I'd forgotten about it until I came across this classic Costello song, but at a conference on literature promotion a year or so ago, we had a late night session in the bar wracking our brains for pop songs containing book references.
It seemed surprising that lyricists so seldom refer to literature, let alone engaged in cross art, transliterate creative projects.
For the rest of the event we swapped titles day and night. As I try to encourage more readers to this blog and more readers of this blog to leave comments, let me put out a request for more of these:
"Kind of like Verlaine and Rimbaud" - Bob Dylan, You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome
"Who (who) who wrote the book of love?"
"Please sir or madam will you read my book, it took me years to write won't you take a look." - Beatles, Paperback Writer
""Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov" - The Police, Don't Stand so Close to Me.
"He's reading Balzac, knocking back prozac" - Blur, Country House
and of course "Everyday I Write the Book" - Elvis Costello
"Oh, Heathcliff!" - Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights
Thanks to Prof Ronald Soetaert, Michael Cross and others for these.
Any more? Extra points given for digital book references.