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    Chess Related Songs

    was lookin' for chess related songs and there are quite a few ...

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/13...h-chess-lyrics

    and many more...

    Then I stumbled on this old jewel (definitely not a song but knowing
    Dylan's early stuff, it might as well have been one of his "talkin' blues"
    with just a bit of guitar strumming and a tad of mouth organ)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anaj9mcvFKs
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    Ha. I was not aware of that Dylan snippet!

    Thought there was an old thread about this but might have been the 2003 forum or intermittently on the "What Song [..]" thread.

    Anyway, Dragon's two chess-related songs, the well known "April Sun In Cuba" and lesser-known "The Dreaded Moroczy Bind" (which only explicitly references chess in the title) were referenced on the Paul Hewson thread: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....ut-Paul-Hewson

    Another example that used to get mentioned on Aus chess forums a lot was Lazy Susan: Bobby Fischer

    In the huge list of chess lyrics in the six pages of comments on that link there were a couple I knew of that were missed:

    Elvis Costello: Human Hands - "With the kings and queens of the dance hall craze/ Checkmate in three moves in your heyday"

    Suzanne Vega: Knight Moves - "Watch while the queen, in one false move, turns herself into a pawn"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Ha. I was not aware of that Dylan snippet!

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    Suzanne Vega: Knight Moves - "Watch while the queen, in one false move, turns herself into a pawn"
    Interesting info, didn't know about the Dragon! Vega's verse is great though! very much like chess imitating life or vice versa!
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    Hex (a duo of Steve Kilbey from The Church and Donnette Thayer from Game Theory) had a song called "Monarch" with the unlikely "Queen to knight's pawn three, I'll bet you that it's checkmate." I am not sure which of them was responsible for this lyric. It's the only chess reference I'm aware of in the massive volume of Church-related music.

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    One would imagine that Bob Dylan, reportedly a chess player himself, would have some more chess related songs apart from "Only a Pawn in their Hands" which is the only(?) one!

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    A copy of this autographed and claimed as original picture of Bob Dylan is hanging on a wall at a NYC McDonalds (diagonally across the Pen, next to the Post Office. I was told the place was once a popular café where many well known artists - a young Dylan amongst them - performed there for a feed and whatever the passing of the hat provided! Things were better at the Village, however, the opposition was tougher!
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    Songs that use the word checkmate would be a large number. These seems to be a reasonable number with Checkmate as the title including one by Jesse McCartney and another by Cypress Hill. The Cypress Hill one has slightly more chess related lyrics with B-Real's verse beginning

    Look look punk, every way you get shook
    To the pawn, takin out the rook, off of the book


    but that's about it.
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