Sunday, 16 May 2021

You and I Make A Great Title For Artists From Queen To Lady Gaga

A popular soft drink company has been running a musical promotion all summer, placing famous song lyrics on their bottles. While I usually enjoy reading the words to see if I recognize the particular song, I have discovered that many of their selections have become repetitive.

Just yesterday I grabbed two twenty ounce bottles from the local convenience store, only to discover that both had the exact same lyric on them. I was left to wonder if Lady Gaga’s “I was born this way” was some kind of secret message to me, having appeared on both drinks I purchased.

I decided to revisit that album, Born This Way, which coincidentally turns five on August 23. The song that remains my favorite from that record is the fourth single, “You and I.” I like the fact that Gaga sampled Queen’s We Will Rock You, and that Brian May himself plays a guitar solo on the song.

It was forty years ago when May and his band released a song by the exact same title slim, “You and I.” It is from A Day at the Races, the follow up album to A Night at the Opera and “Bohemian Rhapsody.

The order of those two pronouns in the title have appeared frequently in the history of rock music, and several times those songs have reached the Top Ten. That number could be even higher, had the band Life House and the artist Alice Cooper been more grammatically correct when assigning titles to their songs. Both of them scored huge hits with different songs called “You and Me,” even though the context of each one required the subjective use of the first person singular pronoun (I) rather than the objective use (me).

At least a half dozen other songs have worn the same title, and here are the bands who recorded them.


Jeff Tweedy does a duet with Feist on this track from his band’s self-titled album.

John Legend

The R & B artist subtitled this hit “Nobody In This World” and it quickly became the fourth single from his Love In The Future album.

Michael Buble

The popular crooner include this cover of the Stevie Wonder song on an album called It’s Time.


Eric Stewart and Graham Goldman co-wrote this catchy tune for Bloody Tourists, which opens with the smash single “Dreadlock Holiday.”

Jason Mraz

Waiting For My Rocket To Come is his debut album, on which he composed a single called “You and I Both.”

One Direction

The English-Irish boy band placed this single on the Midnight Memories album, replacing the “and” between the pronouns with an ampersand.