Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 15/07/2018

img_1345-3Helen’s theme this week is “Break“.

Wouldn’t we all like a break? Don’t we all deserve a break? We may, perhaps, want to break someone’s neck, or head, or face!

These are certainly times that bring out the worst in lots of us so I’ve found a nice thing that is broken. Not only has it broken, but it is lovely, and it breaks every single day.

The lyrics are on screen.

This is a montage of beautiful cats, kittens and blackbirds set to the song, “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens.  What’s not to like?

Advertisements

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 08/07/2018

img_1345-3For SLS this week Helen has set us the theme of “Think“. You can find all the fine music choices here.

Well, I think you will all know the song “Who’s Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I’m Gone.”

No? Well I am surprised!

How about the song, by Bob Dylan, that was based on that melody? I bet you know that one! It’s called “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”

Recorded in 1962, and released in 1963, it appeared on many compilation albums, and has been covered by a myriad of artists since. I offer you the original, which I think is the best: It will probably tell you the video is unavailable, but if you click on YouTube, at the bottom, it should play

Just in case, here is a version by Marcus Mumford and Justin Hayward-Young, which is also superb!

Don’t think twice, It’s alright.

Well it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Ifin’ you don’t know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do some how
When your rooster crows at the break a dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on
Don’t think twice, it’s all right

 

And it ain’t no use in a-turnin’ on your light, babe
The light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road
But I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
We never did too much talkin’ anyway
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

 

No it ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never done before
And it ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear ya any more
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ wallkin’ way down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I am told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

 

So long honey babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
Goodbye is too good a word, babe
So I just say fare thee well
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

 

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Audiam, Inc

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 01/07/2018

img_1345-3Helen’s theme this week is “game“.

I’m sure that I shall not be the only one to choose a number one hit co-written by a Vice President of the United States, who also happened to be a Nobel Peace prize laureate.

Charles G Dawes wrote the music to this in 1911 and, unfortunately, died in April 1951 so  he never got to hear the words written by Carl Sigman, and recorded by Tommy Edwards in the Summer of 1951. “It’s all in the game” rose to number 18 in the charts.

A Rock and Roll version was released in 1958, and this became a number 1 best seller. Here is that version. I consider it to be the best one ever released.

Other versions are attached below. Probably the worst is by Cliff Richard (IMHO)

https://youtu.be/z0LGJMcfgZQ       Tommy Edwards 1951 Version

https://youtu.be/qB48ZvBHmxQ    The Four Tops Version

https://youtu.be/dqUImQmqQ7s    Nat King Cole Version

https://youtu.be/0BoTQKxrHs4      Cliff Richard Version

https://youtu.be/rgxPJmMf2e0        Johnny Mathis Version

https://youtu.be/5dEvMcsFKFI       Van Morrison Version

 

TOMMY EDWARDS

“It’s All In The Game”

(Carl Sigman and Charles Gates Dawes)

Many a tear has to fall
But it’s all in the game
All in the wonderful game
That we know as love
You have words with him
And your future’s looking dim
But these things
Your hearts can rise above

Once in a while he won’t call
But it’s all in the game
Soon he’ll be there at your side
With a sweet bouquet
And he’ll kiss your lips
And caress your waiting fingertips
And your hearts will fly away

Soon he’ll be there at your side
With a sweet bouquet
Then he’ll kiss your lips
And caress your waiting fingertips
And your hearts will fly away

Sunday Pipes #32

A Maestro playing a Masterpiece on a Magnificent organ. Yet another great Sunday Pipes presentation from Ray Visotski on Mitigating Chaos.

Mitigating Chaos

This is simply amazing.

Plain and simple.

Easy come easy go.  Little high, little low.

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody  performed by Bert van den Brink on the Verschueren organ in “het orgelpark Amsterdam” June first, 2013 at the presentation concert of Bert van den Brink’s cd “BLOWING” http://www.bertvandenbrink.com.

View original post

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 24/06/2018

img_1345-3Helen’s theme this week is Dream.

Well, I dream a lot, practically every night!

I am fortunate in that I can remember most dreams, and go back the next day to continue them.

I daydream too. More so as I get older! However, that has nothing whatsoever to do with what I chose for my music offering this week.

There are countless “dream” themed songs to choose from. It seems that every writer has a dream, and that is only to be expected.

This week I offer you a song from a young lady from America, called Sarah Grace McLaughlin.   You will not know her by this name. Her parents were from Bishopbriggs, in Scotland, and she chose to adapt that town’s name and use it as her professional name, Bishop Briggs.

Here is her recording of “Dream.” I hope you enjoy it!

 

Dream

Bishop Briggs

Crying eyes, broken bells
Back in course, no one tells
Down we go, wish me well
I don’t know where we fell

Oh, I had a dream that you couldn’t hear me screaming
Trying to tell you everything but it wouldn’t stop you leaving

I wanna wake up where your love is
‘Cause your love is always waking mine
I wanna break down where your heart gets
So torn it’s almost breaking mine
I wanna lay here, lost and bitter
So long, I feel like I could die
I wanna tell you what my truth is
But it’s buried down inside

Shining light, show and tell
Don’t be scared, truth is hell
Down we go, wish me well
No one knows where we fell

Oh, I had a dream that you couldn’t hear me screaming
Trying to tell you everything but it wouldn’t stop you leaving

I wanna wake up where your love is
‘Cause your love is always waking mine
I wanna break down where your heart gets
So torn it’s almost breaking mine
I wanna lay here, lost and bitter
So long, I feel like I could die
I wanna tell you what my truth is
But it’s buried down inside

They say that secrets make you sick and I should know
Just promise me that if I tell you you will go
Oh, oh, oh

I wanna wake up where your love is
‘Cause your love is always waking mine
I wanna break down where your heart gets
So torn it’s almost breaking mine
I wanna lay here, lost and bitter
So long, I feel like I could die
I wanna tell you what my truth is
But it’s buried down inside

It’s buried down inside

Songwriters: Dan Wilson / Ian Brendon Scott / Mark A. Jackson / Sarah Grace Mclaughlin

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/06/2018

img_1345-3Helen’s theme this week is seconds/minutes/hours.

Well, that gives plenty of scope. Practically every single artist will, at one time (see what I did there?) , have recorded a song with some time reference in it.

I am going with the very first thing that came to mind. That is “My grandfather’s clock.”

You can, if you wish, follow the words with the recording by Johnny Cash, which is here.

My Grandfather’s Clock

Song by Johnny Cash

My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more

It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died

My grandfather said that of those he could hire
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time and had but one desire
At the close of each week to be wound

And it kept in its place, not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

It rang and alarmed in the dead of the night
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight
That his hour for departure had come

Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by his side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

Songwriters: Erich Doll / Henry Clay Work

However, I also offer this instrumental version by Leroy Troy. I don’t think he gets out much, apart from performing his clawhammer style of banjo playing!

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 10/06/2018

img_1345-3Helen had fun last week, trying to confuse us. Well, it worked! It doesn’t take much to confuse me nowadays.

This week she’s gone and used a big word – METAPHOR. We’re supposed to find a song whose title is one of those, or whose content contains one of those metaphor things. You can find this week’s entries here.

Turns out, it is quite difficult to find a song that does not follow those rules, so here goes:

My song this week is from an Avant Garde artist (see, I can use big words too!), Camille. the song is called Seeds.

BUT, pay attention at the back, after you’ve listened, do go on to listen to the link I’ve added at the end, and then more after that. Camille is the only singer I have ever seen sing her own accompaniment within a song! No multi track recording – just sheer genius. She also does beat boxing! What an artist she is!

Seeds of laughter Seeds of lettuce Seeds of rustling leaves and flowers Seeds of rain Seeds of passion Seeds of saffron Seeds of strawbery fields forever Seeds of grace Seeds of peaches, seeds of pecan Seeds of peace, seeds of hope Seeds of pace pine and pepper Seeds of glory, seeds of gold

How can you serve them

How can you spoil them

How can you trade them

How can you grow

Seeds of sorrow Seeds of sterile landscape Seeds of devastated corn Seeds of strain Seeds of misery Seeds of mud and melancholy Seeds of watermelon Seeds of waste Seeds of silence, seeds of slumber Seeds of hunger, seeds of stone Seeds of underneath the summer Lies a million seeds of cold

How can you buy them

How can you sell them

How can you trade them

How can you do so

 

How can you buy them

How can you sell them

How can you trade them

How can you do so

Seeds of lovers, seeds of apples Seeds of blue eyes, belly button Seeds of men Seeds of children Seeds of rosebud onions Seeds of what’s going to happen Seeds of change

Seeds of change

Seeds of change

Writer(s): Clement Ducol, Camille Dalmais

Here is the proof that she can accompany herself. Singing at The Royal Albert Hall:

Tout Dit

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 03/06/2018

img_1345-3

Helen’s theme for this week is “Smile”. It was supposed to be “Simile” apparently, but I’m happy the way it turned out.

My immediate thought was a song based on the instrumental theme used in a film that came out the year my big sister was born.

In 1936 Charlie Chaplin starred in Modern Times, a film based on the Great Depression. The theme tune had lyrics added in 1954 which were based on the lines, and themes, of the film. This was recorded, as Smile, by Nat King Cole, and the rest, as they say,  is history.

In looking for a worthy version to offer I discovered Madeleine Peyroux, and what a discovery she is. I do hope you enjoy this, but more than that, I hope that the video really does make you smile. It is delightful.

Madeleine Peyroux – Smile Lyrics

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for youLight up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smileLight up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Songwriters: Charles Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons
Smile lyrics © BOURNE CO.

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 27/05/2018

img_1345-3

Helen’s theme this week is let go.

I had no trouble at all in thinking of a suitable contender straight away. It comes from one of my all time favourite groups. A group originating in 1962, although the original concept began earlier with Alan Clarke and Graham Nash  forming a duo in the late 1950’s.

Two of the original line up are still playing, and touring, with The Hollies. I’ve been fortunate to have seen them many times. Tony Hicks still looks like a little lad! (from a distance). The song, of course, is “I can’t let go”.

 

I try and I try but I can’t say goodbye
Feel so bad baby, ooh, it hurts me
When I think of how you love and desert me
I’m the broken hearted toy you play with, baby

You got me goin’, I need you baby
I can’t let go, and I want you baby
I gotta have you, you know
And I can’t let go

Though I’m just one of your lovers
And I know there are so many others
You do something strange to me, baby, baby

You got me goin’, I need you baby
I can’t let go, and I want you baby
I gotta have you, you know
And I can’t let go

I try and I try but I can’t say goodbye
I know that it’s wrong and I should be so strong
But the thought of you gone makes me want to hold on

You got me goin’, I need you baby
I can’t let go, and I want you baby
I gotta have you, you know
And I can’t let go

You got me goin’, I need you baby
I can’t let go, and I want you baby
I gotta have you, you know
I can’t let go
I can’t let go
I can’t let go
I can’t let go
I can’t let go

Songwriters: Al Gorgoni / Chip Taylor