Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/03/2019

img_1345-3My thanks, as always,  to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs. I see he’s added to his already heavy task this week by thanking,  by name,  each individual who contributed last week!

The theme for this week is School/Books/Learning. If you fancy sharing some of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries here.

Immediately, this week, I thought of “Another Brick In The Wall”, “Schools Out”, and many other well known school related songs.

Well, I’m not going to give you any of those. Instead, I’m going way back to 9 December 1957.

I was around then, but had little or no interest in pop music, charts, hits, girls, and definitely no interest in sex and drugs and rock and roll. It was an altogether more innocent time when Ricky Nelson sang “Waitin’ in School”. Some may recognise it from having heard it in the film “Pulp Fiction”.

Waitin’ in School

Ricky Nelson

I been a-waitin’ in school all day long
A-waitin’ on the bell to ring so I can go home
Throw my books on the table, pick up the telephone
“Hello, baby, let’s get somethin’ goin'”

Headin’ down to the drugstore to get a soda pop
Throw a nickel in the jukebox, then we start to rock
My school gal baby, gonna tell ya some news
You sure look good in them baby-doll shoes

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six
I’ve been a-waitin’ in school all day long
A-waitin’ on the bell to ring so I could go home
Throw my books on the table, pick up the telephone
“Hello, baby, let’s get somethin’ goin'”

Headin’ down to the drugstore to get a soda pop
Throw a nickel in the jukebox, then we start to rock
My school gal baby, gonna tell ya some news
You sure look good in them baby-doll shoes

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six

You gotta move, start rockin’ baby
A rockin’, rockin’ baby
Gonna rock all night, rock all night
Just wait ‘n’ see

Writer(s): J., D. BURNETTE Lyrics powered by http://www.musixmatch.com

Ricky Nelson was, at one time, considered a very strong contender to eclipse Elvis Presley. Sadly, like so many stars, he died young. You can hear more about him by following the link below.

Whatever happened to Ricky Nelson?

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 10/03/2019- Animal

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Animal. If you fancy sharing some of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries here.

I wonder how many songs we’ll have by The Animals this week, I hope there are a few. Formed in 1962, and with 4 of the original 5 still playing! How great is that?

I’m offering you an REM song this week and, guess what, it’s called Animal! I’ve chosen a recording of the performance in Wiesbaden, from 2003. I hope you enjoy it

Animal

R.E.M.

Hey what’s the big deal?
Tell me how to feel?
I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace.
Point me to the stars I’m up for the chase.
I know where we fell on our face.
Jump with me.
You jump with me.

Hey, what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

I don’t want to boomerang.
I don’t want to cannonball.
I’m not angling.
I don’t want to fall.
Tell me I’m the anchor of my own ascension.
Tell me I’m a tourist in the fourth dimension?

Hey, what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

Work it out.

I am vibrating at the speed of light.
Take my hand, we’ll wind up the night.
Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me.
Trip me, cuss me, bend me, trust me,
Touch me now.
You take my hand.
You trust me now
You understand.

So what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

I am vibrating at the speed of light.

Songwriters: Jonathan Shave / Richard Cowie / Jason Pebworth / George Astasio / Jon Mills / Connor Maynard / Sophie Stern / Kurtis Mackenzie / Joey Dyer
Animal lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

As a bonus I am also including a fabulous performance of The Dying Swan, from The Carnival of the Animals. Such beauty in both dance, and music!

 

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme – for 03/03/2019

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim, who who has now adopted the fabulous Song Lyric Sunday, taking over from Helen Vardati who started this amazing weekly chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

Helen rightly says SLS is a community, and no longer belongs to her, and Jim agrees that he does not own it, he just hosts it, and very well too if I may say so!

I know that we all hope to see Helen back in the blogging world as soon  as she is ready. Thank you so much, Helen, for creating, and developing Song Lyric Sunday.

The theme for this week is Occupation and you can find all the great entries here.

I haven’t a single song in my collection that has the word occupation in its title, and anything that I could find online just would not do.

I have, therefore, gone with my occupation for over 28 years and offer, for your enjoyment, Soldier’s Song, issued in 1980 by The Hollies. This song was written by Mike Batt, who created The Wombles! Such a pity that he is remembered more for that, than for all the fantastic songs he wrote, and for all his great musical productions.

Soldier’s Song is Bitter Sweet and tells the story of a young soldier, going off to war, who is taken in by a more mature lady.  She takes pity on him and wishes to “make a man of him” before he dies in battle. He doesn’t die, and returns, only to find that the lady has been raped and killed in the drunken rampages of his fellow victors.

Lyrics

The smoke was slowly rising as the light began to fade
There were fires on the skyline from some distant border raid
There I was riding out at seventeen to join my first brigade
Many years ago

And I chanced upon a farmhouse where the woman took me in
She gave me food and wine she gave me shelter from the wind
She delayed me from my regiment and service of my king
Many years ago

She said, “Soldier before I lose you to the fight
Oh, my soldier, I’ll make a man of you tonight”
She took me over in the fading fire glow
On that wild and misty night she was my woman

When I rose next morning I was gone before she stood
Tore myself away from there and left without a word
The sound of distant infantry was the only sound I heard
On that morning

And in that day I aged ten years and died a thousand deaths
I learned the feel of frozen steel and fear within my breast
But the lesson I’ll remember till they lay me to my rest
Keeps returning

She said, “Soldier before I lose you to the fight
Oh, my soldier, I’ll make a man of you tonight”
She took me over in the fading fire glow
On that wild and misty night she was my woman

And when the dice of war were thrown and victory was won
My drunken young compatriots went out to have their fun
And there was no single house they didn’t burn or overrun on that evening

And I rode out to that place again as hard as I could ride
But I found her by the cradle on that lonely mountainside
In the hands of those brave friends of mine she suffered and she died
Many years ago

“Soldier before I lose you to the fight”
She said, “Soldier I’ll make a man of you tonight”
She took me over in the fading fire glow
On that wild and misty night she was my woman

Songwriters: Mike Batt

Soldier’s Song lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

As a bonus I’m offering Tin Soldier by Small Faces.

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 24/02/2019 – Melody Fair

img_1345-3Jim Adams continues to look after Song Lyric Sunday, giving us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Harmony/Melody/Music and you can find all the great entries here.

Some will have not heard this one before. It is a song by the Bee Gees, written in 1968 and released in 1969 on their album Odessa. It  was never released as a single but appeared on many compilation albums and was a hit in Japan (which probably explains the video footage). The album was not a great success when released, and the group’s fortunes declined soon after, although later the album received positive critical reviews and came to be regarded as their most significant release in the 60’s.

Andy Gibb‘s 1974 group, was named Melody Fayre after this song, which is, of course, called Melody Fair.

LULU, who was married to Maurice Gibb from 1969, until their divorce in 1973, also recorded this song. Here she is singing it, to my mind, not quite as effectively!

Melody Fair

Bee Gees

Who is the girl with the crying face looking at millions of signs? 
She knows that life is a running race, 
Her face shouldn’t show any line. 

Melody Fair won’t you comb your hair? 
You can be beautiful too. 
Melody Fair, remember you’re only a woman. 
Melody Fair, remember you’re only a girl. 

Who is the girl at the window pane, 
Watching the rain falling down? 
Melody, life isn’t like the rain 
Its just like a merry go round. 

Melody Fair won’t you comb your hair? 
You can be beautiful too. 
Melody Fair, 
Remember you’re only a woman. 
Melody Fair, 
Remember you’re only a girl.

Who is the girl with the crying face, 
Looking at millions of signs? 
She knows that life is a running race. 
Her face shouldn’t show any lines. 

Melody Fair won’t you comb your hair? 
You can be beautiful too. 
Melody Fair, 
Remember you’re only a woman. 
Melody Fair, 
Remember you’re only a girl.

Songwriters: Barry Gibb / Maurice Gibb / Robin Gibb
Melody Fair lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/02/2019

img_1345-3Jim Adams continues to look after Song Lyric Sunday, giving us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Hill/Mountain and you can find all the great entries here.

Because I was pipped at the post by THIS THAT AND THE OTHER with my choice this week, I am offering another “Hill” tune for your delight (or not). You will find this at the bottom and it morphs my SLS entry into a personal history lesson too!

Anyone who has followed my SLS entries for a while will know that my mind often goes to Beatles songs to try to find a suitable offering to present. I’m not always successful!

What I found this week is a song off the Magical Mystery Tour album. After the success of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles wanted to create a psychedelically themed film, and Magical Mystery Tour was the result. It was designed as an unscripted television special and featured 6 new songs.

It was never meant to be an LP, but the producers added existing singles to make up the numbers! It worked out pretty well.

Here, for your enjoyment, is “The Fool on the Hill”.

The Fool on the Hill

The Beatles

Day after day, alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is sitting perfectly still
Nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

His head in a cloud
The man with a foolish grin is talking perfectly loud
But nobody wants to hear him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

The Fool on the Hill lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Here is the extra!

This is not a song, has no lyrics, and is unlikely to have been heard by anyone reading this blog. It is, however, special to me, and is amongst the music that MAY be played at my funeral/celebration of life/throwing on the local scrap heap!

It is “High on a Hill” by the Band and Bugles of The Royal Green Jackets

I had the honour to serve with The 2ndBattalion The Royal Green Jackets, in Dover, and Omagh, Northern Ireland. I can honestly say that they were the most professional and dedicated soldiers I have ever served with. This was the one and only time I served with a Light Infantry unit and It was a real eye opener. They are different! An example is that they march at 140 paces per minute, rather than usual 116, or 120. Examples can be seen below.

Imagine doing that for any length of time, AND carrying and playing an instrument!

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 10/02/2019

img_1345-3Song Lyric Sunday continues to give us lots of familiar, favourite songs, and yet never fails to let me hear something new, to my ears at least!

Jim’s theme for this week is River/Stream/Brook, and for next week, Hill/Mountain, so I’m going to combine the two and offer you an all time great from Tina Turner. You can see all the great music here.

This song was Written by Phil SpectorJeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, and was among the first recordings that Ike & Tina Turner did for Phil Spector’s Philles Records. Spector was well aware of Ike Turner‘s controlling attitude in the studio, and therefore he drafted an unusual contract: the River Deep – Mountain High  album and single would be credited to “Ike & Tina Turner”, but Ike was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio, and only Tina Turner‘s vocals would be used on the record.

The song is, of course, the title track, River Deep Mountain High. I hope you enjoy it.

River Deep – Mountain High

Tina Turner

When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll
Only doll I’ve ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, let me say
And it gets higher day by day

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

When you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy?
That always followed you around
Well, I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy
No, I’ll never let you down

‘Cause it grows stronger like a river flows
And it gets sweeter, baby and heaven knows
And it gets sweeter, baby, as it grows

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

And it gets stronger in every way
And it gets deeper, let me say
And it gets higher day by day

Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby
River deep, mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby

I love you, baby, just like Robin loves to sing
I love you, baby, like a flower loves the spring
And I love you, baby, like a school boy loves his pet

Songwriters: Jeff Barry / Ellie Greenwich / Phil Spector
River Deep – Mountain High lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 03/02/2019

img_1345-3Jim, over at Getting Better All The Time is continuing to look after Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday, and is doing a fine job getting us to share our well known, and not so well known, songs.

You can find all the fabulous entries this week by following this link here.

Now, you probably had to be around at the time to have heard about the group I’ve chosen this week, but you may have heard about some of the people involved in working with them. Certainly, the writer is pretty well known. Lou Reed. Maybe you know “Walk on the Wild Side” and “A Perfect Day”?

Lou Reed formed “The Velvet Underground” in 1964 and, although they were never a great commercial success, they were a great influence on many people, and are regarded as one of the most influential bands in rock history.

The track I’m offering to you this week is “Ocean”, and this is an acoustic demo version. I hope you like it!

Ocean

Lou Reed

Here comes the ocean
and the waves down by the sea
Here comes the ocean
and the waves where’ve they been ?

Don’t swim tonight my love
The sea is mad my love
It’s known to drive men crazy
Now come that murder seeks
The castle is dead and reeks
The madness can make you lazy

Here come the waves
down by the shore
Washing the rocks that have been here
centuries or more

Down by the sea

Here come the ocean
and the waves down by the sea
Here comes the ocean
and the waves where’ve they been ?

Castles glowing at night
Towers above out fright
What did happen here
Now comes it in my head
I serve you bread on a pledge
Think of your mouth for dinner

But here come the waves
down by the sea
Washing the eyes of the men
who have died

Down by the sea

Here come the waves 
Here come the waves 
Here come the waves 
Here come the waves

Songwriters: Lou Reed

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 27/01/2019

img_1345-3Jim, over at A new title for me, where you can find all this week’s great music, is continuing to do a fine job in standing in for Helen and keeping us all on our toes to find lyrics to fit in  with this week’s theme of “No”.

I’ve chosen a song by one of my favourite groups, Mumford & Sons.

Without further ado, here it is. It’s called Sigh No More. The words are on the video, but I’ve also included them at the bottom. There is also a link to a live recording at Glastonbury. WARNING This recording contains strong language! They really do enjoy performing!

Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons

Serve God love me and mend
This is not the end
Live unbruised we are friends
And I’m sorry
I’m sorry

Sigh no more, no more
One foot in sea one on shore
My heart was never pure
You know me
You know me

And man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be

Songwriters: Benjamin Walter David Lovett / Edward James Milton Dwane / Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford / Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall

Sigh No More lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 20/01/2019

img_1345-3Jim, over at A new title for me, where you can find all this week’s great music, is continuing to do his best to keep Helen’s fantastic SLS alive and kicking, and isn’t he doing a great job!

This week the theme is Crying/Sadness, and I’ve chosen not to have either word in the title, or, indeed, in the lyrics. Instead, I’ve chosen the Saddest Song by Pink Floyd. I know this to be a fact, because they said so!

Why Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Is Their Saddest Song ©RadioX

The title track of the band’s 1975 album has become a favourite, but what’s the real story behind the lyrics?

Pink Floyd released their ninth album, Wish You Were Here, on 12 September 1975. It had a lot to live up to – their previous LP, Dark Side Of The Moon, was a multi-million selling phenomenon that took up residence on the album charts for years.

Luckily, the band were at their creative peak – but the troubles that surrounded the group over the past few years found their way into the music.

Side One of the album is mainly taken up with the immense, 13-minute epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I – V) – and the track was especially poignant.

The song is about Syd Barrett, the original frontman and chief songwriter of the Floyd, who left the group in 1968 after his mental and physical health and reliabity deteriorated thanks to heavy drug use. Roger Waters claimed that David Gilmour’s four-note guitar motif summed up a “sort of indefinable, inevitable melancholy about the disappearance of Syd”.

Ironically, the man himself visited Abbey Road while the song was being recorded, but was initially not recognised by his former bandmates. Now overweight and with a shaved head, Barrett was a shadow of his former self.

The lyrics for Shine On You Crazy Diamond seemed to be about Barrett’s withdrawal from the world: “Remember when you were young? / You shone like the sun”. But Waters later said: “Shine On is not really about Syd — he’s just a symbol for all the extremes of absence some people have to indulge in because it’s the only way they can cope with how fucking sad it is, modern life, to withdraw completely.”

Other songs on the album were about the music industry that had eaten up Pink Floyd since their early 1970s success: Welcome To The Machine and Have A Cigar. The latter includes the line “Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?”, which was a dumb question asked by record company execs who thought Pink Floyd was the name of a performer.

But it was the title track, Wish You Were Here, that was the most world-weary.

The song opens with the sound of a radio tuning away from the previous track (Have A Cigar), across a station playing Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and on to Dave Gilmour playing the delicate 12-string acoustic guitar intro.“It’s all meant to sound like the first track getting sucked into the radio, with one person sitting in the room playing guitar along to the radio,” Gilmour explained.

While it’s impossible to not think of the sad decline of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, who wrote the lyrics, claimed that they were more personal.

The song itself, came out easily, as he told journalist Dan Rather in 2017: “I played a few chords and wrote the song very, very quickly, as I recall. Probably in an hour. It was one of those happy times when stream of consciousness works, and words come out.“

In a documentary on the making of the album in 2012, Waters expanded on the idea: “It’s to encourage myself not to accept a lead role in a cage, but to go on demanding of myself that I keep auditioning for the walk-on part in the war, ‘cause that’s where I want to be.”

He went on: “I wanna be in the trenches. I don’t want to be at headquarters; I don’t wanna be sitting in a hotel somewhere. I wanna be engaged.”

And that’s something that, sadly, Syd Barrett no longer was in the autumn of 1975.

I’ve chosen a Meltdown Concert version from 2002.

Meltdown Concert 2002 David Gilmour: Guitars, vocals Neill MacColl: Guitars, backing vocals Michael Kamen: Piano, English horn Chucho Merchán: Double bass Caroline Dale: Cello Dick Parry: Sax Nic France: Drums & percussion Gospel Choir: Sam Brown (choir leader), Chris Ballin, Pete Brown, Margo Buchanan, Claudia Fontaine, Michelle John Douglas, Sonia Jones, Carol Kenyon, David Laudat, Durga McBroom, Aitch McRobbie, Beverli Skeete
Wish You Were Here
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish How I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 13/01/2019

img_1345-3This week Jim has set us the prompt of laugh/laughter/laughing for our music choice. You can see all the entries here.

My offering takes me right back to childhood, but the origin of the song goes even further back, to the 1890’s.

I somehow doubt that any of our younger SLS participants will have heard of this song.

The reason it reminds me of childhood is that in the surrounding villages there was normally an annual fête or carnival. This was much anticipated and there would be carnival floats, a carnival queen, complete with entourage, dancing troupes, bands, bowling for the pig, a crockery smashing stall, and so much more. The whole, marvellous day would be started off with a procession, through the village, of all the floats (see examples here). There would be dancers, bands, jugglers, often a fire engine, and The Laughing Policeman. I’m sure that by the end of the day he must have been exhausted, and his sides must have really ached.

The Laughing Policeman

Charles Penrose

I know a fat old policeman
he’s always on our street
a fat and jolly red faced man
he really is a treat
he’s too kind for a policeman
he’s never known to frown
and everybody says he is the happiest man in town
(laughing)
He laughs upon point duty
he laughs upon his beat
he laughs at everybody when he’s walking in the street
he never can stop laughing
he says he’s never tried
but once he did arrest a man
and laughed until he cried
(laughing)
his jolly face is wrinkled
and then he shut his eyes
he opened his great mouth
is was a wondrous size
he said I must arrest you
he didn’t know what for
and then he started laughing
until he cracked his jaw
(laughing)
so if you chance to meet him
when walking round the town
just shake him by his fat old hand
and give him half a crown
his eyes will beam and sparkle
he’ll gurgle with delight
and then you’ll start him laughing
with all his blessed might
(laughing)

Songwriters: Billie Grey

The Laughing Policeman lyrics © Nsa Inc. California