Jun 262012

I was listening to Spiritualized’s epic “Hey Jane” and the lyric where he references “Sweet Jane on the radio.” For whatever reason, “Jane” is the most rock and roll of all girls. She, in her many guises and personae is the quintessential muse. Who the hell is this Jane chick?

Let’s let ‘er rip with any song title or lyric with Jane in it!


  74 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Fun With Jane”

  1. Let’s get Starship’s “Jane” off the table.

  2. “Me and Crazy Janey was makin’ love in the dirt … ”

    Bruce: Spirit in the Night

  3. Rock and Roll by the Velvet Underground

    “Janey said when she was just 5 years old there was nothing happening at all”

  4. misterioso

    Queen Jane Approximately by Bob Dylan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrdklsFpDW0

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction. Does that count for double points?

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    Thanks a lot. I’ve been going through my stack of Jane songs and THIS is the one stuck in my head.

  7. 2000 Man

    Lady Jane by The Stones!

  8. ladymisskirroyale

    Rick James – “Mary Jane.”

    Perhaps Jane was not just a popular girls name but it was also a reference to weed?

  9. “Janie Jones” – The Clash. Last Jane Standing!

  10. I shouldn’t be playing my trump card this early but “Jane Seymour” from The Six Wives of King Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman.

  11. Slim Jade

    Oh, there’s still plenty to go. I’ll throw in Hazy Jane I & II by Nick Drake

  12. trigmogigmo

    Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, whose title does not match the word order of the actual lyric.

    (re lmkr’s question — preeeettty sure this song has more than one thread of meaning. 🙂 There is a clear story about a girl (presumably Jane, but not named) but then you have lyrics like the chorus “Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain” …)

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    This song, “Reflections After Jane” is on The Clientele’s first album:


  14. misterioso

    Van Morrison (via W.B. Yeats), “Crazy Jane on God”

  15. “Sweet Jane” by the Velvets…

  16. alexmagic

    Slade’s “Gudbye To Jane”

  17. mockcarr

    Jane – Ben Folds Five

  18. Jane of the Waking Universe – Guided By Voices

  19. “Rainy Jane” – Davy Jones

  20. “What in the world ever happened to Sweet Jane?”

    -Grateful Dead “Truckin’ “

  21. I’ll be your Tarzan, you’ll be my Jane.

    Apeman- Kinks

  22. Janie’s Got a Gun – Aerosmith

  23. When in doubt, go with the fab 4.

    What’s the New Mary-Jane?

  24. cliff sovinsanity

    Jane S. Piddy by Rodriguez

  25. Barenaked Ladies have a song called simply “Jane”. God, that’s 2 BNLs in a row, I’m feeling rather sick now.

  26. ladymisskirroyale

    Belle and Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane

  27. My favorite Humble Pie song, “Shaky Jane.’

  28. “(Her Name Was) Jane” by The Pagans

  29. 2000 Man

    Aww, man! I was holding out on that one! I love The Pagans! I was just thinking the other day that Boy Can I Dance Good is one of the greatest songs ever.

  30. H. Munster

    1-2-5 by The Haunted

    “My name’s Mary Jane
    And I live down the lane”

  31. Yeah, they were great.

  32. Not as cool as Mr. Munster’s entry….

    “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing” by MC Shan

  33. I’m not sure who did it first but ‘Little Liza Jane” by Dr. John.

  34. Plain Jane – Fabian or Bobby Rydell or someone like that

  35. Slim Jade

    I’ve been sitting on “How Come You’re Such a Hit With The Boys, Jane?” by Dolly Mixture

  36. bostonhistorian

    Icicle Works “Understanding Jane”

  37. ladymisskirroyale

    Like that delectable interplay of positive and negative space, Coldcut’s (not so delectable) “Stop This Crazy Thing” never mentions Jane but implies her presence in both the use of the Tarzan yell and the Jetson’s line.

    Thanks to Bobby Bittman for the reminder…

  38. ladymisskirroyale

    And Mr. Royale just recalled that there is the PJ Harvey tune “Me – Jane”

  39. mockcarr

    Replacements’ – Androgynous.

    “here comes Jane, y’know she’s sporting a chain”

  40. Slim Jade

    Brand New Friend by Lloyd Cole:
    “Walkin’ in the pouring rain/Walkin’ with Jesus and Jane”

  41. That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings:

    They call me girl, they call me Stacey, they call me her, they call me Jane.

    I really need to find a classic rock health club.

  42. I can stoop lower than any of you:

    “The doctor gave him pills for pain
    but Andy had some Mary-Jane.” – “Andy’s Nuts” by LD

    Song I wrote for my buddy after his vasectomy


  43. “My Sister Jane” from Green’s White Soul/Bittersweet CD. Does Jeff Lescher’s Green ever get any love in the townhall? White Soul/Bittersweet (a CD combining an album with an EP) is one of my all time favorite CDs ever. So there.

  44. bostonhistorian

    Madness’ “Tarzan’s Nuts” starts out “Have you seen Jane…”

  45. Hey markkay, Green was one of the ultimate underappreciated bands of their time. I used to correspond with that guy Jeff back in the ’80s, when people actually wrote letters on paper and sent them through the mail. Whatever happened to him and his music, do you know?

  46. A rocktownhall research assignment! I don’t know what Lesher’s been up to, but I’m occassionally in contact with Mike Jarvis, who played guitar with one configuration of Green, so I’ll see if he knows anything that I can pass on. I saw Green once or twice when I lived in Milwaukee in the mid-nineties and they made the short road trip from Chicago to play to a crowd of maybe 10 people or so. “Underappreciated” hits the nail on the head!

  47. Excellent, please do, and let me know if you’d like to do an interview or feature on the band. I can easily set you up with “Back Office Privileges.” Thanks!

  48. “Ann Jane” by the Jayhawks.
    Those names don’t go together well like Mary Jane or Liza Jane. That’s like a guy going by something akin to Tom-Bob.

  49. Slim Jade

    “Strollin’ With Mary Jane”
    Jump blues from Big Sandy and HIs Fly-Rite Boys

  50. H. Munster

    “The Wanderer” by Dion

    Oh well, there’s Flo on my left and there’s Mary on my right
    And Janie is the girl with that I’ll be with tonight
    And when she asks me, which one I love the best?
    I tear open my shirt I got Rosie on my chest

  51. “Guitarzan” by Ray Stevens:

    “He’s got a girl named Jane with no last name
    Kinda homely and plain but he loves her just the same
    Cuz she kindles a flame and it drives him insane
    When he hears her sing, she really does her thing
    It’s her claim to fame, come on, sing one Jane”

  52. You must get a very twee workout at your current facility…weight training to The Ting Tings and Aztec Camera.

  53. bostonhistorian

    Moon Mullican “Seven Nights to Rock”

    Monday, I’m gonna rock with Jane

  54. “Games Without Frontiers” by Peter Gabriel:

    “Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane/
    Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again”

  55. BigSteve

    Sly & the Family Stone, Jane Is A Groupee

  56. “Daisy Jane” by (blech!) America

  57. Slim Jade

    “Jane In the Jungle” by the 5,6,7,8’s

  58. mockcarr

    I loathe myself for bringing out this one, but it is a public service; Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp.

  59. Someone threw in the Jayhawks, but I thought for sure the Golden Smog song “Jane” would go first…

    “Jane… why don’t you give a damn…”

  60. Here’s some (relatively) recent info on Jeff Lescher (not Lesher — sheesh, I got his name wrong in the above): http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/10/not_easy_being_green_chicago_b.html The last CD I picked up was 2001’s Eau de Vie, but Green released The Planets in 2009, so I’ll have to look for that one. Thanks for the invite to write — if I get any new info, I’ll consider it. BTW Jarvis didn’t have a whole lot to add to the info in the linked article.

  61. hrrundivbakshi

    Can’t believe nobody’s thrown out “Jane” by Jefferson Starshit. Featuring the *second*-worst guitar solo in the history of rock and roll!

  62. bostonhistorian

    See #1

  63. H. Munster

    “Plain Jane” by Bobby Darin (1959)

  64. BigSteve

    Bruce Springsteen, Janey Don’t You Lose Heart


  65. “Me and Jane” by Bingy Bunny

    Last Rastaman Standing, Praise Jah!

  66. BigSteve

    Wrens, Jane Fakes a Hug (from Secaucus)

  67. bostonhistorian

    Confetti, “Whatever Became of Alice and Jane”, an obscure song wondering what happened to the members of the slightly less obscure Marine Girls members who weren’t Tracey Thorn, who, I just realized, might be completely obscure to many out here.

  68. That song that goes “What a shame what happened to Jane” by LAGuns

  69. “Ida Jane” by Fats Domino

  70. YO! Still alive.

    J. Lescher

  71. Thanks for finding us. I will be in touch!

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