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!

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 23 May 2021 – Comparisons

  1. George Harrison recorded Blow Away 9 years before Enya wrote Orinoco Flow and they do sound amazingly similar. I am happy that you got a chance to feature one of your favorite artists, as I know how much you enjoy Enya’s music.

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  2. Interesting, Peter. I had never heard George Harrison’s song. Sweet and quite appropriate . The Enya song is definitely similar. I’m surprised I never heard anyone mention this before, but I suppose her genre is so different. Good choices, as always!

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  3. This is so interesting. Excellent choices, Peter! They do sound similar! I enjoyed listening! I always thought George was such a good songwriter AND singer…and didn’t get the solo success he deserved.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  4. Well now… this is most interesting!! Excellent job… there is a show on our Canadian CBC radio station called “Drive” and every day they have a “Distant Cousins” thing comparing two songs… looks like I’ll be giving the host a little suggestion 😉

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