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Hey Joe Hey Jude
Hay Ya
Hey You Get off of my cloud.

Hey Yeah! Hey Hey Hey that’s what I say.
Hey hey hey, what you say, Sherry Darlin’

Ain’t talkin bout love, hey hey hey hey,
so now we got Bad Blood, Hey.
Hey 19, Hey Good Lookin’, Hey There Delilah, Hey Baby will you be my girl?

Hey Tonight Hey Bartender So hey, I’m getting drunk on a plane.
Hey Little Cobra, Hey Bulldog, Hey Hey We’re the Monkees
Hey Ho, but not you Heigh-ho, so off to work you go.

Hey Soul Sister Hey Big Brother Hey Mickey, you’re so fine,
My My Hey Hey, Rock and Roll is here to stay but for now,
Nana Na Na Hey Hey Hey, Good bye.

So the music world loves the word “hey“ as exemplified in the 26 or so songs referenced in the above verse authored by the Bard of Wedwand.

“Hey” is the exclamation point on a song. It doesn’t matter if “hey” starts the song or if it is strategically interjected. “Hey” is the one word we know when we know no others in a sing-along.

In fact, Rock and Roll Part 2, a 1972 song by Gary Glitter, contains only one word in its three minutes and two seconds of guitar and drum mania. Yet, it’s a favorite in the stadium crowds. Why? Cause everyone knows the word and when it comes, they can sing along.

If you want to play a fun game on your drive home from work, click the station buttons and see how many songs have the word “hey” in them. In my half hour commute tonight, I found four. One every 7.5 minutes. It helps relieve the boredom, and hey, it might make a heavy traffic day a little less frustrating.

I continued the ”Hey” song quest when I heard a TV car commercial from Jeep with a background song, “Hey Hey Hey. Hey Hey Hey. Livin life like we’re Renegades”.

Then as I rode down the road on the way to work there were more that I forgot.

Oddly enough, I forgot to mention, Don’t You Forget About Me, hey hey hey hey from the movie The Breakfast Club. Did they mean to use four heys or did they stutter?

So here’s to you Mrs. Robinson, heaven holds a place for those who pray. Hey hey hey.

Hey, don’t listen to a word I say, Hey! The screams all sound the same, Hey! This band is from Iceland so apparently “hey” has an international appeal.

Then there’s the Fab Four classic, Hey, you got to hide your love away.

They’re all over out there in song world and on the radio waves.

Interesting observation about the hey thing. Sometimes, it’s just hey. Sometimes, it’s hey hey, but it very often comes in triplicates, most effectively delivered as a hey hey hey.

Although Simple Minds and Van Halen also utilized the quadruple hey hey hey hey. A random isolated hey is cool too. But that must be shouted for effect.

Shock the monkey, HEY!

One final song. It’s been around since 1969. Maybe this year the lyrics of the song will finally come true.

Hey Hey Holy Mackerel, the Cubs are on their way. It was the 1969 Chicago Cubs fight song performed by Johnny Frigo. Really, it was.

Hey, hey, holy mackerel, no doubt about it,
the Cubs are on their way!
The Cubs are gonna hit today
they’re gonna pitch today
they’re gonna field today
come what may, the Cubs are gonna win today!
Hey, hey holy mackerel, no doubt about it
The Cubs are on their way
They’ve got the hustle they’ve got the muscle
the Chicago Cubs are on their way!!!

But hey, you take care out there.

FOOTNOTE: This week’s entry is a consolidation of two Wedwand posts from July, 2015.

In case you didn’t catch or know ALL the Hey Songs, here they are:

Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix — 1966
Hey Jude – The Beatles — 1968
Hey Ya – Outkast — 2003
Hey You – Pink Floyd– 1979
Hey You (Get off My Cloud) – Rolling Stones – 1965
Hey Hey Hey (Satisfaction) – Rolling Stones – 1965
Hey Hey Hey (Sherry Darling) – Bruce Springsteen –1978
Ain’t talkin bout Love (Hey Hey Hey Hey) – Van Halen — 1978
Bad Blood (Hey) –Taylor Swift — 2015
Hey 19 – Steely Dan – 1980
Hey Good Lookin – Hank Williams — 1951
Hey There Delilah – Plain White Tees — 2007
Hey Baby (Will you be my girl) – Bruce Channel — 1961
Hey Tonight – Creedence Clearwater Revival–1971
Hey Bartender – Blues Brothers — 1978
Hey I’m Getting Drunk on a Plane – Dierks Bentley — 2014
Hey Little Cobra –The Rip Chords — 1963
Hey Bulldog – The Beatles — 1969
Hey Hey We’re the Monkees – The Monkees — 1966
Hey Ho – The Lumineers — 2011
Heigh Ho – The Seven Dwarfs — 1937
Hey Soul Sister –Train — 2010
Hey Big Brother – Rare Earth — 1971
Hey Mickey – Toni Basil — 1981
Hey Hey My My – Neil Young — 1979
Nananana Hey Hey Goodbye—Steam — 1968
Renegades – Ambassador X — 2015
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds — 1985
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel — 1968
Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men (from Iceland) – 2011
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles — 1965
Shock The Monkey – Peter Gabriel – 1982
Hey Hey Holy Mackerel – Johnny Frigo — 1969

Do I need to explain the cover photo to you? Nah Nah, Hay Hay, you get it!

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