Parker Brothers Beware: The Song Game

28 Apr


I’m a board game lover. Started with Candyland, moved into Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, and Scattegories and will keep moving right into puzzles when people start refusing to play with me. The hard part is, the prices of some of these games can leave you with no money for snacks and, honestly, who wants to come over if you’re not serving snacks?

Luckily, I grew up the best kind of poor kid: with the delusion that we weren’t buying things because it was “more fun!” to make them ourselves. The jig was up when I realized it wasn’t “fun” to wear knitted Easter vests that closely resembled the afghan I used to have on my bed; but I did come away with one actual recipe for fun and that is The Song Game.

The Song Game is free unless you have to buy friends to come over and play it with you and it makes a great gift to bring to housewarmings or dinner parties as long as you wrap a pretty ribbon around it. Here’s how to make it:

What you’ll need:

A pen

Index cards, or any extra paper you have around the house, we used notebook paper sometimes.

What you’ll do:

Think of words that pop up in a lot of well-known songs (“love”, “eyes”, “this jelly”). Try to think of at least 30 or 40 words and write them onto the cards or slips of paper. Stack them. Tie them up. Grab some friends and/or family.

How you’ll play:

Split into two teams (more if you have over 12 people) and set the cards in the middle of the table. The team to go first picks a card and reads the word. Let’s say the word is “blue”. Their team has to think of a song with the word blue in it and sing at least 8 words of the song. Then the other team does the same. Go back and forth until one team can’t think of any more songs and then that team has to take the card and everyone moves onto a new word. Whichever team ends up with the most cards loses.


  • Heckling is required in this game. While the rival team is trying to think of another song, your team should be chanting, “Take the card! Take the card!” softly and then louder and louder to encourage their surrender.
  • Try and disperse the young and old evenly so that both teams don’t end up shouting, “I’ve never heard that song!”
  • If you have uneven numbers, deem one person the judge. This person can yell fun things like “Times up! Take the damn card!” and google the song lyrics to make sure no one is just making something up.
  • If a family member is bringing a new BF/GF around who may not really want to shout lyrics or “school” your mom at The Song Game, offer to let them “kibbitz” which is my grandma’s word for sitting back and offering hints to whichever team she feels like helping.
  • Serve cheese doodles. Always cheese doodles.

5 Responses to “Parker Brothers Beware: The Song Game”

  1. rick roche June 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    It sounds like fun. Is there a stop words list for words that are too common? It seems like some words could go on all night, but maybe that would still be fun. Who cares about winning?

    • anniee June 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

      Yes, if there is a word that seems to have endless song possibilities and we get sick of singing them, we can just move onto the next word and no one has to take the card. It is fun because you get to see everyone’s taste in music. Some people are singing Disney tunes, some people know rap, etc. The game usually ends when the next meal is served or when Mom brings the leftovers back out!

  2. Gloria June 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Annie,

    I LOVE this site that you have created. The Song Game sounds like a lot of fun.

    I especially like the way you describe things and the comments you add in. It is very conversational, up beat, and it feels like you are sitting in the room with me and we are just talking.

    I have another suggestion for the Rainiy Day Box, but I will go back to that page and add the comments there.


  3. Your niece!!! August 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    next time you come up we should play!!


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