There's a song that I heard a few years ago, that I had previously not heard in probably over 15 years (maybe over 20), but when I heard it a few years ago I was like, "oh, that song." Like it was one I remembered hearing more often as a kid. The two lines I remember (which are identical) are:

Da na, da na, (da na?) da na dee (followed by I think 8 cowbell klanks, perhaps fading into the next line (I'm not sure if there are 3 or 4 "da nas" before the "dee", and yes those are probably other words but my ear for music lyrics has never been good) Next line: Da na, da na, (da na?) da na dee (and again some cowbell or something like it, I think, although I'm not as sure here as I am about after the first line)

I think I first heard it no later than the very early 90s, but it seems like more of an 80s song. Does anyone have any clue what song I'm thinking about?

  • When I first joined this group yesterday, I was planning on seeking help identifying a Doobie Brothers song with "dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-DNT-DNT-dananana, dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-dnt-DNT-DNT-dananana" which I thought began with "When I was a young boy, even at the age of five" (that's from another song I think). Anyway, I made one last effort looking through their discography on Wikipedia and discovered it - "Dependin' on You" (1979, from the album Minute by Minute). Perhaps knowing how I remembered that song until yesterday could help someone trying to answer my present quandary. – Kevin M. Lamoreau Jun 26 '16 at 23:09
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    Are you saying that the actual lyrics are "da na" or that it just has the "da na" rhythm? – Chris Sunami Jun 27 '16 at 13:54
  • You might check this list – Chris Sunami Jun 27 '16 at 14:10
  • The latter. And thanks for the list. – Kevin M. Lamoreau Jun 28 '16 at 23:58
  • Can it be "Nah neh nah" from Vaya Con Dios? youtube.com/watch?v=7LUm-E4GPU8 – Montag451 Sep 12 '16 at 21:01

The song La tribu de Dana by the French band Manau has this lyrics:

Da na da na

and then immediately after there's a violin motif that you could scat like "deeda dada deeda dada" and so on.

It seems like a long shot, but at least already the "lyrics" of the question are matching. Not the cowbell, obviously, however it seems whether this was really a cowbell is not sure anyway. So it might be what you were looking for.

  • First thing I was thinking of too, but I don't think it's what's meant (cowbell?). – Joachim Nov 29 '19 at 15:35

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