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I'm looking for a song, but I can't remember the words. I partially remember the lyrics to a few songs that played around it on my mixtape growing up, but that's about it. Can you help me?

Gardens, new cars, and a house up in the hills.
Oh May, do you want to get married, or run away?
Now I'll get over you, I know my ship's not sinking.

Six pennies leave me none the richer.

What song am I looking for?

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I'd say your difficult-to-remember song is most likely:

Kiss Me, released in 1997 by Sixpence None the Richer (Listen on YouTube)

Based primarily on:

(i) the first letters of each line spelling 'SNOG' (a synonym for 'kiss') in reverse;
(ii) the final line referring to the band's name.

Words similar to the partial lyrics listed are found in the following songs also released in the 1990's:

Gardens, new cars, and a house up in the hills.

I Will Buy You a New Life, by Everclear (1997):

I will buy you a garden
Where your flowers can bloom
I will buy you a new car
Perfect shiny and new
I will buy you that big house
Way up in the West Hills

Oh May, do you want to get married, or run away?

Slide, by Goo Goo Dolls (1998):

Oh, May
Put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
Oh, May
Do you wanna get married?
Or run away?

Now I'll get over you, I know my ship's not sinking.

King of Wishful Thinking, by Go West (1990):

I'll get over you I know I will
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking

Potentially of note is that:

The titles of these songs begin with the letters of 'KISS' (albeit with only one 'S'), which may be another nod towards this particular song.

(Alternatively - and yes, this is a joke - there may be a further acrostic at play here using the band names; in which case, to quote a movie from 1993 (the same era as this puzzle): I'm not kissing no EGG.)

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  • $\begingroup$ There is a second acrostic at play based on song title, but it's only partial (missing a single letter) and was intended as a hint. This is the correct answer. $\endgroup$ Oct 11, 2021 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Tacoタコス Aha, I did actually spot that and wondered if I was missing an 'S' somehow! I chose not to include it because of that, but I'll mention it above... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 11, 2021 at 17:54

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