Here's the explanatory email Steve Klepetar sent to Snakeskin:
I'm glad you liked my little experiment with song allusions. Sorry if some of the quotes got annoying -- here's a gloss:
1. Of course you recognize the jazz standard "Cry Me a River"
2. "The Locomotion" is an old pop song written by Carole King -- I think it was made a hit by Little Eva or someone -- "Everybody's doing a brand new dance, now..." Early sixties.
3. "Uncle John's Band" is a Grateful Dead song
4. "That'll Be the Day" is Buddy Holly
5. The tunnel of love allusion is to a very silly pop song from the early sixties called "Palisades Park," about a long defunct amusement park in New Jersey
6. I'm sure you recognized the Tommy line from the rock opera of the same name by The Who -- oh, and the "look out, look out" is from an hilariously bad song by a girl group called The Angels called "Leader of the Pack." Pre-Beatles, but just.
7. "Who Wrote the Book of Love" is another early rock 'n roll tune -- I don't even remember who sang it.
8. The roads, of course, refers to the early Dylan classic "Blowin' in the Wind"
9. "I Write the Songs" is a piece of schlock by schlockmeister Barry Manilow
10. "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" is Credence Clearwater Revival
11. "Witchy Woman" is an Eagles song
12. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was a big hit by Glenn Campbell
13. "just his bringing-upke" is a line from "Officer Krupke" from West Side Story
14. "In the Sunshine of Your Love" is Cream
Misspent youth -- what can I say? I don't think
the reader needs to get all of these, as long as the
sense is clear that the poem is woven out of bits of song
this poor sod can't stop singing. But then once I (or any
poet) puts the poem out there, I (we) lose control, so
all I can do is hope it works.