Jane Austen in Song, Or, How the 1970s Was Really All About Jane Austen

“Rear Admiral” of Austen in Boston posted this on a Jane Austen discussion group, his facebook page, and his blog. I think it is quite brilliant, and it will give you your Daily Chuckle – he gives me permission to post it here for your enjoyment!

Playing in Parts, James Gillray (1801) - Wikipedia Commons

Playing in Parts, by James Gillray (1801) – Wikipedia Commons

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From “Rear Admiral”: From something I posted on the Goodreads Jane Austen discussion page…I got just a bit carried away….. As I’m stuck in the (mostly) 70s/Singer Songwriter Era some (all?) of these might be unknown but I had way too much fun with this so here goes:

  •  Sir Walter Eliot to himself: James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”
  • The Kellynch Hall mirrors to Sir Walter: Carly Simon “You’re So Vain”
  • Anne Eliot to Captain Wentworth: Dan Fogelberg’s “Seeing You Again”
  • Lady Catherine to everyone: Frank Sinatra “My Way”
  • Emma to Mr K: Orleans “Dance with Me”
  • Mr K to Emma: Orleans “Love Takes Time”
  • Darcy to Lizzy: Orleans “Still the One”
  • Fanny to Edmund: Yvonne Elliman “If I Can’t Have You”
  • Mary Crawford to Edmund: Pink Floyd “Money”
  • Mary Crawford to Edmund, yet again: Dido “I’m No Angel”
  • Anne Eliot to Captain Wentworth: Yvonne Elliman “Hello Stranger”
  • Captain Wentworth to Anne Eliot: Joe Cocker “The Letter”
  • Catherine to Mr. Tilney: Fontella Bass “Rescue Me”
  • Marianne to Willoughby: All versions “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
  • Elinor to Edward: ELO “Strange Magic”
  • Col Brandon to Marianne: Cat Stevens “Oh Very Young”
  • Lizzy to Darcy: Olivia Newton-John “Have You Never Been Mellow”
  • Mrs. Croft to Admiral Croft: The Moody Blues “Sitting At The Wheel”
  • Lizzy to Bingley: The Beatles “She Loves You”
  • Edward to Elinor: Mary MacGregor “Torn Between Two Lovers”
  • Elinor/Marianne/Margaret/Mrs Dashwood to Fanny and John Dashwood: Foreigner “Cold as Ice”
  • Elinor to Lucy Steele and Mrs. Ferrars: Foreigner “Cold as Ice”
  • Edmund to Mary: Joe Cocker “Unchain My Heart”
  • Marianne to Col Brandon: Lulu “To Sir With Love” (yes, the Col. isn’t a Sir, but he should be)
  • Me to Jane Austen: Sugababies “Too Lost in You”
  • Holly Christina “Jane Austen” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2XIarhE08
  • Emma to herself: 10cc “I’m Not in Love”
  • Jane Bennet to Bingley: Beatles “8 Days a Week”
  • Caroline to Lizzy: ELO “Turn to Stone”
  • Anne and Capt Wentworth: duet “Reunited”
  • Willoughby to Marianne:Elvin Bishop “Fooled around and fell in love”
  • Bingley to Darcy:Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing”
  • Adm Croft to the Musgrove Sisters: Lynyrd Skynyrd “What’s Your Name”
  • Aunt Norris to Fanny: Nick Lowe “Cruel to be Kind”
  • Eliza Williams to Willoughby Three Degrees “When will I see you again”
  • Marianne to Willoughby: James Taylor “Fire and Rain”
  • Robert Ferras to himself: ZZ Top “Sharp Dressed Man”
  • Lady Susan and Catherine Vernon duet: ELO “Evil Woman”
  • Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax duet: Atlantic Starr “Secret Lovers”
  • Mrs Bennet to her daughters:The 5th Dimension “Wedding Bell Blues”
  • Lizzy to Mr Collins: Police: “Don’t stand so close to me”
  • Charlotte Lucus to Mr Collins:Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
  • Neighbor Network of Spies to Catherine : Police “Every Breath You Take”
  • Fanny to Edmund:Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr “You don’t have to be a star”
  • Lucy Steele to Ferrars money: James Taylor: “How Sweet It is”
  • Anyone who’s read all of this to me: Simon and Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence”

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"Longways" Country Dance, by Thomas Rowlandson (1790s) - wikipedia

“Longways” Country Dance, by Thomas Rowlandson (1790s) – wikipedia


Thank you Kirk! – Anyone want to add their own versions of Jane Austen in song?

c2014, Jane Austen in Vermont

16 thoughts on “Jane Austen in Song, Or, How the 1970s Was Really All About Jane Austen

  1. I graduated in 1976, my husband in ’75, and we married in ’78. Bona fide 70s people here.We’re big Eagles fans so “Life in the Fast Lane” was on the 8 track ALL the time in those days. However, over the years we’ve mellowed so “Still the One” by Orleans is our official song. And since I’ve spent, and still spend and inordinate amount of time with them, I see YStO as the perfect anthem for Frederick and Anne’s reunification.

    Speaking of mellowing, “(They Call me) Mellow Yellow” by Donovan is up for grabs, and I also nominate Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back” for anything Lady Susan related.

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  2. “Too much free time” I resemble that remark! Errr….thanks!
    A new one:
    Adm Croft, Capt W, and Lieutenant William Price sing The Village People: “In the Navy”

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    • Yes Suzan, Kirk mentions in his intro that his choices are not strictly 1970s, but I named it that for the title of the post to simplify things. I will look at your list as well – thank you for sending that along! – just another example of how JA can be applied to just about anything, in any time!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Deb

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    • just to repeat, this is what Kirk said: ‘As I’m stuck in the (mostly) 70s/Singer Songwriter Era, some (all?) of these might be unknown but I had way too much fun with this so here goes..” – so I put the title as 1970s – know that some of the songs are from other decades – so any other song thoughts can come from any decade…

      Yes, Jane Austen IS everywhere – sort of scary really…
      Thanks Larry for visiting!

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