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'Tis The Time For "Before" Songs

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Other than in advertisements for some weight-loss program or pill, the preposition is seldom used with any regularity. There are, however, two times every year when the word “Before” becomes an important indicator for a holiday, both recognized on the evening prior to Christmas and exactly one week later the evening prior to New Year's.

Although still rare the preposition, or sometimes conjunction or adverb, does pop up in a song title once in a while. So before we celebrate the two big Eves of the year, take a few minutes to listen to a song on the following list.

Each tune includes the word Before in its title or, in one particular case, its subtitle.

1. Take It Before You Go

Artist: Pure Prairie League

Album: Pure Prairie League (Debut), 1973

2. Just a Song Before I Go

Artist: Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Album: Crosby, Stills, and Nash, 1977

3. The Night Before

Artist: The Beatles

Album: Help, 1965

4. Before the Next Tear Drop Falls

Artist: Freddy Fender

Album: Before the Next Tear Drop Falls (Debut), 1974

5. Before I Met You

Artist: Flatt and Scruggs

Album: Flatt Out, 1970

6. Tears Before Bedtime

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Artist: Elvis Costello

Album: Imperial Bedroom, 1982

7. Stop Me If You Think You Heard This One Before

Artist: The Smiths

Album: Strangeways Here We Come, 1987

8. Deja Vu (We Have All Been Here Before)

Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Album: Deja Vu, 1971

9. Wake me Up Before You Go Go

Artist: Wham

Album: Make It Big, 1984

10. Heard It All Before

Artist: 10cc

Album: Ten Out of Ten

11. I've Been In Love Before

Artist: Cutting Crew

Album: Broadcast (Debut), 1986

12. I've Never Been In Love Before

Artist: Frank Sinatra

Album: Christmas Songs by Sinatra, 1965

13. This Never Happened Before

Artist: Paul McCartney

Album: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

14. I've Been Down That Road Before

Artist: Hank Williams

Album: The Legendary Hank Williams, 1951

15. Look Before You Leap

Artist: Dave Clark Five

Album: The History of the Dave Clark Five, 1966

16. Before and After

Artist: Rush

Album: Self-Titled (debut album), 1974

17. Before You Came Along

Artist: Jim Reeves

Album: The Collection, 1959

18. How We Were Before

Artist: Zombies

Album: Zombie Heaven, 1966

19. Never Before

Artist: Deep Purple

Album: Machine Head, 1972

20. Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn

Artist: Emmylou Harris

Album: Roses in the Snow, 1980

21. Before You Accuse Me

Artist: Eric Clapton

Album: Journeyman, 1989

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