Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 06/01/2019

img_1345-3SLS is being hosted by Jim Adams, over at newepicauthor as Helen is taking a much needed break.

Helen has done a magnificent job, over the past few weeks, keeping this great challenge  active and growing, even though she was feeling far from 100%. Thank you Helen. We hope you soon recover your full strength.

Jim has set us the theme of doctor / health / medicine and all entries can be found here.

I’ve gone with a link to the name of the group, rather than the song title. Perhaps a group that you’ve never heard of. You may recognise the lead guitarist though, especially if you are a fan of Game of Thrones. He played a mute executioner!

The group is Dr. Feelgood,  the guitarist is Wilko Johnson, and, for your delight, I offer:

Dr. Feelgood – Roxette Lyrics

(Wilko Johnson)

I saw you out the other night
I saw somebody hold you tight
Roxette, I wonder who it could be
It was so dark I couldn’t see
But I know it wasn’t me
When I tell you it ain’t right
I know you’ve got to agree

I followed you into a show
The band was playing rock’n’roll
Roxette, I didn’t need to seek you out
The music played so loud
That I could hear you through the crowd
You was telling everyone
About a new guy you’d found

Roxette I gotta go away
And leave you for a couple of days
Roxette, I don’t want no more of your tricks
I’m gonna get some concrete mix
And fill your back door up with bricks
And you better be there waiting
When I get my business fixed

Wilko Johnson’s technique is a choppy guitar playing style which he demonstrates here:

 

….and here he is talking about  other group members

 

I think he’s great. I hope that you did too!

 

 

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 30/12/2018 – new

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Each week Helen gives us a new theme and asks us to choose music with lyrics to suit.

Sometimes it is difficult, sometimes a song comes immediately to mind. Always, it is enjoyable.

By listening to everyone’s chosen song, which you can do here, we get to hear old favourites, and music that is completely new to some of us.

This week the theme is “new“, and I’m offering two seasonal songs for your enjoyment. The first is by ABBA, and I am using them to help me wish every one of you A Happy New Year.

“Happy New Year”

No more champagne
And the fireworks are through
Here we are, me and you
Feeling lost and feeling blue
It’s the end of the party
And the morning seems so grey
So unlike yesterday
Now’s the time for us to say…Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Sometimes I see
How the brave new world arrives
And I see how it thrives
In the ashes of our lives
Oh yes, man is a fool
And he thinks he’ll be okay
Dragging on, feet of clay
Never knowing he’s astray
Keeps on going anyway…

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Seems to me now
That the dreams we had before
Are all dead, nothing more
Than confetti on the floor
It’s the end of a decade
In another ten years time
Who can say what we’ll find
What lies waiting down the line
In the end of eighty-nine…

Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbour is a friend
Happy new year
Happy new year
May we all have our hopes, our will to try
If we don’t we might as well lay down and die
You and I

Writer(s): ULVAEUS BJOERN K, ANDERSSON BENNY SIGVARD

 

Without the second, Christmas would just not be complete. Click on Fairytale of New York

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Rapid Rhyme #6

This poem was inspired by Colleen’s post Not alone. On looking back, I find that my last Rapid Rhyme was also inspired by Colleen whose magnificent blog you can find here.

If you have not read anything of C Faherty Brown’s words, nor seen her delightful, and insightful, drawings, then I would recommend that you delve into them. Her books, too, are a joy, and her latest, “The Sentinel”, also features a tree. It truly is a magnificent story which, uncharacteristically, features not a single picture. The words themselves are picture enough.

This is what Colleen inspired:

By the tree

in the tree

playfully

you and me

went on dates

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Girl and boy

fun ahoy

boy oh boy

what a joy

consummates

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Shared a life

man and wife

free from strife

love was rife

best of mates

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 18/11/2018 – Listen to Me

img_1345-3I do enjoy Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday every week. I get to listen to some old favourites, but always encounter some songs that I have never heard before. Some I like, some are not to my taste, but I still enjoy the new experience.

You can listen to all this week’s entries by following the link above. Listen also happens to be the theme for this week.

This week I am offering a song by The Hollies. They are the group that I have seen “live” the most. They are still touring and still give great value for money.

“Listen to Me” is a 1968 single by The Hollies that was written by Tony Hazzard. It was the last Hollies single to feature Graham Nash in the group, and was released with the B-side “Do the Best You Can” on the Parlophone label. The song reached #11 on the UK singles chart in October 1968.

I’ve always wondered about the last line of each verse: “That you didn’t care about love.” It just does not fit in properly, and doesn’t seem to be what they sing. See what you think!

The Hollies

Listen to Me

Listen to me I’ll sing a song
To change your mind

Have you ever wondered why
When everything goes wrong
Nobody stops to lend a hand
Nobody seems to care
Then she looks you in the eye
And suddenly you’re strong
And very soon you realize
That you didn’t care about love

Listen to me I’ll sing a song
To change your mind
Your ears are deaf
Your mouth is dumb
Your eyes are blind
Listen to me and very soon
I think you’ll find
Somebody wants to help you
Somebody seems to care
And very soon you’ve forgotten
That you didn’t care about love

Does it hurt to realize
You’ve been acting very strange
Refusing to take the love she gives
Pretending you don’t care
Did it take you by surprise
To discover how you’d changed
How you forgot to remember
That you didn’t care about love

Listen to me I’ll sing a song
To change your mind
Your ears are deaf
Your mouth is dumb,
Your eyes are blind
Listen to me and very soon
I think you’ll find
Somebody wants to help you
Somebody seems to care
And very soon you’ve forgotten
That you didn’t care about love

Listen to me I’ll sing a song
To change your mind
Your ears are deaf
Your mouth is dumb,
Your eyes are blind
Listen to me and very soon
I think you’ll find
Somebody wants to help you
Somebody seems to care
And very soon you’ve forgotten
That you didn’t care about love
You didn’t care about love
You didn’t care about
You didn’t care about
You didn’t care about love

Songwriters: Tony Hazzard

Listen to Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

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.

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 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

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 09/09/2018

img_1345-3Helen’s prompt for this week is “picture/photograph” and you can see all the great entries here.

As befits my age, and the music that is stored forever (I hope) in my brain, I am offering you a song by The Who, recorded in 1967.

It is a song about a young man, supposedly having difficulty sleeping, so his father gives him some pictures to hang on his bedroom wall. This helps him to sleep, and he falls in love with the girl in the pictures (Lillie Langtry). He is devastated when his father tells him that she died in 1929.

As with so many songs there are those who see hidden meanings in the lyrics. In this case it is postulated that the song alludes to the predilection of young men to masturbate!

For your entertainment I give you: Pictures of Lily

A poor quality video, as they all were then, but here is a 2015 version to compare. The 2 remaining artists aren’t doing too badly are they!

“Pictures Of Lily”

I used to wake up in the morning
I used to feel so bad
I got so sick of having sleepless nights
I went and told my dad
He said “son now here’s some little something”
And stuck them on my wall
And now my nights seem quite so lonely
In fact I, I don’t feel bad at all
I don’t feel bad at all

Pictures of Lily
Made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily
Helped me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily
Solved my childhood problem
Pictures of Lily
Helped me feel alright

Pictures of Lily
Lily, Oh Lily
Lily, Oh Lily
Pictures of Lily

And then one day things weren’t quite so fine
I fell in love with Lily
I asked my dad where Lily I could find
He said “son now don’t be silly
She’s been dead since 1929″
Oh how I cried that night
If only I’d been born in Lily’s time
It would have been alright

Pictures of Lily
Made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily
Helped me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily
But me and Lily are together in my dreams
And I ask ya, “Hey mister have ya ever seen?”
Pictures of Lily!

Writer(s): TOWNSHEND PETER DENNIS BLANDFOR

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 02/09/2018

img_1345-3My immediate thought with Helen’s theme of “Car(s)” this week was to head towards The Beatles Rubber Soul album, and “Drive my car.”

I resisted the temptation but you can still listen to it here if you wish!

Instead I have chosen to offer you the Madness track “Driving in My Car.”

Madness formed in 1976, and are still performing today. I hope you enjoy them!

Driving In My Car

Madness

I’ve been driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I bought it in Primrose Hill from a bloke from Brazil
It was made in fifty-nine in a factory by the Tyne
It says Morris on the door, the G.P.O. owned it before
I drive in it for my job, the governor calls me a slob
But I don’t really care, give me some gas and the open air

It’s a bit old but it’s mine, I mend it in my spare time
Just last week I changed the oil, the rocker valves and the coil
Just last week I changed the oil
Last week it went round the clock, I also had a little knock
I dented somebody’s fender, he learnt not to park on a bender, ha ha ha

I’ve been driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I drive up to Muswell Hill, I’ve even been to Selsey Bill
I drove along the A45, I had her up to 58
This copper stopped me the other day, you’re mistaken what could I say
The tyres were a little worn, they were O.K., I could have sworn
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

I like driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
I like driving in my car, even with a flat tyre
I like driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar
I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

Songwriters: Cathal Joseph Smyth / Christopher John Foreman / Daniel Mark Woodgate / Graham Mcpherson / Lee Jay Thompson / Mark William Bedford / Michael Barson

Driving In My Car lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC