[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=552nkpBaCIEThe song title that got me started on this topic is not even real, it’s fictional: In Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone mysteries, Sharon’s brother-in-law Ricky Savage is a country star, and his first big hit in the novels is called Cobwebs in the Attic of My Mind. For some reason, this song title has been sticking with me all morning and got me thinking about real-life songs that have long and complicated titles, like The Police’s Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic or A-Ha’s Here I Stand and Face the Rain.

I believe Marcia Muller was poking gentle fun at song titles when she invented the title of Ricky’s song. But do they work in real life? Do you like such titles, or do you think they are pretentious or over-the-top?

– Rike Horstmann