Poem-A-Day 2021, Day 11: Hafiz — Sappho’s Torque

I came across this profound and lovely poem on Angélique’s blog. Please click on the link here.

If you have never read any of Hafiz then this could be the start of a life journey for you!

Sappho’s Torque

the blog of Angélique Jamail, Author

Here is another lovely fragment from Mala of the Heart, this time by Hafiz of Persia (Iran). It reminds me of the need and mutual benefit of kindness in the world. God blooms from the shoulder of the elephant who becomes courteous to the ant. *** Hafiz (ca. 1320-1389) was born in the garden city of Shiraz. It is said that after the early […]

Poem-A-Day 2021, Day 11: Hafiz — Sappho’s Torque

Summer Love | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

My third Summer based poem shared from Whispers and Echoes. Please follow the link.

Lying on the lawn with Lorrilee A game of tennis then a nice cream tea Walking hand in hand beside the sea Dancing in the moonlight full of glee * Watching fluffy clouds go scudding by Looking at the seagulls flying high Playing silly games with twinkling eye snuggling close together, my oh my Peter […]

Summer Love | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

New baby

I love your little fingers and I love your little toes

I love your dimpled chin and your little button nose

I even love your whimpering and all your wild kerfuffles

And probably the best of all I love your snores and snuffles

But p’raps there’s one or two things that annoy me all to hell

I hate it when you vomit ‘cause I cannot stand the smell

There’s one thing that would really make me very very happy

And that’s the day you learn to live without that dreadful nappy!

British Summer | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

Another Summer based poem shared from Whispers and Echoes. Please follow the link.

Summer rain so warm and wet only to be expected, yet…. I see a bit of blue sky there Come my love, let’s not despair * It’s ages since we picnicked here and now the sun’s come out it’s clear we’ll sit down here beneath the trees and rest our plates upon our knees * […]

British Summer | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

Song Lyric Sunday – 1 August 2021 – The Broken Ones

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 may include, or reference, one of the following: Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, Seductive

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 we have The Broken Ones from the debut studio album, Red, by American singer-songwriter Dia Frampton, released on December 6, 2011.

This song is all about a girl taking on “broken ones” who have never been loved and have lots of faults.  She seems destined to repeat the process time and again because she sees a part of herself in them – the missing piece always trying to fit in!  She says “All your faults to me make you more beautiful.”

“Perhaps she just feels obliged to fight for the underdog, and that’s not a bad thing!

The Broken Ones

Dia Frampton

I know they’ve hurt you bad.
Wide, the scars you have.
Baby let me straighten out your broken bones,
All your faults to me make you more beautiful.

I can’t help it,
I love the broken ones,
The ones who,
Need the most patching up.
The ones who’ve,
Never been loved,
Never been loved,
Never been loved.
And O maybe I see a part of me in them.
The missing piece always trying to fit in.
The shattered heart,
Hungry for a home.
No you’re not alone,
I love the broken ones.

You don’t have to drive,
With your headlights off.
It’s a pocketknife,
Not a gift from god.
Don’t you learn of love from the love they kept.
I will be your anchor slowly,
Step by step.

I can’t help it,
I love the broken ones,
The ones who,
Need the most patching up.
The ones who’ve,
Never been loved,
Never been loved,
Never been loved.
And O maybe I see a part of me in them.
The missing piece always trying to fit in.
The shattered heart,
Hungry for a home.
No you’re not alone,
I love the broken ones.

Maybe we can rip off the bandage.
Maybe you will see it for what it is.
Maybe we can burn this building,
Holding you in.

I can’t help it,
I love the broken ones,
The ones who,
Need the most patching up.
The ones who’ve,
Never been loved,
Never been loved,
Never been loved.
And O maybe I see a part of me in them.
The missing piece always trying to fit in.
The shattered heart,
Hungry for a home.
No you’re not alone,
I love the broken ones.
I love the broken ones.
I love the broken ones.
I love the broken ones.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ross Copperman / Tom Shapiro / Dia Frampton

The Broken Ones lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

As a bonus I’m including an instrumental that has featured before on my blog. Just because…………It’s a Beautiful Day.

Song Lyric Sunday – 25 July 2021 – Chasing Cars

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 may include, or reference, one of the following: Automobile, Car, Jalopy, Vehicle.

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 offer you a really lovely and haunting song, Chasing Cars.

This is a song by Scottish-Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was released as the second single from their fourth studio album, Eyes Open (2006). It was recorded in 2005 and released on 6 June 2006 in the United States and 24 July 2006 in the United Kingdom.

Lead singer Gary Lightbody said he wrote the song when he became sober after a binge of white wine. The song has a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said “It’s the purest love song that I’ve ever written.” The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.” True of so many young men! 

In 2019 this song was noted as the most played song of the 21st century on UK radio.

You don’t get much purer or simpler love than that expressed in the words: 

“If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

I’m offering a choice of three versions, and it’s difficult for me to choose a favourite. If you only have time to look at one then I would suggest you listen to the reworked version Live at the Albert Hall from November 2011. 

This is a great example of why live music matters. See the joy on the musicians faces and the power of audience participation.

Read the comments on YouTube to see how people are affected by this song.

Lara Mitchell

“When this song came out….I was in prison….this song would take me away….away…and I’m just now exploring his other music..I love this man! OMG! His smile! How can one not smile back.”

Julie Dean

“This was our favourite song. And I whispered it to my husband as he was dying.  I cry every time I hear it.  But it is still my favourite song.”

Kelly Murphy-Stevens

“When my dog was at the end of life and he did not know what was going on. He was as thin as when we rescued him from the streets many years earlier. I did not want to let go. I would lay down with him on my chest and we chase cars. He made me so human.”

The second video is an acoustic version from The Quay Sessions in Glasgow from August 2018. This, again, shows the joy of the artists (only three this time), and the total absorption of the audience.  They know they will be invited to join in, in fact they were invited to do so at the beginning, but they are so engrossed by the performance that they almost miss their cue!

The final version is the Official US release video. This is included just to show how it started out.  Although it is still beautiful, and moving, it is almost a disappointment compared to the live versions.  What am I saying? No version of this song could disappoint. I’ve been listening to all three, and others, for over a week now.  You know what? I rather like this song!

Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see

I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Natah Connolly / Gary Lightbody / Jonathan Quinn / Tom Simpson / Paul Wilson

Chasing Cars lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday – 18 July 2021 – Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye

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 is about Breakup.

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.

I have chosen Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen singing Hey, That’s no way to say Goodbye . This rather poor quality video was recorded in 1976 but the sound quality is good. The song was first recorded by Judy in November 1967 with Leonard’s version following shortly afterwards. The two had a little bit of history as is intimated in the introduction.

There is more information after the lyrics for those who may be interested. I do hope that you enjoy the music.

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye

Leonard Cohen

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But now it’s come to distances and both of us must try
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

I’m not looking for another as I wander in my time
Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Leonard Cohen seemed such a troubled soul. He was so mixed up with sex and love. He fell in love almost too easily, but he also fell out of love easily. Basically, he was a lonely man who felt complete only with a female counterpart, but he could not settle into some form of conventionality. He needed to be and to feel free, so he repeated the same cycle over and over again.

In this instance the girl is leaving and the singer is watching her pack her things, not knowing quite what he should do.

He described the genesis of this song as follows:

“This song arises from an overused bed in the Penn Terminal Hotel in 1966. The room is too hot. I can’t open the windows. I am in the midst of a bitter quarrel with a blonde woman. The song is half-written in pencil but it protects us as we manoeuvre, each of us, for unconditional victory. I am in the wrong room. I am with the wrong woman”.

In November 2016, the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, renowned for his plaintive ballads, died a few months after the woman who inspired many of them, his Norwegian lover and muse, Marianne Ihlen. Theirs had been a large and chaotic romance that was in many respects a product of the particular times (the 1960s) and the specific place (the Greek island of Hydra) in which they met. The relationship’s legacy was a catalogue of classic songs, a great deal of heartache, but also a lasting sense of the creative power of love. His final goodbye to Marrianne was sublime:

Dearest Marianne,

I’m just a little behind you, close enough to take your hand. This old body has given up, just as yours has too. I’ve never forgotten your love and your beauty. But you know that. I don’t have to say any more. Safe travels old friend. See you down the road. Endless love and gratitude.

your Leonard

She died aged 81 on 28 July 2016, in Oslo. Cohen died later that year on 7 November 2016.

Farewell Daisy | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

Daisy appeared in my Almost a Catastrophe on 11 June. Sadly, we had to say farewell to her on 21 June.

Click on the link below to see my haiku which appears on Whispers and Echoes today.

Time to say goodbye There can be no healing now Thank you faithful friend Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife in the suburbs of Nottingham, England.  His greatest achievement is that he has aged fairly gracefully but has avoided growing up.  Peter has written poetry from the age of sixteen and blogs […]

Farewell Daisy | Peter Matthews — Whispers and Echoes

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 – 4 April 2021 – You’re Just in Love

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 should contain one of the words Blossoms, Cherry, or Flowers.

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 we had Everlasting Love and it certainly lasted a whole week because this week I’m offering You’re Just in Love which has lovely, perfumed blossoms even though they’re not really there.

You’re Just in Love” is a popular song by Irving Berlin. It was published in 1950 and was first performed by Ethel Merman and Russell Nype in Call Me Madam, a musical comedy that made its debut at the Imperial Theatre in New York on October 12 that year. The show ran for 644 performances. Ethel Merman also later starred in the 1953 film version. Theatre lore has it that Berlin wrote the song one night after Call Me Madam was not doing well in tryouts. The second act of the show was lacking. “What I’d like to do is a song with the kid (Russell Nype),” Merman said. So, Berlin went to his room and later produced the counterpoint song. When Berlin played the song for Merman, she said, “We’ll never get off the stage.” Reportedly, Berlin played the song for Russell Nype first, but admonished him not to admit he did so because it would infuriate Merman. 

Several recorded versions made the charts in 1950-51: Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres‘ and His Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell, and Ethel Merman and Dick Haymes.

Musically, the song is one of Irving Berlin‘s three well-known songs that use true counterpoint—two equal and contrasting melodies running at the same time, both with independent lyrics. If you’ve ever tried it you will know how difficult it is to keep time, and not to stray into each others lyrics!

I’m offering you three very different versions to choose from, and you will find there are many more on offer.  The lyrics vary slightly from version to version.  Firstly, there is Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton with Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus.  The other two will probably follow on automatically but, if they don’t, I have included links anyway.

Please enjoy:

Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton

The Swansea U3A Ukulele Group with a great rendition

……..and my favourite, Grandfather and granddaughter Jim & Fiona Kweskin – Live at McCabe’s

You’re Just in Love

I hear singing and there’s no one there
I smell blossoms and the trees are bare
All day long I seem to walk on air
I wonder why, I wonder why

Now, I keep tossing in my sleep at night
And what’s more, I’ve lost my appetite
Stars that used to twinkle in the skies
Are twinkling in my eyes, I wonder why

Pops, you don’t need no analyzin’ , man
No?
It is not so surprising
That you feel very strange but nice

Your heart goes pitter-patter
Pops, I know what’s the matter
Because I’ve been there once or twice

Put your head on my shoulder
You need someone who’s older
A rubdown with a velvet glove

There is nothing you can take
To relieve that pleasant ache
You’re not sick, man, you’re in love

I hear singing and there’s no one there
(You don’t need analyzin’, it is not so surprising)
I smell blossoms and the trees are bare
(That you feel very strange but nice)

All day long, I seem to walk on air
(Your heart goes pitter-patter, pops, I know what’s the matter)
I wonder why, I wonder why
(Because I’ve been there once or twice)

I keep tossing in my sleep at night
(Keep your head on my shoulder, you need some chick who’s older)
(A rubdown with a velvet glove)
And what’s more I’ve lost my appetite

Stars that used to twinkle in the skies
(There is nothin’ you can take to relieve that groovy ache)
Are twinkling in my eyes, I wonder why
(You’re not sick, pops, you’re in love)

Whatcha mean I’m in love, honey?
Dig yourself, dig yourself down
(You heard me, you’re not sick, man, you’re in love)
I’m in love