9 Volt Heart: Finding the Music

Don McQuinn says that he’s finding new music by typing chapter titles from Nine Volt Heart into Pandora.

Me? I listen to KEXP because I’m hungry to hear what new songwriters are doing. I first heard many of the songwriters mentioned in Nine Volt Heart on KEXP, or back when it was KCMU, or KBCS.

It’s important to support musicians, who inspire and add value to everyday life, by paying for their music. The list of song titles from Nine Volt Heart is here, to help you find songwriters who have influenced contemporary music.

Reeves Gabrel at The Family Wash - East Nashville

“Nine Volt Heart” lyrics by Dave Alvin and Rod Hodges, © 2004, Blue Horn Toad Music, BMI; Blowout Music, ASCAP.

“A Fool Such As I,” lyrics by William Trader

“A World Out of Time,” lyrics by Henry Kaiser and David Lindley

“Absolutely Sweet Marie,” lyrics by Bob Dylan

“All that Heaven Will Allow,” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“All the Right Reasons,” lyrics by Gary Michael Louris

“American Music,” lyrics by Gordon James Gano

“Angel Band” (traditional)

“Are You Really Going Out with Him?” lyrics by David Ian Jackson

“Ashes by Now,” lyrics by Rodney Crowell

“Badlands,” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“Big Boss Man,” lyrics by Lee Hazlewood and Martin Cooper

“Box Full of Letters,” lyrics by Jeff Tweedy

“Box of Rain,” lyrics by Robert Hunter and Phil Lesh

“Boys Want Sex in the Morning,” Andrew Ratshin

“Brilliant Disguise,” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“Call Him Up and Tell Him What You Want,” from “Jesus on the Mainline” (traditional)

“Can’t find my own way back home,” lyrics by Steve Winwood

“Can’t Hardly Wait,” lyrics by Paul Westerberg

“Carry That Weight,” lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Chains of This Town,” lyrics by Chuck Mead

“Changed the Locks,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Christine’s Tune (Devil In Disguise),” lyrics by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman

“Come Together,” lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

“Concrete and Barbed Wire,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Cynthia,” lyrics by Allen Toussaint

“Dark As a Dungeon,” lyrics by Merle Travis

“Everybody Has Been Burned,” lyrics by David Crosby

“Everyone’s in Love with You,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“Excuse Me If I Break My Own Heart Tonight,” lyrics by Ryan Adams

“Fearless Heart,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“Fishin’ Blues,” lyrics by Henry Thomas (Taj Mahal)

“Flesh and Blood,” lyrics by John R. Cash and Glen Ballard

“Fool’s Paradise,” lyrics by Dave Alvin

“Frying Pan,” lyrics by John Prine

“Get Rhythm,” lyrics by John R Cash

“Give Back the Key to My Heart,” lyrics by Doug Sahm

“Go Slow Down,” lyrics by Samuel Llanas and Kurt Neumann

“Goin’ Down This Road Feeling Bad,” lyrics by Delaney Bramlett

“Halo Round the Moon,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“Hard Hearted,” lyrics by Grant Sabin

“Hard Times Come Again No More,” lyrics by Stephen Foster

“Hey, Mister, That’s Me up on the Jukebox,” lyrics by James Taylor

“Hometown Blues,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“I Ain’t Broken but I’m Badly Bent,” lyrics by Del Reeves

“I Ain’t Ever Satisfied,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“I Gotta Know,” lyrics by Thelma Blackmon

“(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle,” lyrics by Hank Williams Sr.

“I Just Wanted to See You So Bad,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“I Lost It,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“I Must Be Somebody Else You’ve Known,” lyrics by Merle Haggard

“I Shall Be Released,” lyrics by Bob Dylan

“I Walk the Line,” lyrics by John R Cash

“I’ll Fly Away,” lyrics by Albert E. Brumley

“I’m Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar,” lyrics by John R Cash

“If Money Talks,” lyrics by Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers)

“If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie),” lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Meyer

“Iko Iko (Jock-A-Mo),” lyrics by James “Sugar Boy” Crawford

“In My Hour of Darkness,” lyrics by Emmy Lou Harris and Gram Parsons

“Instant Karma,” lyrics by John Lennon

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” lyrics by Bob Dylan

“Knockin’ on Your Door” (traditional)

“Last Blue Yodel,” lyrics by Jimmie Rodgers

“Little Honey,” lyrics by Dave Alvin and John Dommensen

“Lonelier Than This,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“Lovesick Blues,” lyrics by Irving Mills and Cliff Friend

“Mama’s Opry,” lyrics by Iris DeMent

“Maybe I’m Amazed,” lyrics by Paul McCartney

“Mean Woman Blues,” lyrics by John Lee Hooker

“Money Honey,” lyrics by Jesse Stone

“More Than I Can Do,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“My Old Friend the Blues,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“No Surrender,” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“Nothin’ without You,” lyrics by Steve Earle

“Nothing Compares to You,” lyrics by Prince

“Nothing Was Delivered,” lyrics by Bob Dylan

“Out of the Blue,” lyrics by Neil Young

“Passionate Kisses,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Playing in the Band,” lyrics by Robert Hunter and Bob Weir

“Price to Pay,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Right in Time,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Ring of Fire,” lyrics by June Carter and Merle Kilgore

“Rip It Up,” lyrics by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco

“Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money,” lyrics by Warren Zevon

“Shake My Mother’s Hand for Me” (traditional)

“Shame on the Moon,” lyrics by Rodney J. Crowell

“She Said She Loved Me (But She Lied),” lyrics by Jimmy Thibodeaux

“She’s About a Mover,” lyrics by Doug Sahm

“Shop It Around,” lyrics by Jason Ringenberg

“Slippin’ and Slidin’,” by Little Richard, Edwin Bocage (Eddie Bo), Al Collins, and James Smith

“Smack Dab in the Middle,” lyrics by Charles Calhoun

“So Long Baby Goodbye,” lyrics by Dave Alvin

“Something About What Happens When We Talk,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“Still I Long for Your Kiss,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams and Duane Jarvis

“Straight A’s in Love,” lyrics by John R Cash

“Stumbling through the Dark,” lyrics by Gary Louris and Matthew Sweet

“Take Out Some Insurance,” lyrics by Ralph Kinsey and Jesse Stone

“Talk to Me,” lyrics by Kurt D. Cobain

“Tears of Rage,” lyrics by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel

“That High Lonesome Sound,” lyrics by Peter Rowan

“That’s Not the Issue,” lyrics by Jeffrey Scott Tweedy

“That’s Why God Made You,” lyrics by Tim Ferguson

“The Cause of It All,” lyrics by Roy Orbison

“The Night’s Too Long,” lyrics by Lucinda Williams

“The Weight,” lyrics by Robbie Robertson

“Tickin’ Bomb,” lyrics by Shovels and Rope (Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent)

“Till I Get It Right,” lyrics by Larry Henley and Red Lane

“Tougher Than the Rest,” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

“Un Bel Di,” libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

“Understand Your Man,” lyrics by John R Cash

“Wake Up, Little Susi,” lyrics by Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant

“Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key,” lyrics by Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie

“We Can Talk,” lyrics by Richard Manuel

“We Gotta Go On Meeting Like This,” lyrics by Rodney Crowell and Larry Willoughby

“Where Shall I Go?” (traditional)

“Wild Card,” lyrics by Buddy Miller and Julie Miller

“You and Me and the Sea between Us,” album by The Teds

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” lyrics by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

“You’re Still Standing There,” lyrics by Steve Earle

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