I finally got it!

Pie chart representing chorus of Arlo Guthrie's Motorcycle Song

Inspired by some guys on my friends list… there’s a whole bunch of them here and here and even on Flickr.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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7 Responses to I finally got it!

  1. Holy hell that is my favorite thing ever.

    • songdogmi says:

      I saw a bunch of ’em before I figured it all out. Part of the problem was it took a while to see enough songs I knew so I could catch on.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t get it.

        “I don’t need no diamond ring, don’t need no Cadillac car, just want to drink my ripple wine down in the Lightning Bar.”

        Ott Lake Rambler

      • songdogmi says:

        I’m not acquainted with the guys who did the first of these, so I’m kind of guessing as to their motivations. These song charts and graphs come out of extended exposure to business documents, and it’s a way to make some fun out of them by applying them to song lyrics. The two I made started as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets; Excel has a handy little chart-making feature, so they’re easy to do. (Also easy to abuse, as anyone who’s endured Powerpoint slides knows.) Most of the charts I’ve seen are based on 80s songs. I’m just old school with the folk stuff.

      • Anonymous says:

        Now that’s more like it. Having said that, what a nerdy (geeky) thing to do.

      • songdogmi says:

        Well, yes.
        Next up: A pie chart of the Styx song “Too Much Time on My Hands.”

      • You need to do this.

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