I remember a snippet of a song from years and years ago, but have no idea who sang it, what song it was, or even what “genre” of music or era. Can I dig it up with Google or some other tool? The phrase was “wrapped up like a deuce”, I think.
This is a splendid job for Google, actually, particularly its ability to search for phrases rather than just collections of words. Let’s just jump in and search for the phrase you list, but make sure that we surround it with quotes:
“wrapped up like a deuce”
Unlike most people with tenuous memories of songs, you remembered the lyrics right, congratulations! The first match is from the site Am I Right?, where they state that this particular lyric from Manfred Mann’s song “Blinded by the Light” is commonly misheard (or misremembered) as “wrapped up like a douche”. There’s also some confusion about whether it’s “wrapped up” or “revved up”. Since a “deuce” is slang for a particular kind of hot rod (remember the Beach Boys “little deuce coupe”?) the latter makes a bit more sense to me…
We’ve already found your match, though, the song is Blinded by the Light and it’s by Manfred Mann. A bit more digging and you’ll find that it was originally written by a far more successful [and talented, but that's just my opinion] musician, Bruce Springsteen, in the early 70′s and Manfried Mann recorded their cover version in the mid 70′s.
One great place to dig around for music and song information, by the way, is Gracenote.com, where you can find that there are a surprising 350 matches in the database to “blinded by the light” and where I confirmed that indeed “Manfred Mann” was also known as “Manfred Mann’s Earth Band”. I thought so.
Go back and look at those Google results, though. There’s an upload on YouTube of Manfred and his gang playing the song from back in 1976. It’s not pretty, but here it is:
The second match back at our original Google search is also quite interesting, it’s an article from Cecil Adams for his splendid The Straight Dope column on the lyrics to this very song. In his short piece Cecil explains that Springsteen’s original lyrics were “cut loose like a deuce” and that Mann changed it to “wrapped up like a deuce”, then he bails and admits he has no idea what any of it means. Uh, okay, Cecil. We’ll let you slide on this one.
Finally, if you really can’t live without the song, you can Google something like “blinded by the light” free mp3 download and try your luck with the various sites listed. More likely than not, the copy you’d get would be illegal, but then again, if I hadn’t done that Google search myself I wouldn’t have learned that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) did a cover of the song too…
Now, for practice, try to figure out which song the lyric “you put the lime in the coconut” comes from, the singer/band, when it was first recorded, how many people have recorded this particular song and, as a bonus, find a link to it as a video on YouTube (and double-bonus if it’s a muppet singing the song). Now hold on, don’t scroll down to read the answers from other readers first: that’s cheating!
Too easy? Here’s a tougher one: who was the first woman to record a song with the lyrics “nice work if you can get it”, and which of the many recordings by female singers was the most successful by sales or based purely on the popularity of the singer?