Song Lyric Sunday – 28 February 2021 – Starless

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the title or lyrics of the song must contain the word Breeze, Cloud, Sky, or Wind. 

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 contains the word sky, but only once!

Last week it was 1minute 30seconds before we hit the song lyrics. This week we add another 3 seconds before any word is heard and the last lyric will be heard at 4minutes 18seconds and yet the track is 12.36 long.  How can this be a Song Lyric Sunday?

Do I care?  Well, quite frankly, no.  This one is a Marmite song (Vegemite for some).  You will either love it or hate it!

The video is a masterpiece. It shows each artist clearly.  The 3 – yes 3 – percussionists, one of whom also plays the mellotron.  The clarinetist with his red braces (suspenders). The imposing bass player, cool as cool could be. The guitarist, singer, in the middle, displaying his lovely curly red hair.  Then there’s the quiet chap, sitting in the top right corner. 

Robert Fripp, excels on lead guitar.  He is the only remaining founder member of King Crimson, an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968. They exerted a strong influence both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and on more recent rock and experimental artists. Though Fripp is often seen as the band’s leader, Fripp himself tends to shun this label.  However, I shall concentrate my comments on him!

There are all sorts of subtleties in this performance.  I particularly like the hand over of lead guitar at 6.12, and when did the first handover occur anyway????

Apart from the fact that I adore this song there are all sorts of side issues that are fascinating. The more you look, the more there is to see. However, I’ll let you now choose whether you wish to spend the next 13 minutes listening to this masterpiece.

Starless is a suite written and performed by King Crimson.  It is the final track on their seventh studio album, Red, released on 6 October 1974.   If you wish to cut this short, by all means do so – but you will be missing something special.  If instead, you wish to discover whether Robert is naughty in the bedroom then dash ahead to beneath the video!

Starless

King Crimson

Sundown dazzling day
Gold through my eyes
But my eyes turned within
Only see
Starless and bible black

Old friend charity
Cruel twisted smile
And the smile signals emptiness
For me
Starless and bible black

Ice blue silver sky
Fades into grey
To a grey hope that oh yearns 
To be
Starless and bible black

Sundown dazzling day
Gold through my eyes
But my eyes turned within
Only see
Starless and bible black

Old friend charity
Cruel twisted smile
And the smile signals emptiness
For me
Starless and bible black

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: David Francis Cross / Richard William Palmer James / Robert Fripp / William Scott Bruford / John Kenneth Wetton

Level Five lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

So, you either now love it, hate it, or have missed out on the opportunity to find out.  More now about that fantastic lead guitarist.

Robert Fripp chooses to sit whilst playing, he’s always preferred to do so.  Since 1985 he has used New Standard Tuning, which he developed himself, and he plays right handed although he is naturally left handed.

Apart from heading this band he has been a session musician on many recordings and at many concerts and is held in the highest esteem by many guitarists around the world.  He has worked with David Bowie, Blondie, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, Midge Ure, Talking Heads, and David Sylvian.  He has even helped create the sounds for the Windows Vista operating system. He has contributed to over 700 record releases.

And he has been married to Toyah Willcox since 1986 and has an asteroid named after him!

Not bad for a quiet little chap in the corner!

I really am in awe of this gentleman, and he’s married to Toyah Willcox!  Did I mention that?

During the Covid19 pandemic Robert and Toyah have been performing regularly online.  If you search on your favourite site you will be down a rabbit hole for at least half an hour.

Here’s a sample

and to find out if they are naughty in the bedroom look here

and, finally, Jim, who hosts SLS, tells me that he is a keen user of his home gymnasium, so this one is for him!

I can only shake my head in wonderment!!!!!!!

I do hope that you have enjoyed this as much as I have.

Song Lyric Sunday – July 19th 2020 –I Like Pie, I Like Cake

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

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 offering an obscure old-time rhythm and blues band the Four Clefs. If you have heard of them it is probably for a few of their singles from the World War II era that still resonate with modern fans, including the song for the troops “V Day Stomp” which was written by band vocalist and singer-songwriter John Green (also known as Johnny Green) in 1944.

 

Today I’m offering Pie AND Cake, and I’m sure that there will not be many who can resist.

Without further ado here is I Like Pie, I Like Cake from the album Those Dirty Blues Volume 3.

Drums & Vocals – William Chapman, Piano & Background Vocals – James Marshall, Guitar & Background Vocals – Johnny Green, Background Vocals – Melvin Chapman. Recorded In Chicago July 22nd 1941.

and as a bonus here is a suggestion for restaurant owners on how they could comply with social distancing:

Four Clefs

I like pie
I like cake
I like anything you make
I like your crackers too
Crumbled up in chicken stew
When I see your jelly roll
Then I lose all my self-control
But of all these things I like you best of all
I like pie
I like cake
I like anything you make
I like your crackers too
Crumbled up in chicken stew
When I see your jelly roll
Then I lose all my self-control
But of all these things I like you best of all

Source: Musixmatch

Rapid rhyme #26

 

I’m feeling a little light-headed

My beautiful tresses have gone

I managed a barber’s appointment

Since March there have simply been none

 

 

When younger I served in the army

so never had long hair or curls

At the time it wasn’t important

the uniform attracted the girls

 

but later I wished I’d been able

to mirror the hippies and groups

to see what life was in the sixties

instead of being part of the troops!

Lundi limerick #94

In Leicester a man of renown

wore nothing but khaki and brown

He always seemed drunk

on his head wore a skunk

which he thought was a beautiful crown

 

Leicester features prominently in the news at the moment, being one of the areas in the UK that has had a significant increase in cases of Covid-19 cases and, as a result, has not had any easing of lockdown regulations.

At the end of the War of the Roses, King Richard III was buried in Leicester’s Greyfriars Church a Franciscan Friary and Church which was demolished after its dissolution in 1538. The site of that church is now covered by more modern buildings and a car park. There was a legend his corpse had been cast into the river, while some historians argued his tomb and remains were destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. However, in September 2012, an archaeological investigation of the car park revealed a skeleton which DNA testing helped verify to be related to two descendants of Richard III’s sister. It was concluded that the skeleton was that of Richard III because of the DNA evidence and the shape of the spine. In 2015 Richard III was reburied in pride of place near the high altar in Leicester Cathedral. Perhaps Richard is the subject of my limerick?

 

Song Lyric Sunday – April 26 2020 – Alone with The Bee Gees

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

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 the choices are all linked to the current Covid-19 situation (Alone /Confined /Depressed /Isolated /Restless /Solo), and I have chosen Alone by The Bee Gees

 

Alone

I was a midnight rider on a cloud of smoke
I could make a woman hang on every single stroke
I was an iron man I had a master plan
But I was alone

I could hear you breathing with a sigh of the wind
I remember how your body started trembling
Oh what a night it’s been, and for the state I’m in
I’m still alone

And all the wonders made for the earth
And all the hearts in all creation
Somehow I always end up alone

Always end up alone, always end up alone
So I’ll play, I’ll wait
‘Cause you know that love takes time

Living love between the line
We came (sha la) so close (so far)
Just the beat of a lonely heart
And it’s mine, and I don’t want to be alone

Well, since I got no message on your answer phone
Since you’re busy every minute I just stay at home
I make believe you care, I feel you everywhere
But I’m still alone

I’m on a wheel of fortune with a twist of fate
‘Cause I know it isn’t heaven is it love or hate
Am I the subject of the pain
Am I the stranger in the rain I am alone

And is there glory there to behold
Maybe it’s my imagination another story there to be told
So I play sha la, I’ll wait sha la
And I pray it’s not too late
We came (sha la) so far (so far)
Just a beat of a lonely heart and it’s mi-i-ine
And I don’t want to be alone

And all the wonders made for the earth
And all the hearts in all creation
Another story there to be told

So I’ll play I’ll wait
And I’ll pray it’s not too late
We can so far
Just the beat of a lonely heart
And it’s mine
And I don’t want to be alone
Gone but not out of sight
I’m caught in the rain and there’s no one home
Face the heat of the night
The one that you love’s got a heart that’s made of stone
Shine and search for the light
And sooner or later you’ll be cruising on your ocean
And clean out of site
I’m caught in the rain and there’s no one home

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Maurice Ernest Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb / Barry Alan Gibb

Alone lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Royalty Networ

 

I have no problem with being alone, I quite like it. However, for those who crave the company of others, I am including a song for when we start to mingle again.

It’s from The Travelling Wilburys and is called Not Alone Anymore.