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 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

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 12/08/2018

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Helen’s back from her road trip and wishes us all to emulate her by choosing a drive/driving song this week.

Well, that’s easy for me! I always go back to my youth (who wouldn’t?) and seek out a Beatles song. Just because I love them, they were my youth, and they have some great tunes and lyrics!

It has to be Drive my Car. Apparently there is some hidden suggested sexual meaning behind it, but who knew? I certainly didn’t!

Without further ado, here it is. Hope you enjoy it, I certainly will.

Drive My Car

The Beatles

Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can’t you see
I want to be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between
Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

I told a girl that my prospects were good
And she said baby, it’s understood
Working for peanuts is all very fine
But I can show you a better time

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

I told a girl I can start right away
And she said listen babe I got something to say
I got no car and it’s breaking my heart
But I’ve found a driver and that’s a start

Baby you can drive my car
Yes I’m gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I’ll love you

Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney

Drive My Car lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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