Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 11/11/2018

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It’s that great time of the week where Helen gives us all the chance to share our choices of music, based on her prompt. This week we have SOUL. Oh yes, we have soul! Just check out all those who are sharing their soul with you this week – HERE.

I often comment that my musical mind normally leans towards The Beatles, but I don’t often choose a Beatles song. Well, this week I am doing so, although not one with soul in the lyrics. Instead, it is from the album Rubber Soul.

Most of the songs on Rubber Soul were composed soon after the Beatles’ return to London following their August 1965 North American tour.  The album reflects the influence of their month in America.  Aside from setting a new attendance record when they played to over 55,000 at Shea Stadium on 15 August, the tour allowed the band to meet with Bob Dylan in New York and their longtime hero Elvis Presley in Los Angeles.

Here is “In My Life”

This version is the 2009 remastered one: I hope you enjoy it.

The Beatles

There are places I’ll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more
In my life– I love you more

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney

In My Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Here  you can listen to an alternative version – Ed Sheeran’s tribute to this song.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 04/11/2018 – Take a look at me now.

img_1345-3Helen’s theme for SLS this week is take/taking. Fancy joining in with this great way of listening to some old favourites, and, often, some new music? If so, you can see all of the entries here and read all about the way to get involved.

This week I’ve chosen a song from Phil Collins,  written for the movie of the same name, “Against All Odds”. The song is better known as “Take a look at me now”.

Originally titled “How Can You Just Sit There?”, the song was initially from the sessions for Collins’ debut solo album Face Value (1981). Collins wrote the song, while Arif Mardin produced it.  The piano performance is by New York musician Rob Mounsey. Piano, keyboard bass, and a string section, arranged and conducted by Mardin, were recorded at RCA Studios, New York, while Collins recorded vocals and drums in Los Angeles.

The video has a hunky male form for those who are interested in that sort of thing. Yes, I’m thinking of you Sandra!

Lyrics are on the video too! Enjoy.

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 28/10/2018

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OK, I know it’s Monday. So, what if I am a little late? I can cope with that, I’m retired!

My first thought for Helen’s prompt of give/giving was to offer you I gave you all by Mumford and Sons. If you want to, you can still listen to it here.

The problem with SLS is that I tend to get carried away when researching what to offer. I end up, every week, spending time listening to loads of music when I really should be doing other things. It’s a great problem to have!!!!!!

If you want to take part, or wish to listen to all the other musical offerings, you can find everything here.

I finally settled on another Mumford and Sons song, Awake my soul – Live at Red Rocks. It doesn’t really fit in directly with the prompt, apart from the fact that the group give a fantastic performance, they really enjoy it, as do the audience, and I hope that you will too!

Awake My Soul

Mumford & Sons

How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies
And now my heart stumbles on things I don’t know
My weakness I feel I must finally show

Lend me your hand and we’ll conquer them all
But lend me your heart and I’ll just let you fall
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free
Har har, har har, har har, har har

Awake my soul, awake my soul
Awake my soul

How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies
And now my heart stumbles on things I don’t know
My weakness I feel I must finally show
Har har, har har, har har, har har

In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, you invest your life
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life

Awake my soul, awake my soul
Awake my soul
For you were made to meet your maker
Awake my soul, awake my soul
Awake my soul
For you were made to meet your maker
You were made to meet your maker

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

Awake My Soul lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 21/10/2018

img_1345-3I do so love Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday, and it is especially welcome, and appreciated, when she manages to keep it going when she is feeling less than 100%. Hope you are soon feeling well again Helen.

The theme this week is “lost”.

That immediately made me think of The Moody Blues “In Search of the Lost Chord” , an album which is 50 years old this year. I can hardly believe that! If you’ve never heard any of the songs on that album, I think you may enjoy the experience. Try Om or Legend of a Mind. The whole album is, for me, a masterpiece and, I suppose, almost gave those there at the time a minuscule hint of the effects of LSD without actually taking any risks!

Anyway, those are a bonus as you’re not getting the Moody Blues this week. Instead, I’m going for Pink Floyd’s “Lost for Words”. You won’t be, because the lyrics are on the video.

Sit back, and enjoy.

This song is widely believed to be the band’s (and particularly David Gilmour’s) final parting shot at former frontman Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985 after a falling-out with Gilmour. In particular, the song’s final verse was purportedly a response to Waters’ brusque rejection of his invitation by Gilmour to rejoin Pink Floyd for what Gilmour (correctly) expected would be their final studio album together: “So I open my door to my enemies and I ask, could we wipe the slate clean? But they tell me to please go f–k myself. You know, you just can’t win.”

In the Division Bell CD liner notes, this song’s lyrics are placed next to a picture of a pair of boxing gloves, and the song’s interlude features a boxing announcer declaring a “Winner… by a knockout.” Some fans have interpreted these as referring to the ongoing commercial success of post-Waters Pink Floyd, as opposed to Waters’ own fading into near-obscurity as a solo artist.

Courtesy of Songfacts.com

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 14/10/2018

img_1345-3Regular readers of my entries for Helen’s fantastic Song Lyric Sunday challenge will know that my first thoughts often head towards The Beatles. Well, they were there at just the right time for me. They were a huge influence in my life, and they wrote such great words and music.

So, what would Helen’s theme of hide/hiding/hidden produce if I were to go with the Beatles? “Hey, You’ve got to hide your love away.” of course!

NO, I’m not going with that. Instead, I’m choosing a group that I think failed to reach their full potential. They produced some great songs, and had commercial success, but failed to become as great as they could have done.

The group is BTO, Bachman–Turner Overdrive to those who don’t know. The track I’ve chosen fits in with this theme, but also could sit quite happily at the end of the month. The lyrics are a little uninspiring, and couldn’t have taken more than a few minutes to write, but how they are sung, and the guitar work, makes up for that.

If you wish to listen to a song of BTO that you may have heard before, then click on: You ain’t seen nothing yet!  Their number one hit in the USA, written as a joke about his brother, who had a stutter.

“I Don’t Have To Hide”

Black witches sing their verses
Of charms, hexes and curses
They tried to take out my eyes
But I don’t have to hide

I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you

Black sunset’s on it’s way down
I’ve got to go out on the town
I’m not afraid of the night
But I don’t have to hide

I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you

Black moon-dogs chasing at me
Way down to the sea
They want to steal my life
But I don’t have to hide

I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide
I don’t have to hide from you

Writer(s): TIMOTHY BACHMAN

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 07/10/2018

img_1345-3It was Helen’s birthday yesterday, and the second anniversary of SLS. This fun challenge is a huge success, and enjoyed by more and more as the weeks progress, and don’t those weeks just fly by!

So, Happy Birthday to Helen, and to SLS, and thanks, Helen, for continuing to host this fun way of hearing old favourites, and enjoying new songs.

This week we are asked to share a song with the theme of find or found.

I found that I was travelling back to 1964 (which I tend to do a lot), to find a song from a group that hail from Australia.  

The Seekers recorded  I’ll never find another you  at Abbey Road studios, and it became a Number 1 hit in the UK in February 1965. The group still perform today, some 56 years after they formed, and with the original 4 members, although there have been comings and goings over the years, and a couple of breaks in continuity.

The picture quality is poor but it’s all about the music.  I hope you enjoy it!

I’ll Never Find Another You

The Seekers

There’s a new world somewhere
They call the promised land
And I’ll be there someday
If you could hold my hand
I still need you there beside me
No matter what I do
For I know I’ll never find another you

There is always someone
For each of us, they say
And you’ll be my someone
Forever and a day
I could search the whole world over
Until my life is through
But I know I’ll never find another you

It’s a long, long journey
So stay by my side
When I walk through the storm
You’ll be my guide, be my guide
If they gave me a fortune
My pleasure would be small
I could lose it all tomorrow
And never mind at all
But if I should lose your love, dear
I don’t know what I’d do
For I know I’ll never find another you

But if I should lose your love, dear
I don’t know what I’d do
For I know I’ll never find another you
Another you, another you

Songwriters: Tom Springfield

I’ll Never Find Another You lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 30/09/2018

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Helen’s theme for this week’s SLS is  “search”.

Well, isn’t that just easy peazy. In fact Google have their own song that fits the bill perfectly.

Now, everyone join in and we’ll have a great time!

NO! SERIOUSLY! Do you really think I would offer that to you?

We all, at some time, become searchers, and that takes me right back to my teenage years again.

The Searchers heard British performer Cliff Bennett perform “Needles and Pins” at a club in Hamburg, Germany, and instantly wanted it to be their next single. The Pye Records single was released in January 1964. It was number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States. Soon after, in April 1964, “Needles and Pins” appeared on the Searchers’ next album, It’s the Searchers.

Apparently their bass drum pedal was faulty and it can be heard squeaking throughout the song. I never ever noticed it, and cannot now, even knowing that fact!

Needles and Pins

The Searchers

I saw her today, I saw her face, it was a face I loved, and I knew
I had to run away, and get down on my knees and pray that they’d go away
But still they’d begin, needles and pins
Because of all my pride, the tears I gotta hide

Hey I thought I was smart, I’d won her heart
Didn’t think I’d do, but now I see
She’s worse to him than me, let her go ahead
Take his love instead, and one day she will see
Just how to say please, and get down on her knees
Hey that’s how it begins, she’ll feel those needles and pins
A-hurtin’ her, a-hurtin’ her

Why can’t I stop and tell myself I’m wrong, I’m wrong, so wrong
Why can’t I stand up and tell myself I’m strong

Because I saw her today, I saw her face, it was a face I loved, and I knew
I had to run away, and get down on my knees and pray that they’d go away
But still they’d begin needles and pins
Because of all my pride, the tears I gotta hide

Oh needles and pins, needles and pins, needles and pins

Songwriters: Jack Nitzsche / Sonny Bono

Needles and Pins lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 23/09/2018

img_1345-3I just love Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday.

It introduces me to new music, reminds me of great songs that I have forgotten, or not heard in ages, and it also makes me do a little bit of research in order to give a bit of history, or an interesting fact or two about what I’ve chosen.

I do tend to try to see if I can find a Beatles song to tie in with the theme, and this week, as we are asked to “sleep” I could immediately think of several songs I could offer. Then I started the research bit and came up with this!

On 10 November 2017, Elbow released a cover of “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles, it was used in the 2017 John Lewis Christmas advert, titled Moz the Monster.

Here is the official video which shows a little of the making of the advert. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Golden Slumbers

Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home

Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
And I will sing a lullaby

Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home

 

Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
Songwriters: Paul McCartney / John Lennon
Golden Slumbers lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC