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  • Best songs made up of two different songs.

    No, not medleys but completed works that are constructed by combining 2 separate works. I can come up with two:

    1. 'A Day in the Life' by the Beatles - The sad beginning and orchestral end were written by Lennon, the middle section ''Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head," was a separate song written by McCartney.

    2. 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominoes - Clapton wrote the first part of the song with some help from Duane Altman, the second part known as the piano coda was written by drummer Jim Gordon. 10 years later, mental issues caught up with him and he killed his mother with a hammer. He's still in an institution.

    Any other examples?

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    Johnny Cash & Eazy E. Mashup of Folsom Prison:



    (some NSFW language, obviously... it's Eazy E, after all)

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      This might not qualify the way you're defining it, but it came to mind:

      All Summer Long (Kid Rock) = Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) + Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
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        Question - Moody Blues
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          Originally posted by Jim Wilke View Post
          1. 'A Day in the Life' by the Beatles - The sad beginning and orchestral end were written by Lennon, the middle section ''Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head," was a separate song written by McCartney.
          As a Beatles nut, I have to do this: it's "woke up, FELL out of bed..."

          But yeah, that was absolutely a separate thing that McCartney was working on that was placed into Lennon's song. Both Paul and John often had the other one write the "middle eight" for their respective songs, but this one is the one that sticks out to me as being a pre-written piece that was plugged in.

          If you haven't had the chance to hear it, track down the demo version (actually, a composite of demo/pre-overdub versions) of this song from the Anthology albums...starts out with John counting in with "sugarplum fairy sugarplum fairy" instead of 1-2-3-4, and features John and his acoustic guitar (pre-orchestral, so you hear Mal Evans' echo-drenched voice counting off the 24 bars reserved for those overdubs)....it's great. Paul flubs a line in the middle ("everybody spoke and I went into a dream" instead of "somebody...") and curses at himself for doing so.

          Martin's recollection of writing the "score" for the orchestral part:

          What I did there was to write ... the lowest possible note for each of the instruments in the orchestra. At the end of the twenty-four bars, I wrote the highest note...near a chord of E major. Then I put a squiggly line right through the twenty-four bars, with reference points to tell them roughly what note they should have reached during each bar ... Of course, they all looked at me as though I were completely mad.

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            "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
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            • #7
              You can't bring up Paul McCartney without mentioning this one, can you?



              Granted, it's really more of 3 separate songs.

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                Paul McCartney & Wings - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

                ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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                • #9
                  And then there's this one:

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                      Queen - we will rock you/ we are the champions

                      ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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                          "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" by the Guess Who
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                            Tim McGraw's live version of "Real Good Man" fades into "The Ride". Cool cover. Not sure if it really counts as one song in the same sense, though.

                            How about "Stairway to Heaven"? It really does feel like three different songs strung together.
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                              Paranoid Android by Radiohead

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