Song Lyric Sunday – 18 October 2020 – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us No/Yes this week to be included in 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.

This week I chose a song by The Who, formed in London  in 1964, the year that I joined the army. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townsend, bass guitarist John Entwistle  and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Who’s iconic anthem, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, from the 1971 ‘Who’s Next’ album is performed here on B-Stage at Shepperton Studios on 25 May 1978. It is not the best performance there is but gives a good indication of some of the excesses that have obviously been indulged in by more than a couple of the band. Sadly this was to be the very last public performance ever by Keith Moon.

The lyrics are on the video.

In mid-1978 Keith Moon moved into Flat 12, 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair, London.  Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas had died there four years earlier, at the age of 32.  Harry Nilsson, who owned the flat, was concerned about letting it to Keith Moon, believing it was cursed. Townshend disagreed, assuring him that “lightning wouldn’t strike the same place twice”.

After moving in, Moon began a prescribed course of Heminevrin (Clomethiazole) to alleviate his alcohol withdrawal symptoms. He wanted to get sober, but due to his fear of psychiatric hospitals he wanted to do it at home. That particular drug is discouraged for unsupervised detoxification because of its addictive potential, its tendency to induce tolerance, and its risk of death when mixed with alcohol. The pills were prescribed by a physician who was unaware of Moon’s lifestyle.  Moon was given a bottle of 100 pills and told to take one pill when he felt a craving for alcohol but not more than three pills per day. 

By September 1978 Moon was having difficulty playing the drums, according to roadie Dave “Cy” Langston.  After seeing Moon in the studio trying to overdub drums for The Kids Are Alright, he said, “After two or three hours, he got more and more sluggish, he could barely hold a drum stick.” 

On 6 September, Moon and Annette Walter-Lax, his Swedish model girlfriend, were guests of Paul and Linda McCartney.  After dining with the McCartneys they returned to their flat.  He watched a film and asked Walter-Lax to cook him steak and eggs. When she objected, Moon replied, “If you don’t like it, you can fuck off!” These were his last words.  Moon then took 32 clomethiazole tablets. When Walter-Lax checked on him the following afternoon, she discovered he was dead. (Aged 32!)

I aint no hippy!

Over on Weekly Prompts the site shared by GC, themainaisle.com and SueW,  nansfarm.net the Weekend Challenge is Flower Power!

I’ve never partaken in these challenges, but when I saw the post today it triggered an immediate poem that, under normal circumstances, would have ended up as one of my Rapid Rhymes. Since I’m here, the poem is writ, and I saw this earlier today: (which I’ll leave to Sue to explain!!!)

I thought that I would offer you:

I aint no hippy

I missed the swinging sixties

with jeans and beads and hair

They say if you remember them

it proves you were not there

Well I was wearing uniform

no jeans or hair allowed

Each day was fully occupied

we couldn’t join the crowd

At least I got past 27

there’s many folk did not

Succumbed to sex and rock and roll

and drugs including pot

Still, p’raps I made up later

or p’raps I was a saint

Afraid I am not telling

A hippie I sure aint!

RIP Peter Green

Peter Green, who has died aged 73 was, alongside Eric Clapton, widely regarded as the foremost white blues guitarist of his generation, although he became equally famous as rock’s second-most notable LSD casualty (after Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett).
He formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967.  Although initially called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, he later chose to omit his own name.
He was affected disastrously by the effects of drugs yet he always seemed to revert to the musical genius that he was whenever he picked up a guitar.
He lives on through his marvellous music, some of which you can listen to below.

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday – 16/02/2020 – Come /Go /Leave /Stay

song-lyric-sundayJim Adams hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some 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, by clicking HERE. You’re bound to find something you like and, very likely, something that you have never heard before. Sit back and enjoy the music.

Today, I’m offering you a song by Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong. That’s a good start isn’t it?

Well, let’s make it a bit easier. Her Mum and Dad called her Dido.

The song I’ve chosen is Don’t Leave Home.  Dido co-wrote the song with her brother Rollo of the Electronic music group Faithless. It was originally a demo recorded for her 1999 album No Angel that was instead included on the 2003 album, Life for Rent.

On first hearing, this appears to be a nice love song but really it deals with drug addiction. It is written and sung from the unusual point of view of the drug singing to the person who is addicted to it.

It only reached #25 in the UK singles charts but reached the top of the Airplay charts. Even so, I think it is a really beautiful song, if a little sad when you know the story behind it.

I hope you enjoy it!

However, if you are feeling depressed after listening it, there is a bonus track at the bottom which is bound to cheer you up.

Don’t Leave Home

Dido

Like a ghost don’t need a key
Your best friend I’ve come to be
Please don’t think of getting up for me
You don’t even need to speak

When I’ve been here for just one day
You’ll already miss me if I go away
So close the blinds and shut the door
You won’t need other friends anymore
Oh don’t leave home, oh don’t leave home

And if you’re cold, I’ll keep you warm
If you’re low, just hold on
‘Cause I will be your safety
Oh, don’t leave home

And I arrived when you were weak
I’ll make you weaker, like a child
Now all your love you give to me
When your heart is all I need
Oh don’t leave home, oh don’t leave home

And if you’re cold, I’ll keep you warm
And if you’re low, just hold on
‘Cause I will be your safety
Oh, don’t leave home

Oh how quiet, quiet the world can be
When it’s just you and little me
Everything is clear, and everything is new
So you won’t be leaving, will you?

And if you’re cold, I’ll keep you warm
And if you’re low, just hold on
‘Cause I will be your safety
Oh, don’t leave home
‘Cause I will be your safety
And I will be your safety
I will be your safety
Oh, don’t leave home

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Dido Armstrong / Rollo Armstrong

Don’t Leave Home lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

BONUS TRACK    Dexy’s Midnight Runners    Come on Eileen