1. Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin. I've had outstanding luck with opening songs this week. I shall risk offense and say that I believe this is better than Aretha's version of Respect. And to quote Steely Dan - "Hey nineteen, that's 'retha Franklin."
2. Chelsea Hotel No. 2 - Leonard Cohen. My favorite line in this most excellent song is "Clenching your fist for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty." Leonard Cohen is allowed in the house, but only if he brings his own booze.
3. Chocolate Jesus - Tom Waits. This completely twisted my entire outlook for the day and established a goofy mood I didn't escape until the walk home. I told my students I became a philosopher when I was 10 in order to impress an older girl I was in love with who was a family friend. It's a true story, but it's still goofy as hell. But how else could I respond to this?
When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait
4. Christ for President - Wilco/Woody Guthrie. Or maybe it was this that set my mood.
5. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk - Rufus Wainwright. Or maybe it was this.
6. Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young. Definitely not this.
7. Clap Hands - Tom Waits.
8. Clocks - Coldplay. I suppose I should be deeply suspicious of Coldplay. Oh well.
9. Clubland - Elvis Costello. This was the first song on the walk home.
10. Coal to Cola - Grogshow. Nasty good line: "... the rest of me thinking of all your charms, / and how few there are and how far I go for them."
11. Cocoon - The Decemberists. Pretty and fairly inscrutable song, and not at all goofy, and a great transition from Grogshow to.
12. Coda In Search Of A Song - Paper Cats. An old tune without lyrics, just a 12-string basic track and lead played on an acoustic-electric classical (my trusty Cordoba) with some distortion and echo.
13. Cold Turkey - John Lennon. John Lennon quitting drugs.
14. Come Together - Beatles. John Lennon still on drugs. Time going backwards.
15. Comfort of Strangers - Beth Orton. No evidence of drugs involved.
16. Comfortably Numb - Dar Williams & Ani Difranco. ... and right back on the drugs. Want some cognitive dissonance? Listen to this cover of Pink Floyd.