Some of her music is a little "dark," prefer ENYA.

I suspect my 1999 top music vote will end up being the new song by Mariah Carey (sp) and Whitney Huston (sp) for the new Disney Xmas animation "Prince Of Egypt." Something about believing in miracles (like more people around the globe "getting it" and creating community).


-- Diane J. Squire (, November 29, 1998.


Thanks, Thanks, THANKS!!! I always wondered what those words were; the tune is haunting...

LOVE the movie the Stand...don't ever want to see it come close to true...

-- Okum (, November 30, 1998.

"Allentown" by Billy Joel

-- Donna Barthuley (, November 30, 1998.

Yesterday - The Beatles

-- Rob Michaels (, November 30, 1998.

"Turn Back The Hands Of Time" - Tyrone Davis (1970)

"Turn Back The Universe And Give Me Yester Day" - Orpheus Quartet (1916)

-- Kevin (, December 01, 1998.

"1999" by Prince -- for savoring the contrasts between what we all envisioned about 1999 when he wrote it, and what we will have seen by then.

-- No Spam Please (, December 01, 1998.

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