You might think I'm broke, but then

I'm a singer and sound like a hen

You can count on me

I'm a tramp you see

So I'll sing you the blues once again.

The above limerick conceals six song titles. Can you find all six and say what word they have in common?

Note: In order to make the limerick rhyme, I've had to take a few liberties but I think all the song titles are perfectly discoverable once you have guessed the common word. Some clues are cryptic and some are more straightforward.

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    $\begingroup$ How about "The lady is a tramp" sang by Sinatra as a clue/partial answer? $\endgroup$ – Marek Oleszczuk Aug 25 '15 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ @MarekOleszczuk - Correct +1. I'll up-vote every correct suggestion and give the green tick to whoever finally sets out the most up-voted answer that also has the word and six convincing song-titles that fit the clues. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 25 '15 at 13:09

I think the comment from Marek Oleszczuk got the keyword, here are my contributions for the other lines:

1/ You might think I'm broke, but then

Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh. If you are "in the red", financially, you have a negative balance, and being broke is a similar state.

2a/ I'm a singer...

Lady Madonna by the Beatles. Madonna is of course, among her other talents, a popular singer.

2b/ ...and sound like a hen

Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan (courtesy of @TroyAndAbed). Hens lay eggs.

3/ You can count on me

Three times a Lady by the Commodores. The line from the song containing the title is "you're once, twice, three times a lady", hence the counting.

4/ I'm a tramp you see

The Lady is a Tramp by Frank Sinatra (taken from comments). This is self-explanatory, I think.

5/ So I'll sing you the blues once again.

Lady sings the blues by Billie Holiday. Again this is self-explanatory.

The key word is of course

Lady. Each clue is told from the point of view of the particular Lady as designated in the song title, although sometimes interpreted differently (cryptically even) to the original.

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    $\begingroup$ Lady sings the Blues - Billie Holiday (1956) $\endgroup$ – Spacemonkey Aug 25 '15 at 14:08
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    $\begingroup$ 2b) Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay $\endgroup$ – TroyAndAbed Aug 25 '15 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ (Once, Twice), Three times a lady for #3? $\endgroup$ – Fillet - disappointed Aug 25 '15 at 14:49
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    $\begingroup$ I appreciate that this answer may have the correct songs, but the connections don't make sense to me. These are not lyrics in the song, nor are they the song title. Can you add a little explanation for how you arrived at each? $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 25 '15 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald - I added some explanations as best I could. If anything isn't clear for a particular line, feel free to ask again. $\endgroup$ – Fillet - disappointed Aug 25 '15 at 18:46

A wild guess here:

You might think I'm broke, but then

Money, money, money by ABBA

You can count on me

Lean On Me by Bill Withers

P.S. Now I have these songs singing in my head!

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    $\begingroup$ There is no common word. $\endgroup$ – Konrad Gajewski Aug 25 '15 at 5:03
  • $\begingroup$ As KonradGajewski says - All six titles all have to contain a word in common. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 25 '15 at 7:35

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