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

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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

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 03/06/2018

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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 20/05/2018

img_1345-3We have a slight change this week for Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. Instead of the usual word prompt, we have to choose “a song from an artist/singer who shares your name”

Well, I am lucky! I can choose my First name, or my Surname.

I thought of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Peter Gabriel,   Peter and Gordon, Peter André,  Ian Matthews, without even pausing, but then decided to opt for Peters and Lee.

Lennie Peters, born Leonard Sargent, was the uncle of Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer. He was also extremely unfortunate to be blinded in one eye, in a car accident at the age of 5. As if that wasn’t enough bad luck, he lost the sight of his other eye at the age of 16.

He teamed up with Dianne Lee in 1970 and they had a successful 10 year career together.

This song was their only number 1 hit, a simple song about a reunited love.

 

Welcome Home
I’m so alone, my love without you
You’re part of everything I do
When you come back, and you’re beside me
These are the words I’ll say to you
Welcome home, welcome
Come on in, and close the door
You’ve been gone, too long
Welcome, you’re home once more
I thought of all the things I’d say to you
When you come back to me someday
When you are here and we’re together
With all my heart you’ll hear me say
Welcome home, welcome
Come on in, and close the door
You’ve been gone, too long
Welcome, you’re home once more
There are so many lonely people
Why must they ever be apart
I hope someday you’ll be together
Singing these words with all your heart
Songwriters: Bryan Blackburn / Jean Dupre / Gerard Fallec

Twittering Tale #83 – 8 May 2018

It’s time again for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge to tax our creative souls. Just take her photo prompt and write a story, inspired by it, in 280 characters or fewer.

img_1581 Photo by Fabio Santaniello Bruun at Unsplash.com

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution. Check out all the fabulous entries here.

Ah, there you are Carruthers! What a marvellous idea it was of yours to build our new listening post below the existing embassy. Unfortunately our excavations have hit a bit of a snag. Seems there is a team of Russian builders already working down there on some project or other!

(279 characters)

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 13/05/2018

img_1345-3“Heart” is the theme for Helen’s songs this week.

My mind immediately went back to the 1960’s (I can recall those times far more easily than yesterday, or last week!), and to Cilla Black with “Anyone who had a heart.” Then I listened to it, and was reminded how strident Cilla’s voice was. So, for plan B, I went to the original version by Dionne Warwick. Much nicer in my opinion. See what you think.

If you want to compare, here is Cilla Black’s version:

“Anyone Who Had A Heart”
Anyone who ever loved
Could look at me
And know that I love you
Anyone who ever dreamed
Could look at me
And know I dream of you

Knowing I love you so
Anyone who had a heart 
Would take me in his arms and love me, too
You couldn’t really have a heart
And hurt me like you hurt me
And be so untrue
What am I to do?

Every time you go away
I always say
“This time it’s goodbye, dear”
Loving you the way I do
I take you back
Without you I’d die, dear

Knowing I love you so
Anyone who had a heart 
Would take me in his arms and love me, too
You couldn’t really have a heart
And hurt me like you hurt me
And be so untrue
What am I to do?

Knowing I love you so
Anyone who had a heart 
Would take me in his arms and love me, too
You couldn’t really have a heart
And hurt me like you hurt me
And be so untrue
Anyone who had a heart would love me, too
Anyone who had a heart 
Would surely take me in his arms and always love me
Why won’t you?
Anyone who had a heart would love me, too, yeah
Anyone who had a heart 
Would surely take me in his arms and always love me
Why won’t you, yeah
Anyone who had a heart would love me, too
Anyone who had a heart 
Would surely take me in his arms and always love me

 

Writer(s): Burt F. Bacharach, Hal David 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 01/04/2018 – Days

SLSI cursed Helen’s theme this week because I have considerably more “days” music to consider than many of the regular subscribers to this fantastic challenge.

Once I start to think about songs I’d like to share I tend to get carried away, and suddenly find that 2 hours have vanished in watching music videos. Not that I mind, but I really should be doing something else!

So, the first song that came to mind was “Those were the days” by Mary Hopkin. Mary was yet another young singer that I, and thousands of other young men, fell in love with. “Those were the days”, produced by Paul McCartney, was a number 1 hit. If you want to listen to this then you can click here.

However, this is not the main offering for “days”. I’ve chosen one of my favourite groups, from way back in 1964, the year I joined the army at age 16, “The Moody Blues.”. 

The song is “The day we meet again” and this version is an acoustic rendition by Justin Hayward, the lead singer.  It’s rather sad in a way. Has the girl died? Have they split up? Is she just a dream? See what you think!

“The Day We Meet Again”
The day we meet again
I’ll be waiting there
I’ll be waiting there for you
Cos the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It’s dangerous when you find out
You’ve been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Thru the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked it wasn’t there
Oh no

But just in case you’re wondering
What was really on my mind
It wasn’t what you took my love
It’s what you left behind

And just in case you’re wondering
Will it really be the same
You know we’re only living for
The day me meet again

So hold on – and don’t let go
Time heals – you know – I know

The day we meet again
I’ll be waiting there
I’ll be waiting there for you
Cos the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It’s dangerous when you find out
You’ve been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Thru the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked it wasn’t there
Hold on baby don’t let go

This song is not typical of the Moody Blues. If you want to hear more of their great music may I suggest the following:

“Nights in White Satin”, and “Legends of a Mind.”

If you have never heard of him, Timothy Leary is a particularly interesting character!

ENJOY!

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 25/03/2018 – Seeing.

SLSHelen has set the theme for this week as “Seeing”.

I’m going to become really nostalgic this week and opt for a quintessential love song that was written in 1938 and,  I imagine, predates everyone who will read this.

There have been many recordings of this song over the years and I am offering what I consider to be the best two.

The song is “I’ll be seeing you”, and here is my all-time favourite version.

A modern version that I consider really does justice to the emotions of the song is here:

The feelings expressed really are timeless.

I’ll Be Seeing You

Billie Holiday

I’ll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through
In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children’s carousel
The chestnut trees
The wishing well

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day
In everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day
In everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you

Songwriters: Irving Kahal / Sammy Fain

I’ll Be Seeing You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 3/18/18 – Shadow

SLSShadow is Helen’s prompt for this week and it immediately made me think “The Shadows“. They were the backing group for Cliff Richard, from 1958, and so were a huge influence, for me, from the age of 10.

The song I’ve chosen is very appropriate for a 10 year old – “The Young Ones“, the title song from their 1961 film, which in the USA was called “It’s Wonderful to Be Young.” Oh, how innocent it all seems now!

The Young Ones

Cliff Richard

The young ones
Darling, we’re the young ones
And young ones
Shouldn’t be afraid

To live, love
While the flame is strong
‘Cause we may not be the young ones
Very long

Tomorrow
Why wait until tomorrow?
‘Cause tomorrow
Sometimes never comes

So love me
There’s a song to be sung
And the best time is to sing it
While we’re young

Once in every lifetime
Comes a love like this
Oh, I need you and you need me
Oh, my darling, can’t you see?

Young dreams
Should be dreamed together
And young hearts
Shouldn’t be afraid

And some day
When the years have flown
Darling, then we’ll teach the young ones
Of our own

Once in every lifetime
Comes a love like this
Oh, I need you and you need me
Oh, my darling, can’t you see?

Young dreams
Should be dreamed together
And young hearts
Shouldn’t be afraid

And some day
While the years have flown
Darling, then we’ll teach the young ones
Of our own

Songwriters: Roy C. Bennett / Sid Tepper

The Young Ones lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc