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There have been several Geeklists that link songs and games. But, I could not find one that listed real songs that reference actual boardgames in their titles or lyrics.

The criteria for this list is that the game itself must be mentioned (or strongly alluded to) by the song. A song and game cannot just have the same subject matter, i.e. Led Zeppelin's Ramble On and the game The Lord of The Rings do not belong on this list.

I have 10 to award to the best contributor(s) to this list. I will divide up the in whatever way I deem appropriate. All contributions submitted before Friday, Sept 5th 2008. will be considered. The will be distributed on Sept 5th.


WINNERS:

1) Everyone who submitted a song received a geekdime.

2) Everyone who submitted a song that had not been submitted to a different Geeklist sometime in the past, received another geekdime.

3) And IanthePez won the remainder of the GG prize money (4.30) for submitting the song "Squints on a Triple" by Jonathan Ochshorn.
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1. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2018]
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Deaf Pedestrians' Hail to the Geek includes the following verse:

I play dungeons and dragons
I got a 13th level halfling fighter thief
got seven hit die on my backstab
sometimes you know it's good to be a geek.
It's good to be a geek
It's good to play the freak
It's good to comb my mullet once every other week
As far as I can see
It's good to play the Wii
Then stay up painting miniatures til 2 or 3
Cuz no one ever...

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2. Board Game: The Man in the Moon [Average Rating:4.92 Unranked]
To be free, one must give up a little part of oneself
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R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon" contains several consecutive board game references:

Mott the Hoople and the Game of Life. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Monopoly, twenty one, checkers, and chess. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Let's play Twister, let's play Risk. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
See you in heaven if you make the list. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
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3. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1114]
ian morris
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Birmingham
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My Perfect Cousin, by The Undertones, has the lines :-

He'd always beat me at Subbuteo
'Cause he'd flick a kick
And I wouldn't know...




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4. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:13415]
Mike Ulrey
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Hilliard
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"Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie.... Yea blush

Like a little school mate in the school yard

We'll play jacks and UNO cards

I'll be your best friend
And you'll be mine, valentine
Yes you can hold my hand if you want to
'cause I wanna hold yours too
We'll be playmates and lovers and share our secret worlds
But it's time for me to go home
It's getting late, dark outside
I need to be with myself in center, clarity, peace, serenity yeah
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5. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1933]
Jeff Corrie
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Independence
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Weezer's
In the Garage

First two lines:

I've got the Dungeon Master's Guide
I've got a 12-sided die


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMcrbWC6PQY

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6. Board Game: Space Hop [Average Rating:4.28 Unranked]
ian morris
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Birmingham
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Although not a board game, Spacehopper, by Julian Cope, does have the following reference to that classic '70s toy :-

I've got a spacehopper baby
But it's strictly one-seater
You'd better hold on tight
To my special feature




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7. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
Gordon Watson
United Kingdom
Banstead
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At the risk of a total loss of street cred for knowing this.. the song 'Spanish Train' by Chris De Burgh contains the following lines...

And far away in some recess
The Lord and the Devil are now playing chess,
The Devil still cheats and wins more souls,
And as for the Lord, well, he's just doing his best...


This follows an earlier high stakes game of 'poker' between God and the Devil for human souls.
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8. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.42 Overall Rank:13527] [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
Paul DeStefano
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Long Island
New York
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Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick

We'll make a man of him
put him to trade
teach him
to play Monopoly and
to sing in the rain.
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9. Board Game: Seal Race [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
ian morris
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Birmingham
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The Seventh Seal, by Scott Walker.


Can't remember the lyrics, but the song is about a knight playing chess with Death, based on the film of the same name.


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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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United States
Pasadena
California
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Yankee Go Home"

There's a line in this song that mentions Carcassonne, but it's unknown if it's the game or city.
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11. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1363]
Ian Sergeant
United States
Burlington
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The song is Squints on a Triple by Jonathan Ochshorn.

Here is what he says about the song:
"The song, Squints on a Triple, is based on a true story: my daughter Jennie beat me in a game of Scrabble by putting the word “squints” on a triple word square on her last turn. Scrabble fans know that putting the letter “Q” on a triple word square generates many points; having the letter “Q” simultaneously on a double letter square makes the points scored even greater, and the pain of defeat that much more severe."

Jonathan Ochshorn also teaches architecture at Cornell University which is just pretty cool.

Here is the website where you can hear the song.
http://jon.ochshorn.org/new-music/squints-on-a-triple/

1. she put squints on a triple
with q on the double
i thought i was winning
but now i’m in trouble
all of my hopes, false expectations
burst like a bubble

2. it’s the first rule of offense
to cover your back
protect all your troopers
from a flanking attack
don’t let the lineman
in for a sack

[chorus] how could i let myself relinquish control
let my constructions collapse into rubble
on the very last play, on the very last roll
she put squints on a triple with q on the double

3. she has flung in my face
all those skills that i taught her
now i’m left in disgrace
it’s a moral that’s sought here
you better be careful when playing
games with your daughter [chorus]

bridge: just look at the score
nothing will be the same in this game anymore

4. she giggles and she claps
but her face seems to soften
i think she’s perhaps
rolled the dice once too often
so come on now, one more for the road baby
i’m not yet in my coffin [chorus]
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12. Board Game: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Battlesystem [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Ray Favocci
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Cherry Hill
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Stephen Lynch's D&D:

i got my twelve sided die and im ready to roll with a wizard and my goblin crew,
my friends are comin over to my moms basement bringin funyuns and the mountain dew,
i got a big broad sword made out of cardboard and that stereo's a-pumpin zeppelin,
its that time of the night we turn on the black light let the dungeons and the dragons begin,
it's d&d!
fighting with the legends of yore.
it's d&d!
never kissed lady before (nope).
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13. Board Game: Solitaire [Average Rating:4.23 Overall Rank:13497]
Peter Johns
United States
Houston
Texas
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All together on the chorus

....Now solitaire's the only game in town
And every road that takes him down....

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14. Board Game: Rubik's Game [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
Peter Johns
United States
Houston
Texas
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From the musical 'Chess'

...maybe it's a bit confusing for a game, but Rubik's cubes were much the same.
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15. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2358]
Pete Hall
United States
Graham
Washington
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Statler Brothers from wayyyy back:

"Counting flowers on the wall
That don't bother me at all.
Playin' solitaire till dawn
with a deck of fifty-one..."
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16. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64]
Necessary Evil
United States
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Moxy Fruvous mention Crokinole in the song "King of Spain"

Once I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
Oh... my unspeakable wife, Queen Lisa (now I eat humble pie)
I'm telling you I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
And now I work at the Pizza Pizza

Royalty, lord it looked good on me
Buried in silk in the royal boudoir or going nuclear free
Or playing Crokinole with the Princess of Monaco
Telling my jokes to the OPEC leaders, getting it all on video

Once I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
A palatial palace, that was my home (now I eat humble pie)
I'm telling you I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
And now I vacuum the turf at SkyDome (once he was the King of Spain)

I can't wait, I'm lowering interest rates, my people say:
"King, how are you such a genius?
There's a roof overhead and food on our plates!"
It's laisez-faire, I don't even give a care
Let's make Friday part of the weekend
And give every new baby a chocolate eclair

Once I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
Hey Clinton! Hey Yeltsin! Got problems? You phone me (now I eat humble pie)
I'm telling you I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
Now the Leafs call me up to drive the Zamboni (once he was the King of Spain)

Now some of you are probably wondering how I cam to be living in Canada
after being royalty in Spain. Should I tell them, guys?
Tell us, King!

You see late one night when the palace was asleep
Out of my royal chambers and into the garden I creep
And I wait till the appointed time, when the moon is lighting the pitch
At which point my peasant friend, who looks just like me
Arrives and we make a switch
Prince and pauper, junior and whopper
World made up of silver and copper
Out of my own volition, I took a change of position
So next time you drool in the pizza line
Remember, slower pizza's more luscious
The King of Spain never rushes!!!

Once I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble)
I was looking for off-handed ways to improve us (now I eat humble pie)
I'm telling you I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
And now I'm jamming with Moxy Frvous! (once he was the King of Spain)
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17. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:13516]
John Reiners
United States
New York
New York
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Frank Black - Calistan

Went in from the weather when I got wheezy
I play some pachinko I play pachisi
And St. Anne is still making it breezy
In the valley of tar that once was L.A.(hey, hey)
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18. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:811]
David Matchen
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Baltimore
Maryland
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Mötörhead, "Ace of Spades"



Also references craps.

And, if you haven't seen this episode, you need to.
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19. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:144] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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MC Frontalot's Hassle: The Dorkening

I don't know how "real" you considering MC Frontalot. And though he doesn't *say* Magic: The Gathering, it is clear from his lyrics what he's talking about.
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20. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:13516]
Brenden Johnson
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Lakeville
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Ha! John, you reminded me of another one. This song refers to your song, but it still names the same games.

311's Misdirected Hostility:

So much angst an pain it's so wack
You should take a tip from the one Frank Black
Play some pachinko play some parcheesi
Cause all the angst s**t is just cheesy
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21. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Spokane Valley
Washington
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Thanks to edensong's entry (#14) I rediscovered a song from way back in my younger days. With the added bonus that I have actually been to the city, here are the lyrics from One Night in Bangkok:

Bangkok, Oriental setting
And the city don't know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world in a
Show with everything but Yul Brynner.

Bangkok, just another stop in
The chess world circus -- masters drop in,
Play, checkmate, check out and then you
Move on to another venue.

Like Iceland -- or the Philippines -- or
Hastings -- or -- or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One town's very like another
When your head's down over your pieces, brother.

It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity
To be looking at the board, not looking at the city.

Whaddya mean? Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town, ya
seen 'em all.

Tea, girls, warm, sweet
Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite.

Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist
Whose every move's among the purest.

I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me.

Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha.

I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you.

So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage
parlors...

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a god in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me.
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22. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:811]
Richard S
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Rensselaer
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Is this a strong enough allusion?

"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.

Know when to walk away, and know when to run. You never count your money, when you're sittin' at the table. There'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done."

"The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers
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23. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Jethro Tull has a song called "Only Solitaire" that mentions chess and solitaire...

Brain-storming habit-forming battle-warning weary
winsome actor spewing spineless chilling lines ---
the critics falling over to tell themselves he's
boring and really not an awful lot of fun. Well
who the hell can he be when he's never had V.D.,
and he doesn't even sit on toilet seats?

Court-jesting, never-resting --- he must be very
cunning to assume an air of dignity and bless us
all with his oratory prowess, his lame-brained
antics and his jumping in the air. And every night
his act's the same and so it must be all a game of
chess he's playing --- "But you're wrong, Steve:
you see, it's only solitaire."
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24. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2018]
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"First in my class here at M.I.T.
Got skills, I'm a Champion of DND
MC Escher that's my favorite MC
Keep your 40
I'll just have an Earl Grey tea"

"White & Nerdy" by Weird Al
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25. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13164]
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"Now I'm one with the living and I'm feeling just fine
I know just what I gotta do
Play the game of happiness and never let on
That it only lives on in a song - oh
Well there's nothing you can do when you're next in line
You've got to go domino."


"The Last Domino" by Genesis
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