Song Lyric Sunday – 13 June 2021 – White Wedding

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that includes Greet, Hey, or Howdy.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Last week was wedding related in that the prompt words were Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue. Since I never approached anything near a wedding it seems appropriate that this week I should try to catch up and go for White Wedding. It is a bride’s privilege to be late. I just hope the groom waited!

This is a song by Billy Idol that was released as the second single from his self-titled studio album in 1982. Although not his most successful song it is probably his most recognisable one. It certainly contains many Hey’s! I hope you enjoy it.

White Wedding

Billy Idol

Hey little sister, what have you done
Hey little sister, who’s the only one
Hey little sister, who’s your superman
Hey little sister, who’s the one you want
Hey little sister, shotgun

It’s a nice day to start again
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
It’s a nice day to start again

Hey little sister, who is it you’re with
Hey little sister, what’s your vice and wish
Hey little sister, shotgun (oh yeah)
Hey little sister, who’s your superman
Hey little sister, shotgun

It’s a nice day to start again
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
It’s a nice day to start again

Take me back home, yeah

Hey little sister, what have you done
Hey little sister, who’s the only one
I’ve been away for so long (so long)
I’ve been away for so long (so long)
I let you go for so long

It’s a nice day to start again
Come on, it’s a nice day for a white wedding
It’s a nice day to start again

There is nothin’ fair in this world, baby
There is nothin’ safe in this world
And there’s nothin’ sure in this world
And there’s nothin’ pure in this world
Look for something left in this world
Start again

Come on
It’s a nice day for a white wedding
It’s a nice day to start again
It’s a nice day to start again
It’s a nice day to start again

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Billy Idol

White Wedding lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Almost a Cat-astrophe

Yesterday the sky was filled with dark grey clouds and it looked very unlikely that I should get to see the annular eclipse. If we were lucky, people across the UK would be treated to views of a crescent sun as the moon appeared to partially block out the sun. In other parts of the world the “ring of fire” would be visible from places such as Canada, Greenland and northern Russia.

I was kitted out with polarised lenses for my glasses, and with my trusty camera. The only problem was that although I can look directly towards the sun with my lenses attached I cannot then see the screen of my camera so it was a case of lenses on, look at the sun, lenses off, look at the camera – repeat ad infinitum. I do not have a tripod – a lack I will have to address!

Here are the results: (My camera time is one hour behind)

Song Lyric Sunday – 6 June 2021 – Heartbeats

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that includes the words Old, New, Borrowed, or Blue amongst the title or lyrics.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Unusually, today I am chosing a cover version of a song. It was written by The Knife, a Swedish electronic music duo which consisted of siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer. They formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2014. If you look up some of their music I’m willing to bet that you will find some that you really like!

The group toured little and gained stronger international recognition when José González covered their song “Heartbeats” on his 2003 album, Veneer. The cover was used by Sony in a commercial for BRAVIA television sets, and released as a single in 2006.

Here is Heartbeats with lyrics, and fantastic graphics that mimic those of the official video of The Knife original. The word “BLUE” appears only once!

Lyrics

One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away

Both under influence
We had divine sense
To know what to say
Mind is a razor blade

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me, no

One night of magic rush
The start, a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief

Ten days of perfect tunes
The colours red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me, oh

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

And you
You knew the hand of the devil
And you
Kept us awake with wolves’ teeth
Sharing different heartbeats in one night

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough for me

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Olof Bjorn Dreijer / Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

Heartbeats lyrics © Bert’s Songs Ltd.

…..and here is the fantastic Bravia colour TV advert

San Francisco’s steep hills proved to be the perfect setting for Sony’s iconic Balls ad. The electronics company wanted to celebrate colour in order to promote their Bravia high-definition LCD televisions. This was the brief Fallon was tasked to visualise. And to do so, they hurled 250,000 bouncy, coloured balls down the rolling hills of the Golden City, which results in a glorious cascade of colour.

The ad was directed by Nicolai Fugslig (MJZ), who insisted on everything being shot live in camera.

The striking visuals are accompanied by the gentle acoustic sounds of José González which, along with the graceful slow-motion, gives the ad a daydream-like quality that remains with you well after the ad finishes. In fact, the music is so powerful that many people simply refer to the ‘Sony Balls’ TV commercial as the ‘José González advert’.

What you discover:

  • The shoot took three days
  • Around 50 students on roller skates were required to use brooms to clear all the balls at the foot of the hill at the end of each take

Agency: Fallon
Creative: Richard Flintham
Director: Nicolai Fugslig
Production Co: MJZ 

The good, the bad, and the ugly

This week’s #writephoto is below. Check out the rules and all of the fabulous entries by clicking on the link.

The good

Family day out

Dressed for the English Summer

Splashing in puddles

The bad

Paddle at the seaside

walking with a squelch

eating too much ice cream

pardon when I belch

tummy feeling funny

find a loo real quick

dearie me I’m feeling ill

oops, I’m being sick!

And the ugly

Are you sure Dad?

Yes, pet. I promise everything will be OK.  We just need to stamp our feet 20 times more and you will never ever see that nasty man again.  I promise!

So we did.  We stamped, and counted, never to see that nasty man again.

Below the sand, six feet down, with little air remaining, the nasty man could sense the pounding and, in abject terror, understand its meaning.

Song Lyric Sunday – 30 May 2021 – The Streets of London

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that includes a City, Country, County, State, or Town.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

If I tell you that you are going to listen to the greatest song written by Ralph May you may well be a little confused. It is an enduring song that has been covered by over 200 artists all around the world and, sadly, is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1969.

The song was inspired by Ralph McTell’s experiences busking and hitchhiking throughout Europe, especially in Paris. He was originally going to call the song “Streets of Paris, but eventually London was chosen, because he realised he was singing about London and, also, there was another song called “The Poor People of Paris.”

McTell’s song contrasts the common problems of everyday people with those of the homeless, lonely, elderly, ignored, and forgotten members of society. They are still there!

This video tracks The Streets of London, and Ralph Mc Tell, through the years, and has a great interview with the singer telling the background to the song. He tells it far better than I could.

This one shows some great views of London streets, the people inhabiting them, and great street art, including a Banksie!

and this one is Ralph Mc Tell’s 70th birthday performance accompanied by John Williams. Still fantastic after all those years!

There are so many covers of this song, all with their various merits. The very sad fact that the problems that caused this song to be written 52 years ago still exist show how inept mankind is at fixing inequality! 

Streets of London

Have you seen the old man in the closed down market
Kicking up the papers with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride, hand held loosely by his side
Yesterday’s paper telling yesterday’s news

So how can you tell me you’re lonely
And say for you that the sun doesn’t shine?
Oh, let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl who walks the streets of London?
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She’s no time for talkin’, she keeps right on walkin’
Carrying her home in two carrier bags

So how can you tell me you’re lonely
And say for you that the sun doesn’t shine?
Oh, let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

In the all night café at a quarter past eleven
Same old man sitting there on his own
Looking at the world over the rim of his teacup
Each tea lasts an hour then he wanders home alone
So how can you tell me you’re lonely
And say for you that the sun doesn’t shine?
Oh, let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old man outside the seaman’s mission?
Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears?
In our winter city the rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn’t care

Oh, how can you tell me you’re lonely
And say for you that the sun doesn’t shine?
Oh, let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Ralph Mc Tell

Streets of London lyrics © Kmr Music Royalties Ii Scsp, Westminster Music Ltd

An Oral, Aural, Adventitious Allegory

This week’s #writephoto is

Steps – Image by Jemima Pet

The Steps of Life

(I was intending to add an audio file, but WordPress doesn’t want to play today so I’ll try later — AND HERE IT IS!)

Reflecting on the steps of life

and bridges crossed 

and all the strife

I find my thoughts are narrowed down 

to ponder why the heavenly crown 

which, meant to rest on saintly head 

came to rest, alas, instead

imperfect, soiled, and even cursed

on Satan’s brow

.

As I cross the ancient way

a mere eight steps

at break of day

I wander, wondering, what to do

I think, perhaps, that you do too

Why be concerned? Why take this stance?

Pause awhile and take a chance

It matters not the bubble’s burst

What say you now?

.

So carry on, increase the pace

traverse the void

and boldly face

whatever life can send your way

no matter what your foes may say

you’ll surely triumph o’er life’s ills

you’ll use your guile and all your skills

to salve the hurt and quench the thirst

This is my vow

Song Lyric Sunday – 23 May 2021 – Comparisons

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is Comparisons.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Jim asks us to take two songs and discuss an association between them. Well, off I set and I wrote about One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” and the Who’s “Baba O’Reilly” and the fact that the former song seemed to have copied a large chunk of the classic music of Baba O’Reilly.

There were two major problems with my write up. The first being that I don’t like One Direction’s music, the second was that their video of this track was abysmal.

Then, on Thursday, Jim wrote about Blow Away by George Harrison and so I abandoned my original idea and decided to write this instead. Apologies, and thanks to Jim!

It is hardly surprising that often we hear a song and think we’ve heard it before. There are, in Western music, only 12 different notes to play and, with all the variations, there are only 4017 chords available (many of which are hardly ever used) so it is not unusual for different songs to have the same sequences of notes.

Firstly, I offer George Harrison’s Blow away . Taken from George’s eponymous 1979 album, BLOW AWAY was the lead single released on 14th February, 1979. 

At 51 seconds you will hear the refrain “Blow away, Blow away, Blow away.

Blow Away

George Harrison

Day turned black, sky ripped apart
Rained for a year ’til it dampened my heart
Cracks and leaks
The floorboards caught rot
About to go down
I had almost forgot

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away

Sky cleared up, day turned to bright
Closing both eyes now the head filled with light
Hard to remember what a state I was in
Instant amnesia
Yang to the Yin

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away

Wind blew in, cloud was dispersed
Rainbows appearing, the pressures were burst
Breezes a-singing, now feeling good
The moment had passed
Like I knew that it should

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: George Harrison

Blow Away lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

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Now compare this with Enya’s – Orinoco Flow

Orinoco Flow“, also released as “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”, was released on 15 October 1988

At 55 seconds you will hear the refrain 

Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away

Does it sound familiar?

Orinoco Flow

Enya

Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away

From Bissau to Palau, in the shade of Avalon
From Fiji to Tyree and the Isles of Ebony
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon
From Bali to Cali, far beneath the Coral Sea

Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up, adieu. Ooh ooh
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up, adieu. Ooh ooh
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up, adieu. Oh

Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away

From the North to the South, Ebudæ into Khartoum
From the deep sea of Clouds to the island of the moon
Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never been
Carry me on the waves to the lands I’ve never seen
We can sail, we can sail with the Orinoco Flow
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)

We can steer, we can near
With Rob Dickins at the wheel
We can sigh, say goodbye Ross and his dependencies
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)

We can reach, we can beach
On the shores of Tripoli
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
From Bali to Cali, far beneath the Coral Sea
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
From Bissau to Palau, in the shade of Avalon
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
We can reach, we can beach
Far beyond the Yellow Sea
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon
We can sail, we can sail
(Sail away, sail away, sail away)
We can sail, we can sail

Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away
Sail away, sail away, sail away

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Eithne Ni Bhraonain / Nicky Ryan / Roma Ryan

Orinoco Flow lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

I’m not suggesting any skulduggery or intention to copy. There are bound to be similarities occasionally. So long as there is no deliberate intention to defraud, and the songs are enjoyable, I don’t care!

Song Lyric Sunday – 16 May 2021 – Uplifting

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is Elevator Music.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Now, I have a big problem with this week’s prompt.  We do not have elevators in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and I understand that Elevator Music does not have lyrics.  Furthermore, Elevator Music is deemed to have ceased to exist with effect from 2009 when Muzac filed for bankruptcy, however they were rescued by Mood Media in 2011, although they ceased trading as Muzac in 2013.  

We do have Lifts in the UK but most of our buildings have so few floors that it is hardly worth listening to just a few bars of indeterminate music.  Instead, we like to stand silently ignoring all other lift occupants! 

So, if you’ll forgive me, I shall interpret Elevator Music as something that lifts the spirits and, thus, I have chosen to offer you the peculiar internet phenomenon of Where the Hell is Matt? 

Matt Harding quit his job in 2003 and travelled the world on a minimum budget whilst filming himself dancing, often in front of a famous landmark. Initially just sending videos to his family and friends, he soon became an Internet phenomenon.

His first successful video, in 2005, featured him dancing a “jig” in many different places around the world. The video garnered popularity on the video sharing site YouTube. There are now five major videos plus two outtakes and several background videos on YouTube. Matt dances alone in the first videos. In 2008 others join with him doing the dance “jig”; in 2010 he does the Diski Dance in South Africa. In 2012, the video shown here, he works with other dancers, sometimes using a local dance or another dance step.

On July 22, 2008, and again on July 25, 2010, and July 10, 2012, and June 14, 2020, NASA featured Harding’s videos on the APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) Web site. Text accompanying these videos, under the heading “Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth,” claims that humans worldwide share a common love of dance, stating that “few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.” Harding himself has joked that he is impressed by his appearances on APOD, especially since his videos have nothing to do with astronomy, nor are they pictures.

They are, however, uplifting, and they show how everyone dances, irrespective of age, gender, colour, ethnicity, beliefs, you name it – it makes no difference.  Even the youngest of children will start moving rhythmically to music, I’ve even seen birds and animals joining in.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if the Israelis and Palestinians were dancing instead of fighting, or if any other conflict could be settled by a dance?

Here, for your pleasure, is Where the hell is Matt? 2012.  There are lyrics below, and all the credits are at the end of the video. Sit back and enjoy!

Trip the Light

Garry Schyman

If all the days come to pass
Are behind these walls
I’ll be left at the end of things
In a world kept small

Travel far from what I know
I’ll be swept away
I need to know I can be lost
And not afraid

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Remember we’re lost together
Remember we’re the same
We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts
We hold the flame

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

I’ll find my way home
On the western wind
To a place that was once my world
Back from where I’ve been

And in the morning light I’ll remember
As the sun will rise
We are all the glowing embers
Of a distant fire

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

Come on and trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
We’re gonna trip the light

Come on and trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light

We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
We’re gonna trip the light

Source: Musixmatch

Song Lyric Sunday – 9 May 2021 – Heaven Knows – I’ve used this before!

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week Jim asks us for a song with a title, or lyrics, containing one of the words Heaven, or Hell.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries here.

This week I’m cheating because I’m reusing a song that I used in August 2020 for a prompt of “below”. However, it is a corker and well worth watching again, and again!

Some of you may remember that it featured video of Jim’s dance instructor because he spotted the secret camera that I’d installed in the dance studio and destroyed all images of his dancing!

First though, here is The Pretty Reckless with Heaven Knows. The song is from their second studio album, Going To Hell, released in 2014.

Heaven Knows – Isle of Wight festival 2014

And here is Jim’s dance instructor dancing to the official recording of the original release. Jim swears that he wore a simple leotard for all his lessons!

Heaven Knows

The Pretty Reckless

Jimmy’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear him cry
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing it
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below

Judy’s in the front seat picking up trash
Living on the dough
Gotta make that cash
Won’t be pretty
Won’t be sweet
She’s just in here on her feet

Sing it
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Go
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing
Tell her so
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve got what it takes, man
I see every day
I’ve got a better wise man
I know that I worth

One, two, three and four
The devil’s knocking at your door
Caught in the eye of a dead man’s wife
Show you life with your head up high
Now you’re on your knees
With your head down low
Big mental, she wear it to go
Tell her it’s good
Tell her okay
Don’t do a God thing they say

Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve got a better wise man
I know that I worth
I’ve got what it takes, man
I see every day

Jenna’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear the crying
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below
Oh oh, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh oh, tell her so
We belong way down below

Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ben Phillips / Taylor Momsen

Heaven Knows lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday – 2 May 2021 – Brothers in Arms

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week we should aim for a song that contains one of the words Fix, or Make

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

The song I’ve chosen this week is Brothers in Arms by British rock band Dire Straits. It is the closing track on their fifth studio album of the same name. It was written in 1982, the year of Britain’s involvement in the Falklands War

The word that features here is “make” and Jim postulates that it means to create something. However, in this song it is attached to “war”, and to make war is far from creating, it is pure destruction!

In the first two verses the dying soldier speaks to his own comrades, i.e. the “brothers in arms”. Only in the final line does it become clear that all enemy soldiers are included within “brothers in arms”.

“Brothers in Arms” was first released as a single on 14 October 1985. The song is reported to be the first CD single ever released; it was released in the United Kingdom in 1986.

The lead guitarist, and singer, is Mark Knopfler, described by Classic Rock as a virtuosofingerstyle guitarist. He is one of my all-time favourite guitarists!

In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the war, Knopfler recorded a new version of the song at Abbey Road Studios to raise funds for British veterans who, he said, “are still suffering from the effects of that conflict.” “Brothers in Arms” has become a favourite at military funerals.

There are just so many fantastic performances of this iconic song that it is difficult to pick one that is the best.  I particularly like this one.  There are so many reasons why, most of which would be of no interest to you whatsoever. Being an ex soldier of some 28 years and 151 days I can’t help but have an affinity with my brothers in arms.

Here, for your enjoyment, is Dire Straits playing Brothers in Arms LIVE at Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, Wembley Stadium, 1988. You might just spot someone you recognise, at 6:22, helping the band out!

The following are a selection of recordings.  Some of them are excellent, none of them are bad. I believe they all show what a huge part of himself Mark Knopfler puts into this song, every time!

Brothers In Arms – With pictures of Brothers in Arms

Brothers In Arms – Royal Albert Hall – Which shows that they still perform well in 2019

Brothers in Arms – 1996 London

Brothers in Arms – Wembley 1985

Brothers in Arms

Dire Straits

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home was the lowlands
And always will be
Someday you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn to be
Brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I’ve watched all your suffering
As a battle raged high
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

So many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line in your palm
We are fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mark Knopfler

Brothers in Arms lyrics © Straitjacket Songs Ltd.