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

Song Lyric Sunday – 28 March 2021 – Everlasting 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 Endless, Eternity, Everlasting, Forever, Infinity, or Omega.

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 my musical memories were triggered by Hugh Grant, playing the Prime Minister, dancing round 10 Downing Street to the song Jump.

Carrying on the link, this week we have Hugh Grant playing the caddish ex-boyfriend in Bridget Jones – Edge of Reason. The song, this time, is Everlasting Love sung by Love Affair.

This was Love Affair’s first hit song, with a great vocal performance by Steve Ellis. It achieved No.1 status in January 1968. Steve was just 17 when the song came out and the drummer was 14!  I remember, myself, thinking that I’d found everlasting love at the age of 14.  (and I was right!)

Strangely, the CD of the film soundtrack contained Jamie Cullum‘s cover version, instead of the Love Affair version used in the film. Cullum’s version is played over the end credits.

The song was written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, and was originally a 1967 hit for Robert Knight

Here are Love Affair with Everlasting Love

…and quite a change in style when played by Jamie Cullum

Everlasting Love

Love Affair, Love Affair

Hearts go astray, leaving hurt when they go
I went away just when you needed me so
Filled with regret I come back beggin’ you
Forgive, forget. Where’s the love we once knew?
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realize here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
From the very start, open up your heart
Be a lasting part of everlasting love
Real love will last forever
Ooh, ooh
Where life’s river flows, no one really knows
’til someone’s there to show the way to lasting love
Like the sun that shines, endlessly it shine
You always will be mine. It’s everlasting love
When other loves are gone, ours will still be strong
We have our very own everlasting love
Real love will last forever
You give me, you give me, you give me everlasting love
Ooh
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realize here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
From the very start, open up your heart
Be a lasting part of everlasting love
Real love will last forever
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realize here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realize here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love
Open up your eyes, then you’ll realize here I stand
With my everlasting love
Need you by my side, girl you’ll be my bride
You’ll never be denied everlasting love

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Mac Gayden / Buzz Cason

Everlasting Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing

A Voice to be Heard

I have a voice!

Of course I have.  We all have a voice!

But that’s not strictly true.  Some people are mute, they never ever speak audibly.

Ah yes, there is a point there, but did you note the subtle nicety that, although someone cannot speak, they can still be ‘heard’.

That can only be a good thing.  Everyone should be able to have their voice heard, but we all know that all voices are not equal.

But what can we do about that?

We can carry on speaking, making our voices heard, even when we think our voice is inaudible.  

We have to speak the truth.  We have to speak the love.  We have to speak the beauty.  We have to speak the peace.  We have to speak the forgiveness.  We have to speak the reconciliation.

I have never before watched a Presidential Inauguration all the way through, as it happened.  Yesterday I did, and I am glad that I did.  There was much common sense, much compassion, and great reason for hope.

Did you hear Amanda Gorman’s poem?  Amanda, America’s Youth Poet Laureate, gave a stunning oration and, at the age of only 22, spoke better than the majority of politicians do nowadays.  Her words embody the hopes and dreams of all right-thinking people. She is smart, bright, articulate.  A lady to watch, learn from, and encourage to do wondrous things in the future.

Her final words spoke volumes, and should speak to all the world, not just to America.  Her voice, and ours are voices to be heard.

When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it.

For there is always light.

If only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

Song Lyric Sunday – 17 January 2021 – Just When I Needed You Most

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the title of the song must start with D or J.

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 this song amongst my collection, recorded by Smokie, and I had no idea who had written it or recorded it.  That version can be found down at the bottom.

The original was written and recorded by Randy VanWarmer, an American singer-songwriter who was inspired to write “Just When I Needed You Most” by two events: his old car, that 

he loved and used for years, broke down on his way to work in Denver, Colorado, and he experienced a “devastating” breakup with a girlfriend.  He wrote the song six months after that breakup, co-writing it with Tony Wilson of the group Hot Chocolate two years before it became a hit.

It was released as a single in February 1979 and reached No, 8 in the UK charts in September after peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks earlier that year

Sadly, Randy died on 12th January 2004, from leukemia, at the aged of 48.

I’ve included the studio recording, a “live” version, the Smokie version, and, finally Dolly Parton singing the song live.  I hope you enjoy at least one of them!

Studio recording

A “sort of” live version

Just When I Needed You Most

Randy VanWarmer

You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn’t stand in your way
Now I miss you more than I missed you before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most
Now most every morning, I stare out the window
And I think about where you might be
I’ve written you letters that I’d like to send
If you would just send one to me
‘Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most
You packed in the morning, I stared out the window
And I struggled for something to say
You left in the rain without closing the door
I didn’t stand in your way
Now I love you more than I loved you before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Oh yeah, you left me just when I needed you most
You left me just when I needed you most

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Van Warmer Randall Edwin

Just When I Needed You Most lyrics © Wb Music Corp., Terraform Music

Smokie version

Dolly Parton version

Song Lyric Sunday – 29 November 2020 – Bird on the Wire

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Bird /Cat /Dog /Fish /Pet 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 there was no option for me other than to choose this classic song from my youth. Often played in dingy students’ rooms, lit by candlelight, joss sticks burning in the background. We were all in love, we were all in love with this song and this album. I received the album as a 21st birthday present from a sumptuous girl from Walton, in Liverpool. She was a student teacher, I was in the army. We were passing ships in the night and almost docked permanently. It was that intense. I think of Jen every time I hear this song.

Bird on the Wire appeared on the album Songs From A Room, recorded on 26 September 1968 in Nashville and released in 1969.

In the 1960s, Leonard Cohen lived on the Greek island Hydra with his girlfriend Marianne Ihlen, the woman depicted on the back cover of the album. She has related how she helped him out of a depression by handing him his guitar, whereupon he began composing “Bird on the Wire”, inspired by a bird sitting on one of Hydra’s recently installed phone wires.

Cohen said “I always begin my concert with this song. It seems to return me to my duties. It was begun in Greece and finished in a motel in Hollywood around 1969 along with everything else. Some lines were changed in Oregon. I can’t seem to get it perfect.”

Bird on the Wire

Leonard Cohen

Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Like a worm on a hook
Like a knight from some old-fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee
If I, if I have been unkind
I hope that you can just let it go by
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

For like a baby, stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me
But I swear by this song
And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He said to me, “you must not ask for so much”
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
She cried to me, “hey, why not ask for more?”
Oh, like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

Bird on the Wire lyrics © BMG Rights Management

And for something totally different, and outside the rules

Song Lyric Sunday – 22 November 2020 – Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Fiancé /Husband /Lover / Wife 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.

 When Paul Simon divorced his first wife, Peggy Harper, he opted to take a more humorous approach to document the incident. he wrote Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover!

It was released in December 1975 and began to see chart success within the new year. It became his only number one hit as a solo artist.

Paul Simon’s career began after meeting Art Garfunkel when they were both 11. He has been performing since 1956 and is still active today.

I’ve included a live version recorded at The Concert in Central Park 1981.

and also a cover version by Miley Cyrus

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

Paul Simon

“The problem is all inside your head” she said to me
“The answer is easy if you take it logically
I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover”

She said “It’s really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued
But I’ll repeat myself at the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover”

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be Coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Ooo slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be Coy, Roy
Just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

She said “It grieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you smile again”
I said “I appreciate that and would you please explain
About the fifty ways”

She said “Why don’t we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe in the morning you’ll begin to see the light”
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be Coy, roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be Coy, Roy
Just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Simon Paul

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover lyrics © Paul Simon Music

Song Lyric Sunday – 1 November 2020 – All Of Me

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

All of Me” is a hit song by American singer John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013).

You couldn’t really hope for a better opportunity to make a video of this song. Take one good looking guy with a great voice, add a beautiful model, Chrissy Teigen, who happens to be the man’s wife. Use a song that was written specifically for the lady. Film it in a fine property alongside Lake Como in Italy, where they were married, and ask them to act naturally!

You may even get to see the bride and groom!

All Of Me 

John Legend

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind?
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh-oh

How many times do I have to tell you?
Even when you’re crying, you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh-oh
Give me all of you, oh

Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh-oh

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: John Stephens / Tobias Gad

All Of Me  lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave

Song Lyric Sunday – 25 October 2020 – Your Latest Trick

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. Jim has given us Ghost /Pumpkin /Trick /Treat /Witch 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’m offering you a song by Dire Straights which has been described as “surely one of the best songs ever!”  It has nothing whatsoever to do with Halloween!

It is normally performed with an exquisite opening by a saxophone which suggests that, perhaps, the saxophone was invented for this song. However, the song was originally written with an opening by a trumpet, then leading into the saxophone. Here I offer you the choice of both.

Released in 1986, here is Your Latest Trick.

Live at Forum Assago, Milano- Maggio 2019

Dire Straits

All the late night bargains have been struck
Between the satin beaus and their bells
Prehistoric garbage trucks
Got the city to themselves
Echoes and horrors, dinosaurs
They’re all doing the monster mash
The taxis and the whores
Are only taking calls for cash

I don’t know how it happened
It all took place so quick
All I can do
Is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Now my door was standing open
Security was laid back and lax
Yeah, my heart had got a broken
You must have had a passkey made out of wax
It was robbery with insolence
And I’m playin’ the blues in twelve bars down the Lover’s Lane
You never had the intelligence for the use
Twelve keys hanging off of my chain

You know now how it happened
It all took place so quick
But all I can do
Is hand it to you
And your latest trick

It’s past last call for alcohol
Past recall has been here and gone
The landlord, he finally paid us all
The satin jazzmen have put away their horns
And I was standing there outside in this wonderland
Bereaved and bereft
Finally come to understand
The bottle’s empty, man, there’s nothing left

Know now how it happened
It was faster than the eye could flick
But all I can do
Is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mark Knopfler

Your Latest Trick lyrics © Straitjacket Songs Ltd.

Rapid rhyme #34

It’s a bit of a bugger being dead

when I think of the things I’ve not said!

I’m not really dead. At least I don’t think I am.

However, take heed. If there is someone you love, and you haven’t told them, do it now.

If there is someone you appreciate, and you haven’t told them, do it now.

If there is someone who helped you, and you haven’t thanked them, do it now.

If you hurt someone’s feelings, and you haven’t said sorry, do it now.

Not tomorrow – NOW

Tomorrow, you, or they, may not be there!