Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 19/05/2019 –Dawn/ Noon/ Dusk/ Midnight/ Nocturnal/ Diurnal

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who tirelessly hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs.

The theme for this week is all tending towards time of day and I’m offering suitable songs for your delectation and delight.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

My main offering today is A Day In The Life with orchestra – The Beatles (arr. Sam Haug). I think this is a masterpiece and I hope you enjoy it.

A Day in the Life
I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords
I saw a film today, oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I’d love to turn you on
(“Five, six, seven, eight, nine
Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen
Fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen
Twenty”)

 

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I’d love to turn you on.

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

A Day in the Life lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

As a bonus I am offering a lovely jolly song which is awesome. Probably a much overused word but, in this case, I think it is applied just perfectly.

Awesomer  All summer long

https://youtu.be/bTfPid2gMq4

Happy Song Lyric Sunday everybody!

 

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 12/05/2019 – Mom/ Mother/ Flowers

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who tirelessly hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs.

The theme for this week is Mom/Mother/Flowers

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Obviously the theme this week is to help celebrate Mother’s Day, and today, 12th March we celebrate the most important people on the planet in the following countries:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan,Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, CaymanIslands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Curaasao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein,Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Pakistan, Papa New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzinia, Tonga, Trinidadand Tobago, Turkey, Uganada, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

As it is not Mother’s Day in the UK, or Mothering Sunday as my Mum would always point out to me, I am going to be self-indulgent and choose a song from my youth. I might even choose 2!

If you are a Mom, Mum, Mother, Ma, Mummy, or any other version of the name that epitomises the one person in the world that we can none of us do without, “Thank You” for your unique gift of life that you gave to us all. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

Please sit back, and enjoy some flowers in the rain, played by The Move (the first pop song to be played, in full, on BBC Radio 1):

Flowers in the Rain

The Move

Woke up one morning half asleep
With all my blankets in a heap
And yellow roses scattered all around
The time was still approaching four
I couldn’t stand it anymore
Saw marigolds upon my eiderdown

I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain making the garden grow
I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain keeping me good

So I lay upon my side
With all the windows open wide
Couldn’t pressurise my head from speaking
Hoping not to make a sound
I pushed my bed into the grounds
In time to catch the sight that I was seeking

I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain making the garden grow
I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain keeping me good

If this perfect pleasure has to be
Then this is paradise to me
If my pillow’s getting wet
I don’t see that it matters much to me

I heard the flowers in the breeze
Make conversation with the trees
Relieved to leave reality behind me
With my commitments in a mess
My sleep has gone away depressed
In a world of fantasy you’ll find me

I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain making the garden grow
I’m just sitting watching flowers in the rain
Feel the power of the rain keeping me good

Watching flowers in the rain
Flowers in the rain
Power flowers in the rain
Flower power in the rain

Songwriters: WOOD ROY

Flowers in the Rain lyrics © S.I.A.E. Direzione Generale, Essex Music Inc., ESSEX MUSIC INC

The bonus is the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by John Phillips, of The Mamas and Papas,  and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was released in May 1967, to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. Many young people, who would have wished to be there, were far away from the love and the music, fighting, and dying, in Vietnam. A few of their Moms will still be alive, so, today, I think of them.

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 28/04/2019 – Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who tirelessly hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs. He also comes up with some fantastically researched material to accompany his own choices of music. Quite where he finds the time I do not know. 

The theme for this week is Boogie/Rock/ Rolling Stone.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Talking of Jim always finding time to add lots of detail about his music choices, this week I find that I do not have my normal time to add my background to the music I’ve chosen, so here it is, unadorned with any detail. I hope you enjoy Rock and Roll is King by The Electric Light Orchestra.

 

Rock ‘N’ Roll Is King

Electric Light Orchestra

Listen everybody let me tell you ’bout the rock ‘n’ roll

Feel that rhythm and it’s really gonna thrill your soul

She said come along with me, to a land of make believe

She said wamalama bamalama rock ‘n’ roll is king

She loves that rock ‘n’ roll and she plays it all night long

That’s all she ever tells me when I call her on the telephone

She says feel that jumpin’ beat, and git up on your feet

She says wamalama bamalama rock ‘n’ roll is king

[Chorus]

Oh let those guitars play

Play for me play for me

Oh let that song ring out

That’s how it’s meant to be

It rolls like a train that’s comin’ on down the track

She rolled over Beethoven and she gave Tchaikovsky back

She loves that drivin’ beat, she goes dancin’ on down the street

She said wamalama bamalama rock ‘n’ roll is king

[Chorus]

When she comes around and I’m listenin’ to the radio

She says you can’t do that ’cause all I wanna do is rock ‘n’ roll

Now here I’m gonna stay where that music starts to play

She says wamalama bamalama rock ‘n’ roll is king

She says wamalama bamalama rock ‘n’ roll is king

Songwriters: Jeff Lynne

….and a little bonus of Boogie Nights from Heatwave.

https://youtu.be/vaCnWNFbgug

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 21/04/2019 – Seasons

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who tirelessly hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs.

The theme for this week is Seasons/Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

I don’t think that many will have heard of the singer on my chosen song this week, and you’ll have to be alert to catch him because there are only 19 words in all!

The artist is a man who had a tragic accident in June 1973 that left him using a wheelchair, paralysed from the waist down, after an inebriated fall from a 4th floor window. He claims, ironically, that this accident probably saved his life, because he was, at the time, an alcoholic, often matching Keith Moon drink for drink.

Like Keith Moon, Robert Wyatt was a drummer. He was a founding member of the influential Canterbury scene bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole. After his accident he continued to play drums, adopting  more of a jazz style, obviously not using his feet. Although, on reflection, he always did favour jazz.

This track is taken from the album Shleep, produced in 1997. I think you may find it different from your normal listening, but I hope you enjoy it!

 

Out of Season

This song is by Robert Wyatt and appears on the album Shleep (1997).

A late sparrow fledging
Bathing in dust
Beneath the gaping mouth
Of the post box
(Hungry for letters home)

BONUS

A bonus this week, is an instrumental, from Rick Wakeman, called Seasons of Change.

https://youtu.be/9x54uMcZnTs

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 24/03/2019

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs.

The theme for this week is Minutes/Hours/Days/ Weeks/Months. I think Jim left out the Seconds on purpose, just to make things more difficult!

I don’t know about everyone who participates in this great weekly music fest but, for me, it means I lose at least an hour when trying to choose what song I’m offering. I get rather carried away (some may say that I ought to be!) and spend ages listening to my own music, discovering other songs via linked videos, and looking up all sorts of facts about songs, groups, deaths, and so on. It is very addictive, but I have only myself to blame and, anyway, I thoroughly enjoy it!

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I’m sharing a song, from the Ray Davies album, See My Friends. Anyone who knows Ray Davies will know that he formed The Kinks, in 1964, with his brother  Dave. The group remained active for 32 years, then reformed in 2018 to produce a studio album.  See My Friends was a single for the Kinks, released in 1965, and was probably the first pop song influenced by traditional music from the Indian Subcontinent.

The See My Friends album is a terrific mix of collaborations between Ray Davies and various artists ranging from Metallica to Paloma Faith. It was released in 2010. A list of tracks appears at the bottom of this post. Some of them, I’m sure, will be of interest. They really are a great mix of talents.

For your delight today I’ve chosen “Days/This Time Tomorrow” featuring Ray Davies (of course) and Mumford & Sons. I do hope you enjoy it.

Days / This Time Tomorrow

Ray Davies

Well, thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I’m thinking of the days
I won’t forget a single day, believe me
I bless the light
I bless the light that shines on you, believe me
And though you’re gone
You’re with me every single day, believe me
Days I’ll remember all my life
Days when you can’t see wrong from right
You took my life but then I knew that
Very soon you’d leave me, but it’s all right
Now I’m not frightened of this world, believe me
This time tomorrow, where will we be?
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
This time tomorrow, what will we know?
Will we still be here watching an in-flight movie show?
Leave the sun behind me and I’ll watch the clouds
As they sadly pass me by, seven miles below me
I can see the world and it ain’t so big at all
This time tomorrow, what will we see?
Field full of houses, endless rows of crowded streets
I’ll leave the sun behind me and I’ll watch the clouds
As they sadly pass me by, I’m in perpetual motion
And the world below doesn’t matter much to me
Thank you for the days
(I’ll remember all my life)
Those endless days
(When you can’t see wrong from right)
Thank you for the days
(I’ll remember all my life)
Those endless days
(When you can’t see wrong from right)
Thank you for the days
(This time tomorrow)
Those endless days
(Where will you be?)
Thank you for the days
(On a spaceship somewhere)
Those endless days
(Sailing across an empty sea)
This time tomorrow, where will we be?
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea

Songwriters: Ray Davies

Days / This Time Tomorrow lyrics © S.I.A.E. Direzione Generale, Davray Music Ltd.

  1. Better Things” – Ray Davies and Bruce Springsteen
  2. Celluloid Heroes” – Ray Davies, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora
  3. Days/This Time Tomorrow” – Ray Davies and Mumford & Sons
  4. “A Long Way from Home” – Ray Davies, Lucinda Williams and The 88
  5. You Really Got Me” – Ray Davies and Metallica
  6. Lola” – Ray Davies and Paloma Faith
  7. Waterloo Sunset” – Ray Davies and Jackson Browne
  8. Till the End of the Day” – Ray Davies, Alex Chilton and The 88
  9. Dead End Street” – Ray Davies and Amy Macdonald
  10. See My Friends” – Ray Davies and Spoon
  11. “This Is Where I Belong” – Ray Davies and Black Francis
  12. David Watts” – Ray Davies and The 88
  13. Tired of Waiting for You” – Ray Davies and Gary Lightbody
  14. All Day and All of the Night/Destroyer” – Ray Davies and Billy Corgan

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/03/2019

img_1345-3My thanks, as always,  to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs. I see he’s added to his already heavy task this week by thanking,  by name,  each individual who contributed last week!

The theme for this week is School/Books/Learning. If you fancy sharing some of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries here.

Immediately, this week, I thought of “Another Brick In The Wall”, “Schools Out”, and many other well known school related songs.

Well, I’m not going to give you any of those. Instead, I’m going way back to 9 December 1957.

I was around then, but had little or no interest in pop music, charts, hits, girls, and definitely no interest in sex and drugs and rock and roll. It was an altogether more innocent time when Ricky Nelson sang “Waitin’ in School”. Some may recognise it from having heard it in the film “Pulp Fiction”.

Waitin’ in School

Ricky Nelson

I been a-waitin’ in school all day long
A-waitin’ on the bell to ring so I can go home
Throw my books on the table, pick up the telephone
“Hello, baby, let’s get somethin’ goin'”

Headin’ down to the drugstore to get a soda pop
Throw a nickel in the jukebox, then we start to rock
My school gal baby, gonna tell ya some news
You sure look good in them baby-doll shoes

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six
I’ve been a-waitin’ in school all day long
A-waitin’ on the bell to ring so I could go home
Throw my books on the table, pick up the telephone
“Hello, baby, let’s get somethin’ goin'”

Headin’ down to the drugstore to get a soda pop
Throw a nickel in the jukebox, then we start to rock
My school gal baby, gonna tell ya some news
You sure look good in them baby-doll shoes

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six

Well, it’s a-one, two, a-pull off my shoes
Three, four, get out on the floor
Five, six, come get your kicks
Down on the corner of Lincoln and a-forty-six

You gotta move, start rockin’ baby
A rockin’, rockin’ baby
Gonna rock all night, rock all night
Just wait ‘n’ see

Writer(s): J., D. BURNETTE Lyrics powered by http://www.musixmatch.com

Ricky Nelson was, at one time, considered a very strong contender to eclipse Elvis Presley. Sadly, like so many stars, he died young. You can hear more about him by following the link below.

Whatever happened to Ricky Nelson?

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 10/03/2019- Animal

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Animal. If you fancy sharing some of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries here.

I wonder how many songs we’ll have by The Animals this week, I hope there are a few. Formed in 1962, and with 4 of the original 5 still playing! How great is that?

I’m offering you an REM song this week and, guess what, it’s called Animal! I’ve chosen a recording of the performance in Wiesbaden, from 2003. I hope you enjoy it

Animal

R.E.M.

Hey what’s the big deal?
Tell me how to feel?
I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace.
Point me to the stars I’m up for the chase.
I know where we fell on our face.
Jump with me.
You jump with me.

Hey, what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

I don’t want to boomerang.
I don’t want to cannonball.
I’m not angling.
I don’t want to fall.
Tell me I’m the anchor of my own ascension.
Tell me I’m a tourist in the fourth dimension?

Hey, what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

Work it out.

I am vibrating at the speed of light.
Take my hand, we’ll wind up the night.
Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me.
Trip me, cuss me, bend me, trust me,
Touch me now.
You take my hand.
You trust me now
You understand.

So what’s the big deal?
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.
I’m an animal.

I am vibrating at the speed of light.

Songwriters: Jonathan Shave / Richard Cowie / Jason Pebworth / George Astasio / Jon Mills / Connor Maynard / Sophie Stern / Kurtis Mackenzie / Joey Dyer
Animal lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

As a bonus I am also including a fabulous performance of The Dying Swan, from The Carnival of the Animals. Such beauty in both dance, and music!

 

 

 

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 17/02/2019

img_1345-3Jim Adams continues to look after Song Lyric Sunday, giving us the chance to share lots of favourites, and some not so familiar songs.

The theme for this week is Hill/Mountain and you can find all the great entries here.

Because I was pipped at the post by THIS THAT AND THE OTHER with my choice this week, I am offering another “Hill” tune for your delight (or not). You will find this at the bottom and it morphs my SLS entry into a personal history lesson too!

Anyone who has followed my SLS entries for a while will know that my mind often goes to Beatles songs to try to find a suitable offering to present. I’m not always successful!

What I found this week is a song off the Magical Mystery Tour album. After the success of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles wanted to create a psychedelically themed film, and Magical Mystery Tour was the result. It was designed as an unscripted television special and featured 6 new songs.

It was never meant to be an LP, but the producers added existing singles to make up the numbers! It worked out pretty well.

Here, for your enjoyment, is “The Fool on the Hill”.

The Fool on the Hill

The Beatles

Day after day, alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin is sitting perfectly still
Nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

His head in a cloud
The man with a foolish grin is talking perfectly loud
But nobody wants to hear him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool
But he never gives an answer

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
See the world spinning round

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

The Fool on the Hill lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Here is the extra!

This is not a song, has no lyrics, and is unlikely to have been heard by anyone reading this blog. It is, however, special to me, and is amongst the music that MAY be played at my funeral/celebration of life/throwing on the local scrap heap!

It is “High on a Hill” by the Band and Bugles of The Royal Green Jackets

I had the honour to serve with The 2ndBattalion The Royal Green Jackets, in Dover, and Omagh, Northern Ireland. I can honestly say that they were the most professional and dedicated soldiers I have ever served with. This was the one and only time I served with a Light Infantry unit and It was a real eye opener. They are different! An example is that they march at 140 paces per minute, rather than usual 116, or 120. Examples can be seen below.

Imagine doing that for any length of time, AND carrying and playing an instrument!

Twittering Tales #120 – 22 January 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

adult-coffee-shop-daylight-1081673-1Photo by Juan Pablo at Pexels.com

I have nothing to say.
My heart is empty, my mind a blank!
I can’t even post a photo of my meal because I haven’t eaten since you left.
In truth, I haven’t done anything since you left!
All I do is sit here and remember the good times.
There were lots of them.

Now there are none!

(274 characters)

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!