42 Songs Prophets Have Quoted in Conference (from Broadway to Country Music)

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"Old Friends, Bookends" by Simon and Garfunkel

Quoted By: Vaughn J. Featherstone, "The Savior's Program for the Care of the Aged," October 1974

"A popular song says:

Old friends,
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends, …

How terribly strange
To be seventy."

"Over the River and Through the Wood" by Lydia Maria Child

Quoted By: Quentin L. Cook, "Lamentations of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage," October 2013

"The words of a familiar song came into my mind: 'Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.'"

"Prisoner of Love" by Frank Sinatra

Quoted By: Vaughn J. Featherstone "A Prisoner of Love," April 1992

"There was a popular song that our generation may remember. Review the slightly adjusted lyrics with me:

Away from home tonight you’ll find me,
Too weak to break the chains that bind me;
I need no shackles to remind me
I’m just a prisoner of love.

For one command I stand and wait now
From one who’s master of my fate now.
I can’t escape for it’s too late now;
I’m just a prisoner of love.

What’s the good of my caring,
Unless I am sharing his love for me;
Although there may be others,
I must be a brother, for I’m not free.
He’s in my dreams, awake or sleeping.

Upon my knees to him I’m creeping,
My very life is in his keeping.
I’m just a prisoner of love.
I am a prisoner of love."

"Prove It by the Things You Do" by Bing Crosby

Quoted By: Thomas S. Monson, "Those Who Love Jesus," October 1985

"Years ago we danced to a popular song, the words of which were, 'It’s easy to say I love you, easy to say I’ll be true, easy to say these simple things, but prove it by the things you do.'”

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